Looking For A Version Control Solution?

When it comes to version control, there are a lot of options out there. Compare your options against Perforce Helix Core to make the right choice for your team. Learn about Perforce vs… the others.

Subversion (SVN)

Subversion (SVN) is used for maintaining current and historical versions of small projects. It’s an open source centralized VCS.

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ClearCase is a software configuration management tool that uses a legacy file-based architecture to manage changes.

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Git is popular for a reason. Developers know it. It’s open source (and free). But enterprise customers can struggle to scale and secure.

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Plastic SCM vs. Perforce Helix Core

Plastic SCM version control — now acquired by Unity — has been used by mobile and indie game dev studios. But before you get started… see how they stack up to the game dev standard.

"In working with Unreal Engine, Perforce was the obvious choice for us over other solutions like Plastic SCM." — Ihar Heneralau, CEO/Co-Founder ICVR


What Version Control Solution Works For You

Check out our comparison chart on Perforce vs. other version control systems.

How do teams work?
Plastic SCM
Subversion (SVN)
Perforce Helix Core


Centralized (check files in and out from a central repo)
Distributed (push and pull between repos)
Helix Core offers DVCS functionality, giving your teams added flexibility.
Does it scale to manage…?
Plastic SCM
Subversion (SVN)
Perforce Helix Core
Large repos
Not really… testing was only done on a repo with less than 8 GB.
Most Git teams split up their repos, complicating pipelines.
Performance suffers at scale, delaying teams.
ClearCase slows down as the codebase and history grows.
Helix Core is known for its high performance at scale, no matter how big your projects and repos grow.
Large files (including binaries)
Plastic can handle large binaries, but repo sizes tap out at 1 TB files.
Some teams use Git LFS to manage large files, but it’s complicated to maintain.
Depends on the file type.
Helix Core stores all your digital assets — including large binary files — and more.
How does it manage files and branching?
Plastic SCM
Subversion (SVN)
Perforce Helix Core
File locking
Only works if you include LFS locking. And it only supports files using Git LFS, not your other files
Helix Core takes file locking a step further offering exclusive checkouts to avoid duplicating efforts.
Visualization into how code flows
Perforce Streams helps teams see how code should flow. Developers can quickly tell what branches have changes available.
Tracks relationships between branches
Streams guides developers as they branch and merge.
Built-in code review
Requires 3rd party options.
Requires 3rd party options.
Requires 3rd party options.
Helix Swarm is the code review solution for Helix Core (and it’s free).
Offers integrations with tools teams use
Legacy for a reason…
ClearCase is no longer actively developed.
Helix Core has plugins and integrations to the tools teams already use. Plus you can use Helix Sync to version any digital asset.
Works with Git
Helix4Git allows you to solve development challenges that can happen as Git teams grow, and it offers faster builds.
How does it protect your assets?
Plastic SCM
Subversion (SVN)
Perforce Helix Core
Secures valuable IP
You can only secure Plastic based on paths, not down to the individual file.
Not really, you can use other 3rd party tools to secure Git. But it’s difficult to implement. Read-level security is per repo, requiring even further break down of repos.
Nothing available out-of-the-box.
ClearCase offers a file/directory level permission structure, similar to a filesystem. It’s complex to administer.
Helix Core protects IP down to the individual file and supports fine-grained security rules.
How does it support teams as they scale?
Plastic SCM
Subversion (SVN)
Perforce Helix Core
Can be hosted in the cloud
Learn more about SVN hosting.
Helix Core can be hosted in your preferred cloud provider. Get Perforce on the cloud.
Global replication
Replication modes are limited with no ability to truly scale.
Not really, DVCS by definition works in a replicated mode. But it requires copying whole repo(s), which can be painful over long distances.
Only works if you install costly 3rd party add-ons.
ClearCase MultiSite is required to replicate, but also expensive to purchase and maintain.
Perforce Distributed Architecture’s advanced replication technology delivers files around the globe, fast.
Offers world-class support
Support is available around the clock to ensure your teams always have the access they need.

Perforce Helix Core — Ready to Migrate?

It's easier than you think. Helix Core has helped thousands of companies….


Helix Core supports your distributed teams and remote contributors.


Helix Core offers faster performance and response times.

Increase Productivity

Helix Core streamlines development workflows.

Track Every Change

Helix Core increases visibility into how your codebase evolves.

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Perforce vs. Subversion

Merge conflicts, poor scalability, and outdated functionality leave users feeling stuck. Helix Core helps users regain productivity and improve collaboration.

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Perforce vs. ClearCase

Don’t let ClearCase’s gradual decline into obsolescence stifle innovation and wreak havoc. Helix Core is significantly faster at builds and file transfers and so much easier to administer.

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"Everyone loves Helix Core. Using it significantly simplified our workflows and reduced delivery times by at least 50­–60%.”

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