Developers: first-gen PS3 games on par with Xbox 360 games
Anonymous Playstation 3 developers claim that first-generation games on the Playstation 3 are barely superior to those on the Xbox 360 and some of the console’s key components are not being utilized, according to gaming website Kikizo.
The website reports that they were speaking with PS3 developers and have managed to get hands-on experience with Playstation 3 development kits that were shipped to game developers last month.
One of the anonymous Playstation 3 developers said that in terms of graphics, without more support from Sony, there was currently little difference between games on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
“Realistically, as libraries and experience with both machines grow, I think the PS3 will start showing things the 360 will choke at.
But Sony will have to make available to us libraries and new routines for that to happen – something they’ve been severely lacking at so far,” the source said.
In another blow to Sony, the developer commented that it would be almost impossible [for them] to run games at 1080p.
Sony had boasted that due to its 1080p resolution, the PS3 would be the only true high definition console, and criticized Microsoft because the Xbox 360 is only capable of running games at resolutions of 720p or 1080i.
“Sony wanted 1080p, but we’re working at 720p and 1080i, same as on the Xbox 360. Even with [final hardware] in mind, reaching good frame rates at 1080p with next-gen graphics is almost impossible. Instead many developers, ourselves included, are reworking so they run at 720p.
PS3′s output takes care of upscaling it – so no native 1080p, but it still looks killer.”
The source went on to point out that the Playstation 3′s much talked about Blu-ray drive is not currently being used by developers.
“PS3 isn’t going to have writing capabilities and for us that’s of no concern right now.
Our stuff runs off a Hard Disc at the moment and won’t exceed DVD capabilities; we’re programming the game as if it will be written for a 10-speed DVD drive. Anything less would affect load time.”
The developer also spoke about the Playstation 3′s release date, predicting that the console will be launched in the US towards the end of 2006.
“We think that in Japan it will most likely release during Summer, Q4 in the US, and Europe in Winter or Spring 2007 – these are our internal projections.”