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"True Power" Of PS3 Uncovered In 2008?

Last year, it was relatively obvious that the Nintendo Wii stole the show in terms of overall hardware sales and the Xbox 360 nailed down a lot of the best software (Bioshock, Halo 3, Mass Effect, etc). However, with PlayStation 3 sales steadily climbing and a 2008 lineup that appears to easily outstrip the competition, many - including several prominent developers - believe 2008 could be the "year of the PS3."

Not surprisingly, after a year of learning Sony's complex new system, most developers (sans EA, of course), have a much better grasp on the process. According to GamesRadar, a lot of teams are simply getting more familiar with the system, and PS3 owners will soon reap the rewards of their efforts. Insomniac Games chief creative officer Brain Hastings believes his studio's third-generation PS3 engine will offer us another "transitional leap of quality." We trust him, because Insomniac has already delivered Resistance: Fall of Man (with Resistance 2 on the way this year) and Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Epic's Mark Rein has pointed out time and time again that the PS3's ability to support user-generated content is extremely valuable, and it's perhaps the biggest reason Unreal Tournament III came to the PS3 first.

And here's more from lead console programmer at Traveller's Tales, Dave Connell-

"Once you put the effort in and start to understand the hardware, you can see PS3s huge technical potential," said Connell, who also mentioned that one must understand the PS3's intricate SPUs (synergistic processor units) if they wish to access the system's true ptoential. "We are going to see the quality of PS3 titles improve for many years to come as people get to grips with them," he added. "It might turn out that things weve not even thought of end up best demonstrating the power of PS3."

These are hardly the only guys who believe things are definitely looking up on the PS3, so now all we need is the software to prove it. Thankfully, in just glancing at the lineup for Sony's console this year, one is most certainly encouraged: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Killzone 2, Gran Turismo 5, Resistance 2, LittleBigPlanet (and PlayStation Home), Final Fantasy XIII, etc. And those are just the exclusives...

2/8/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (8 posts)

fatchad420
Friday, February 08, 2008 @ 11:34:22 AM
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Finally, it begins.

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K Phantom
Friday, February 08, 2008 @ 1:20:56 PM
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The Beginning of the End for rivals. Muhahaha

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Knightedrik
Friday, February 08, 2008 @ 5:14:29 PM
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This is the reward for staying loyal to the brand.. I have been a proud Ps1, Ps2, and now Ps3 owner... even though most of my friends jumped the gun and bought a "Failbox 360". Well, now most of their 360's are doorstops from the "red ring of death" thing, and the Wii's gimic of the split controler seems to be wearing off. Now, the day of the dog begins.. and the Ps3 has come out the gate this year like a pit bull on steriods. ^^

S T A T I O N !!! (lol)

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The Cheat
Friday, February 08, 2008 @ 5:17:47 PM
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run, run, run, I hunger!

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Reccaman18
Friday, February 08, 2008 @ 7:39:33 PM
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Knightedrik, is the STATION! thing in reference to Bill and Ted? But, this is to be expected as more and more awesome games will see exclusive releases on Sony's next gen console. Screw the year of the rat, this is the year of the PlayStation!

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DragonSphere
Saturday, February 09, 2008 @ 3:34:07 AM
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For better or worse, the PS3 really needs to "define" itself this year - and obviously, that's where our exclusives come into play.

I just find it sad that the best we can hope for in third-party games nowadays on the PS3 is to be on-par with their 360 versions (as in Call of Duty 4, UT 3, etc); while that's all well and good, when will we start seeing them take advantage of the PS3's strengths? Again, only if all the big names live up to their promises this year, then I think we'll find out soon enough.

I understand it takes time for developers to learn the architecture behind the system, but - I think most of you will agree - I didn't drop half a grand on the console just so the majority of the titles can "hope" to match the quality set forth on the 360. Developers like Insomniac, Konami, Infinity Ward, Naughty Dog and the like give me hope, but for every one of their excellent games are a dozen other crappy ports (see the upcoming Lost Planet as yet another example).

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 09, 2008 @ 10:46:52 AM
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DragonSphere: The reason for the lacking in PS3 third-party titles is simply because most developers have been starting a game on the Xbox 360, then porting it to the PS3. They do this to save time and money because they're unfamiliar with Sony's new hardware. Furthermore, they haven't been quite as interested in satisfying PS3 owners when the installed user-base is merely a fraction of the 360's.

However, this will all start to change, and according to many devs and sources, it already has. More teams are starting to develop games simultaneously on the PS3 and 360 - like Rainbow Six Vegas 2, just as one example - and PS3 sales are climbing. This points towards less ports in the very near future, so I believe it won't be a problem after this year.

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Naiman17
Sunday, February 10, 2008 @ 5:06:24 PM
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i have to admit this is truly giong to be the year of the ps3. i can't wait for GT5 to come out. Im gonna get GT5:Prologue

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