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Square-Enix Composer: No Musical Limitations On PS3

No matter how big games get, it always seems as if music isn't given its just due. Gameplay is always the most important aspect of any game (this is an interactive hobby, after all), but the media and gamers often place graphics over sound, and both serve to add atmosphere and ambiance to any title. Well, thanks to a recent interview with Square-Enix's Yoko Shimomura, we find that the PlayStation 3 may offer more than just unbelievable graphics; its sound capabilities are impressive as well.

Music4Games conducted the interview with Shimomura, who was the track composer for Kingdom Hearts and is also working on music for Final Fantasy XIII. She says composing on Sony's next-gen console is actually "much less limiting" than it has been in the past, which is good news for PS3 owners.

"With the PlayStation 2, sound production was mainly based on the internal sound chip, not streaming, so it was a constant battle with memory and limitations," she said. "With the PlayStation 3, I'm expecting to have it sound the way I please, without limitations."

At another point, Shimomura also added that "the sound quality of current generation game hardware is pretty advanced, so it's ideal if we can utilize streaming." We've already had some excellent examples of music so far in this generation, and we expect a lot more to come. Konami's Metal Gear Solid series is always known for excellent music - and MGS4 will deliver again, we're sure - but there's one other legendary franchise that has provided us with some of the best scores in history: Final Fantasy. Will it be any surprise to anyone when FFXIII sports some of the highest quality compositions available? Nope.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

6/2/2008 Ben Dutka

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Ed_Wayne
Monday, June 02, 2008 @ 2:19:39 PM
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I loves me some videogame music.

Man, I NEED FFXIII info. This drought is killing me. If there isn't anything at E3 then there will be at TGS. I would bet money on that. Not just a little info, but a complete blowout. Nomura said this is the year for FFXIII info and I know Square likes TGS.

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aaronisbla
Monday, June 02, 2008 @ 3:40:34 PM
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I actually have the full soundtrack for MGS4.....its min blowingly awesome

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orangpelupa
Monday, June 02, 2008 @ 6:46:30 PM
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yeah, RAM limitation is a big problem for PS2 with only 19MB RAM.

Game dev always have dificult options,
save RAM for game and stream music drectly from DVD --> this make game loading slow.

copy music to RAM, this will cut loading times and allow music to be streamed seamlessly but limiting RAM avalavble for game.

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now with ps3, its got better, i think what she mean by "Streaming" is streaming from HDD, not from bluray,

SE will copy the music to HDD by a mandatory installation or copy to HDD as cache.

this will eliminate music file size limitation, and SE can make music in high quality that make audiophiles have no complain :D (uncompressed 48khz 24bit audio maybe XD)

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Mystearica
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 5:19:43 AM
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^That's interesting... never thought music was the big issue... guess I'll be looking forward to higher quality music then ^____^

On another note... hehehehe I never follow who does what unless it's FF related (or other famous names)... so I didn't know that Yoko Shimomura was female!!!! Makes me proud 'cause I kinda liked her music (another female that I also love is Yuki Kajiura... known mostly for Mai-HIME, Noir and Xenosaga II/III)

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Odd Child
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 3:56:26 PM
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Music and sound FX is good especially in HD 5.1 Surround Sound :)

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