EA On PS3 Development: We've Finally "Caught Up"
Perhaps the days of EA screwing over PlayStation 3 owners are long gone. Perhaps the pain caused by the likes of Madden NFL 08 is in the past, never to be experienced again. Perhaps EA has finally reached a point where the PS3 version of one of their games will be identical to the Xbox 360 version.
According to VideoGamer, EA has claimed that the graphics found in this year's PS3 version of FIFA 09 will be "at least as good" as the visuals in the Xbox 360 version. It was during an interview where producer David Rutter talked about how multiplatform devs have had difficulty with the PS3 versions of their titles, simply because they all had the opportunity to work with the 360 first. Yeah...duh. The good news, though, is that Rutter claims EA has "caught up" and has now achieved what he likes to call "parity" on its multiplatform games. Could it be true...?
"This year we've done a heap of work to make sure that the actual visuals of the game are at least as good on PS3 as 360, to the extent where we've had meetings with executives that have basically been fine tooth combing almost, taken a microscopic look at what's going on to make sure they are as good as each other, and they are. There's no graphical features or level of rendering or anything else that's different between the consoles this year."
By now, everybody is well aware of the fact that developers got a head-start with the 360, and also aware that the PS3 is more difficult to develop for in the first place. But even so, many of us believed it took far too long for EA to reach "parity," as many - if not most - other multiplatform developers have produced titles that are mostly identical between the 360 and PS3 versions. It has happened plenty. But now, Rutter says, "as far as we're concerned, we're there." Well...let's hope so. To learn more about FIFA 09, make sure to check out our preview; the game is scheduled to arrive in October.
Related Game(s): FIFA 09
7/21/2008 Ben Dutka