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Killzone 2 Producer Says PS3 Has "A Lot More Under The Hood"

It's easy to see that most developers are taking big strides in regards to PlayStation 3 development, and whereas we mostly heard complaints when the system first released (which is to be expected), we're now hearing more praise and compliments. All this really means is that devs and designers are starting to understand what's "under the hood," as one Killzone 2 producer clearly stated.

The concept of "hidden power" in PlayStation consoles a hotly debated one in gaming circles; one side believes there's truth to the term, as it's clear PS2 games (and PS3 games) did and will get significantly better-looking over time. Of course, if you compare the launch titles of the PS2 to the likes of God of War and Final Fantasy XII, it's tough to say there wasn't any "hidden power" in that system. And what about the PS3? Same concept? According to a ThreeSpeech interview with Killzone 2 producer Steven Ter Heide, the answer is a big yes. First, here's what he had to say about some of the hardware specifics:

"I think a lot of the tricks we’re doing are down to the hardware – all the post-processing effects. There are a huge number of SPUs in there so we can just offload a lot of things. All the physics is handled by the SPUs, all the post-processing… we can really push the SPUs so we have a lot of processing power to make the image look the way it looks. You want to have particle effects, you want physics going on – all that takes a lot of processing. Also in terms of storage capacity – to bring this kind of detail to life it takes a lot of data. We’ve mentioned this before but you really need Blu-ray to pull off this kind of thing, because of the sheer amount of data we’re chewing through to create these levels. The one you just played through is 2.5GB worth of data."

He goes on to say the PS3 is "futureproof" and that "there's more power under the hood that people want to explore," and when they try to unlock that power, good things will happen. We've already seen some early examples of what the PS3 can do, and given the supposed 10-year lifespan of the system, we expect to see a lot more. Nothing wrong with advancement...nothing at all.

9/15/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

pavlovic
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 10:41:53 AM
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Hopefully they unlock a lot of power in the promising KZ2.

Why mentioning if they won't do it?

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vatossan
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 11:19:15 AM

pavlovic wooow u dont know do u.

whel the ps1 and the ps2 were the same,first ps1 use to play does 2d games on the first months and then they went on doing 3D,ps2 launch games dint look sooo good,but later they were looking better and gt4 uses 99% of the ps2's power.right now ps3 is useing 40-45% and developers say ps3 is easier than ps2 to develope.
!!THEY ARE WORKING ON THE NEW TECHNOLOGY!!
and u can alredy see the differenve in metal gear4:it looks better than the launch games and ratchet

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pavlovic
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 11:55:03 AM

Yes I know waht you mean. I'm just hoping that KZ2 will unleash a lot of the PS3's power.

I've been hearing that the PS3 is amazingly powerfull, and I don't have doubt about it, but please stop talking about that and get to work to have this power in our living rooms.

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djjake
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 11:45:11 AM
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although ps3 may not have to change hardware for awhile
it will need vamping up every 3 years or something as technology moves on and things become cheaper

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Tim Speed24
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 11:58:12 AM
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One level of Killzone 2 was 2.5Gb of data....WOW!!!

Release the demo now Sony!

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MirrorSoul
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 1:52:31 PM
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Although I want a KillZOne 2 Demo now it wouldn't be smart. If its awsome people will hunger for it and get angry lol.

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giant123
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 4:29:02 PM
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killzone 2 better rock


i still play killzone 1 sometimes

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Fatcat3788
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 5:06:17 PM

I have a feeling if you liked Killzone then you will like Killzone 2. In any case, the biggest problem I had with Killzone 1 is that the bullets that entered an enemy's body never seemed to affect him until he was dead. In other words, the bullets didn't seem to have an impact. The videos of the new one seem to fix this problem and then some. It looks pretty sweet.

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AceTatsujin
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 11:40:42 PM
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now that they said that, I believe them, and Killzone 2 better be a huge hit and better be a PS3 killer app.

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 8:27:41 AM
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It will all depend on the fun factor for me. If they're doing the same old thing but with better graphics then I expect Killzone 2 will not be as ground breaking as promised. I mean we're getting K2 and R2 practically at the same time. IMO R2 looks more fun. It'll get my dollars first.

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BeezleDrop
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 1:03:55 PM
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Guys! This game is going to be HUGE. KZ2 is going to be one of the biggest PS3 exclusive titles. Just like MGS4 pushed consoles so will KZ2.

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bamf
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 5:11:06 PM
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I for one believe this will be the case and what the devs say will be true. Its also what you expect to hear from 1st party devlopers, you read this all the time. I have yet to read an article where a 3rd party developer, which develops multi-platform games, makes the same sort of statement regarding the PS3's power. I have read of a 3rd party devloper's proclaiming the power of both PS3 and 360 and what they mean to gaming, but not singled one console out yet.

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cegmp
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 9:30:40 PM
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^ I think there was. During this year E3 i think, during Sony's Press conference when they showed testimonials from different game developers. I remembered someone from Ubisoft talking bout the PS3.

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LowKii
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 5:58:33 AM
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You Go Steven. It's statements like that, that make me think KZ 2 will be worth buying unlike KZ 1.

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