2K Responds To Bioshock PS3 Graphical Criticisms
When an idea has been circulating in a mass populace for an extended period of time, even when that idea is based on fact, it can negatively affect future events. Translation: just because 360-to-PS3 ports have looked like hell in the past doesn't mean this will always be the case. In fact, it may never again be the case, what with more third-party devs using the PS3 as the lead console in multiplatform titles and all devs becoming much more familiar with the PS3's hardware.
Over the past week, you may have heard complaints - typically blown out of proportion - regarding the PS3 version of Bioshock, and how it supposedly looks inferior to the Xbox 360 version. A few compare-and-contrast pics went up, and ever since then, the comments have spread like wildfire: 2K screwed up; it's another inferior port. Yes, well, read the first paragraph. According to Ripten, 2K Community Manager Elizabeth Tobey responded to the mess, and it's quite lengthy. Here's a snippet of it, though-
"Many of you wondered about BioShock’s graphical performance on the PS3, and whether it was comparable to the 360 version. The team wanted BioShock to be the same experience on the PS3 as on the 360. Of course, the PS3 is a very different machine to code a game on, and so the team used a combination of optimization and filtering to maximize the overall visual experience of the game. These optimizations improved frame rate and added the slight “blur filter” that some of you have pointed out in comparison screenshots. This solution offered the best performance benefit with minimum visual cost or change from the 360 version."
Next, what you'll want to do is check all the screenshot comparisons she provided and see the differences for yourself. They're there, but the explanation goes on for a while, and it's not something we're going to freak out about. We've experienced many piss-poor ports in the past, but we seriously doubt Bioshock is one of them, and based on this screen analysis, people really have been overreacting.
Related Game(s): Bioshock
10/9/2008 Ben Dutka