Lighting Technology In GoWIII Only Possible On PS3
During last year's Killzone 2 craze, we continually heard from Guerrilla and Sony that the groundbreaking FPS could only be done on the PlayStation 3. We heard something similar when Uncharted 2: Among Thieves came out and we're hearing it again concerning God of War III.
Basically, any major exclusive presents us with statements that say the developers could only have created the game in question by utilizing the advanced benefits of Sony's machine. Of course, these statements do often come from Sony and not the designers so perhaps there's a bit of marketing mixed in with fact, but that's bound to happen every now and then. The UK product manager for SCEA's God of War III, Claire Backhouse, has told CVG that the hotly anticipated action extravaganza uses features that couldn't be implemented on other consoles. Said Backhouse:
"The developers have worked hard to use the power of the PS3 to make GOW3 look amazing and have added features that are only possible with PS3. The dynamic lighting solution employed in GOW III is only feasible through the computing power provided by the Cell SPUs.
For example, using the High Dynamic Range Lighting (HDRL) technology, the camera - when using Kratos' sightline - will emulate the human retina, causing players to feel a sharp brightness when Kratos exits a dark area and enters a sunlit area, similar to how the human eye would need to adjust."
We've actually heard about this feature before, but we never really knew that it required the extra power of the PS3. Xbox 360 fans will quickly ask if this couldn't be done on Microsoft's machine, but we may never know the answer. The bottom line is that exclusives - for either console - seem to be superior to many multiplatform efforts, meaning developers can really dive into a particular machine if that's the only one they have to worry about. Of course, the PS3 is the more capable system, so it's not surprising that exclusives reigned supreme in 2009. Will they do it again in 2010...?
Related Game(s): God of War III
1/6/2010 10:29:54 AM Ben Dutka