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Infinity Ward: There Is No Lead Platform For Modern Warfare 3

The rule is always the same: if the developers create a game using one platform as the lead, buy the game for that platform.

But for most titles these days, it doesn't matter much because designers make games for both platforms simultaneously. This is the case with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, as noted by Infinity Ward boss Robert Bowling. On his Twitter page, Bowling confirmed what we already guessed: that there is no lead platform for MW3:

"We don't have lead platforms, we develop each version alongside each other. Xbox 360 is running at same as PS3."

Only the PC version can receive "unique optimizations," so according to this guy, it really doesn't matter which console version you choose. He also dismissed any talk of DLC right now as it's far too early (and we agree), and added that if you ever see a video labeled "beta," it's fake. No such thing exists just yet, although maybe it will at some point...

There are small hitches and shortcomings from Black Ops that we'd like to see erased in MW3. Regardless of lead platforms, such issues should be addressed, yes?

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Tags: cod, call of duty, modern warfare 3, mw3, infinity ward

5/26/2011 10:22:39 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (42 posts)

Qubex
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:40:39 AM
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What a load of croc... this guy is a joker...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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sha4dowknight05
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 2:58:53 PM

Ha a ps3 multiplatform on par with XBox 360? Hasn't happeend ever since portal 2, dante's inferno and several other games which the ps3 version was technically better.

There is no way the ps3 version on this game will be better.

I don't care if anybody disagrees with me.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:22:16 PM

Just don't D/L that demo like dustypotato says, folks!!!!


dustypotato,
You're old enough to know that what you're doing is a theft of service crime, right????

Plus, it's also the fastest way to also get your PS3 & account banned, right?????

Plus, trying to get entice other people to do it too can also bring secondary criminal charges of "aiding & abetting, along with conspiracy charges too.





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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:42:41 AM
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Well if the 360version is running "at same" as the PS3version than wouldn't that mean the 360 is the lead platform?

Last edited by LimitedVertigo on 5/26/2011 10:43:16 AM

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slugga_status
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:44:28 AM

I was actually thinking the reverse

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:48:49 AM

Why would you be thinking the reverse? If a developer is designing a game for 2 platforms and one of those platforms is superior and has been shown to be superior graphically and yet the game is said to look the exact same on both platforms it's common sense to assume the lesser of the 2 platforms is the lead platform.

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Claire C
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:00:20 PM

I was actually thinking about the grammar of that statement. =)

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slugga_status
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:28:43 PM

Well I think this because the way it is worded.

"Xbox 360 is running at same as PS3."

To me that sounds like they started on the PS3 and improved the 360 version to run the same way it does on the PS3..

Don't think it's "common sense" as you say...

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:44:30 PM

slugga_status,

As I already pointed out the PS3 is the superior hardware. Thus if what you say is true than that would mean they did not use the potential of the PS3. If they had, the 360 would not be able to run the same way.

And it actually is common sense to read that a game is running the same for both the 360 and PS3 and assume the PS3 was not the lead platform.

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slugga_status
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 1:07:06 PM

LV

I'll pose it to you like this. Since when has a CoD game EVER used the potential of the PS3? As we both know PS3 is superior. So it's actually easy to lead with PS3 knowing the parameters that you must follow to keep it in-line with the 360 version.

Therefore it's very easy for the 360 version to run the same way. Being that all the resources for the PS3 aren't used to the maximum capability simply because they have to keep in mind that 360 has to be close to identical.

Simply put you can lead with the PS3 but doesn't mean your maximizing it to the point where you can't create the same thing on a inferior system

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 1:24:34 PM

I get what you're saying. The issue I take with it is the whole point of a developer choosing a lead console is to take advantage of that particular console and maximize its potential. It's pointless to say the PS3 is the lead platform since none of this is happening and the PS3 version is being designed to run the exact same as the less superior 360.

They can say the PS3 is the lead platform but I see no evidence to believe this.

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slugga_status
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 1:32:55 PM

I think that notion is only true in regards to exclusives. If you're developing a game that is a multiplat it really comes down to what console is easier to program on.

In the beginning of this gaming generation I'd agree with you 100%. However it's 4 years later and developers have wrapped their mind around the inner workings of the PS3 so these days it doesn't matter..

Prime example..Vanquish

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sha4dowknight05
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 3:02:31 PM

Uh, Limited Vertigo

Ps3 doesn't succeed in everything.

We fail at Graphics.

And by means of graphics I mean the graphics card.

Believe it or not the ps3 has a weaker graphics card then the Xbox 360. It's been proven.

However doesn't mean all of our games are worst in graphics.

The only reason why sony decided to make a weaker graphics card is because the CPU cell broadband engine can join and work witht he RSX to both produce graphics. SO it's a 2 in one working together, unlike the xbox which is only 1.

I just wished the ps3's RSX could have a unified core so it pushes out more pixils or something like the xbox 360 so we can get better framerates.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 3:32:08 PM

Slugga,

Can we than agree that while the PS3 may be the lead platform (at least in words) it in no way is a benefit for us PS3 users since development is being restricted by the 360 to insure both games are identical?

@sha4dowknight05

I'm aware of the PS3 hardware/architecture. I'm also aware of the fact that the PS3 has given us the best looking console games this generation of gaming. It's also well known that the 360's hardware consistently restricts development of PS3 games in regards to multiplatform games.

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slugga_status
Friday, May 27, 2011 @ 7:24:11 AM

LV

I totally agree with that statement. It's only becoming more evident that the 360 is gimping us. I still think the PS3 is capable of so much more.

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Kiryu
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:45:06 AM
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Actually it's the PS3 version is running as the same as the x360 version.

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Ignitus
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:48:03 AM
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That's the way it has been since the first MW.

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big6
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:50:50 AM
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I remember reading the Call of Duty forums a while back (for Black Ops info), and I distinctly recall that Black Ops used the Xbox as the lead platform.

So, large companies using lead platforms for development does still exist.
And will likely continue to exist, in the interest of saving money by porting, I would imagine.

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Zorigo
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:03:26 AM
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Makes sense i suppose but they still could put more effort in to make the PS3 version better, achieve closer to potential.
But that should read 'PS3 runs same as Xbox' for obvious reasons. the xbox wont ever run at the same rate as the ps3, it being the lesser console.

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Excelsior1
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:05:50 AM
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does anybody buy this? the cod games have always favored the 360.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:11:21 AM

No. Torrent again.


Ohhhhh, sorry misunderstood you.

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:22:57 AM

Torrents rule all!

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Excelsior1
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:05:50 AM
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does anybody buy this? the cod games have always favored the 360.

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Mornelithe
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:16:37 AM
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Doesn't matter, there are better multiplayer experiences out there than anything the CoD franchise has had to offer for quite some time now.

If I want modern realism, I'll play Arma 2 on PC thanks, it's been all UC2 multiplayer lately on the PS3.

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big6
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:07:28 PM

I'm still all about playing MAG... still!

I don't really know what it is about it, but it's just awesome fun to play.

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Excelsior1
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:11:01 PM

i wasn't a big online gamer until i got kz3. i love it, and play it everyday. in fact i played against our very own bikersaint yesterday.

makes cod look ancient in comparison. if you guys want to add me as a friend my psn id is jamiecolts.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:58:46 PM

Excelsior1,
Yup, that was me, but I'm still 1/2 way too slow & rusty lately while trying to get back into the game all over again.

FYI, KZ3 is actually the very 1st game I've ever played online. And it's all to that great MP mode beta that I finally decided to join the 19th century(yeah, that's how late I've been, LOL) & jumped right into some MP.

KZ3 had me hooked, I wound up putting 66 hours into it with over 650,000+ XP, the very 1st week & 1/2.

But I've been out of the loop since March when my Phat Princess finally threw me off for good about 1/4 through my second marathon session & went into red light mode.

So now I've got to start fresh all over again, due to my Phat Princess(along her new 640 hard-drive destroyed with my KZ3, and well over 50 other games saved too) getting brutally murdered by some f*cking irresponsible knuckle-dragging USPS scumbag A$$HAT package-mutilating Mandrill.

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:21:28 AM
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Indeed they are,

Micro$oft has given Activision ungodly amounts of money to get exclusive first DLC, so obviously the 3-fix-me is the lead platform. It has been for all next gen Call of Dootys. They make most of there money from 360 sales because pretty much all that platform has is shooters.

Regardless, I'm not getting suckered into another lackluster wannabe FPS that all the trendy gamers like for some retarded reason. I am choosing to support real innovation that is Frostbite 2.0/DICE.

If CoD is your sort of thing there is nothing wrong with that but not all of us appreciate mediocrity. "Oh CoD sold this many copies!" Irrelevant. Its a casually developed shooter for casual gamers, cut copy and paste every November. Why comment on this article even though CoD is wack? My opinion. And Godslim, I enjoyed playing as the SAS in MW1, wouldn't wanna mess with those blokes.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:45:30 PM

Respect

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Nynja
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:24:01 AM
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I doubt they did this with Modern Warfare 1. If I recall, 360 had more online features than PS3.

For MW2, I could believe it as both systems were on par with graphics, frame-rate, and features.

I expect the same from Infinity Ward on MW3. I can't say I expect quality from Treyarch, ever.

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Darwin1967
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:39:35 AM
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The box is the lead platform, of that I have no doubt. Afterall, if the PS3 were the lead platform, you'd have a game that lasts longer than 5 measly hours...you'd also have a box COD game that comes with 3 install discs. :-/

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AshT
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:45:17 PM
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this is not for me :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 2:20:50 PM
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These games are always better on 360, so they must just be saying that they can't develop for PS3 very well.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 3:33:34 PM

Watch using the word better with anything MW related, it upsets me.

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Bloodysilence19
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 3:39:04 PM
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ya and i have a magic pony that shoots skittles out of its butt, don't believe one word of this, until i see actually proof of both version running. cod has always been more for 360 since call duty 3 first hit 360 and always will be. until Moneyvision and MS stop sleeping with each other ps3 will get the canned on this game.

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kevinater321
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 3:42:37 PM
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Bull Shit.

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OxyFenix
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 7:46:22 PM

Agree. I call BS too. They market it like it was a 360 exclusive. They have a history of making the 360 version better. They have a history of releasing dlc for ps3 later because they love to sleep with M$FT. We all know Activision loves the 360 platform because it means more money to them. They probably think the ps3 market is small still. I bet the only reason Activision hasn't stopped developing for ps3 is for the money. (All money is good to them)

All Bowling is doing is some crowd control. (fanboys in this case). Imagine what the internet reaction if he confirms the 360 as the lead? We all know the truth. The ps3 version will just be another port with horrible support.

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Nas Is Like
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:11:49 PM

Agree. It's probably just a ploy to get people to believe the game will be evenly good on all platforms, which would most likely increase sales and make their image look better.

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Lairfan
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:17:24 PM
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CoD's history with this issue doesn't reassure me that they're telling the truth here.

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___________
Friday, May 27, 2011 @ 4:03:48 AM
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rrrrrrrrrright.
so that means there actually putting some work into the PC version and were not going to get a game suffering from severe consoleites?
yea....... ill believe it when i see it!

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BikerSaint
Saturday, May 28, 2011 @ 2:35:54 AM
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Just an FYI,

Modern Warfare 3 vs. Battlefield 3: the difference is in the PC


http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/05/modern-warfare-3-vs-battlefield-3-the-difference-is-in-the-pc.ars

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StevieRV
Saturday, May 28, 2011 @ 3:37:38 AM
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why dont they make the ps3 vserison alongside the PC version, and leave the xbox behind like how the ps2 was treated in the previous console generation?

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