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Phony PS3 screenshot busted?

First off, let me extend the olive branch of peace to our new neighbors at PS3Fanboy. Here's a snazzy  "screenshot" from the PS3 title Motorstorm presented at last year's E3:

And here's an actual game image from Motorstorm taken at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Jose (click for larger image):

I know it's not a 1: 1 comparison, and perhaps the quality of the grab is poor, but do Kutaragi & Ko. really think Xbox 360 fanboys aren't going to bust balls over this stuff? Because that looks painfully PS2.5. Maybe it's from the PSP version. 

It's not like Sony has a history of grossly exaggerating the capabilities of their consoles and passing off CGI fluff as gameplay.

[Thanks Charch]

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1. How many ducks can fit in a tub again?

Posted at 1:24PM on Mar 29th 2006 by james

2. These are very early shots, but serious fanboys should prepare for a little disappointment. Sony will need some serious launch titles to merit the kind of $$$ this thing is going to cost.

I'm not going to spend $500+ on a system until I see something a little more compelling than this and those dreadful Untold Legends screenshots.

Posted at 1:28PM on Mar 29th 2006 by xbox360dsPSP

3. With all of the great Xbox 360 games out (and coming out the next month)... who has time to pick on the poor Sony fanbois.

Isn't it enough that most of them will have to wait another year to get their next gen fix (back orders and hardware recalls are almost guaranteed)?

Posted at 1:28PM on Mar 29th 2006 by jaemz

4. mmm...CGI fluff. Sounds like it could fill a candybar.

PS3, the first system capable of 1,000,000,000 dpsi (Ducks Per Square Inch).

I kid, I kid.

Posted at 1:29PM on Mar 29th 2006 by Sense

5. I find it incredible that the PS3 fanboys would believe the hype....come on they really thought the PS3 games were going to look like that footage??? I bet I know the first thing they say in response to the screen shots....."Well they still have 8 months to polish up the game"

Posted at 1:30PM on Mar 29th 2006 by King

6. I think Sony need to start working on rendering other things besides ducks and ships.

Posted at 1:30PM on Mar 29th 2006 by Ice Raider

7. So this is the Sony HD era, it sucks.

Posted at 1:32PM on Mar 29th 2006 by Bob

8. Now i know why there's no PS3 until November or 2007.

Posted at 2:21PM on Mar 29th 2006 by Angel Otero

9. Hehehe, that looks like this tech demo of a buggy racing game I used to have. Had great physics. It was written for (of all things) BeOS.

8 years ago.

And looked just like that screen grab.

Just shows to go ya, the more things change the more they stay the same! After all that Emotion Engine hype, turns out Valve were the ones to finally do justice to in-game faces. The Cell is the new Emotion Engine like orange is the new black... can't wait for the E3 hype machine.

Posted at 2:23PM on Mar 29th 2006 by Justin

10. We must wait till release and then we will see who is the winner. This phony screens can't tell me everything, except that there is car :)

Posted at 2:31PM on Mar 29th 2006 by Exotic

11. OMG playstation 2.5!!!11111eleven

(how does it feel Sony fanboys?)

Posted at 2:32PM on Mar 29th 2006 by BklynKid

12. "Because that looks painfully PS2.5. Maybe it's from the PSP version."

Personally, I find PS2 fanboys funny. If we put the original Xbox hardware in the PS3 case, they would probably consider it next gen. Good graphics in HD (720p) and online features. All you'd have to do is replace any Xbox or Microsoft references with a PS3 logo.

I'm playing through Shadow of the Colossus right now, and it is sickening that it had to be put out for PS2. The graphics are horribly grainy and spotty...quite distracting. I'm just glad the PS3 won't be the worst console in the "Next Generation" like the PS2 was in this generation.

Posted at 2:46PM on Mar 29th 2006 by SuicideNinja

13. Looks like like Xbox to me

Posted at 2:47PM on Mar 29th 2006 by Irwin

14. I could've told you that...wait, is the demo running at GDC at 120fps???

Posted at 2:57PM on Mar 29th 2006 by Nossy

15. I can't wait until the Killzone 2 CGI and Gameplay side-by-side screenshots are shown.

Posted at 3:02PM on Mar 29th 2006 by RonG

16. OMG playstation 2.5!!!11111eleven

(how does it feel Sony fanboys?)

PWNED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WoOwoO !!!

Posted at 3:02PM on Mar 29th 2006 by FreQ

17. I know I'm reading a fanboy site, so I'm supposed to be blind in my love for my 360 and hate all other platforms and people who are stupid enough to buy them, but I'ma just call it like I see it.

Those PS3 screenies from GDC look very nice, especially MotorStorm and Ratchet and Clank shots. Sure, they might not look as nice as the E3 pre-rendered, supposedly gameplay, screenies, but whatever. This isn't the first time marketdroids make things look prettier than they really are.

Posted at 3:08PM on Mar 29th 2006 by Pixelantes Anonymous

18. Pixelantes Anonymous: I agree. Seeing as how I was in person for @ GDC, and I write at this very sight, I feel supremely qualified (patting myself on the back) to say that, although rough around the edges, the PS3 footage looked good.

Of course it didn't look like what they showed off last year, but only the most blind sheep would have swallowed that pill whole... these games are many months from completion, and are first-gen titles.

That being said, the key differences between Sony and MS's consoles won't be graphical, but services. It does offer some satisfaction to rebut the misinformed and obnoxious Xbox 1.5 lines though! ;)

Posted at 3:43PM on Mar 29th 2006 by C. Grant

19. That GDC screenshot still looks pretty good. It looks about as good as PGR3, except with some lighting issues. But lighting is usually what gets the majority of the graphical polish. Like any sane observer has known for almost a year, the PS3 and Xbox 360 have/will have very similar graphical capabilities.

Chris, you said it perfectly when you said it would be the services and not the graphics that determine the winner in this round of the console wars. MS has the edge there, since they have the years of Xbox Live experience, but Sony is coming out with guns blazing and Nintendo has the drool inducing Virtual Console. I know it's cliche, but the real winner in this fight will be the consumer.

Posted at 4:11PM on Mar 29th 2006 by Oozer

20. Well, at least PS2.5 graphics look better than anything on Xbox 1.5; here's a better part, the dev kits are not even final, nor the games. But here's the best part: An Xbox fanboy site actually bothering on analyzing 'PS3 shots'. Hilarious.

Assume this is the power of the PS3. Do you remember the real-time MGS4 demonstration? I guess you don't. Oh yeah, it was done on a Beta-kit too.

And save your "BUT KOJIMA SAID THAT IT CAN BE DONE ON 360 TOO!!!", because not only it won't be, it was obvious that it would be dumbed down. You could do it on PS1, just like you could do FFVII for PS3 on PS1. roflz.

Posted at 4:48PM on Mar 29th 2006 by boots

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