Dead Space to be equal on PS3 and 360
Speaking at an event in London yesterday, EA executive producer Glen Schofield assured gamers that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Dead Space will be identical. "The plan has to be, and it will be, on parity with the 360," said Schofield, responding to a question about any potential differences between the two versions. When asked about the challenges of multiplatform development, Schofield responded that it was "difficult." He added, however, that while development thus far has been lead on the Xbox 360 version of the game, the team plans to shift to the PS3 as the lead platform within "a month or two." Schofield noted that one of the reasons that multiplatform games often look better on 360 (something seen in several EA games) is that developers have had more time with the 360 and also that the PS3 does present several difficulties. "It's a beautiful machine and it is very powerful. It's just it's not as easy to develop for right now," said Schofield. He assures gamers, however, that the 360 version of Dead Space won't be "gimped" because of programming difficulties presented by the PS3. Let's hope not.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
2-07-2008 @ 2:59PM
Thanks to the PS3 we can look forward to sub top notch games by 3rd Parties. Nice. Thats good. Wouldve been better to hear the PS3 is a better programming enviroment than we are gonna give the extra effort to the PS3 cause its not as smart as Timmy.
2-07-2008 @ 3:09PM
I sit in both camps, so I try not to be biased.
It is obvious that the newer and more complex the machine the longer it will take to get used to it. If the PS3 had launched first everyone would likely be saying that the 360 version looks rubbish in comparison.
When you look at some 360 launch games you see many issues caused by the devs not having the experience, the games looked great compared to what we were used to with the Xbox and PS2, but compared to many of the games available now, they didn't push the hardware.
Give devs time to settle in, the problems at the moment is they focus on the 360 develpment as they are more familiar with it, but as the year passes I feel multi-platforms will become very hard to tell apart.
Both consoles have the advantages and disadvantages. The built in HDD gives developers an easier time on the PS3, but the established Xbox Live also gives them advantages on the 360.
2-07-2008 @ 3:21PM
That's not obvious at all. There is a no reason for a new console to be inherently harder to work with. It all depends on the development environment for the hardware. It could be simply and straightforward to us or it could be a pile of junk that takes a PhD to understand.
It is obvious, if both consoles had equally good development environments, that the one that's been in developers hands longer would be more familiar, but if it had a crappy development environment, and the new one had a really good one, the new one would be just as easy to work with right off the bat.
Let's equate it to something familiar to any coder. Let's say the Xbox 360 is coded in C#, and the PS3 is coded in assembly. All other things being equal, which one do you think would be easier to work with?
2-07-2008 @ 3:51PM
Well Loban, I'd have to say that I'd much prefer a higher level language than coding an entire game in assembly. It would take for-freaking-ever, and since the assembly would be pretty specific to the CPU/device you're coding for, you've got about zero portability to anything else.
2-08-2008 @ 9:51AM
Just look at the 1st generation PS2 games compared to the most recent PS2 games. Worlds apart. As developers become more familiar with the hardware and it's little 'quirks' then they'll be able to squeeze more out of it/make better use of it.
Just my 2 pence! 360 all the way!!
2-07-2008 @ 3:43PM
From what I have heard the Dev tools for the PS3 are crap compared to what they have to work with on the 360. How long does the PS3 have to be out before they can take advantage of all it's so called power???
I own a 360 and don't see getting a PS3 just for blueray, if they could release something that has a OMG factor when I see and play it I would be happy to own a PS3 as well. Gamers these days will buy any reasonably priced system with great games.
2-07-2008 @ 9:16PM
The Sound said...
When you give it more than a year? It took at least that long to start seeing some good stuff on the 360 graphically, which was what we saw this year.
2-08-2008 @ 2:24AM
Some of us buy and play games because they are fun, not because they have superior graphics.
2-07-2008 @ 3:44PM
It funny to hear this time after time. Where were the complaints last gen with the much larger difference in hardware specs between the PS2 and Xbox? Sure, there were some, but nothing to the scale seen thus far this time around.
2-07-2008 @ 3:45PM
I wouldn't mind the 360 being the ported-to platform however it's making our games get delayed because of it. They don't call it the Delaystation just because it's a funny name, it's absolutely true and now it's affecting the 360. I think all developers need to take the same approach Valve did and that's simply develop them separately and release them when they're ready.
2-07-2008 @ 4:22PM
Taylor Barratt said...
Is it just me or does it seem like someone high up at EA's been paid off. Huge concentration of PS3 boosting from EA flappy-heads from a 3rd place console with a low attach rate.
I'm still waiting for the game to show up on the PS3 that can actually do something no other system (read: 360) can do. It's not going to come. The differences aren't big enough. PS3 is limited by ram and slow drive speed. Their gamble on BluRay may save them yet though. But here and now.. what the hell is with EA?
2-07-2008 @ 9:21PM
The Sound said...
Me thinks it was EA realizing that they were going to loose out on purchases from any of the almost 10 million PS3 owners. Madden sells a million on the PS3, easy $60 million profit, and if the game isn't good, then people will be less likely to buy the next game. and with the quality of games by EA right now available for the PS3, who would?
2-07-2008 @ 4:23PM
Taylor Barratt said...
BTW, I have both systems. I'm just saying.
2-07-2008 @ 8:51PM
George Arauz said...
As long as it looks on par with the PS2.5 im happy...
2-08-2008 @ 4:46AM
Why in god's name would you develop on the least popular system of this generation?
2-08-2008 @ 3:09PM
josh maybe we could take u seriously if that wasn't your picture......
2-11-2008 @ 9:05AM
So because I like Halo 3 and decided to put it as an avatar, my comment can't be taken seriously...STFU jackass.
2-08-2008 @ 3:10PM
p.s. lodan do you speak english??i'm sure you made a very good point you just made your simple point sound much more complicated......are you trying to sound smart???