There’s been a lot of talk about the pros and cons of developing on the 360 and PS3. A lot of developers are saying that PS3 is very difficult to program versus the 360. The PS3 has more space but most big games require installs. The 360 doesn’t require installs, which is cool, but the problem of disk space is coming to light. The real nitty gritty is whether or not the older 360 can still compete with the PS3 and also whether or not we’ll see a gap between PS3 games and 360 games in the near future.
As I was making my rounds at E3, I got a chance to talk to many developers. I tried my hardest to get developers to admit that the PS3 was a more powerful platform than the 360. I made sure not to talk to any developers working on exclusive titles, so all of the conversations I had were with developers working on multiplatform games. My first question was, “Do you see a big difference, in terms of power, between the PS3 and 360?” The response was, “Both platforms are equally powerful and you won’t see any difference in our games. The 360 makes it easy for us to utilize all of it’s power. The PS3 takes a bit longer because of the architecture, but in the end, we can get the same results on both platforms”
While I was waiting to get a hands on with another multiplatform title, I overheard some reporters questioning another developer about the same thing. They wanted to know if there was going to be a larger gap between the PS3 and 360 in the next couple of years because developers were finally learning the PS3. The developer responded, “Both systems are very powerful. With the 360 you don’t have to work to utilize all of its power. It’s just given to you. With the PS3 you have to work a lot harder to get access to its power.”
Another developer touched on the fact that they are taking advantage of both systems. He said,”While the architectures are different, you can take advantage of their strengths and at the same time create multiplatform titles that are basically the same.”
Now I have to tell you, just about everything I saw at E3 was visually better than anything I’d seen in the past year, even Metal Gear Solid 4. From what I had seen, it’s obvious that developers have a firm grasp on both the PS3 and 360. And while I’m at it, might I add that the PS3 is newer than the 360 and SHOULD be putting out better looking games. The 360 is a whole year older than the PS3 but still seems to keep up with it. I think that when you throw a new architecture at developers it’s to be expected that there will be hiccups. Since the first year of the PS3 we’ve seen nothing but improvements and it will keep getting better. It’s a great time to be a gamer.