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Saints Row 2 Interview - 'Two or three years' till PS3 graphics better than 360

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''We last saw THQ and Volition's Saints Row 2 back at THQ's Gamer's Day in April. After missing the game at E3 we caught up with associate producer Dan Sutton at an event in London to talk about how the game has been progressing since then and to find out how the PS3 version is coming along. Read on for Dan's thoughts on PS3 trophies, Home integration and a Saints Row MMO.''

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Chuck Norris3550d ago (Edited 3550d ago )

Basically, it's two years before THQ discovers that the PS3 actually has 6SPEs available for them to work with and an additional year for them to figure it all out.

gaffyh3550d ago

For people who are too lazy to click the link, he's talking about 3rd party games really:

VideoGamer.com: Technically it's generally considered that the PS3 has more power under the hood than the 360, but we just don't see multiformat games looking better on Sony's console. Why do you think that is?

DS: Graphically, in itself it's a very very powerful machine. I think the problem is you have to teach programmers how to do that. We have very very amazing programmers on our Xbox team who when they get the PS3 in front of them, it takes them forever, because of the multi-threading they do with the Cell processor. It's just how complex the Cell processor is. As people get their heads around that it gets better and you get more parity coming out, but code has to be written in a certain way for that and it's a lot more complicated than it is for the Xbox. I think you're seeing development teams now ramp up. You get people who are dedicated to the PS3 and that's why you're getting equal graphics. You see some stuff on the PS3, like Metal Gear Solid, that push it very very firmly graphically, and I'm sure Resistance 2 is going to do that as well. I think you're going to see games that are developed for each console specifically, the exclusives, really push it that way still. I think the Xbox, even though it doesn't have as much hard drive space, is not Blu-ray, you still see that it's a very very powerful machine. I think that's why games like Final Fantasy are coming over to the Xbox. It's still, in essence, as powerful, and people have their heads around that. Maybe two, three years from now when they're very much into the PlayStation cycle you may see better games come out. We don't know. I don't think anyone's really taken the Cell processor to its full potential yet.

sajj3163550d ago (Edited 3550d ago )

nice one Chuck but the title is a bit misleading! I think the graphics on PS3 is better now when I'm doing a straight first party versus first party game comparison.

EDIT -> Agree gaffyh after reading the whole interview ... its about multiplatform games.

boodybandit3550d ago (Edited 3550d ago )

Saints Row 2 Interview.

Contributors should have their privileges taken away for a period of time when they purposely alter titles to fan flames.

SUP3R3550d ago (Edited 3550d ago )

You can alter the title of Interviews/Q&A with quote extracts from the story. General news/article title altering is not allowed.

Harry1903550d ago

have my privileges removed. Always consult the rules and guidelines.

Once again,I urge you to look on Videogamer's front page and you will see something very interesting.

zane_78493550d ago

Yeah, third party probably. But otherwise Killzone 2 says hello.

Serg3549d ago

Multiplatform games will look equal for the most part in the next years, developers have no reason to untap more potential out of the PS3 because the storage limit on the 360 makes it even harder to release identical versions on both consoles, and preferring a console over the other by releasing a better quality game on one of them is not an option anymore. Sure they could play the revenge card by providing better graphics for the PS3 because of the multiplatform "disaster" in the past 2 years, but I think we can be certain that multiplatform games will be identical on every platform for the next few years. Well that is if devs won't get fed up with cutting content and quality of their games because of the DVD9 limits.

Time will tell...

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Le-mo3550d ago

If we're talking about exclusives then it's already happening.

beavis4play3550d ago (Edited 3550d ago )

absolutely. this dev. being interviewed seems pretty confused about a lot of things.

Bangladesh3550d ago (Edited 3550d ago )

I don't know where these "uber" ps3 exclusives that you guys are talking about are. I haven't seen my ps3 do anything graphically that my 360 can't do as well.

Vicophine3550d ago

Yea, for developers like Volition. Take a good look at Sony's first party games...

Guitarded3550d ago

Third parties cannot afford to waste time and money learning Sonys stupid arcitcture. Sony on the other hand seems to think they have nothing but time and money. Silly fanboys!

beavis4play3550d ago

and ms seems to think they can forget developing new `1st party IPs and survive on buying 3rd party games/dlc.......silly ms and their fanboy support.

DontH8DPlayaH8DConsl3550d ago

VideoGamer.com: Technically it's generally considered that the PS3 has more power under the hood than the 360, but we just don't see multiformat games looking better on Sony's console. Why do you think that is?

DS: Graphically, in itself it's a very very powerful machine. I think the problem is you have to teach programmers how to do that. We have very very amazing programmers on our Xbox team who when they get the PS3 in front of them, it takes them forever, because of the multi-threading they do with the Cell processor. It's just how complex the Cell processor is. As people get their heads around that it gets better and you get more parity coming out, but code has to be written in a certain way for that and it's a lot more complicated than it is for the Xbox. I think you're seeing development teams now ramp up. You get people who are dedicated to the PS3 and that's why you're getting equal graphics. You see some stuff on the PS3, like Metal Gear Solid, that push it very very firmly graphically, and I'm sure Resistance 2 is going to do that as well. I think you're going to see games that are developed for each console specifically, the exclusives, really push it that way still. I think the Xbox, even though it doesn't have as much hard drive space, is not Blu-ray, you still see that it's a very very powerful machine. I think that's why games like Final Fantasy are coming over to the Xbox. It's still, in essence, as powerful, and people have their heads around that. Maybe two, three years from now when they're very much into the PlayStation cycle you may see better games come out. We don't know. I don't think anyone's really taken the Cell processor to its full potential yet.

Alexander Roy3550d ago

But... but... it's so hard to develop for!

Yes, yes it is. But apparently, you can squeeze quite some power out of that black little chunk.
This is the word from a developer. Not some random guy on the internet. Just for the record.

Guitarded3550d ago

Indicate this power is theoretical and may never be tapped either because it doesn't exist or is to costly to utilize. Who you gonna believe? Oh, right N4G.