Unlocking the power of the PlayStation 3's Cell processor is a difficult task, but how much so? High Moon Studios' (Darkwatch) technical boss Clinton Keith tells Next-Gen how much the Cell has to offer and how his studio plans to bust the processor wide open.
Late last week, Vivendi Games and its game studios wrapped up a workshop with Cell microprocessor co-creator IBM. The point of the "Cell Summit" was to help Vivendi-owned studios such as High Moon get to know the PlayStation 3's complicated CPU.
In the midst of that workshop, Next-Gen caught up with High Moon chief technical officer Clinton Keith, who spearheaded the two-day gathering. Here, he talks about the complicated nature of PS3 development, when developers will fully realize the PS3's power, the trade-off between ease-of-development and sheer power and working with IBM further down the line.