More Details on Xbox 360 Source Engine

Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi has offered Next-Gen a few more tidbits on the recently announced Xbox 360 version of his company's Source 3D graphics engine. Earlier this week Val...

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TheMART6254d ago

Nice. This is good news:

"Adding a bit more detail to the announcement, Lombardi said that with a PC and Xbox 360 version of Source, titles could be ported back and forth more easily. “We've moved our entire toolset to the 360 so developers have equal functionality and ability to create on both platforms, and in a manner that makes it very easy to create multiplatform titles in a timely fashion,” he said."

"Although both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will be receiving their respective versions of Source-based Half-Life 2 (bundled with Episodes 1 and 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2), Lombardi added that “We're not currently working with Sony on PS3 middleware.”"

That means 360 really will receive the best cross format games, and will have them sooner, if not only. With DX9 standard and the API 360 control of effects which can do about the same, if not better (the DX10 is a fixed set of instructions, the 360 API control can be designed whatever MS or gamedeveloper wants it to), Source and Unreal Engine 3 it is just a good fit with 360!

This kind of strategic alliances will proof the 360 to be the best base for games in general, which is a very, very good thing for 360 owners

Capt CHAOS6254d ago

Interestingly, I also suspect that PC games will port to the 360 with greater ease too.. Remember, many gamers are already using dual core machines and their architecture isn't all that different from the 360's (in terms of general purpose CPUs).

Wow, Now I just need to see a list of Source engined PC games and just wait for them to appear on the 360..

THAMMER16254d ago (Edited 6254d ago )

I've been seeing allot of the Sorce on the web lately. I have to say that it's really awesome news that next the gen consoles will take full advantage here. The SOURCE engine seems to have the potential to turn out some awesome games.
Again why do I see people voting lame here? We are gamers...... right? Why are some people so eager to show people how much they fronting in this B!tc#'s!!


Should EA Follow Call of Duty's Developer Cycle for Battlefield and Release Spinoff Franchises?

EA following the Activision route of releasing a Call of Duty title every year for the Battlefield franchise could be a good thing for fans.

-Foxtrot14h ago

They can't even get their main games right

Nitrowolf214h ago(Edited 14h ago)

I know, which might do the franchise wonder if another dev made their own take on it, or made a better game.

Outside of COD releasing every year, they have three studios working on the franchise, with three different games. At least when one is really bad you have another studio to look forward to

But knowing EA, they'd prob find a way to screw it up. At least there's Respawn head now leading one

just_looken10h ago

They as in dice if ea tossed the ip to another dev it would be interesting to see what we get.

isarai9h ago

They need to follow everything they were doing before 2012

OtterX5h ago

Like mentioned in this article, why have we not had a Bad Company 3? BC2 had such personality and the destruction in mp was quite amazing for its time. Heck, remake BC2. Probably my most played military shooter of all time.

Husker42c14m ago

Or remake Battlefield 2. That's my favorite in the series.

anast1h ago

They should turn it into a mobile pay to win game.


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