PS3's power locked away, says Free Radical

CVG caught up with Dave Doak of Free Radical Design fame at a recent press event in Paris where he was there to showcase the latest build of FPS Haze.

A lot has been said of how PlayStation 3 is a challenge to develop for but Doak says this isn't unusual and most developers face the same challenge when getting to grips with a new system. "Its strengths are obviously that is has a lot of processing power. Its weaknesses are that its processing power is locked away at the moment," he told CVG in an interview. "But everyone's going to hit that wall across all platforms at first."

Doak sees the challenges of developing for new system becoming increasingly more complicated as technology shifts. "As people continue to make bigger and faster games, this will change as the technology isn't scaleable anymore because everything's going to be multi-core. It's not going to be two or four processors; it's going to be 64. And everybody is going to have to learn to make software for that and that's the big challenge that everyone faces. Developers are looking for skills that you can't get off the shelf anymore. Our best developers at Free Radical have leant those skills at the company, not anywhere else."

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Xbot_Killer5134d ago

it's what I've been saying all along, the only devs complaining are those who are used to microsoft development tools and their bloatware mentality. The PS3 is a whole new landscape that they will have to adjust to while others are already off to a fast start.

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Babylonian5134d ago

Could you please say that again when MGS4, FFXIII and Killzone 2 come out. And it would also be nice if you said that when Uncharted and Heavenly Sword and NGS come out.

Xbot_Killer5134d ago

a streamlined version of OpenGL and C++ are not Microshaft development tools, has Billy been stealing people's work again?? lol

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hulk_bash19875134d ago

I hope u can take ur head out of ur ass long enough for you to hear this. I own a PS3 and a 360 because im excited for both of the consoles exclusive titles so u can scratch that only the "sony only" community would spend $200 more on the PS3. Im sick and tired of people who dont own a PS3 like yourself bashing it, you sound like a sad little boy trying to justify your console purchase. N e ways i know why i bought a PS3... because of the games that are going to come out, same goes for my 360. I mean who goes and buys a system and only thinks about the present??? its also about its future. I mean i didnt get a 360 until a year after it launched because nothing interested me until Gears, but i didnt go around bashing it because i never tried it for myself. And i bought a PS3 2 months after launch because for the longest tym i wanted to play Resistance. So there you go, im done with you... you can put you head back in your ass now.

Xbot_Killer5134d ago

I stopped reading after he said Oblivion rated higher on the

I could point to 10 different reviews that say the PS3 version is the best one but what would be the point?

if he had any intelligence he woulda bought a PS3.

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sumfood4u5134d ago

Like a Resurrection it's true self is holding back for now! Slowly but Surley it will unleash Phenomenal Style Gamers haven't truly seen yet!

Shake5134d ago

I hate this thing ,I hate U!ps3 is cool sometimes,I guess.....

CyberSentinel5134d ago (Edited 5134d ago )

Show and prove. Thats the bottom line. Quit talking, and get back to work. Put up, or shut up.

@3.1: You are right and wrong.

1.) Right - I'm not going to get a ps3.

2.) Wrong - I AM, waiting to be convinced that the ps3 can do ANYTHING, (besides play blu-ray movies, and be more expensive) that the 360 can't do.

@5: Keep waiting B3y0nd.

@7: That was then, THIS IS NOW!

@4.2: If [email protected] doesn't sell more units, Their gonna have more in common with the Gamecube, then 360 will.

p.s. do something really useful with all that money, and buy some ps3 games with it, somebody's got to. [email protected]

@3.2: Why do I care? Isn't it obvious? I want MS (360) to win this console generation. You must have graduated at the top of you GED class.

@12: If you think I'm gonna read your lame, long-winded speech, think again. Like I said lemming, The FACTS speak for themselves.

@7.3: Well said. Bubble for you sir. I like your usage of the word "lemmings".

@7.4: Funny. Bubble for you sir.

@16.2: I will reply, The Truth Hurts, doesn't it lemming. Great name, your gonna become very familiar with both. Retort?

@34: Lemming see, Lemming do.

Bathyj5134d ago

Devs are putting up. Or dont you read any previews?

And what do you care? You never going to get one anyway. Stop acting like you're waiting to be convinced.

Bathyj5134d ago

Thats like me worrying if Chevy will ever put leather bucket seats, turbo charger and 18" rims on the same car. What do I care if I'll never buy one.

Please tell me you have a good excuse to hate Sony or Playstation so much. Why would you devote so much of your time to something you hate?

popup5129d ago

The PS3 will be a tough nut to crack to extract the performance it sits on because its not really that cut out for traditional programming styles and thought (which is a bit silly for a games console really).

Its must be a real headache in terms of being able to showcase its advantages especially when dealing with general purpose code suited to multi platform.

For any Doubters of a scale of the Cells performance potential, it does not take long to google some but here is a bit of eye opening...

(and remember, I am not saying anything about games or the like, just hardware horsepower and technical achievement)

Slide 16 (and 32 if you like silly pictures) below

There is lots more I have discovered (if needed) but am only sharing this to give credence to the article and am yet to see anything on the PS3 that justifies this sort of "potential".

5 days till Forza 2 UK :)

TheMART5134d ago (Edited 5134d ago )

Uhm... EVERY CONSOLE has it's power locked 'away' at start.

What it really can do, will evolve in it's life cycle. Compare first games last gen to games at the end of the life cycle last gen. Games like:

Doom III
Half Life 2
God of War 2

Those games ran on CPU's that were old, GPU's that were old and very low RAM, but still most -average- PC's with much better hardware components at that time had difficult times getting those grapnics

Thus, nice marketing talk from Radical, but this works equal for PS3, 360 and yes, even the Wii

@ TheMARTreversed (oh my god another clone of me? Jees I must be really famous by now. MY GOD)

Nice name dude! I must break your post down again though.

Epic has said they used about 40% of the 360's power AT MAX. Thus, 60% to unlock still.

Furthermore, not even ONE console EVER had used up all of it's power in the first year of its life cycle. If you believe that, you're really a stupid blind ignorant fanboy. Oh wait, most PS fans are kids of 12 year old, that's why the name is PLAYstation


@ My 'evil' (I'm scared dude) twin again

Well let me break down your latest edit to prove you're a kid:

"Edit: Your right Marty boy" must be: You're

"Your their leader" again: You're. Go back to school and learn proper English dude!

"Epic---LOl 40% that explains why gears was about 2 hours long then huh." So in your view, the usage of power of the CPU/GPU of 40% makes the length of the game. You're that DUMB

"They didn't unlock more power because it wasn't their my son." --> ah well then we can say the same for the PS3: the multiplatform games are less then the 360 ones, thus the power ain't there! Resistance is a just over PS2 beefed up game... Can't touch Gears. Thus the power isn't there, PS3 is doomed

"And i knew you'd like my name and avatar by the way marty boy. LOL I'm hear to show you the light my son! LOL I'm not a clone lets just call me your evil opposite twin. " There are already some walking around here. You're not original anymore. Come around again, I'll teach you over and over again

candystop5134d ago

The 360 has a lot of hidden potential as well so I don't see how this is good news! They may never exploit the true strength of PS3 or at least for a good long while! You guy's keep falling for this one day crap and miss out on this whole generation if you want to!

Xbox 360 Will5134d ago (Edited 5134d ago )

The lame 360's power was unlocked with the 2 hour game Gears of War. So there is nothing left to unlock while games already out on PS3 have barely scratched the surface of its power yet are still comparable to Gears and the Wii well it didn't have much power to begin with. The day is coming when the PS3 will make the 360 look like a Gamecube by comparison and that day is approaching rather swiftly! Its ok don't fret maybe i'll lend you the $600 so you can join us real gamers that have the PS3!

Edit: Your right Marty boy you are famous to all the 13 year old boys and girls on Xsux live! Your their leader just like billy gates is yours Epic---LOl 40% that explains why gears was about 2 hours long then huh. They didn't unlock more power because it wasn't their my son. And i knew you'd like my name and avatar by the way marty boy. LOL I'm hear to show you the light my son! LOL I'm not a clone lets just call me your evil opposite twin.

achira5134d ago

if epic uses 40% of the xbox360 (you cant be serious about that, can you ?) than nobody wants to know how many houses will be burned by 100%. i mean thats nice, than we have fewer retarded xbots.

The Snake5134d ago

I love how Gears used to be 8 - 12 hours long. Then 6, 5, 4, now it's only 2 hours long. How long til some fanboy brings it down to half an hour?

Ignorant Fanboy5134d ago (Edited 5134d ago )

You always get alot of replys, but only post once.

Nobody replies to me.

I have been playing Gears for over 200 hours probably. So 12 is not an accurate figure. Thats how long I play each day.

Blackmoses5133d ago

Whenever you feel the slightest bit threatened or whenever anyone feels the slightest bit threaten they revert to the silliest of insults..."Grammar"! !
What is up with you, really? You know what he means, you know what he's saying and since you don't have a rather snappy comment or whip to throw back at him you go groveling in the dirt and point out grammatical errors. That's pretty childish if you ask me.

For goodness sake people, this site is not looked upon by any higher education institution and I for one am not gonna judge you or rub your face in it if you mis-spell a word here or there. If I can read your comment and still understand where you are comming from, then it's good enough for me. When a person does that, it informs me of exactly what type of mentality I'm dealing with.

Nice Mart....nice!!!

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unlock the power if ps3 and go beyond