PS3 Faster than Xbox 360, Harder to Manage

Conventional wisdom suggests that the PS3 is harder to make games on than the Xbox 360. Is it? A recent report sheds light on the subject, and GamePro speaks to Sony's dev team for the official word.

Even Sony acknowledges the PS3's complexity while admitting to its development challenges. "There is a trade-off between performance and versatility," said Sony's product development group in an email to GamePro.

"Since PS3's Cell processor allows more features -- better physics, more complex graphical processing, lighting or sound -- there is inevitably going to be more cost in supporting those extra features," Sony officials said. "It's not that PS3 is harder to write for, it's just that you can do more with it.

If a game starts life on PS3, then man-hours per feature or costs related to asset production are comparable with industry norms."

"The 360 is a different machine with good, but lower powered hardware in a different architecture. Developers have to view them as two different machines not as a common platform,"

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rusgreim4739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

..was a better format and a better machine.

It lost the war because it was too expensive and other technical issues.

Blu-Ray and PS3 will suffer the same Sony-manufactured fate.

-Edit- Lost another bubble to Sony fanfags, oh well. I'm returning the favor.

SmokeyMcBear4739d ago

betamax lost because of capacity. You often needed more than one cassette to fit an entire movie on. CAPACITY, look it up.

achira4739d ago

hahaha, keep dreaming.

Kyur4ThePain4739d ago

Do you know next week's lottery numbers too?
I know repeating something over and over makes you feel better, and you might actually start believing it, but seriously.

VaeVictus4739d ago

Blu Ray = not Sony proprietary.

jaaz4739d ago

It was porn that slayed the Betamax beast...

TruthHurts4739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

just like CD and DVD right?
Sony knows about format more than you or I.(or peter moore)
remember that.

540damn4739d ago

havent heard that one before douchebag

HowarthsNJ4739d ago

just not for home video in the US.

It became a pro format for many years. Your local and national news footage was captured on Betamax.

It was also the preferred home video format for much of the world outside of the US.

darkvenom4739d ago

you just proved that you're an idiot by the stupidity you said,get a life you little micro [email protected]!

bednet4739d ago

I've seen tapes that they use for commercials and they're still using Betamax.

I work in a building where a major TV corporation has some of it's studios.

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Violater4739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

Did the makers of Beta max have a beta max 1 & 2 before it to make billions of dollars to back it??
That is even dumber than comparing the PS3 to the Dreamcast.

@3.1 dont be a [email protected] head name one developer that said in its first generation of games that the PS2 was easy to develop for, If anything developers say the PS3 is easier now to get into because of the intuitive development tools than the PS2 was in its onset.

Whoooop4739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

Pendejo.. de donde eres??

Silverwolf4738d ago

making comments :) De donde son ustedes whoooop y violater?

snoop_dizzle4739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

the PS2 was the top dog and wasn't the most powerful.

But hey sony knows how to dominate so maybe they will again. It will just take time.

However, sony has tougher competition this time around.

Sangheili854739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

It was top dog because it was out for so long. Which isn't the same case this time around for the PS3. Now Microsoft copied what Sony did right the first time.

I am a man to admit when i am wrong. Good Game Blood GOOD GAME!

Blood_Spiller4739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

The emotion engine wasn't easy to develop for, I remember plenty of developers were complaining then just like they are now.

Here's a quote for you:
""Not only does the Emotion Engine have horsepower under the hood, but its aggressively new, cutting-edge design means that it's going to take a while for developers to really learn to use all that power. It'll be interesting to see if the PC has caught up with the PS2 by the time PS2 developers figure out how to exploit this hardware to its fullest potential."
Taken from an article on IGN -
This sounds strikingly similar to what people are saying about the Cell Processor.

Hayabusa 1174739d ago

"It'll be interesting to see if the PC has caught up with the PS2 by the time PS2 developers figure out how to exploit this hardware to its fullest potential."

When will people stop living in the illusion that consoles will out pace PCs? I know this was old, but peoplpe still say simular things today. I am no pC gamer, but I honeslty don't think consoles will ever out perform PCs.

Raist4739d ago

Of course consoles out perform PC.

Give me the price of a PC that could handle Motorstorm or Gears at the same quality level than a PS3 or a 360.

ericnellie4739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

I'm not sure how anyone has disagreed with what you said. The PS2 wasn't the highest powered hardware and it led the hell out of the market. That was a time where Sony fanboys would always say "It's not the graphics that make the game, it's the storyline and game play" Now it seems that since the PS3 is the horsepower leader this time around the tune of fanboys has seriously changed. The funny thing is - the Wii hardly has any horsepower and people are buying them like hot cakes. I don't let a company influence what I think are important gaming issues. What's important isn't always graphics, but a balanced combination of graphics, game play, and storyline...that is what makes for an awesome game. I have a PS3 and love it but, in all of it's awesome holy horsepowerness the current software selection is crap:( I know it will get better though and I'll wait it out but, even the greatest fanboy has to say to himself - "I wish things were different" if not I don't see how anyone could want this long "lull" (those are the words that Sony even used) between new games! It sucks;)

Marceles4739d ago

and before that Nintendo was out waaaaaay longer than Sony...Sony wins because they're winners, it's that simple.

snoop_dizzle4739d ago

but pertaining to Nintendo Microsoft and Sony it holds true, and even with your argument, it still holds true.

The PS2 wasn't as powerful, but did a lot better.

dantesparda4739d ago

Amen to that brother, amen! (and Im not even religious! LOL!)

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Sangheili854739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

" GamePro speaks to Sony's dev team for the official word." Of course Sony is going to say their a billion times more powerful then 360. I'm not doubting the PS3 or cell but they have been known for talking crap on 360. I believe developers before i would believe something Sony says.

I know both MS and Sony talk crap.. They all LIE!

snoop_dizzle4739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

like it or not.

I mean thats what their spokesmen are supposed to do.
Make their product more appealing.

You probably would get a better idea of whats happening from the overall community of video game developers(though they kinda have a similar issue to spokesmen, but less).

InMyOpinion4739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

They should have interviewed some developers who work on both platforms. Would have been more interesting.

*edit* If you disagree with my comment you prefer biased bullsh*t before meaningful journalism. Illiterate retards.

closedxxx4739d ago

The PS3 is IN FACT, more difficult to code for than the XBOX360. This was covered in great detail in an article last week detailing the cell architecture.
I know this may piss some folks off, but when SONY says that "It's not more difficult to program for, it is just capable of more" is a complete lie.

The article last week comparing the cell to current processors clearly states that writing code for a machine like the XBOX360 would take significantly less time and code than it would to produce the SAME result on a cell powered machine.

Fart_Bubbles4739d ago

not only does Sony development team give it to you straight but so does Dr. Dobbs(I read his article and anyone that calls him biased is an absolute moron)

"the underpowered 360" = game set and match for the PS3


Sangheili854739d ago


Could it be that simple? Haha i wanna see the new fantastic 4

soccerstar4739d ago

well not to long ago there was a console called the ps2 and it came out 1 year before the xbox and the xbox was more powerful but guess what the ps2 still outsold it even though it wasnt as powerful, the cheapest console with the best games wins every time

Fart_Bubbles4739d ago (Edited 4739d ago )

the PS2 and xbox 1 competed in a standard definition world.

this time around you have HDTV thrown into the mix.

PS3 makes HDTV's sing with joy while Microsoft is up to 3 SKU's just trying to keep up.

"the 360 is a great machine for where videogames are at.

the ps3 is a great machine for where videogames are going. "

WOW Truth Hurts, just WOW, I couldn't have said it any better if I tried. Can I make your statement my sigline?

statement of the year my friend, statement of the year.

Wargasm4739d ago

You're and idiot. Every time you open your mouth and post something it always turns out to be the most unintelligible crap i have ever read.

I could really care less who or what you are arguing for... except you just make crap up... its pretty irritating


razer4739d ago

as you appear whenever you post on this news site?

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