December 26, 2005

PS3 Developer Kit is slow. Extremely slow.

Posted in General, Press Reviews at 8:16 am by playstation3

I found this on PS3Updates today:

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The current Playstation 3 developers kit is 10X slower than it should be according to an executive who spoke on condition of anonymity to BusinessWeek.

Sony’s next Playstation will feature high-definition DVD playback and a custom multi-core Cell processor.

According to the publication, Sony failed to deliver an upgraded graphics chip from Nvidia in Nov. to game developers.

“The graphics chip was supposed to be ready by November. But we’re still waiting,” the exec said.

Sony dazzled media and analysts at the 2005 Electronics Entertainment Expo in May on behavioral physics demonstrations using the Cell processor and Nvidia’s new RSX GPU.

However, the authenticity of the demonstrations where questioned after several pieces of footage looked like video playback rather than demonstrations produced on hardware.

In 2000, Sony boasted aspects of the Playstation 2’s Emotion Engine processor that would allow developers to render human emotion through digital media. However the hype stopped dead when the console’s launch games failed to produce visuals close to what the company had initially demonstrated.

Sony and Microsoft have locked in a tussle over the power of their respective next-generation offerings.

Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison told Gameindustry.biz that the Xbox 360 is not and true HD console, citing its lack 1080p resolution and high-definition DVD playback.

* My Review *

When I was a game developer my life was a hell :)… I hope they are not asking those guys to work on such a slow platform. It must be fixed first.

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1 Comment »

  1. nick botulism said,

    It’s news like this that makes me think that the PS3 will be released much later than spring.

    I suppose the good news is that the real-time demos we’ve seen so far have only shown a fraction of its ultimate power.


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