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GDC Austin: Turbine boss says MMOs will “revolutionize” consoles

Saturday, 19th September 2009 20:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Craig Alexander, Turbine’s VP of product development, spoke today at a panel during GDC Austin called “MMOs to Consoles”, saying that the fifth generation of MMOs will be on consoles and even called it a “superior” platform.

“It’s the 360 and the PS3 where we really finally have the hardware and the storage capacity to develop what we consider more traditional MMOs with lots of content,” he said. “The hardware in the Wii more closely resembles the previous generation than the current one. It’s just not there yet.”

To point out the development steps, he provided slides showing the process – and told attendees that from a developer’s standpoint, working on PS3 was harder than 360, so start with PS3 and go from there.

Here’s why:

  • The Blu-ray drive on the PS3 is actually slower in seek and access time than the DVD drive on the Xbox 360. Once the Blu-ray gets up to speed, it can handle large amount of data. Just not in seeking and accessing, which is a pain for streaming when you’re playing something like an MMO.
  • The memory architecture is different. When you’re dealing with main memory, you work with “256ish MB” on the PS3 vs “512ish MB” on the 360.
  • The tools aren’t as friendly on the PS3. That includes the performance monitor tools, the debugger tools … everything.
  • Migrating a project from the Xbox 360 to the PS3 is much harder than moving from the PS3 to the 360.

Alexander feels that since it took MMOs ten years to mature on PC, MMOs will “revolutionize the console in the same way they helped grow the PC.”

Full thing through Joystiq.

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  1. blackdreamhunk

    when Turbine lose, what is to make a mmo these days? $100 000 or 1 million making a console mmo. I really hope Turbine does not cry about it over the internet.

    please stop comparing a console to a pc. they are far from the same. How meny genres does console gaming have 4 action games,fps,rpg’s and rythem music.

    consoles gaming is so far behide pc gaming is not even funny. don’t even get me started. How are you going to do up keeps on a console?

    I wonder how dumb down a MMO is going to be on a console? what are you going to do for game play, are you going to use heavy instance? what are you going to do when and if new console come out? will sony and micrsoft still support their old platforms.

    MMO’s on consoles is going to be the biggest epic fail. They are going to be so out dated compared to pc gaming mmo’s it’s not even funny.

    I can tell you that bio-wares knotor,blizzards new MMO and Guildwars 2 are going to set standards in the mmo world.

    things that no console mmo can do and will look pale in they are compared.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. No_PUDding

    MMO’s gotta be more expensive than normal HD games, becuase they take far longer to develop, and therefore involve far more man hours.

    Shirley?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. SunKing

    Superior, huh? Unless Turbine can figure out how to make a controller and headset superior to a keyboard and mouse then I’m going to have to call bullshit on them. Other genres can get away without keyboard and mouse; MMOs aren’t included among them.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. blackdreamhunk

    they spent 20 million on this console mmo and they are not going to make their money back on it.

    did some looking around, found out they spent 20 million, if I was a shae holding I would pulling out from this company for sure. I would not give them a second look, with my money if I was share holder.

    If they borrowed the money from a bank, that bank is not getting their money back any time soon.

    what a joke!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. DarkElfa

    What they mean is that they will revolutionize profits for the developers.

    #5 5 years ago