Insomniac: PS3 won’t be “maxed out” for another two to three years

Tuesday, 27th October 2009 13:56 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


James Stevenson, senior community manager for Insomniac, has predicted that it could take up to three years before developers max out PS3.

“There’s always ways we can become more efficient. The PlayStation platforms are built with a very high ceiling and I think that’s part of the success Sony has had in creating these platforms with really long life spans,” Stevenson told CVG.

“The PS3 still feels like a young system and I feel like it’s finally hitting its prime. You’ve got the Slim, it’s at a good price point now and sales are really picking up.

“I still think you’re not going to see the PS3 really maxed out for another two to three years. We’re using all of the PS3 right now, but you can always be more efficient in the way you use it.”

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  1. reask

    I think good developers will always find ways to squeeze more out of consoles.
    I mean just look at the way the PS2 got better and better.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. pracer

    I agree with reask.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Bagpuss-RoXx

    Why do devs feel the need to constantly come out with this crap…

    There are some fundamental limits on the 360 and PS3 that no amount of ‘clever coding’ will overcome..

    Namely, 128bit memory interface and 20-25Gb of bandwidth.

    Those two factors ensure your not going to see anything fundamentally more advanced than UC2 on either platform.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. bxsentinel

    i guess that kind of puts naughty dogs comment about uncharted 2 maxing out the ps3 into question.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Robo_1

    Be gone Sir, and take your common sense with you!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. McLovin85

    FFS bxsentinel no it doesn’t. I’m still amazed that people don’t understand this.
    Devs can max out a console’s power but there are always ways to program code more efficiently so that ur squeezing more graphical/processing power out of the same hardware.

    James Stevenson just said this right here:

    ‘We’re using all of the PS3 right now, but you can always be more efficient in the way you use it’

    If i were to create a program and code it myself it would be a very processor hungry piece of software because i can’t program for shit. But if you get an expert to create the same program he’s going to be able to optimise the code etc. and thus not need as much processing power for doing exactly the same thing.
    This is why there are a couple of devs that license out their engines as they are experts in their field of work and can really squeeze out more ‘juice from the orange’ in comparison to other devs. Unreal 3, Crytek, id Software engine etc. all license out their engines so that less talented devs can still create good looking games and concentrate more on the gameplay and style of the game.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    “Why do devs feel the need to constantly come out with this crap…”
    Usually it’s because they were asked the question by a journalist. You should be asking why *they* constantly ask these sort of questions.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. pracer


    Your right. And the answer is because the response “They” get makes a good headline and people love to post ans flame about it.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    Yes – because they take them out of context and then present them to people who have little intention of understanding what was meant.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. The Hindle

    I read a N4g user say that the next insomniac game will rival Uncharted 2 and Killzone 2 in terms of graphics. He claims he was at a open day for insomniac when they said this. Dont know about the credability of him though

    #10 5 years ago

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