Fumito Ueda: The Last Guardian Pushes The PS3 To The Very Limit

Posted: March 22, 2011 in News
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Team ICO legend Fumito Ueda, in an interview in the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine UK  has stated that “the game will support 3D but it depends on how much the PS3 has left” – when he was questioned about The Last Guardian supporting 3D. When talking about the game and PS3’s potential, he claimed that “in terms of machine power, I have to say we are quite at the very limit.”

In my opinion, the statement is should be taken with a grain of salt; partly because many other game developers have gone on record boasting that their respective games push consoles to the limit. Contrarily, there’s also a brilliant quote from Naughty Dog, which I will post here for your reading pleasure:

“Any developer who gives you a “percent of system used” answer is blowing smoke. The truth is that every developer uses 100% of the systems power on every game. Some just get more out of that 100% than others. And game after game, we ALL get more out of systems than we did on the previous title.

Think of it this way. If the system is a glass, some developers pour in rocks till the glass overflows and then call it quits. They would claim that they use 100% of the systems space. And it is true that no more rocks fit. Some will even put in a rock too many and the game plays slow or runs funny. But there is still some space left for smarter developers. They pour pebbles into the cracks left by the rocks, and they get more into the glass. Then they call it 100% full. But some Developers will then pour in sand, to fill the cracks between the pebbles. They get even more out of the system, yet it is still just 100% full. Some developers go the extra distance, and they pour in water. Then the glass is truly full, right? Sure, but just for this title, because some of the rocks can be replaced with pebbles that do the same thing, if you work hard at it. And some of the pebbles can be made into sand. And some sand can be pressed to water. No developer ever gets a glass filled with only water, no developer has that much time, so no developer truly fills the glass

We just get more and more out of the 100%.”

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