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Bioware: Maxing Out PS3 & 360 Lets Us "Iterate On Gameplay"

Felix Kemp
BioWare, Mass Effect 3, PS3, Xbox 360

Bioware: Maxing Out PS3 & 360 Lets Us "Iterate On Gameplay"

Can Focus On Fun Over Form

What with DICE recently calling in to question the current console's visual heft, we've wondered how long we've left of the PS3 and 360's life-cycle. With most developers chomping at the bit to wrangle some new hardware - whether the Wii U can slake that particular thirst is still inconclusive - we fear our beloved Microsoft and Sony boxes may be nearing their ultimate end. However, according to Mass Effect and Dragon Age studio, Bioware, maxing out the PS3 and 360 isn't a bad thing. In fact, it has allowed the developers to "iterate on gameplay" to ensure the likes of Mass Effect 3 are the best the studio can deliver.

"In terms of actual horsepower, I think we’re pretty maxed out. I don’t think there’s much more to find," admits Bioware's Aaryn Flynn. "That said though, I think what is nice is what that gives you is an incredibly stable platform that lets you iterate on things like gameplay and iterate on things like story and things you can do that way now because you’re not worrying about the underlying technology changing from under you."

Flynn reveals that having such "stable hardware" has allowed Bioware to work on ensuring Mass Effect 3's gunplay is tight and fun, rather than worry about whether their tech is functioning properly. Personally, we're right behind Flynn. Remember on the PS2, it enjoyed some of its best games near the end, such as God of War 2. This generation isn't spent, just yet. [Now Gamer]

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gunnx  Oct. 28, 2011 at 14:48

Hang on, developers seem to have gone from saying the PS3 is impossible to work with, to we are getting the hang of it now, to we maxed it out, in what the space of about a year. Something not right there. 360 games have looked good from day 1 and the increment has been there but not massive leaps. 1st party on the PS3 have looked incredible and always outpace the shoddy ps3 ports, I think in the last 18 months, the ps3 3rd party is matching the 360. But is the PS3 really maxed out?

twattty  Oct. 28, 2011 at 22:11

Dictionary for iterate:
to say or do again; repeat

So what they mean is, they can keep bringing out the same old tosh on the existing hardware without having to go to the effort of thinking up anything new.


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