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CryEngine 3: PS3 vs 360


In an in-depth look at CryEngine 3 which is the latest iteration of Crytek’s incredible tech in this month’s Edge magazine, Mark Atkinson, Crytek’s director of technology, reveal some interesting information about the hugely promising console versions of the engine.  “Everyone said we couldn’t do this on a console,” he said to Edge, “We did it.”  He Claim the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of CryEngine 3 are “equivalent to medium- to high-spec PC settings” and coming complete with all the dynamic scenery and destructibility from its big brother, Crytek has high hopes for the first games to use this beast of an game engine.

Development of the cross platform tech wasn’t easy though as one could expect it really hard to run a extremely high specs engine well in a game consoles, as Atkinson says. “It’s been tricky, but we’ve got a strong PS3 engine with all the major systems running on SPUs.  With middle-ware, what you want is for someone else to do all that so the developer can just concentrate on making games.  We have parity between the platforms now: both run at the same speed.”  Although this ’same speed’ clearly depends on what the engine is doing at that particular time.  “If the game’s shader-heavy it runs a bit faster on 360; if it’s compute-heavy with physics and particles, then the SPUs take over and it’s a bit quicker on PS3.”

See for yourself in the video below, from GDC, comparing the two console versions of CryEngine 3:

Well as you can see, it appears the guys at Crytek have managed to bring out the most out of both consoles, and created an engine that will surely rival the likes of Unreal 3, once the developers have gotten their hands on it and use it to it potential. If you want to read more of the interview and get more information on CryEngine 3, you can read the initial console impressions on the Edge website here, and the rest of the article referenced above can be found in the actual Edge magazine, issue 202, which is on the shelves now, the one with BLUR on the cover. Go grab it for more info.

[Via the sixth axis]