news\ Oct 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Uncharted 3 Dev Could Make Games "On the PS3 Forever"


We all know Uncharted 3 is going to be a great game when it releases on November 3.  But how much better could it be if it were created on a next-gen console?  Naughty Dog could be tempted into developing for the next generation, but would be just as happy to keep making games for the PlayStation 3.

In an interview with, Uncharted 3 game director Justin Richmond said, "We're interested in the next generation just as much as everybody else, but in terms of making games... we could keep games on the PS3 forever. It's an amazing platform."

Community strategist Arne Meyer added: "We still manage to eke out a lot of power. At the end of Uncharted 2 we kept talking about how far we pushed the PS3. We went back and were like, 'How can we push this even more?'. But we found a way, and that's the thing. We somehow found a way to do it, and we can still keep doing it, I'm sure."

Richmond continued, "The PS3 is an amazing platform, and Sony's been an amazing partner. We've really refined our tools on this thing, so making games on it is kind of a dream."

"In Uncharted 1 ..... We were using about 50, 60 per cent of the [PS3's] power and there was a bunch of stuff we hadn't optimised yet," explained Richmond. "While the machine was running at full capacity, there was a bunch of stuff that was super, super un-optimised. And then with Uncharted 2 we moved everything over onto the SPUs, which are the six processors which run in parallel. When you do that, you can accomplish a lot more in the same amount of time, in a given frame."

"With this game, we already had that technology. It was, 'How can we take what's running in that bit right here, and optimise it even more, put even more things in there?' That's how we get more out of the machine."

I understand taking the time to optimize the game so that it makes full use of the current consoles, but I think fans would agree that it's time for a new console.  Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are over 5 years old, which in technology years translates to about 80.

He concluded: "Right now our code is 100 per cent optimised to run on the SPUs, which is amazing. It lets us do things that no-one else can do. But we also recognise the fact that other studios have a hard time with that, that it is important that Sony creates tools that other people are able to use as well as we can."

Uncharted 3 will be released November 2.

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