It is no question that Xbox 360 and PS3 are the only HD consoles at the moment with Nintendo’s Wii U coming out next year, has the developers squeezed all the juice out of these gems after 6 years? Well, not quite.
It seems that the PlayStation 3 has still a lot to offer in terms of the performance compared to the Xbox 360 released by Microsoft in 2005.
Julien Merceron, Worldwide Technical Director for Square Enix, commented to IndustryGamers, “Some consumers could have gotten the feeling in 2006/2007 that – graphically – Xbox 360 games were more advanced, but today it is quite different in fact!”
He continued, “Personally, I’d say that – on PS3 – I believe there are some major improvements that can still be done, taking advantage of parallelisation and using more of the CPU for graphics tasks. At the end of current home Console life cycle, it is very possible consumers might get the feeling PS3 is slightly ahead of Xbox 360 in terms of graphics, but it will only happen if developers dedicate time to really push things on PS3!”
Team Ninja’s leader, Yosuke Hayashi, mostly agrees. He sees Sony’s platform as having a slight advantage in the last few years of this current console cycle. “PS3 came out a year later than the X360. Because of its later arrival, I would say that the PS3 has a slight advantage in performance,” he said.