Insomniac’s Chief Creative Officer, Brian Hastings’ love letter to the PS3


Mr. Hastings is admittedly sensationalist and controversial while I normally expect developers to be a little more cool-headed and reserved. If you are a PS3 fan, this is a must read. Some of the points he raised are old ones, but it’s definitely got plenty of interesting bits.

It’s a little long to repost here, so follow the links at the bottom of this post.

I’m really excited to hear about the CPU advantage. I’m certainly a tech programmer myself, but it’s hard to get a good feel from white papers and specs. You really need to work with the hardware and tune it with some performance intensive software that you are very familiar with.

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Ungated repost at NeoGAF

Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor

  1. #1 by Segitz on March 27th, 2007 [ 1470 Points ]

    There was a thread at B3D forums about the BFS (breadth first search) algorhythm being ported to the Cell…

    The original optimized Pentium 4 (?) code was 60 lines long, and in less than one week they ported it to the Cell with a 20 fold increase in speed and lines of code^^

    Yes, manpower isnt cheap, but look at way they have done! If it is worth it, it will be done, especially in first party games. And seeing Hastings saying that Sony finally gives out first party code to be used by third party, this is not such a big problem in the long term!

  2. #2 by Sporty on March 27th, 2007 [ 95 Points ]

    It was only last month that the Havok 4.5 engine was fully optimized across all SPUs on PS3 making it 5-10 times faster then version 4.0. Too late for Oblivion and Motorstorm but considering how many games use this engine (including Halo 🙂 that improvement should show in the next generation of PS3 games.

    With Sony working so closely with middleware developers we should expect to see more improvements like this.

  3. #3 by PSN ID# Lifendz on March 27th, 2007

    Sounds like a very fair statement. Have you read what one of the guys at Epic had to say? This is the company responsible for Gears and they’re talking like PS3 is the ONLY choice.

  4. #4 by Pc on March 27th, 2007

    I already read the blog over at insomniac and i loved it because everything he said was sooo true !! 🙂

  5. #5 by Sporty on March 27th, 2007 [ 95 Points ]

    It is kinda funny how most sites that are reporting this do so with a disclaimer that he’s a Sony exclusive developer. Yet they (Gamespot, Kotaku, iup) leave out the MS viral marketing part and fail to mention the frequent dining and swag they receive from MS.

  6. #6 by Segitz on March 27th, 2007 [ 1470 Points ]

    That “guy” from Epic happens to be Marc Rein, their CEO, to be exact.

    To be true, I also wouldnt mind a free MS notebook… I can talk smack too, you know… The PS3 has less memory and cant do AA^^

  7. #7 by Extinction on April 12th, 2007

    “The PS3 has less memory and cant do AA^^”

    False on both counts. It has the same amount of memory, and can do AA.

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