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PS3 Splitscreen Online is Possible |

At my friend’s place one evening we all went online together in GRAW, and got our collective butts kicked. But it was still fun that the four of us could be sitting around an HDTV with an Xbox 360 and all go online together against a bunch of opponents.

This capability is also in Call of Duty 3 for the Xbox 360, but not in the PS3 version.

As a matter of fact, I know that this capability exists in many Xbox 360 games, but I haven’t seen it in a single PS3 game. I know that the PS3 is new and all, so I wanted to know if this kind of thing was even possible on the PS3, given the different ways of logging in to the machine etc on the PS3.

So it’s one of the questions I asked Insomniac when I had the opportunity. I’m sure many of you have read the Insomniac interview already, but did you really notice this part:

Splitscreen online play is certainly possible on the PS3. Resistance: Fall of Man did not implement this feature because as a launch title we had to make some compromises in the interest of time and that was a feature we didn’t get the time to complete. However, I wouldn’t rule out seeing it in future Insomniac games.

There are two things to take away from this quote by Insomniac. One, it’s possible to have this feature in PS3 games. And I really hope that developers do start using both splitscreen and online splitscreen in their games. This is an axe I’ve been grinding for a while, but I haven’t seen any results yet! Two, it’s possible that it may be in the upcoming Ratchet & Clank game. Notice that I said “possible”. Insomniac didn’t say that they would be doing this. They only said that it’s technically feasible and that they decided not to do it for R:FoM. But the possibility exists, and I for one would be really happy to see this feature implemented.

Most impressive.

Insomniac Interview, Part II

  • Totao

    It is possible did you see that video they had on gamtrailers with warkhawk they called it split screen on demand its a great feuture and the way its use in warhawk its amazing

  • Sporty

    I didn’t know it’s possibility was in question. You can do split screen on a damn NES or hell even a DS or PSP.

    It’s not a technical feat that must be overcome. Its just that it hasn’t been implemented too much yet. From the Insomniac interview, it was left out to avoid delays so far. It will probably be in future games.

  • Splitscreen online. As in, bring other friends who are sitting on the couch next to you online with you. Four people playing online at once, from one PS3.

    Did the NES do that? Nope. DS? Nope. PSP? Nope.

  • Totao

    but like I said before warhawk will be doing this online and you wont have to stop your game when someone joins your game or gets out of it. right now I’m work and very limited to the sites I can visit but when get home I’ll post the link to the video so you can see it.

  • Sporty

    Missed the online. But it shouldn’t tax the video system any more then offline.

    Good to hear about Warhawk.

    I think Online Co-Op and splitscreen should be standard in todays age also. I think things like split screen C0-Op and some places net code are still not mature enough in the standard SDKs so each studio implements them in their own way. Also would explain why some studio wouldn’t waste time with them.

    If anything I think Sony should provide better documentation and more example code. To get the studios up and running faster. Valve was even saying PS3 online wont be able to play with PCs since they outsourced the net part to EA. To me that’s scary to hear.

    But as we enter into 2nd gen software and beyond most of these will be fixed.

  • Thanks Tatao.

  • BigChiefToiletPaper

    i want it too

  • Totao

    here is the link to the split screen footage. wow up to 3 people can join the game whether is in the dedicated servers or a game you hosting really good to hear.

  • bob

    ugh, split screen is useless IMHO