Final Fantasy XIII Shines on PS3



Since the PS3 first launched, some 3rd party devs couldn’t find the time to polish the PS3 version of their multi-platform games. This is still going on today. Sega’s Bayonetta is a latest example. It wasn’t a total mess on PS3 but it was the obvious inferior version when compared  to it’s 360 counterpart. The PS3 version had to ‘improved’ by Sony themselves and not Sega.
We’re just days away from the launch of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII in the US and EU and it’s come to everyone’s attention that the PS3 version is finally the superior version for a change.  This should come as no surprise since the game was developed initially with the PS3 in mind. So, exactly what makes it better you ask?

Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360 isn’t high-definition and the videos are heavily compressed causing highly visible blocking and smearing, further reducing detail/clarity.
Full Motion Video: PS3 = 1080p | Xbox 360 = 576p
In-Engine Video: PS3 = 720p | Xbox 360 = 576p
Realtime: PS3 = 720p | Xbox 360 = 576p

Apart from generally reducing clarity, 576p resolution of realtime graphics blown up to 720 or 1080p increases visibility of aliasing (jaggies) despite the extra blurriness over the whole image.

PS3: 1 dual-layer (50GB capacity) Blu-ray Disc
Xbox 360: 3 dual-layer (6.8GB capacity) DVD’s stacked on one spindle

The PS3 version requires no pre-installation, automatically background-caches to the harddisc and rarely shows it’s loading. Without performing an optional install before playing on Xbox 360 (18GB, DVD swaps still needed), transitions from video to realtime graphics have a delay and other loads are lengthier.

As for sound output options:

PS3: LPCM / DTS / Dolby Digital 5.1
Xbox 360: Dolby Digital 5.1 only

Could this be the reason behind Square Enix’s recent FFXIII photoshop fiasco?

In the end of the day, however, both versions of the game should play identical. Noone outside if the internet blog-asphere will probably care for the differances.
It’s just nice to know that a PS3 version of a muli-platform game is the graphically superior one.


Written by: Sakinah - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by lordincubus on March 4th, 2010 [ 185 Points ]

    Nice…This is a big thing for the PS3. Gamespot does alot of side by side comparisons and I hope they show this one.

  2. #2 by Darrin on March 4th, 2010 [ 17143 Points ]

    You can almost always get higher quality audio on PS3 games if you have a traditional home theater setup. Doubly so if you have one of the more recent HDMI receivers that handle LPCM audio.

    I’m not surprised about the number of discs and pre-recorded FMV disparity, but I am surprised that the in-engine video is higher res on PS3…

  3. #3 by Royalty32 on March 4th, 2010

    What is compressed graphics. I hear alot of ppl saying the 360 isnt real HD, they use compressed graphics. I never knew what that meant and still dont. Help!

  4. #4 by topps3games on March 4th, 2010

    I wish more publishers would do this, otherwise whats the point of paying the higher premium for a ps3 over an Xbox if the games look the same.

    I guess this will happen more often now, as HDTV are becoming the norm in most household, well at least here in the UK, as there no point going 720p or higher on a SDTV.

  5. #5 by Darrin on March 4th, 2010 [ 17143 Points ]

    360 definitely has HD video. I don’t know what those people you mention are referring to…

    Almost all video files, video discs, and video streams are compressed. Generally real time video generation from a computer or console that is directly connected to a display is not compressed.

  6. #6 by Royalty32 on March 4th, 2010

    well i guess should my question be what the difference between real-time graphics and compressed

  7. #7 by jizwad on March 4th, 2010

    Get over it. This comparison is cool at the beginning of a generation to see if one console is significantly better than another. While 360 generally edges out PS3, the margin of victory is so small that it is irrelevant. I don’t even look that these comparisons anymore (probably why most sights quit doing them in reviews), as I know that 99% of the time they are close enough that I will just buy the ps3 version, so I can have (free) online, and not have to listen to loud fans, or worry about it breaking, buy batteries for controllers, etc.

  8. #8 by JimmyMagnum on March 4th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    @Royalty: real-time is video that is being rendered as it happens by the game’s engine. In its usage here, it refers to the gameplay itself. The in-engine video, too, is also real time. The other, pre-rendered stuff is the FMVs, but they are all compressed on the 360. Compression happens on most video, though, but some are compressed more than others (and in this game, pretty much everything on the 360 side had been greatly compressed). The more compression you get, the worse it looks. Basically, compression is used when scaling down the size of something so it would fit onto the media (both sound and video I might add).

    Less compression would mean higher quality, since the media would be more faithfully reproduced from the uncompressed source material. Since most of the video in FFXIII ran at 1080P, the PS3 was more able to render that because of the space available on Blu-Ray. Since the 360 already had to be put onto multiple discs, they had to scale a few things back to keep it reasonable, so they compressed the video and audio, which is why the 360 sits at 576P and can only do Dolby Digital 5.1

  9. #9 by jizwad on March 4th, 2010

    Textures are also compressed often, which would make things muddy even during gameplay. Things have to be compressed a fair bit before you really notice. For example most digital cameras default to a compression which makes their file size about 8x smaller than it would be uncompressed, and that doesn’t bother people.

    The irony here is that the images on this post are so compressed that there is really not any significant difference.

  10. #10 by Royalty32 on March 4th, 2010

    Aw ok so it that what they do to the ps3 version when 360 looks better. Like beyonetta. Is that compressed on ps3 and not 360.

  11. #11 by JimmyMagnum on March 4th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    that might not be bad compression at all, as it could just be lack of support on porting the game to another console

  12. #12 by Fleakitten on March 4th, 2010

  13. #13 by Legion213 on March 4th, 2010 [ 675 Points ]

    Royalty32: What is compressed graphics. I hear alot of ppl saying the 360 isnt real HD, they use compressed graphics. I never knew what that meant and still dont. Help!  

    Maybe what you are referring to is how the Xbox360 isn’t true 1080p? Almost all games especially if they are intense graphically. Are only 720p. But the 360 up-converts the image to 1080p. While the PS3 does not. It shows the game in it’s native resolution.

  14. #14 by Royalty32 on March 4th, 2010

    So a game like GoW3, which the game director says is all real-time no CG. Has this ever been done before or do they try to play it off to the untrained eye. Im mean it all looks real time to me and it looks fantastic even better than U2.

  15. #15 by mcloki on March 4th, 2010

    There’s wiki’s available for you Royalty. Use Google. But since 90% of your posts are trollish, I don’t care.

    Anyways.

    This is the reason we all bought PS3′s, we read and understood the tech specs of the machine when it was created. Like a Lambo that is finally seeing a clear stretch of road, the PS3 is living up to it’s promise and pulling ahead.

  16. #16 by TheRealMaxPower on March 4th, 2010 [ 960 Points ]

    There is ALWAYS COMPRESSION with video!!!! MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 are two of the most common for Blu-Ray, but not the only ones. Audio is almost always compressed. Dolby HD and DTS HD Master Audio are compressed too, it’s just when they are brought back out they are exactly the same as before compression.

    Anything over 480p is HD!

    I really want to see these two running next to each other. Stats are great but the 360 and PS3 are different machines and the 360 can scale to 1080p, PS3 can’t (remember all the bitching about no 1080i support for old HDTVs). MW2 was only 600p and that is one fantastic looking game.

    This game should look and perform much better on the PS3. I don’t think the differences will be as large as these stats make it seem. IGN should put up a comparison video that will give us the goods.

  17. #17 by Trieloth on March 4th, 2010 [ 3426 Points ]

    Are people really gonna get this for the xbox? just wondering.

    Errr Mr. MaxPower, my old HDTV did 1080i and I set my PS3 to that setting and for some strange reason..it worked. Crazy. As a matter of fact my second PS3 is doing that right now. If you dont believe me, come on over and I will show you.

    Anywho I cant wait to see how gimped the game is. Next tuesday cant come fast enough.

  18. #18 by JimmyMagnum on March 4th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    i just have my receiver upscale 720P games to 1080P and they look marginally better (the receiver does a really good job of it actually)

  19. #19 by Gibb on March 5th, 2010 [ 2415 Points ]

    “A friend of mine” never played any FF games, would that ruin this game for him in any way? Or would it just be the opposite?

  20. #20 by Royalty32 on March 5th, 2010

    @ mcloki, what the hell are u talkin about. Ur an idiot and ur tryin to start shit for no reason at all. Sorry im not a tech geek, thats why im askin these question. Im just tryna get a better understanding. All the questions i asked ppl answered with good answers, they didnt think i was bein a troll. [edit] Please keep it civil …

  21. #21 by TheRealMaxPower on March 5th, 2010 [ 960 Points ]

    After watching the comparison video I don’t see much of a difference at all. It was all game-play and that is what really matters.

    If I didn’t have a PS3 and wanted to play this game I would not hesitate at all to get it for 360. This isn’t like the Bayonetta fiasco where the game had a lot of other problems besides the visuals. If you asked a PS3 owner what they thought of Bayonetta I am sure they would have said it was a great game. Ignorance is bliss with these comparisons.

    Trieloth: It may work, but only at 480p. If your old HDTV doesn’t do 720p and you want to play a 720p game, you get 480p. http://ps3.ign.com/articles/746/746492p2.html

    This is one of the big mistakes by Sony. Every year that passes it becomes less of an issue as people upgrade to new HDTVs. Still would be nice to have PS1 games upscaled by the PS3 to avoid introducing lag.

  22. #22 by mcloki on March 5th, 2010

    Spoken like a true troll.

  23. #23 by Royalty32 on March 5th, 2010

    Ur an idiot

  24. #24 by fleakitten on March 5th, 2010 [ 26489 Points ]

    Quit the bickering you guys or I’ll sick my cat on you.

    For those who doubt the 360 isn’t as good as the PS3 version…

    “The rumours are true. Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360 isn’t anywhere near as impressive as it is on PlayStation 3. The real kicker is that it’s a lot worse than it should have been.”

    Source

  25. #25 by Royalty32 on March 5th, 2010

    Tell that to mcloki. He’s startin shit for no reason. i know i said shit in the past to make ppl scratch their head now but get over it. I apologized to evryone plus now i own a ps3 slim so wtf.

  26. #26 by Trieloth on March 5th, 2010 [ 3426 Points ]

    MaxPower my TV does 480p, 720p, 1080i. :/ I can tell the difference. Anywho it almost seams like Iam giving you a hard time. my bad

  27. #27 by Royalty32 on March 5th, 2010

    Aw man u coo, shit i was a dick and ppl was tired of it. I would to, i completly understand why ppl dnt like me on here but i said i was sorry, man enough to apologize to evryone. i own a ps3 now and love it. Yes i still do like the 360 but obviously i made my decision. Anyway i dnt wanna agrue wit ppl on here i just wanna add my comments just like evrybody else.

  28. #28 by AJ on March 16th, 2010 [ 515 Points ]

    More and more new Blueray games will be superior in PS3 than in 360 in the future…

  29. #29 by Porter on March 16th, 2010

    It’s a shame that both versions couldn’t come out as great as the PS3 version, but I personally find the 360 version to look fantastic, so I can’t complain. It’s unfortunate the industry has such crazy standards and release delays are almost always out of the question, perhaps one day they’ll be a bit more lenient on such things and polish both versions to the same great level.

  30. #30 by Emor on May 23rd, 2010

    The game was linear, but I still loved it. GORGEOUS Graphics. Great characters and some of the best music in the series. I Can’t wait for Final Fantasy Versus 13 now :).


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