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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