Unreal Engine 3 on PS3

After only two months with PS3 hardware, Tim Sweeney and the rest of the team at Epic Games put together one of the most amazing demos we have ever seen of graphics driven by the NVIDIA RSX GPU.

The Unreal 3 engine demo on the PS3 was the world's first demo of a working game engine on PS3 hardware. The demo ran at a 720p resolution.

Our camera shots can't possibly convey the incredible quality and impact of ' demo, which was rendered entirely in real time on PS3 hardware (no indication whether or not it was a dev kit or an actual prototype PS3).

EA Studio's Fight Night PS3

Fight Night PS3 was also demoed, showcasing impressive graphics, facial emotions and physics running on PS3 hardware:

The frame rate wasn't perfectly smooth, but the demo was impressive nonetheless.

Final Fantasy XII

There was also a pre-rendered FF XII demo, however it seems like the game will be released as a PS2 title that is playable on PS3 hardware.

Square also ran a tech demo of Final Fantasy VII on PS3 hardware, but they have no plans to release a remake of FF VII, the demo was simply one to show their support for the platform.

Aliasing in PS3 Demos?

One thing we noticed in most of the PS3 demos was that there was still varying amounts of aliasing in the demos; some demos were better than others, but none were perfect. At the same time, a lot can change between now and the PS3's release.

Final Words

We don't really have any more words for the PS3 at this point - we were amazed by its technology, by the demos, but at the same time Spring 2006 is a full year from now. More on PS3 and Xbox 360 this week...

Update: I've posted some more PS3 and Xbox 360 thoughts in my blog if you're interested in more analysis on today's announcement.

Playstation 3 Demos


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  • AnnihilatorX - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    "why 7 controllers? "

    Because the Cell has only 7 SPE units :P
  • cryptonomicon - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

  • probedb - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    Finally maybe consoles that I'll buy :) I hope they do 1080i over component and not just HDMI or we're screwed! Reply
  • Cdeck - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    i had a feeling the ps3 would smoke the xbox 360. ms's only hope was to get theirs out early.

    any word on sony's online gaming? free? not so free? hardwired to your bank account like ms?
  • ElFenix - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    37 - if you count the number of controllers in the PS3 connectivity picture on page 3 you get 8. one of them is connected with a solid green line rather than the dashed blue lines of all the others. as the USB stuff is marked with green lines, i guess this is just a wired USB controller. as the controller is blue like the rest, i guess maybe each controller could be wireless or plugged in. Reply
  • sprockkets - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    why 7 controllers?

    seems the only way one is going to be perhaps better than another console another is due to physics processing.

    by the time it's ready to be made, they might as well make the cell processor on a 65nm process.

    dual gbe and other stuff does make for a lot of potential, at least for networking in the house.
  • Jynx980 - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    Very nice pictures of the demos. Its gotta be tough to get a decent shot in the pit.

    Any word if the games have to support 720p like the Xbox 360?
  • Xajel - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link


    nice introduction anand

    sorry but i just make a small translation to arabic and post some info's in three Arabic forums with a links ofcourse to our lovley anandtech website and a note to mention that all info's are from here...

    forums are
    Montadayat Al Bahrain ( Bahrain Forums )

    Multaqa Al Bahrain ( Bahrain Online )

    Arab Hardware ( Arab Hardware )
  • bob661 - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    Wow. I wasn't expecting this. How about those Unreal shots? Reply
  • Pythias - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    Aw! Did i hurtems widdle feewins? Reply

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