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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  • sxr7171 - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    Man, I hate Sony, but I have to admit that this thing is very nice. Let's see when it actually comes out though. The dual 1080p output is unreal, but what's with the aliasing? Can Sony ever get rid of it? I really am beginning to feel sorry for Nintendo at this point. I hope they have something that can keep up. Reply
  • milomnderbnder21 - Monday, May 16, 2005 - link

    "i'm glad there keeping blu-ray. plus built in hard drive. and something very smart."

    It's removable. And we don't know that it will even come bundled yet, though it would be dumb not to do so.

    "I never even looked at the x-box. I was afraid it'd crash 4 times a day. :P"

    Seriously man, what are you, stupid?
    Reply
  • mrgq912 - Monday, May 16, 2005 - link

    OKay disregard question 2. GDDR3 VRAM is the ram being accessed by the GPU.

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  • mrgq912 - Monday, May 16, 2005 - link

    okay. 3 questions:

    1) The cell has a power pc core at 3.2 ghz. But that power point slide from sony says 7 SPE @ 3.2. Does that mean those SPE's are processors as well since they are being clocked. I always thought of them as mini-CPUs.

    2) How much system ram does it have. I read it will sport 256MB XDR main RAM at 3.2GHz, and it will have 256MB of GDDR VRAM at 700MHz. What the heck is GDDR VRAM? And how does it compare to DDR3 . Is this the RAM that the GPU is accessing? Or ist that different.

    3) What teh heck is that controller? what is sony smoking...2 teraflops. And there was no mention of the removable HD being included with all consoles.
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  • Sea Shadow - Monday, May 16, 2005 - link

    Both of these systems (Xbox 360 and PS3) are very neat. They sure pack quite a bit of processing power. Nintendo better have an ace up its sleeve or this might end up as their final foray into the world of consoles. Reply
  • Pythias - Monday, May 16, 2005 - link

    I never even looked at the x-box. I was afraid it'd crash 4 times a day. :P Reply
  • ksherman - Monday, May 16, 2005 - link

    nm... just looked over at the new page... damn that controler is UUGGLLYY Reply
  • ksherman - Monday, May 16, 2005 - link

    where do you all see pics of the controlers? am i blind or are you looking elsewhere? Reply
  • Googer - Monday, May 16, 2005 - link

    With all this connectivity, I can see the future of console gaming- PS3 LAN PARTIES! Reply
  • Googer - Monday, May 16, 2005 - link

    PS3 is so L337
    XB0X is for N00Bz
    Reply

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