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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  • jimmy43 - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    Have you guys seen the PS3 Launch list? its HUGE, with lots of sequels albeit, but still much more impressive than the Xbox360. Reply
  • GoatHerderEd - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    I wonder what DDR will be link on the PS3 :P Reply
  • glennpratt - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    DestruyaUR - Please, just about any piece of electrical hardware will be tested to determine a safe operating range.

    ImJacksAmygdala - Don't try to tell me that the 'before' shot is representative of a good deinterlacing job, I'll bet money that is a worst case shot. The quality you get from the faroudja chip of FFDshow has everything to do with quality deinterlacing and nothing to do with upconverting (upconverting to native res is just a necessity for you fixed pixel size users, a good display should do a good job on its own.)
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  • DestruyaUR - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    I still think the biggest problems with these consoles (both XB360 and PS3) are going to be overheating.

    The MS Dev team called a heatpiped heatsink "watercooling," for God's sake.

    They test these things in 68 degree or lower air-conditioned labs when they SHOULD be testing them in 85-90 degree non air-conditioned dorm room environments.
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  • tipoo - Thursday, April 7, 2016 - link

    Funny reading this 11 years later where they called the heat pipe in the Lumia 950XL "water cooling". The more things change... Reply
  • ShadowVlican - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    will do the same as #10

    if they remake ff7 for ps3, i'll preorder one right NOW.
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  • ImJacksAmygdala - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    #65 You might want to look at this guide to see exactly what 480I upscaled to 1080I looks like...

    http://htpcnews.com/main.php?id=ffdshowdvd_1

    This is what you can do with Theatertek or Zoomplayer using FFDshow, but certain consumer DVD players using the Faroudja chip with proper upscaling can produce the same results. One of the most popular consumer DVD players that fit this criteria can be had for $159.99. If a console that costs $499 and plays games at 720p why can't it also produce similar results?

    If these new consoles can't upscale DVD video to HD resolutions while we wait for Sony and Toshiba to hash out HD dvd video, and they can't surf the web I am not buying.
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  • glennpratt - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    ImJacksAmygdala - Xbox upscans DVD's at least to 480P. If you have a decent TV, this will look just as good as upscanning to a higher res. Really, P.scan DVD isn't great, just a small stop gap before HD DVD (you can't make something from nothing).

    I'm just hoping MS will be undercutting PS3 in big time in price when PS3 comes out, on account of the lack of BluRay/HDDVD. I really don't care to use my game console as a DVD player, especially if it's Sony's BetaMax 2006, but I will take a pricecut for the loss.
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  • ImJacksAmygdala - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    Did I miss something? Does it play DVD's or not? If it does will it upscale DVD video from 480i to 720p or 1080i? I will be a bit miffed if I spend $400 on a Xbox360 or a PS3 and it can't even upscale DVD resolution while it plays games at 720p. That would just be retarded.

    And what about web access? Can I surf the web from my couch?

    HD Games, upscaled movies, and surfing the web all from my couch. The first company that gets this right has the winning console that should be more popular than TIVO.

    I guess I'll go back to spending money on HTPC parts and fighting compatibility and setup problems.
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  • slatr - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - link

    Neither of them were sucessful in delivering the last round of high end GPUs on time and in anywhere near the volume that these units will demand.
    ******
    Is IBM making both the processor and the GPU for the new consoles? Maybe they can do better than that Taiwanese outfit.. TSMC or whatever
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