Naughty Dog: Uncharted 2 not possible on Xbox 360, only PS3

August 29, 2009

Naughty Dog: Uncharted 2 not possible on Xbox 360, only PS3Uncharted 2 is looking absolutely fabulous. The original game was already great but looks to have been improved in every single way. Uncharted 2 is, of course, a PS3 exclusive from Naughty Dog. But is the game actually possible on the Xbox 360? Not according to the developer of the game, Naughty Dog.

With the release of the PS3 Slim at a new, lower price point, and the price cuts for the Xbox 360, the two home console that aren’t the Wii are now more closely matched than ever. Seriously, they are now similarly priced, similarly powerful, have the same sized hard drive, and pretty much the same games. Which makes exclusive titles now even more important. One of which is Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, a PS3 exclusive due out later this year.

Exclusive games are sure to be the killer component in splitting the competition between the PS3 and Xbox 360 this holiday season and beyond. Sure, other factors will no doubt come into play when people are deciding which console to plump for, but titles which aren’t available on the rival console are clearly an important part of the equation.

Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 have a pretty good line-up of exclusives on the way, although I’d suggest that long-term, the PS3 edges it. One of the biggest titles is Uncharted 2, due for release in the U.S. on Oct. 13. Christophe Balestra, co-president of Naughty Dog, recently gave an interview to Ars Technica about the game and stated unequivocally that it would be impossible on the Xbox 360.

Balestra said:

I guarantee that this game couldn’t be working on Xbox 360. It would be impossible. I’m 100 percent sure of this.

First of all, we fill the Blu-ray 100 percent, we have no room left on this one. We have 25GB of data; we’re using every single bit of it. It’s the combination of Blu-ray and hard drive. You can play the entire game without loading. We don’t require an install. We’re doing all the post-processing effects on the SPUs [Synergistic Processing Units]. The quality of the depth of field we have, you can’t do that on the Xbox.

We’ve invested a lot of time maximizing the power of the machine. That’s our job, to make the PS3 shine.

Filling the Blu-ray is a fair point but then there is an easy solution. It’s known as ‘extra discs’. If Final Fantasy XIII is possible on the Xbox 360 on this score then so is Uncharted 2. And that pretty much seems to be Balestra’s only argument as to why the PS3 exclusive Uncharted 2 wouldn’t be possible on the Xbox 360.

I don’t buy it. Sure, it might look a little different on the Xbox 360 due to the way each console handles graphics and processing. But looking different doesn’t mean impossible. I just think this is a classic example of overstating the case for the defense.

It seems every exclusive title has to be talked up until the developer is blue in the face, probably at the behest of Sony or Microsoft. But Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is looking good enough in its own right to sell millions of copies and be a system seller to boot. So this kind of BS isn’t really necessary.

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