Thursday, February 21, 2008

GDC 2008: Sony Unveils the PhyreEngine

During the PLAYSTATION Network session yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment unveiled the "free to use graphics engine" known as the PhyreEngine. The engine will allow developers to more easily develop games for the PLAYSTATION 3 by using PC environments they are more familiar with. Sony promises "ongoing development and support" for their new engine.

The engine has already been used, even in some multiplatform titles. They revealed three titles that uses the engine: flOw, Gripshift, and DiRT. That means they've actually helped the development of Xbox 360 and PC games as well.

Sony is putting up a good case here. Use their PhyreEngine to make games on the PLAYSTATION 3 first, guranteeing high quality games that will match their Xbox 360 counterparts, or even exceed them. Start games on the PLAYSTATION 3 and they will be better for both PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 owners, thats the message.

When we get more on this new PhyreEngine, we will be sure to update you.

[GDC08: PhyreEngine, Sony's new (free!) cross-platform engine]