Published on February 7th, 2007 | by Daniel David
Oblivion making the most out of the PS3
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion made its debut on the Xbox 360 and it is an incredible game too. With just about 200 hours of gameplay this game is will keep you occupied for a long time. The PS3 version isn’t that far off now and the folks at IGN has some good things to say about it too.
The rest of the information here was taken directly from IGN:
The PS3 version will ship with the recently released Knights of the Nine side quest but not all the plug-ins that have been released for the Xbox 360 and PC version. The PS3 version has been optimized to take advantage of the Cell processor and hardware that the system offers. As a result, the game runs a lot faster than the 360 build. Entering dungeons or buildings results in a load of 3-5 seconds, compared to the 7-10 seconds or longer for the 360 version of the game. Similarly, the amount of framerate drops or hitches that cropped up in the wilderness as you accessed a new area on the 360 have been substantially reduced on the PS3 version. There is a plan to completely eradicate these issues as the game nears release, as well as fixing a number of bugs that were present in the other builds.
The visual presentation of Oblivion has also been significantly enhanced. While it was a beautiful title on the 360, far off environmental details often displayed low resolution textures. This has been fixed with new shaders dedicated to rendering the foreground cleanly with sharper details, so rocky landscapes now have craggy appearances instead of smooth, non-distinct surfaces. While there is still a fair amount of pop-in that occurs (which can’t be helped due to the size of the world), the draw distance is farther than the 360 version. As a result, screens from the PS3 version should approach those from high end PCs running Oblivion, which is an impressive feat.
I took a look at the screens and they are quite impressive. The plug-ins that were not included in the game will hopefully be on the Playstation store sometime in the future but like how it was a most have for the Xbox 360, PS3 owners should pick this up ASAP.