220w ago - The producer of Final Fantasy XIII Yoshinori Kitase has told Dengeki Magazine, as reported by Kotaku, that the retail version will use nearly 100% of the PS3's power.
To quote: The producer was speaking to magazine Dengeki and stated: "Doesn't the demo use about 50 percent of its power? Of course, I think the retail version will make use of nearly 100 percent."
If you didn't realize by now, the demo for the game was already completed sometime last year and as we told you yesterday and once again reiterated by Kitase, remaining time is to 'finish up the tail end of the development.'
He also revealed that their won't be any disc swap issues due to the use of Blu-Ray and the PS3's hard drive. For those who are interseted, here are some translations of the specific questions that the interviewer asked:
Interviewer: How much of the PS3's powers do you think the game will utilize at the end?
Kitase: I think around 50% for the demo version. For the final product (just before it's released), I think it will use around 100% of its powers. It is the same situation with FFVII and FFX where we fully utilized the powers of the PS1 and PS2.
Interviewer: Since the PS3 has Bluray, there shouldn't be too much trouble with storage?
Kitase: If you are talking about using a single or dual layer disc, there isn't really a problem with storage space. However, the PS3 also has a hard drive. Depends on which one you are talking about, but there's still some work to be done on the memory side of things.
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regardless of whether or not the game actually utilizes 100% of the PS3's power, FF games, especially ones that first come out for a console, always were graphically superior and overall just great games [FFVII, FFX]. this means that FFXIII should not disappoint, even if it doesnt use up all the PS3's power. and if it does, that doesnt mean that games wont get any better, it just means that they wont look as great as FFXIII promises to be.
either way, on the topic of a 360 port, i highly doubt that it will actually be ported, especially if it does use 100% of PS3. if it is ported, who is gonna want to buy a game that they have to change 5 discs to play?? this is a reversion to the old days [PS1,PS2]. one of the best attributes of next-gen gaming is that the storage media is sooo massive that they shouldnt even be making games that need to change discs.