- Richard Lemarchand
, from Uncharted: Drake's Fortune developer Naughty Dog, has said that he thinks they are probably only using around 30 or 40 percent of the power of the PS3 at the moment and that the PS3 has a great, untapped potential.
To quote: Lemarchand can talk about another interesting subject, though: the prospect that, in the near future, multi-platform PS3 games will outshine the versions running on rival consoles: "There's a set of tools called Edge that were developed on the Naughty Dog premises, actually, by a group of very, very senior games programmer, some from Naughty Dog and some from elsewhere. I think it's tremendously visionary of Sony to make these tools, which are largely low-level libraries."
Before proceeding, we need to explain a little of the unique manner in which the PS3's much-admired, phenomenally powerful Cell processor works. Essentially, it contains eight mini-processors called Synergistic Processor Units (SPUs), six of which can be given tasks to perform at any given time. Lemarchand continues: "It's code that runs on SPUs, and it's to do with things like animation compression, generalised compression and rendering optimisations.
These guys are really old-school programmers: guys who are always looking to shave another cycle off...