- While most of this interview
with Yoko Shimomura is regarding the release of the Drammatica album, an orchestral compilation of 20 years of Shimomura's games (Kingdom Hearts, Seiken Densetsu, etc), there's a stint at the end which really shows the potential the PS3 has for allowing composers to really dish out some serious musical numbers.
After talking a bit about utilizing streaming as a means to create more complex musical numbers (and noting how things like the Nintendo DS require more clever ways to create excellent music, but stating that can be fun, too), Shimomura said that "with the PlayStation 2, sound production was mainly based on the internal sound chip, not streaming.
It was a constant battle with memory and limitations, such as the number of sound channels. With the PlayStation 3, I'm expecting to have it sound the way I please, without limitations."
So rest assured, any Square Enix titles on the PS3 will have, as always, impressive soundtracks. Now without limitations thanks to streaming.