215w ago - The folks over at IGN went over the latest issue of Famitsu magazine and revealed that Final Fantasy XIII won't require a PS3 HDD installation.
They also made a comment on loading times, and how the only time you will see them is when the transition from town to field occurs.
The devs Tetsuya Nomura and Motomu Toriyama commented on how they did this because they wanted to create seamless environments with no loading.
To quote: "Toriyama also shared some technical details on the game. Save data will take up 500KB. Trophy data takes up 3,080KB (yes, it looks like the game supports Trophies!). In case you were stocking up munitions for a big system wars battle, there won't be a hard disk installation.
Worried about load times? Don't be. The only time you'll see load times is when you transition from town to field. Once you're out on the field, the game is seamless. Toriyama explained that the game's tech staff tackled loading early on in order to keep the experience as smooth as possible."
221w ago - We now have a Final Fantasy XIII release date, elixir and some new PS3 gameplay footage available courtesy of gmoya909 via YouTube.
To quote from CtrlAltKill.org (linked above): "A YouTube user went to the Final Fantasy XIII premiere party event and posted footage of his game play on YouTube. In these videos they show off different summons and some new game play features that we haven't seen before."
Finally, from the video descriptions: The first reveals a new fight showing Snow, Sazh and Vanille. The second shows Snow summoning Shiva along with Vanille and Sazh. Finally, the last shows Lighting summoning Odin, and Lighting doing odin sginature final blow Zantesuken.
235w ago - For awhile now, 1080p has been a topic of great Internet debate as it relates to the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII.
In fact, one doesn't have to look for too long via Google search to realize that there is still division as to whether FFXIII supports 1080p.
The debate ranges to everything from the usual non-specific 'hell yes' or 'hell no' responses, right through to in-depth technical jargon as to whether it is indeed presented in 1080p native (believed to be the best HD quality) or whether it's merely presented in upscaled 720p format (ala Metal Gear Solid 4).
A little E3 birdy has sent us the word that Final Fantasy XIII may not support 1080p.
Apparently the PS3 demo of FFXIII was not displayed in full screen mode during its showing, which begs the question as to whether it offers full bells and whistles support for the Full HD setting.
241w ago - Gaming in high definition provides the best possible picture and sound quality, and allows us to play the games they were meant to be played.
The Final Fantasy series has had a long history of amazing prerendered cutscenes and equally as beautiful real time graphics.
With the wait until FFXIII launches we can't help but think how good these graphics can get. The folks over at Intermezzo ran a series of comparison shots of the Japanese demo on high end HD TV's and the good old family analogue.
The models used to compare were:
• 14 inch Sony WEGA (2000)
• 50 inch Pioneer plasma (2006)
With about $3,600 and six years separating them it wasn't going to be hard to guess what the results would be. What was surprising however was how bad the analogue picture looked even without the comparison.
With square promising that they were working hard on making it so that text was readable on SD TV's we may have another case of unreadable text that was found in Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts and Capcoms Dead Rising.
The economy being in the state that it is, those who haven't yet purchased a HD TV may just have to settle on these blurry graphics for just a while longer... although...