Sony of America President, Jack Tretton has said in an IGN interview that he thinks developers are now predominantly starting to develop for the PlayStation 3 first, only porting to the Xbox 360 and PC platforms later on - a reveral of the earlier trend seen in games like The Orange Box
and Assassin's Creed
"We are now starting to see developers creating games on PS3 and then porting them to other platforms such as EA's Burnout Paradise," Tretton said to IGN
"Developers are telling us that they are starting to create their games on PS3 first and take advantage of the hardware capabilities and then port down to other platforms so we are seeing tremendous progress from the third party community in terms of what they are able to do with our development kits.
It isn't clear just how much of that statement is just PR hyperbole and how much of it is backed up by actual fact, but if true then it would certainly bode well for Sony and the much-derided PlayStation 3.
So far, many multiplatform games released on the PlayStation 3 were released earlier on as Xbox 360 or PC titles and the porting process was often lengthy and difficult to get right because of the radically different system architecture on the PlayStation 3. Reversing that trend may mean that PC gamers can look forward to dozens of poor PS3 ports instead of dozens of dodgy 360 ports - yay!
Either, next year looks to be a very interesting time for both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 - but who do you think will come out on top? Let us know in the forums