Everyone always talks about pushing the PlayStation 3 hardware, but let's not forget that the PSP is a very capable little handheld. The upcoming MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is really going to test the limits of Sony's portable!
According to a recent NowGamer interview with BigBig game director Richard Ogden, we still haven't seen everything the PSP is capable of, and Arctic Edge will be one of the first titles that really takes advantage of the machine's significant power. Said Ogden:
"MotorStorm: Arctic Edge really does push the machine. We’ve got more physics and damage and destruction going on than most other games on the system. As to whether there’s more that can be squeezed out; most definitely. We’ve been working with the hardware now for a good few years and we’re still finding ways that we can squeeze more out of it."
We know some of you are skeptical that a technically proficient PS3 series like MotorStorm could make an effective transition between the two very different platforms. But Ogden says you needn't be concerned, as the team will bring the "full MotorStorm experience" to PSP owners, and in fact, he says there "really aren't any major constraints when translating a PS3 game to PSP." He admits they have to lower the resolution textures and of course, they can't use as many polygons, but he promises it'll still "look great on a small screen."
Now, our big question is this: should consumers start paying more attention to the PSP, now that developers like BigBig may be starting to push the system to the limits of its capacity? I mean, look what Ready at Dawn did with God of War: Chains of Olympus …perhaps there's a lot more to be excited about in the PSP's future than some gamers would've imagined…
Related Game(s): MotorStorm: Arctic Edge