According to GameDaily.biz, Mystic Game Development has announced that EMotion FX 3 is now available for the PS3. This middleware is a "real-time character animation SDK designed for multi-core processor systems." The Cell processor included in the system incorporates 8 SPEs. This is one of those technology upgrades that few people understand, but can really benefit the console if utilized correctly.
"We are pleased to join Sony Computer Entertainment's Tools and Middleware program for PlayStation 3. The next generation EMotion FX, which was released last year, was specifically designed to take advantage of the latest advances in next-generation hardware focused on parallel processing. Now that EMotion FX 3.5 is available on PlayStation 3, we are looking forward to seeing what game developers will do with it," said John van der Burg, Development Director of MysticGD. "The EMotion FX product has been meeting the character animation needs of game developers since 2001, and our clients are driving the changes that we make to the EMotion FX product. They wanted next-generation performance, memory efficiency and cross-platform support, as well as clear focus on reducing the artist effort required to deliver high-quality next-gen character content in their games."
While graphics will always remain secondary to gameplay as long as this is an interactive medium, the visuals are clearly the second most important factor these days. With this new middleware program, gamers should be able to expect a definite artistic upgrade in the future for various titles. If you hadn't already noticed, character animation is a pretty big deal with many recent and upcoming titles, and those animations just got another boost.