Naughty Dog has often said that only the PlayStation 3 is capable of producing their virtual visions, but did you know that Uncharted 2 almost didn't "fit" on Sony's machine?

We're talking about a super ambitious team that wants to get the most out of themselves and as a direct result, the most out of the equipment they utilize. They're shooting for the stars again with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception , and as Naughty Dog boss Christophe Balestra told Edge , they actually "have to be uncomfortable."

"If anyone on the team makes a face like, 'Oh, we're f*cked', then we know we're good. We have to be uncomfortable. Three weeks before shipping Uncharted 2, we couldn't even fit the game in memory. The day we have no solution to that, that's going to be a real problem."

So how to fix the problem? Simple. Make it fit. Balestra says the team "will always go beyond what we have at our disposal," and he referenced the newly released burning Chateau scene shown in Uncharted 3 . But wait…if the game's predecessor already maxed out memory, how the hell is the third installment going to fit? Balestra uses the "six-lane freeway" analogy that refers to the PS3's SPUs: the first Uncharted used two; the second used all six, but at "street car" level of performance. The third still uses those six lanes…but at Formula One performance.

"We're at full speed, optimising code specifically for the SPUs. It's a great resource because [SPUs] are extremely fast, and if you optimise they get faster than you ever thought they could be. That's where the quality of our images comes from."

If we could give them a medal, we would. Maybe somebody should .

Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

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maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Naughty Dog is the best developer in the world.

No question about it.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

One of, one of.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

No, they are…

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Disagree Scarecrow. ND games really have no fault.

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

cant really say that i dont think i havent seen em do enough games yes uncharted is amazing but i'd like to see them make different types of games…..i wanna see an rpg


Last edited by Godslim on 1/5/2011 11:53:37 AM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

What Max is saying is they are the best at what they do in terms of actual game development. They have been able to use the PS3 in ways no other developer has been able to. I agree with Max. They are the best. Santa Monica Studios is right behind them.

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

hey, don't forget GG, or even PD

ABUrabad
ABUrabad
9 years ago

what's good also about them that they are welling to share all ideas and procedures they develop to maximize the limits of the PS3 with other PS3 developers such as SUCKER PUNCH which will lead of course to lift up the general quality of all PS3 games in front of its competitors


Last edited by ABUrabad on 1/5/2011 12:31:00 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Indeed. inFamous 2 is certainly looking Unchartedesque in terms of graphic fidelity.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

That's exactly what I am saying Jawknee.

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

exactly my point of view.

1st party helping other 1st party = better games for us gamers

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

Hell yeah! ND and PD are the best game developers at what they do. They know how too use Sony's machine.
PD is just late on epicness… we'll wait for updates.
GT5 is awesome but not epic.

manofchao5
manofchao5
9 years ago

whoever thumbs downed that comment, im gonna have a mob on yo ass
dont deny the truth!

unless you think Pd or some other 1dt party dev is better in which case good for you


Last edited by manofchao5 on 1/6/2011 3:38:26 PM

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

Interesting what can be done when developers spend quality time with the PS3…I can only imagine what this is going to be like at "Formula One" if U2 was only "street car"…

godsman
godsman
9 years ago

It's amazing how much they pushed on Uncharted 2, when Naughty Dog only consider that as mediocre coding.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

I would certainly classify U2 as a Streetcar….
……"A Streetcar named DESIRE"


Last edited by BikerSaint on 1/6/2011 3:35:54 PM

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Uncharted 3 = Red Bull's X1 car

Naughty Dog has always done this. This is actually not something new when it comes to developing some of the most graphically stunning games.

Crash Bandicoot still remains one of the best looking ps1 games on ps1. The Jak series featured almost Pixar-like quality and huge/beautiful environments. Uncharted, yeah, you know the deal.

360 is like addition (algebra and the like)

ps3 is like multiplication + division + fractions + complex fractions etc. (calculus)

Yup, I'm calling it GOTY already (and I'm always right).

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

I can only imagine how much it would suck to write all that code.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

That's what developers should do, but no! now almost all of them luv to b*tch about everything, I remember how this made bad press in the early PS3 days, great that it didn't flopped just imagine how awful would be gaming with MS being the overall leader of HD consoles.


Last edited by Oxvial on 1/5/2011 11:01:51 AM

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

Please, I don't want any nightmares tonight.

thank you

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I'd quit playing console games. PC and Nintendo would be it for me.

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
9 years ago

They have to be admired for their pursuit of excellence.

Still, let's hope their analogy street/f1 car analogy turns out to be people-carrier/sports car.

Gives plenty of room for UC4 to get to F1 level.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Naughty Dog is awesome. 'nuff said

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

It's going to be a long year waiting for UC3. Glad KZ3 and Infamous 2 are coming out to tide me over.

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

and resistance 3 and motorstorm and sorcery and team ico and and and….uh! my head.

you know whats coming, happy gaming to all 🙂

A2K78
A2K78
9 years ago

"Crash Bandicoot still remains one of the best looking ps1 games on ps1."

Wrong..Soul Calibur is technically best looking title in terms of visuals on the PSone hardware(System 12 system board).

http://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=535

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

I believe Scarecrow said ONE of the best, not THE best.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

And anyway Soul Calibur is on the Dreamcast, if your refering to SoulBlade (SoulEdge) then no it's really not.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

He's referring to some arcade hardware.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

http://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=533

A2K78 your URL is for system 12. Namco's arcade boards for games like Tekken and Soul Edge were based on system 11. System 12 was augmented to a higher spec than the PSX.

A person could compare the gulf of processing between System 11 and System 12 by observing Tekken 3.

Nearing T3's release on PSX, gamers, like myself, were concerned how close the port would be seeing that it would be the first conversion that was being ported down to the PSX. Thankfully, Namco did an excellent job.

IF there's any T5 owners out there, they can play the arcade version of T3 (a bonus within the game) and do the comparison themselves if they also own the PSX rendition of the game. You'll find the arcade version had polygonated backgrounds and other smaller changes–better sound, too.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

These guys truly are masters of the PS3. The entire industry should take note.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

They need to hold a conference and invite all the lack luster developers. The ones who complain "drrr, teh PS3 is to hard" and teach them a thing or two.

Really now…how hard can it be if you're motivated?

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Knowledge is power right? ND probably laugh themselves to sleep every night over how dumb their competition is.

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

First people to invite: ACTIVISION then EA

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

These guys are dangerously talented. No other game has the polish that UC2 had and from the words I'm reading here, no other dev understands SPUs like they do. If I was their competition I'd be tearing apart their code to figure out what the heck they're doing to make their games so gorgeous.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

God of War III is pretty damn close. All it needed was some better vistas and scenes like the The Steads of Time from God of War II. Then it would be right there with Uncharted 2.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Go ND! 😀

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

If ND taught other Devs their secrets we might be living in a worlfd where people are modivated and aspired to create something like uncharted

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

I meant world sorry.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Have they not worked on a single layer disc to date. I'm now imagining Uncharted with double the story, double the play length. Pretty much double everything, and it's looking good.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

They're talking about memory (RAM), not total file size.

alcrowley
alcrowley
9 years ago

I suggest to everybody watch the "making of" videos of the Uncharted games.
You'll be absolutely in awe at the folks who work in this company!
I remember a programmer commenting how they optimized the code from U1 to U2 in Assembly. Anybody here ever tried to code anything in Assembly? Not easy to say the least!
I can't even grasp the level of complexity these guys work!

Naughty Dog, Santa Monica, Insomniac, Media Molecule… o/

NazzyQ
NazzyQ
9 years ago

I just bought that Edge issue in which Uncharted 3 and the ND interview is featured. It's well worth a look, if you live in Europe.

DjEezzy
DjEezzy
9 years ago

God of War 3 was almost neck and neck with uncharted 2 graphically. Its a game to behold for sure. I honestly think Uncharted 4 may come on the ps4. Maybe not. I guess we'll see.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

That would be wicked, but I have high hopes for the engine Skyrim will use. Bethesda may have massive issues, but graphically the games got better from Oblivion to Fallout3 and from there to New Vegas. (You kind of have to blame the jaggies and pop in for New Vegas on Obsidian)

NazzyQ
NazzyQ
9 years ago

I don't think open world games can match Uncharted's graphical fidelity. Though, infamous 2 is looking pretty sharp

lil3incher
lil3incher
9 years ago

Naughty Dog is by for the best ps3 game designers ever, they understand the ps3 better then anyone else, xbox licks balls

SvenMD
SvenMD
9 years ago

This game is definitely going to be one hell of an amazing ride!

SilentMassacre
SilentMassacre
9 years ago

Wish all developers had the determination that ND has. It's truly incredible how dedicated this team is. Studios should take note.

ABUrabad
ABUrabad
9 years ago

I dont know , but would this new development at harvesting the SPUs increase the life span of the PS3?
and beside that it may also encourage the further development of the mighty CELL Processor to get more advanced and more utilized by future PlayStation consoles .

I hope so