console wars are still raging with the Xbox
360, Wii, and PS3
all fighting for what money is left in the pockets of gamers during
the recession. The three consoles are all selling, but some of the
major companies are seeing profits drop significantly as demand
softens.One of the great things about the PS3 is that Sony is
always adding new features and tweaks to the console via firmware
updates. In addition to adding new features to the PS3, Sony is also
working hard to make the console's operating system
that Sony has quietly updated the PS3 over the last few months
extra RAM for developers. The latest firmware update
reportedly adds an extra 70MB of RAM for the developers to use. The
extra RAM comes as a result of reducing the footprint of the PS3 OS
from 120MB to 50MB.SCEA's Patrick Seybold confirmed to the
publication the change had been made. Seybold said, "Since the
launch of the PS3, we have been continuously making efforts to
reinforce our support system to game developers, allowing them to
express their creativity freely on the PS3. As part of this support
for game development, the size of the PS3 OS memory footprint has
been reduced through network update for the game
developers."According to developers, the extra RAM is
nice and they aren’t going to complain, but gamers shouldn't expect
huge improvements in games with the extra RAM available. An unnamed
developer told Joystiq,
"Any bit of RAM helps. Generally it probably won't change
design, but might allow extra effects resolution or dynamic lights or
something. Probably more beneficial from the systems and art side
then from design/gameplay."
quote: ...Sony is also working hard to make the console's operating system smaller.
quote: 256Mb seems awfully low for a machine with a supposedly 10 year life span.
quote: Not really, it just means you can't approach coding like some jackass C# developer who needs a memory nanny to keep you from running the system out of space.
quote: Suddenly, i imagine you (c developer) talking to a young and talented 'just hired' c# developer: