RAM available grows thanks to more compact OS

The 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 smaller.

Joystiq reports that Sony has quietly updated the PS3 over the last few months to unlock 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."

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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