EA explains why Madden NFL 08 runs faster on the Xbox 360

When it comes to a videogame franchise that gets the most repeat business, it’s hard to tackle the dominance of EA Sports’ Madden NFL games.

For football fans, Madden is the game to get every early fall. This year, the Madden NFL 08 release is extra special for those on warring sides of the console superiority debate. EA Sports made it no secret that the Xbox 360 version of the game would be the best console version of the game that is capable of running at 60 frames-per-second.

Sadly for Sony faithful, EA Sports said that the PlayStation 3 version of Madden NFL 08 will run at around 30 frames-per-second – half that of the Xbox 360 version.

Although reviews of the game following its release on Tuesday indicate that the PlayStation 3 version of Madden NFL 08 isn’t unplayable due to its choppier frame rate, the Xbox 360 version is vastly preferred for its smoother animations.

Fanboys will surely use the technical differences between the two console versions to support their own side, but the truth may be as simple as a different learning curve. A gamer emailed EA Sports inquiring about the differences between the two versions, and received a response from Rob M., EA Sports senior technical support, with an explanation, as posted on Maxconsole.

“While we fully understand your frustration with the limitations the technology has placed against the video frames per second of the game play on the PlayStation 3 game console, it was our intent to put out the best possible with Madden across 10 platforms,” wrote Rob M. of EA Sports. “While it is very simple to draw a conclusion based on the end-user experience with the game technology, what most people do not realize is hours of research which goes into fully understanding the hardware demands for each console.

“In the case of the next-generation consoles, many publishers have been developing titles for the Xbox 360 for over 3 1/2 years while everyone who publishes now for the PlayStation 3 with the exception of Sony has been developing for the PlayStation 3 for only a little over one full year. The differences in the overall knowledge of the hardware is vastly different for both consoles and, as is the case with newer technology, it is very difficult to get it right the first time.”

The response from EA Sports notes that 30 frames per second is the standard for all PS3 football games this year, not just Madden, but also NCAA Football, and 2K Sports' offerings as well.

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