Rockstar: PS3 Contributed to GTA IV Delay

In Fall 2007, Grand Theft Auto IV was suddenly delayed until 2008 due to "technological challenges." It was widely speculated that those challenges came from development difficulties on the PS3. Today, for the first time, the issues stemming from PS3 development were publicly addressed by Rockstar product development VP Jeronimo Barerra in a story on MTV.com.

"It's really no surprise to anybody that the PS3 was definitely a contributing factor to that. Now, we're neck and neck," said Barerra. "That's not an issue anymore. But back then that was something we were taking into account. That's not to say there's anything wrong with the PS3 version. It's awesome. They're both identical."

Grand Theft Auto IV was recently confirmed to be finally touching down April 29, 2008.

News source: Game Daily

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(bloodrain said @ #2)
what does that have to do with anything?

The PS3's multi-core "cell" vs. traditional single core CPUs are a hump development companies have to get over, so to learn to adapt to that, alongside the extra-cost involved currently with developing games for multi-threaded systems, the PS3 is somewhat harder to work with.

Once they get used of it though I figure it won't be as big a deal, some companies I think are already comfortable with it.

Yeah, but the 360 has 3 FULL cores. While the PS3 is very different and compared to programming for multiple cores, the Cell adds additional dificulties on top of that since you can't jsut say that that and that core will exlcusively work on this, since it only has one real full core, and a lot of small partners who can do neat thigns just not the neat things you really need them to.

I watched the Game Invasion HD promo video and the game is not graphically impressive in comparison to other PS3 titles and the gameplay looks to the same recycled scenarios of the previous games with new characters. This title looks like it has only one purpose and that is to milk the franchise, you want to do something radical and reinvent the franchise and maybe I'd have a reason to go out and buy it.

I believe the developers always push new ideas and find ways to really polish their titles before releasing. Hell, San Andreas itself goes to show a world that was simply made "too big" for gamers to handle. They've always done well in trying to step it up a notch while giving decent gameplay.

As for graphics, I really could care less what they looked like. Hell, they look decent enough if you ask me. Any more realism and there'd be an outcry from angry mothers around the world who think GTA is the reason their child acts out. :P

(Budious said @ #5)
I watched the Game Invasion HD promo video and the game is not graphically impressive in comparison to other PS3 titles and the gameplay looks to the same recycled scenarios of the previous games with new characters. This title looks like it has only one purpose and that is to milk the franchise, you want to do something radical and reinvent the franchise and maybe I'd have a reason to go out and buy it.
When have Rockstar and GT been the leader in cutting edge graphics :P I mean, I love GTA but it's not the prettiest game...no no no

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