Unreal Engine 3 Licenses GameSpy: PC-PS3 Cross-Platform Play

Epic Games has agreed to incorporate GameSpy's suite of online technology into Unreal Engine 3, under the terms that the technology will be immediately available to any publishers or developers that license the engine. PlayStation 3 and PC online functionality, along with communication tools and competition applications, will also be available to Unreal Engine 3 licensees. Epic has said it is not interested in Microsoft's Xbox Live, particularly with Games for Windows. The Xbox 360 versions of Unreal Engine 3 games will have to adhere to the Xbox Live rules, possibly hinting at Xbox 360 gamers being excluded from cross-platform play.

News source: DailyTech

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Games for windows/games for windows Live! is allready included in the UE3, No this Gamespy hack is also included in the engine.

So then it'd be up to the developer of individual games wich service they want to use

Kushan said,

So why the "Epic has said it is not interested in Microsoft’s Xbox Live, particularly with Games for Windows."?


Good point, how can it say it is not Interested in Games for Windows when those technologies are already in the engine? That sounds like a statement designed to impress Sony fans to me.

If you use the xbox controller then it's the exact same on Vista as it is on the 360, there isn't much aim involved with Shadowrun so theres not much diffrence between using a gamepad or keyboard and mouse but with other games that require more skill with regards to aiming, taking experience into account, a guy with a mouse will easily beat a guy with a gamepad, that is a fact.

SIE said,
If you use the xbox controller then it's the exact same on Vista as it is on the 360, there isn't much aim involved with Shadowrun so theres not much diffrence between using a gamepad or keyboard and mouse but with other games that require more skill with regards to aiming, taking experience into account, a guy with a mouse will easily beat a guy with a gamepad, that is a fact.

A fact indeed. Look at the days of Q3A on PC vs Dreamcast. Yes there were some very good gamepad players, hats off to them, and there was the few players who bought a keyboard and mouse for it to even their chances. But I never saw dreamcast player able to take all comers, especially when someone was firing the lightning gun. Oh I felt sorry for them with that poor frame rate.

IMO games for windows is alot better as most ppl will have VISTA by that stage and install and go... but when compared... i never liked the Gamespy network such a let down they are... any way... why would u want to cross platform a game like that... ppl who own PC copys of the game will obliterate the console players....

How do you figure? Given that UT3 is supposed to support keyboard/mouse for the PS3 that'd put them on par with PC users. Not to mention there's a lot of really bad players out there, and some people are actually quite good with controllers.

brent3000 said,
IMO games for windows is alot better as most ppl will have VISTA by that stage and install and go... but when compared... i never liked the Gamespy network such a let down they are... any way... why would u want to cross platform a game like that... ppl who own PC copys of the game will obliterate the console players....

Games for windows is not a vista exclusive, having vista is irrelevant...

Gamespy or Live!... yeah tough decision .. or not really, if I had a PS3 I'd onsider being stuck with gamespy a kind of punishment.


More so it's a definitie statement at howlacking the PSN really is, when Epic ad gamespy work together to create an alternative network

A bad move on Epic in my opinion, shame to be honest, despite being a fileplanet subscriber i've never liked gamespy, i've always seen them as an adware company .