We’ve heard it time and time again from first party developers in regards to an in-house title and the PlayStation 3. “It’s not possible anywhere but Sony’s PlayStation 3.” While this is usually a tired and played out sentiment — Dan Sochan, producer from United Front Games’ ModNation Racers, gives an in depth reason as to why the “Play. Create. Share” title isn’t possible anywhere else.
Speaking with PSU, Sochan had the following to say, “The PS3 hardware is very powerful. Since it has a built in hard drive, we know everyone will have it and they can save a lot of content. We created a file system that keeps tracks small (only a couple of kilobytes) and the transfer time is very minimal. We wouldn’t be able to build a community like this on the Xbox Live. Everyone can get involved because the PSN is free, and with Sony’s servers you can do direct sharing.”
This is one of the obvious benefits of allowing direct sharing between users like Sony has provided since day one. Fortunately, developers like United Front Games are starting to take heavy advantage of things like that in order to create a truly unique experience on the PlayStation 3.
ModNation Racers is due out on May 25th, 2010, so we don’t have that long to wait!