Developing games for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 is holding back the quality of PC games, a platform that is already "a generation ahead" of modern day consoles. That's the claim being put forward by Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli.
In an interview given to UK-based EDGE magazine, Yerli claimed that the "creative expression" of Crytek, developers of the popular Crysis and Far Cry franchises, and other multi-platform developers is being limited by the continued prevalence of the consoles from Sony and Microsoft and that porting games from the PC to the consoles leaves the experience less than desirable on both sides. Yerli stated:
"As long as the current console generation exists and as long as we keep pushing the PC as well, the more difficult it will be to really to get the benefit of both."
Furthermore Yerli added that multi-platform games cannot reach their technical potential because the current generation of consoles are almost a generation behind the cutting edge of PC gaming:
"PC is easily a generation ahead right now. With 360 and PS3, we believe the quality of the games beyond Crysis 2 and other CryEngine developments will be pretty much limited to what their creative expressions is, what the content is. You won't be able to squeeze more juice from these rocks."
It's easy to see why developers may become frustrated when developing for both the PC and consoles. The current tech inside an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is almost five years old whereas PC hardware is updated on an annual basis. The openness of the computer means that changes can be made simply and where needed and on consoles this isn't the case. However, the popularity of consoles as a gaming platform almost requires PC game developers to design their products with the consoles in mind.
As was reported last week, even the PC-heavy developers such as Blizzard, have accepted that consoles play a big part in the development of games and the company is actively seeking to release Diablo 3 onto the platforms.
Do you agree with Yerli? Are you concerned that consoles are slowing down advances in game development?
Crytek is currently developing Crysis 2, which is expected to be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms in 2011.