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Sony offer PhyreEngine for free cross-platform development

by Steven Williamson on 22 February 2008, 12:25

Tags: PlayStation 3, Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE), PS3

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Optimized for multi-core systems

CES 2008 At the Game Developer’s Conference, Sony has announced that their cross-platform graphics engine, PhyreEngine, will be free to developers.

All that is required to develop a game on the PC and then get it up and running on a PS3 is a ‘simple reconcile”, say Sony, but it is also just as simple to create Xbox 360 games. Recent example of games utilising the engine, include DiRT, fl0w and GripShift.

According to Joystiq, the PhyreEngine package includes "full source code and artwork" of sample game templates and will work on both OpenGL and Direct3D.

PSN@Home claim to have unearthed evidence that Sony could also be developing a new PS3 debug unit, which could potentially lower the cost for developers creating games on the PS3.

If developers do snap up Sony's free engine offer it should mean that we’ll see more simultaneous cross-platform releases and much better ports for the PS3.

Source :: Joystiq

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