GDC 2009: Sony presenta il PhyreEngine 2.40

Sony annuncia dal GDC 2009 di San Francisco il PhyreEngine 2.40.

PhyreEngine 2.40

Al Game Developers Conference 2009 di San Francisco, Sony ha presentato la versione 2.40 del noto motore grafico in dotazione al kit di sviluppo software per la console PlayStation 3.

“Siamo molto felici di vedere la popolarità di PhyreEngine con la comunità di sviluppatori di gioco globale”, ha detto Teiji Yutaka, Senior Vice President, Software Platform, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “Ci ha aiutato a dimostrare il nostro impegno per la comunità di sviluppatori del gioco e ha permesso molti sviluppatori ed editori di prosperare su PS3. “

Un esempio di questo lavoro può essere visto Mercoledì 25 Marzo, al GDC 09, quando Matt Swoboda, ingegnere senior del team PhyreEngine di SCEI Euro R & D , presenta la sua ultima ricerca sul tema “Illuminazione differita e Post Elaborazione su PLAYSTATION ® 3” nella hall #3002 alle 4 pm PST.

Oltre a sostenere le necessità immediate della crescente comunità di utenti PhyreEngine 2.40 comprende un nuovo grande sistema di “renderig del fogliame” che fornisce gli strumenti e le tecnologie che permettono di generare alberi e piante in modo ultra-realistico sfruttando procedure sulle SPU. Questi possono quindi essere facilmente integrati nei giochi in aggiunta ai nuovi esempi di luce in dimostrazione con le tecniche di “deferred rendering” basate su SPU.

Chris Kingsley, il CTO e co-fondatore della nota software house inglese Rebellion, “Anche se la Rebellion è famosa per la forza della sua tecnologia di sviluppo di giochi in-casa, PhyreEngine mette a disposizione un codice ottimizzato per PS3 che potrebbe aiutare i nostri programmatori a transitare verso la PS3. “

Bryan Marshall, CTO di Codemasters ha aggiunto: “La tecnologia PhyreEngine ci fornisce un’ottima base per costruire la nostra tecnologia su PS3, sfruttando al massimo le macchine. La loro profonda conoscenza del sistema PS3 è una grande risorsa e il sostegno fornito è di prima classe. “

Di seguito il comunicato ufficiale:


Game Engine provided with PLAYSTATION®3 Software Development Kit has been widely adopted by the game developer community since GDC 2008

San Francisco, March 23, 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that PhyreEngine 2.40, the latest version of the popular games development framework, has been released to PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) game developers and publishers, capping a successful year since its initial announcement at GDC 2008.

PhyreEngine is a graphics rendering engine provided under a license that allows it to be used by any PS3 game developers and publishers as well as Tools & Middleware licensees in their products. The engine uses sophisticated parallel processing techniques that are optimized for the Synergistic Processor Unit (SPU) of the Cell Broadband EngineT of the PS3, but can be easily ported to other multi-core architectures. As a result, PhyreEngine has been newly-adopted by dozens of game studios in the last year, now appearing each month on the PlayStation®Store or on Blu-ray Discs.

Some of the more recent developers and publishers to adopt PhyreEngine include (in alphabetical order):

* Australian developer Big Ant Studios. Ross Symons, their CEO added “PhyreEngine has cut down Big Ant’s development time significantly while allowing us to fully harness the power of the PS3. PhyreEngine has given us the opportunity to focus less on tech and more on creating good games.”

* Veteran Ukrainian studio Boolat Games, who will self-publish their platform/puzzle game topatoi on PlayStation Store soon.

* UK-based studio Doublesix Games, whose game Burn Zombie Burn will be released in Europe and North America later this month. Jonathan Hobson, Lead Programmer, commented that “PhyreEngine allowed Doublesix Games to begin development of our first game Burn Zombie Burn immediately and rapidly, without initial financial outlay or dedicated tech development time. It is a neat blend of clever, high-performance code that the SCE tech teams are famous for, with a modern, well designed, and easy to use set of interfaces and tools. In a matter of weeks we had hundreds of animated zombies running around at a fairly solid frame rate. The extensive set of sample code meant that we always had an idea of how to do things and on the rare occasions that we didn’t, the PhyreEngine support team was fantastic.”

* Bristol, UK-based studio FluffyLogic, whose PlayStation®Network title Savage Moon was released in December 2008 in European regions and January 2009 in North America. Will Bolam, FluffyLogic’s Director of Technology noted that “PhyreEngine was a great solution for FluffyLogic during work on our first PS3 title Savage Moon – loads of useful components we could use straight away to get the game up and running, easily extensible during development of game-specific code and great support from the PhyreEngine team.”

* Tokyo-based studio Game Republic recently released Catan using PhyreEngine in Japan.

* Famous Japanese studio IREM published PachiPara DL (DownLoad) Hyper Sea Story In Karibu in July 2008 in Japan.

* Bulgarian studio Ivent Games, who are developing the third-person action game Strength of the Sword. Georgi Rakidov, Lead Programmer, commented “I see PhyreEngine as a complete game engine suitable for all types of games. The support is just outstanding, with a nice balance between improving old features and adding new ones – most recently the terrain and the foliage utilities.”

* New French studio Lexis Numérique whose PS3 title Brooklyn Stories (working title) is currently in development.

* New Portuguese studio Seed Studios, whose real-time strategy game Under Siege will be released later this year. Lead designer, Bruno Ribeiro, noted “PhyreEngine enabled us to rapidly prototype our game and provided a solid and efficient foundation to explore the potential of the PS3.”

* New Paris, France-based studio Spiders working on their as-yet-unsigned RPG/Action disc-based game Mars.

* US studio thatgamecompany, who released Flower in North America and Europe in February 2009. Their lead programmer, John Edwards commented, “Flower is thatgamecompany’s second game using PhyreEngine and it won’t be the last. Support is friendly and responsive and the code is mature to the point where you just download, build and go. PhyreEngine’s suit of PS3-optimized utilities lets us spend less time reinventing the wheel and more time making games.”

* VectorCell, Paul Cuisset’s new studio, whose PS3 title The 7th Seal (working title) is currently in development.

During the last year, a range of new fully functional “game templates” were released, including support for Havok Complete XST, NVIDIA PhysXT and Bullet for physics, making it even easier for game teams to kick-start their development process. In addition, a host of white papers have been made available describing the techniques used within PhyreEngine, helping a broader community of game developers to improve and extend the features of their proprietary game engine code.




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