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Final Fantasy XIII Xbox 360 Is Only Two Months Old

Square Enix says it just recently began the process of bringing its mammoth RPG over from the PS3 to the Xbox.

Square Enix blew a lot of minds at last year's E3 with the announcement that Final Fantasy XIII would hit the Xbox 360 day and date with the PlayStation 3 in North America. But the company didn't start working on a 360 version of the hotly anticipated RPG till shortly before this year's E3. Longtime series producer Yoshinori Kitase had this to say at the show last week when I asked how the game's cross-platform development is going.

Up to the trial demo version that was released [in April] in Japan, [FFXIII] was PS3-only in terms of development... The Xbox 360 version is definitely following after the PS3 version, but [we] were finally able to come to a point in the PS3 development where some of the staff could take their hands off and start programming the 360 version.

To be fair, Square is building FFXIII on its cross-platform Crystal Tools engine, which is probably easing and expediting the porting process to some degree. But I'm still impressed they got the game into a playable state in such a short time, as indicated by its appearance at Microsoft's E3 briefing. Here's what that looked like, in case you forgot.

  

If you're especially interested in how FFXIII is going to make the console transition, Eurogamer recently posted an exhaustive and technically informed breakdown of the forthcoming 360 port, based on analysis of the PS3 demo. If things like alpha channel and fill rate get you excited, I really recommend you go take a look at their findings. Since it looks like the differences will be minimal, my choice of platform will probably come down to my love of achievement points versus my desire for a Japanese language track--and I think you know how that's going to end up. How about you?

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Posted by InfiniteZr0

I'm gonna stick with the PS3 version.

The 360 version is obviously going to have many more disk swaps, and if there is CGI, then it's going to be crappy low res avi or something.
Edited by Asurastrike
@Snapstacle said:
" So I have to wonder; besides Tri-Ace's games, will SE make any other games for the "next-gens" that aren't FF? I really fell in love with Square's other RPGs (although they were mostly Japan-only so I had to play translated roms for a majority of them), but getting a new IP or something would be amazing. "
Square published and developed The Last Remnant.
Posted by lantus

I'll stick with the PS3 version, it's the version I always intended to buy, and I just don't think the 360 version will have the same amount of polish.

Posted by asian_pride

I'll stick with the PS3. Better graphics, more memory. Japanese audio track would be pretty cool.

Posted by Callumrides

cant wait for it 

what up with all the 
fan boy shit anyway who cares what formant you play it as long as u play
Posted by Guardian

Anyone come across a platform comparison? Im curious.

Posted by ElectricHaggis

Achievements?
Indeed.

Posted by Egge
I'll go for the PS3 version, if only because it's the original version and because it somehow feels wrong to play a FF game on anything else than a Sony console (FFXI and handheld remakes notwithstanding)...

One a side note, the last question of the post was obviously rhetorical but I still didn't get it, despite checking the links (a messy Achievements list and some random Kotaku post is just not enough to get this commentator's deductive reasoning off the ground)...
Posted by PureRok

Whichever one has the Japanese VO is the one I'm getting (unless neither of them have it... which would suck).

Edited by Al3xand3r
SmugDarkLoser said:
" Xbox 360 version looks like shit.  PS3 forever!Why do the 360 versions of games always look so much worse?This must be why nathan fillon left uncharted 4 odst and it realizes the ps3 sux "
Lol? Who? Left what? A hired actor is now used as a means to tell what system is better? You reach a new high in absurdity every day, holy shit. Can't you at least be consistent, just recently you were in Wii threads talking about how awesome the PS360 are, now the PS3 "sux" also? ROFL. Will you like the Wii more thanks to Kevin Sorbo and Mark Sheppard or something?Oh God, thanks for making my noon xD

Posted by cspiffo

I still like the return to the ATB system.  I didn't like the MMO inspired battle system in XII so much.  The game was pretty good though. 

Damn it!  Every time I think I'm not going to get the next FF they draw me back in.

Posted by TheHBK

Oh man oh man.  This is the first time I have really been disappointed in the readers here at Giant Bomb.  Seriously, either this article has gotten resonses from people who didn't read the comparison and discussion done or you guys are just PS3 fanboys to the end.  The only difference is gonna be Achievements or Japanese audio track (Even if that!).  Also, swapping discs?  What every 8 hours is too much to that?
But here is the real issue that I have with most of you responding.  THe typical response... you know what here is a classic.
asian_pride says..."I'll stick with the PS3. Better graphics, more memory. Japanese audio track would be pretty cool."  You guys seriously did not go read the comparison and discussion made of the two versions.  Better graphics?  No, they discuss how compromises have to be made to get the 2xAA on the PS3 most of the time but that they can get the PS3 version to look as good as the 360 version.  That is one of the biggest points in the article, that most developers have a hard time making the PS3 version look as good unless they leave all the jaggies in.  GTA4 made some compromises, like resolution.  So SE does not want to do that, lets see if they can.
Can you people read the fucking article, they talk about the CGI as well, how it will all be HD, even on the 360.  Also, don't blame the 360 for the game being released in 2010.  It won't be the 360 port that holds the release back, it is Square Enix and anyone who has followed the FF series will know that.  SE likes to release their FF games up to a year after the Japanese release just because they are assholes like that.

Posted by Media_Master

looks nice

Edited by ghostNPC
Amen, TheHBK.
Posted by ahriman22
@TheMustacheHero: It's like the FFX-2 Battle system. They move around too, but it's still ATBs.
Posted by TheMustacheHero
@ahriman22: Oh, well I never played X-2 so...
Posted by VeNoM

PS3 for me.

Posted by SolemnOaf

The only way I could be less interested in FFXIII is if I recieved brain surgery performed with instruments of blunt trauma.  The prospect of FFXIV is much more intruiging to me. 

If I want to battle with menus, I'll go to a french restaurant.

Posted by ahriman22
@TheMustacheHero: It's fun and the battle system isn't stale like the previous releases. It could get pretty friggin hectic at times.
Posted by TerraDelu

Man, no matter what I do, I can't get myself to give a shit about Trophies...

Posted by gangstaboy
@TheHBK: Nice comment. Whilst I choose the PS3 version at the moment until Xbox360 Japanese Voice Acting becomes news, I agree with you.
Posted by KingBroly

I don't think Achievements in an RPG is something you really want to buy a game for.  Most of them are really hard and tedious to get.

Posted by DanCarew

PS3 version because of FF Versus XIII.  I don't want one game on one system and the corresponding other game on another system.  Having them next to each other will just look weird.

Edited by Bereaver

This could easily go both ways.  If the development was started on the Xbox360 first, it would be able to be ported over to ps3 in two months as well.  Because their using cross-platform tools not system exclusive tools.

This *news* is bollocks.

*PS* You guy's gotta stop comparing multi-platform graphics.... lol....  The only way to see what a system is really capable of are exclusives designed to use each console's unique processor and video card.

*PS2* (no relation to sony)  Even if SE could make FFXIII look better on PS3, Microsoft wouldn't allow it.  So we will truly never know. *******FACT*******

Posted by Otzlowe
@Brackynews said:
" I'm fine with buying and playing both.  With a staggered release window it's not a pain, it's a privilege. ;) "
Thank you.

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C'mon people. Console wars are positively moronic. Arguing over who has the better hunk of plastic is worthless when you consider that the point is to play games. That is, unless you want to always have to pay more money to have unfettered acess to every game developed. In that case, keep trying to find the e-peen insert jack on the back of your console. I'm sure it'll pay off eventually.
Posted by Bouke

I also love me some achievements!

Posted by Eriktion

I'd really like a special edition FFXII PS3 slim bundle with some gorgeous artwork on it. I'd pick up a second system if that happened, price drop or not.

As for the fanboy "war" - Only Time Will Tell!

It's kind of cute in a way that this will be the 360's FFVII, with 4 discs (or more). Let's hope that too many people don't fall in love with FF only to realize that the next FF game for Xbox is 5 years down the road, or they might cross over to the dark side.

Posted by babz

ps3 alllllllllllll the way, no disk swapping trust me that get hella enjoying

Posted by silkyskeeter

LoL just love seeing all these fanboy/girl comments.....all you ps3 fanboys/girls do know that ps3 is a monster to make games for right...well you should if you are a true fanboy/girl... with that put out there....THERE IS NO TRUE VERSION it is MADE on PC then PORTED then reworked for the system that it is put on.....so ps3 isnt and never will be the true version of ANY game let alone this one.  The reason there was a working 360 version availible for e3 was because....listen carefully......360 is the closest to pc you can get on a console so the transition is alot easier and smoother process unlike the transition from Developement to Ps3 which any developer will tell you is a task in its self let alone the creation of the game.

Eitherway doesnt matter to me I have every system so most likely I will get it for what ever system has exclusive content for the game...if both are identical...I wil probably buy the 360 version just for coding sake.......Square has a bad reputation for having coding problems in their games (look at any Final Fantasy or Squaresoft game or SquareEnix game) so there will most likely be higher accurances of that in the Ps3 transition but....if ps3 has exclusives like they did with Ninja Gaiden.. I will get the Ps3 version..... I guess time will tell

Posted by Sliqcore
@silkyskeeter said:
" LoL just love seeing all these fanboy/girl comments.....all you ps3 fanboys/girls do know that ps3 is a monster to make games for right...well you should if you are a true fanboy/girl... with that put out there....THERE IS NO TRUE VERSION it is MADE on PC then PORTED then reworked for the system that it is put on.....so ps3 isnt and never will be the true version of ANY game let alone this one.  The reason there was a working 360 version availible for e3 was because....listen carefully......360 is the closest to pc you can get on a console so the transition is alot easier and smoother process unlike the transition from Developement to Ps3 which any developer will tell you is a task in its self let alone the creation of the game.Eitherway doesnt matter to me I have every system so most likely I will get it for what ever system has exclusive content for the game...if both are identical...I wil probably buy the 360 version just for coding sake.......Square has a bad reputation for having coding problems in their games (look at any Final Fantasy or Squaresoft game or SquareEnix game) so there will most likely be higher accurances of that in the Ps3 transition but....if ps3 has exclusives like they did with Ninja Gaiden.. I will get the Ps3 version..... I guess time will tell "
Wow, are you seriously calling anyone a Fanboy right now? You're looking pretty hardcore as a Fanboy yourself here.  As far as you knowing what what process the developers are using to create the game; I'd say you probably have no idea. Unless for some reason you are involved with their proprietary "Crystal Tools". It's all a shot in the dark unless you are working on the game, especially with all the methods and software that exist at this point. As for no true version; you can absolutely develop software specifically for intended hardware.   
 
Square is building FFXIII on its cross-platform Crystal Tools engine
 
Caution! FANBOY material: As far as PS3 requiring more effort when it comes to software; I'm sure it's pretty damn easy to code 8-bit but I damn sure don't want to play it. With every new, advanced and improved system design we will require different, more extensive levels of direction for the software to utilize the new capabilities and intricacies of the hardware. Everyone knows NES games are way easier to code so why even bother with your beloved Xbox 360? 
Posted by OllyOxenFree

Nice bump, broseph.

Posted by itsmattadams
@OllyOxenFree: I see what you did there! You combined bro and Joseph. Haha
Posted by OllyOxenFree

You see well, my son.

Posted by Turien

For those of you who are really into achievements there is a hack out there to give you as many achievment points as you want.. unfortunatly achievment points are kinda useless. I never played a game and tried to get 1 achievment point so I guess I could care less.