Today I met and spent significant time with Bethesda and their most important title, Oblivion. I spent half of my day playing the expansion for the Xbox 360 and PC, Shivering Isles, and the other half playing the PlayStation 3 version of the title.
While messing around, I cleared up a few rumors floating around about the PS3 version of the game. I’d like to share them with you and make sure you can seperate the truths from the lies:
Rumor: To decrease loading time, the developers put five versions of the game on the Blu-ray disc of the PS3.
Truth: Not true. They squeezed all the content of one game, not five. Load times are not drastically reduced across the board either. Most loads will not take as much time as they do on the 360.
Rumor: The PS3 version will not be able to accept downloadable content — specifically horse armor — because of the machine’s limitations.
Truth: A rep for the game said this was also false. He said their ability to do downloadable content relies on the permission of Sony and how they want to handle microtransactions, not any restrictions that may exist on the PS3 hardware.
Finally, a random fun fact: The PlayStation 3 version of Oblivion supports up to 720p — but you should know, the game looked much better on Sony’s console.