In a recent interview with Three Speech, Lead Game Designer for Naughty Dog (Uncharted, Jak and Daxter) Richard Lemarchand said that the studio has only utilized “30 or 40 percent” of the PlayStation 3’s power. The comment was made in reference to how Naughty Dog utilizes a set of developer tools called “Edge” and how the “phenomenally powerful” cell processor works. Basically, Lemarchand feels that Naughty Dog could get more out of the PS3 SPUs in the future as they continue to build on Edge.
That’s why we think we’re probably only using 30 or 40 percent of the power of the PS3 right now, and there’s this great, untapped potential. All third-party developers can get the Edge libraries for free and are going to be able to use them in their own ways, to get more and more and more out of the PS3 over the years.
I’m not terribly familiar with developer technological babble, but I do know that Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune looked amazing when released. I still enjoy physics in it. If taken at face value, to know that Naughty Dog could only be utilizing that much power means that we’ll be seeing some amazing things in the future for the PlayStation 3. Let’s just hope the power won’t be wasted on a Crash Bandicoot game.