Do Androids Dream of PS3?

French developer Quantic Dream have a great relationship with Sony – their last game, the interactive noir drama “Heavy Rain” was a system-testing graphics showcase with some missteps in storytelling but truly stunning animation technology underpinning the title.

Apparently, that wasn’t enough for Quantic Dream’s leader, David Cage, who wants to make a game which will make you cry (Wow, he’s played the PS3 port of “Dragon Age”, too…)

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The latest tech demo from Quantic, “Kara”, is just that – it’s not a game but a proof of concept for the developer’s technology and this week’s Game Developer’s ConferenceĀ in San Francisco has let us see what the secretive, always ambitious Cage is now playing with.

I don’t know what I was more impressed by when watching this clip – the quality of the animation, the capture of actress Valorie Curry’s performance, the concise and engrossing storytelling or the apparent fact that this footage was running in real time on a PS3.

If this is what talented developers can do on a PS3, Sony’s repeated insistence that there’s life in the black box yet (and that PS4’s a way off) carry more weight for me.

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