The biggest bombshell of the 2008 E3 gaming expo was the announcement that then PS3 exclusive Final Fantasy XIII would be released on the Xbox 360.
Final Fantasy XIII, which was released only on the PS3 last December in Japan, will be released as a multi-platform title Q2 2010 in the West. While many games these days are multi-plat, many of these titles also have a "lead" platform.
Take Bayonetta. It's available on both the PS3 and the Xbox 360, but the lead platform is the Xbox 360.
In the case of Final Fantasy XIII, the lead platform is the PS3 - the game was originally conceived and designed as a PS3 title. That's not good or bad, it's just the way things are. But does that mean Xbox 360 users will be getting an inferior version?
Not necessarily so, says game site 1Up. The site was able to check out the Xbox 360 Final Fantasy XIII demo and had this to say:
It was...a pleasant surprise when I discovered FFXIII runs just as smoothly on 360 as it does on PS3. It's a brisk, action-packed RPG with tons happening on the screen at any given time (and the series' requisite flashy visuals cranked up to full throttle), yet I didn't see a hint of slowdown or choppiness or screen tearing or any of the other visual hiccups that serve as hallmarks of a sloppy port. Admittedly, I didn't see the two versions running side-by-side — the bus set them apart with a looping trailer dividing the kiosks — but I honestly saw no tangible difference from my time with the PS3 version.
That disclaimer is important. Both versions were not compared running side-by-side; however, according to 1Up, there does not seem to be noticeable differences between the two versions to the naked eye. Does that mean there are differences? There could be. There just doesn't seem to be.
Smart of Square Enix not to run the machines right next to each other.
In the coming weeks and months, stay tuned for the inevitable side-by-side comparison.