Madden NFL 10 Graphics Comparison

See how Madden NFL 10 stacks up on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and check out how it looks compared to Madden NFL 09.

Madden NFL is one of the longest running game franchises, and to stay fresh, it keeps evolving in terms of gameplay and graphics. With each passing year, the developers discover new techniques to improve the feel and look of the game. You'd think that a single year couldn't possibly do all that much for a franchise that's been in play for more than 20 years, but you'd be wrong. Madden NFL 10 brings an impressive array of new graphical elements to the fore that help make the game seem more realistic and at the same time more TV-like.

Two of the biggest graphical improvements made to Madden NFL 10 are depth of field and lighting. Depth of field effects (oddly enough) give the game focus. Whenever a play is completed, the major players involved get treated to a special camera view that brings them into focus while everything else gets a little blurrier. The effect is similar to when a camera zooms in on a particular object.

Accurate lighting and shadowing give players realistic shadows, and they even provide self-shadowing. It doesn't sound like much, but when you see it in action, you'll wonder how the game did without it. Other minor improvements include better weather effects during cutscenes.

Depth of field

Depth of field gives the game a sense of agency by bringing the key players to the forefront. The effect works well most of the time, although you can expect to see some strange blurry characters when a figure who is not a key player steps into the scene in front of the important players. It's especially weird when the fuzzy player is only a foot or two away.

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Lighting

It's a subtle effect, but when you see it in action, it's hard to go back to shadowless characters. It just looks right, even if the shadows are on the low-resolution side at times. Note how a player's hands shadow onto his pants and how a character's shadow interacts with other players.

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Weather Effects

Weather effects didn't seem all that different between the two versions when actually playing the game. But during the cutscenes and between plays, the camera would get raindrops and snowflakes on it.

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360 vs. PS3

The differences between the two versions of the game become more and more miniscule as the years go by. Frame rates on both versions remain high and the visuals are close to identical. The Xbox 360 has an edge when it comes to texture clarity, but it's really only noticeable with the name on the back of a player's uniforms--and then only when you compare the images back to back. While playing, they're pretty much the same.

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97 comments
LordSho
LordSho

I think the fog or haze on the 360 version is to simulate light! The PS3 version does look better due to its darkness, but it doesn't neccessarily look more real. Anyone who's been outside on a sunny day knows what i mean. Darker looks good on games, but isn't any more realistic than the 'washed out' version.

tony382
tony382

@miltonelite So, what's wrong with buying out the license? That's the best business move. If you owned a business and had the opportunity to buy out your competitor, you wouldn't? I been playing Madden since it was introduced, I never tried any other Football game since Joe Montana Football.

Dizzzyness
Dizzzyness

ps3 has more color or shadow.360 has like.001 not enough color less than ps3 and it's like just bright instead

Miltonelite
Miltonelite

@ papavicio. It's too bad that EA has exlusive NFL rights from now until eterinity with their subpar product. I, like many people, was a much bigger fan of visual concepts NFL 2K series. EA relized that they couldn't compete with that kind of quality without hurting their profits so they bought up the rights. : - (

papavicio
papavicio

if only sony would make a nfl and nba game as good as the baseball MLB -09 the show , they really nailed it

360pauly
360pauly

the older games looked better on the 360, but now the ps3 is superior, most of the time

joevit
joevit

They look the same. One is just darker than the other. If this was made from the ground up for both systems and not ports, the 360 would have looked better. Whats really cool, A game in the works is coming out and they will not port it. It will be made from the ground up on both systems and the 360 has the led in a big way. Look for it. It's made by Epic.

xophaser
xophaser

the ps3 looks better or more realist. What's is with the fog or haze on the 360 version.

coaltango
coaltango

is it me or the ps3 is getting better n better in terms or graphics compared to X360. this & dragon age origins the ps3 is better. i wonder when was the last time the X360 beat the PS3 in graphics.

bootsgame
bootsgame

well madden 10 graphics looks better then 09 soo yer

Rygarr
Rygarr

PS3 looks better but both PS3 and Xblow get raped by PC

Ardrius
Ardrius

Or... you'd realize these comparisons aren't real. Just as bad as GameTrailers.

NuKkU
NuKkU

The PS3 version looks a tad bit better but not by much but who really cares these differences are so unnoticeable you would NEVER notice them in-game

maverick_76
maverick_76

The PS3 looks a little less foggy, the 360 has a tad more sharpness but the PS3 has better lighting IMO.

mpg
mpg

ps3 definitely shaper and much more in clarity.

trw534
trw534

personally i cant tell much of a difference, but thats just me.

BenBenBen93
BenBenBen93

Not much yu can do about the lightness of the pictures. but 360 does edge the ps3 by the smallest of margines but would be unrecognisable during game

x360owna
x360owna

hmm. The field and stands defintaly look better in the 360 version, but other then that they look more or less the same, the difference being 360 is lighter.

sourcerah
sourcerah

Why is it that the 360 version looks so much "lighter" than the ps3 version? I don't know the technical names/terms for it, but the 360 version looks as if there's a white tint to it compared to the ps3's. I am a 360 owner, but i think the ps3's looks better.

Dimtri
Dimtri

i am going to say that the ps3 version is better looking

Dimtri
Dimtri

it seems to me that the 360 version is a little blurrier than the ps3 version.

superbuickm3xii
superbuickm3xii

yeah wooow...i'll spend $60 on that...wait let me get the vasoline!

Sweendrix
Sweendrix

The only difference in these screens is the white balance. Who ever captured these photos did not properly check the white balance or contrast ratios. You can view a properly balanced comparison here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVbjYvdysWM

Sweendrix
Sweendrix

@ jago8089 Actually... I used my custom built professional edition "AVID ADRENALINE HD" workstation. Since I work in live and offline broadcast as a director/editor I immediately noticed that the white balance of the pics displayed in the "Madden 2010" "Xbox 360 versus PS3" was obviously done by an amateur. It does not matter whether or not they used the same tv...THEY DONT TAKE PICTURES OF THE TV. There are several things that could have affected the white balance of the screens that they published (Which I assure you...were not properly checked for white balance or contrast ratios). I did not use photoshop. I used a Hollywood standard color temperature of 6500k as a standard reference and noted that the Xbox 360 pics were seemingly washed out...(obvious error by the person who captured the photos). So when you say "you just blah blah blah..." I hear you...but I'm not listening. Sweendrix

THA-TODD-BEAST
THA-TODD-BEAST

PS3 has better color clarity from what is shown in these screenshots, whereas the 360 shots look slightly more washed out in comparison. I fail to see how Gamespot concludes that the 360 version has a slight edge.

Maverick82102
Maverick82102

@ LordReithgar Why is Gamespot biased? Because their op differs from your own? I suppose that Bill Gates is paying them too? If they are biased then why are you here huh?

LordReithgar
LordReithgar

lol Gamespot is so biased, how cna they say the x360 has better coloring around the names? I can see them better with the Ps3 graphics!!!

Bahgahyahduh
Bahgahyahduh

@crazyshooter93 hahah... yes, indeed they are

gangster480
gangster480

im noticing deeper color on the playstation 3.

qetuonz
qetuonz

I have a 360, but do have to admit the PS3 looks a tad better. I hadnt noticed the refs socks, but the black stripes are a nice touch. Either way, both systems are pretty pretty

crazyshooter93
crazyshooter93

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triple6e1999
triple6e1999

looks much better on the ps3, every 360 screen has a haze to it

memphisg
memphisg

I own both systems but the ps3 overall looks just seem better to me.

heatfanman101
heatfanman101

PS3 has slighly richer colors IMO, but both still look great

JoeVaulter
JoeVaulter

graphics aren't the deciding factor in how real a game looks. i think graphics are mainly a perception trick. either system can look better depending on how you see it. Also neither games are meant to be seen in a still frame, so a picture doesn't give the games realistic look justice. what i think makes the game realistic is the AI, how the characters move/interact, and mainly how it feels. they should make a ps3 version with more content because of blue ray. The wii, psp, ds, etc versions aren't the same why should xbox and ps3 be the same. ps i wish xbox ps3 could play each other online.

patrick5152003
patrick5152003

so when you play the ps3 version the white people turn black, awesome

TheSteelest
TheSteelest

Serisously, in this day and age, why is EA still fooling around with portovers? The graphics are an upgrade, no question, but you're going to tell me that this is as good as it gets? With the graphics coming out on games like Killzone 2, MGS 4, Resistance 2, etc... you're going to tell me that this is top of the line stuff, which EA is putting out? Come on, man... who are you guys trying to kid?!! See, this is what happens when a company monolopolizes a franchise... you get half assed shh..err-stuff... Certainly EA has yet to tap the potential of the 50GB ceiling that Bluray has to offer, so any limitations are the fault of the XBOX 360 which leads me to my second question... Is it not true that the reason why EA won't tap into the true potential of the PS3 is because they don't want to upset Xbox 360 fans. PS3 has pretty much established itself as the superior gaming console, especially sports. Take one look at MLB 09: The Show. If EA continues to hamstring the PS3 by not utilizing the 50gb space afforded by Bluray and give us PS3 owners the game we deserve, then please have the decency to allow Sony to produce a Football game for us PS3 owners. I for one am tired of having to play portovers from an inferior console in that of Xbox 360.

Titans747
Titans747

Xbox fanboy says: "look how much better black level and how sharper the 360 is" PS3 fanboy says: "No way we have much deeper contrast" Really? u all are arguing over which game has deeper black contrasts? who really cares about this except u losers arguing with each other?

AlphaTrojan
AlphaTrojan

Only thing I notice is that the PS3 is a little darker.

ph1nn
ph1nn

They are nearly identical but 2 things I noticed... 1) The PS3 version seems to have better contrast and looks less washed out in some shots 2) The refs socks are different in one screenshot, the PS3 version doesn't have the black stripe, lol. I think the PS3 version looks nicer on the 1st shot on page 3 though. Overall they are almost the same though.

PIMPBrAaAaAa
PIMPBrAaAaAa

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WarChief19
WarChief19

Definitely looks better on the PS3 from those screenshots. The 360 version is way too hard and blurry.

Paul2005
Paul2005

lol i like this kind of stuff cause i like watching people argue :D. when there is actually no difference at all.

JK731
JK731

I think the "WHO CARES" looks better.

DiscipleGD
DiscipleGD

Its seems like the 360 has better contrast and deeper blacks than ps3.Ps3 always looks to bright and the games look like the shapeness is tuned all the way up.Fuzzy and jaggy not detailed.Fanboys will allways say there systems better.I have both and the games really do look better on 360.They could look the best on ps3 but the dev cant get the most out of the complicated system.Plus cost to much.Sonys losing billions.Its a shame i had high hopes for it.Now i never play the ps3.

ocdog45
ocdog45

ps3 looks better, more detail, however these pictures don't really tell the story. the 360 has a 2 year advantage over the ps3 so thats why its probably better.