The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion PS3 Impressions

The Xbox 360's best role-playing game will finally hit the PlayStation 3 in March with a few technical enhancements to make up for its tardiness.

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Bethesda's epic Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was expected to bolster the PlayStation 3's launch lineup last November, already eight months after the game's release on the Xbox 360 and PC. But then the game was pushed into 2007, and now the PS3 port of last year's best role-playing game is finally ready to see the light of retail shelves in March...right around the same time the Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game will be getting the first full expansion pack, Shivering Isles. Based on what we've seen recently of a nearly finished PS3 build of Oblivion, at least the game will end up looking noticeably better for all this waiting.

To clear up any confusion, the PS3's Oblivion is the original game that hit the other platforms last March, plus performance improvements and bug fixes that were made to those versions after release. The game will also contain Knights of the Nine, last fall's fairly sizeable content update that added an entire new faction to the game. Bethesda hasn't determined if smaller content updates such as the Orrery and Mehrunes' Razor will hit the PS3 version at a later time--but then, Oblivion was already an enormously humongous game to start with, so newcomers to Cyrodiil will have plenty of gameplay to chew on regardless. Controlwise, Oblivion is essentially unchanged from the Xbox game. In fact, coming straight from a hands-on session with the 360 version of Shivering Isles, we were able to start playing Oblivion on the PS3 with nary a tutorial or explanation of the controls.

The real enhancement is in the visuals and, to some extent, the loading times. The game seemed to have a slightly smoother and more consistent frame rate than it did on the Xbox, though the difference wasn't enormous, and it seemed to us that the textures looked just a tad sharper. More obvious (and confirmed by Bethesda) was an improvement to the game's texturing over large distances. Remember how the original Oblivion had a line set an arbitrary distance in front of the player beyond which ground textures turned into kind of a muddy mess? That's all taken care of now, thanks to a new custom pixel shader. The effect is only noticeable outdoors--though it's more accurate to say the effect is not noticeable if you've never played a previous version of the game--but it's a nice addition nonetheless.

I swear I'm coming to stores this time, honest!

Oblivion will make extensive use of the PS3's hard drive by caching multiple gigabytes of data, which seemed to help with load times from what we saw. Bethesda's Pete Hines also commented that recent reports of data duplication on the PS3 Oblivion disc have been exaggerated, and this technique isn't different from the similar strategy that was employed in the creation of the Xbox 360 game last year. Lastly, it's unclear if or when the PS3 will see the Shivering Isles content that's on the way to the PC and Xbox, though with a burgeoning PlayStation Network and plenty of unfilled hard drive space, it's not hard to imagine the expansion can be made available to PS3 owners somewhere down the road.

Discussion

281 comments
ragnarok160
ragnarok160

is the house addons ever gonna be realsed for ps3?

k83
k83

Reaper like it...

Riptide021
Riptide021

does anybody no if there is anyway 2 get mods or patches 4 the ps3 version?

division_9
division_9

The game's so good 70% of all the comment's you'll find in a oblivion discussion say how good it is. 20% say how uncompatible it is on a computer . 9% Trash talk the PS3/360 because they are upset that the 360/PS3 doesnt break the PS2's record of dominating the rest of the generation. and 1% is barely topic related.

KandyKornMan
KandyKornMan

i might just ditch my pc copy of oblivion and get this for ps3.it runs like crap on my pc and i have a geforce 8800 and dual core cpu.so it makes no sense it wont run smooth even on low settings.at least this version will look good and play good.

vergilskater
vergilskater

Thumbs up stfolife,i love this game too.

skillzdatkillz0
skillzdatkillz0

Well i was the Morrowind 1337zor, and if this is as deep and as much of a viscerally satisfying experience as that was, we r all in for some good hours in front of the ps3 gentlemen...

QuackMaster101
QuackMaster101

I remember morrowind, can't wait for this puppy to hit the ps3. Heard the pc version was severely, and that the xbox 360 version had near no probs at all, pc bah, console games any day. Course what I heard was all word-of-mouth so I could be wrong.

R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

This is such a great game u sony fanboys have no idea how great of an experience you'll have soon. It's a game all on it's own. We all rave about other games such as Metal Gear Solid, Halo 3 and other games alike which is fine I guess, but this will have many of u raving. Although I can see how the immature players will tire quickly because they want to "be done with it". Another great feature of this game is how much freedom is granted to u. U can stay on the main quest or u can completely forget about the quest and do your thing. Gear up with some potions, and repair hammers and your set to go on a 3 day cave hunting spree. It's alot of fun guys, trust me your gonna see why all us 360 and PC guys got it. Peace.

markr1003
markr1003

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chamber303
chamber303

nathan1274 it's funny how a mid range PC @ 1000$ cannot perform better than a console. However a highend PC @ 2000$ + is superior but for that much money?...... I will stick with the conoles, there MADE for GAMES dude. If you want to go on the net on wright an email, stick with your PC. oops I forgot, consoles can do that as well. if you think blu-ray is only for movies and can't see the fact that it can be used for games, than you need to learn a little more about electronics.

nathan1274
nathan1274

I for one do not knock the PS3 I will purchase one when it comes half the price, heck I did not pay for my 360 either. The way I see it. Consoles are the poor mans PC's which I already have and have been playing in HD for years now. I had Oblivion on PC before 360(the PC looks better period). From the screen shots I really dont see any diff between PS3 and Xbox both are missing the outdoor fields in the long view. WHICH PC DOES NOT. Also framerate, big issues on PS3, not to mention no vibration which is just archaic. So on the same token both PS#3 and Xbox 360 fanboys, stop knocking each other. Its a matter of preference. Personally i feel that any one that spends 700 dollars or 500 dollars on a console is a fool. There is no way i would pay that, then again I did not and I still have a 360. I have seen the ps3 in action at my house. Its cool, however the bluray thing is getting old. I want a game system not a movie player. Thats my two cents heres 50 cents: PC with 256 or 512 Video, Gig of ram and at LEAST 2.8 Ghz. Xfi Platinum blows EVERYTHING away...Period grow up kids get a job! Then you can afford too game the way us big boys do WITH ALL THE SYSTEMS :) Peace!

lafsdave
lafsdave

that will be real great to play oblivion with a ps3 controller and without the always loading thing on the 360..lol.. Ps3 power only begin to be out of the box...

NextGenNow
NextGenNow

I already sold my Xbox 360 version now I can't WAIT!! lol!!

Daggerboy_13
Daggerboy_13

Why even bother trash talking PS3 owners? I own one, and I don't care. I'm happy with it. There is a lack of games right now, but there are plenty coming out with in this year, including Oblivion. So do us all a favor and go home to your forums, because anybody who does come here, and leaves a positive comment, most likely could care less what bragging 360 owners think.

smith447
smith447

Fantastic! I can't believe it's finally coming to playstation.

ziutek2
ziutek2

NO ANTYALIASING ON PS3 VERSION the same as in NBA Homecourt!

chamber303
chamber303

Bgrngod It's ok cause were also getting what you will get later. the expansion. And to top it off, it looks the best from all, including PC's. Besides, you should be on the Xbox section, I believe.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

JeTGoDLiKe - "sony fan enjoy are 1year old (games) SaintsRow, Oblivion and fight night round 3 looks like you sony fans r well behind us 360 fans in the real next gen games and graphics . also where are all yous nooby sony fans when once in a blue moon 1 ps3 game just about makes it into the top 10 i think its just because ps3 is the slowest selling consel ever? mayb are even no 1 wants the ps3 becuase its not sold out in 1 place in the usa are is it becuase xbox360 has the best games like (GearsofWar, Halo3, Crackdown, Masseffect, Bioshock, Fable, Froza2, PGR4, LostPlanet, Half-Life2, GTA4, C&C3, G.R.A.W2, Unreal3, TooHuman, Turock, Oblvion, VurtaFighter5, ResentEvil5, DefJamIcon, MedalofHonor, BrothersinArms, HaloWars, Fifa, ProEvo and i cant remeber the other half off the tops titles thats comming out and is out on the xbox360). Are mayb its all those above as well and ps3 having no rumble controllers lol." ========================================================= www.englishforums.com Learn it. See it. Do it. Please, for all of us.

chamber303
chamber303

gamerdude27 I believe that the enhancements will be possible to offer on the PS3 because of the Blue-Ray technology giving them the ability to make the game as good as a PC. True that PC's were, are and will be the most powerfull gaming systems. Consoles may equal them in time, but not now. There is also the issue with trying to figure out and master the CELL chip architecture.

gamerdude27
gamerdude27

Sad that it's taken the game an entire year to transition to the PS3. With that amount of time to make enhancements, I'd except a bigger upgrade over the already great 360 and PC versions. Instead, we get some brushed up textures, longer draw distance and slightly better performance. Not to be a fanboy, but I think we all have to agree that these upgrades aren't really a testament to the PS3's power as much as it is to the extra year of development time it had. The 360 and PC releases could easily run as good as the PS3 version if it had an extra year of work to tweak out the problems and brush up the visuals. If what previous posters have said is true, these upgrades and enhancements could even be released for the 360 and PC in a patch. At least it smoothly made the transistion and PS3 owners can finally experience the masterpiece that 360 and PC owners have been bragging about for the past year.

deadhead13
deadhead13

ive seen it on the pc and i really want to play it on the ps3 im just hoping shivering isles will come out later on

stryder593
stryder593

All hail Auron_5!! LONG LIVE THE PS2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

keyhunter
keyhunter

Good thing I got bored with oblivion something like almost two years ago.

rwnummelin
rwnummelin

It's a bit funny how MS fanboys react when PS3 games start looking better than 360 games...

ryokinshin6x3
ryokinshin6x3

ps3 gets better textures, typical lmao. well at least the pc version had mods to make it look a lot better, too bad for 360

mad_tyger
mad_tyger

I seriously can't wait for this game!

_sean_05
_sean_05

HDMI 1.3 vs. VGA. hmmmmm...i wonder which i would rather play? o_O

p5ilocyb3
p5ilocyb3

*drools* .............. man i cant wait for this. I can see myself calling in sick at work, so i can stay @ home and play this game, lol.

754453
754453

@ rome0061 guess what? they ARE releasing a patch! The devs at Bethesda have gotten better with caching and shaders so with the ONE YEAR they had to do nothing but port and optimize an already existing game for the PS3 they rewrote some of the shader engine among other things. And since the shader engine is nearly identical to the one on 360 they have announced that they will indeed be releasing the update for the 360 and PC that fixes these things. PS3 version will still probably look better but considering it had a whole year to do so you don't need to be such a fanboy about it.

chamber303
chamber303

Auron_5 forget witch system has sold more units or games. what these people are arguing about is the total performance of the systems.

Auron_5
Auron_5

You people make me laugh so much. All you fan boys/girls of your next gen consoles. You brag you have the better console than the opposition. Well I have all 3 next gens. I still have to say that the best system is still the PS2. Not to mention it has still sold more than all 3 next gen systems combined in 2006. So quit bragging about the new stuff, and enjoy some good old classics!

chamber303
chamber303

Why do some of you get angry when some people place uninteligent comments? Stop stressing urselves.

rome0061
rome0061

Chill out. I have oblivion on my pc, and I can;t wait to play it again on my PS3. I could only run everything on medium on my PC, and it would be great to play it with a smoother frame rate, less loading times, and new shaders. I'm excited. And If the X-Box 360 could run it they would just release a patch.

chamber303
chamber303

it's HDMI 1.3 version That's the future for Graphics and sound.

coolguy681
coolguy681

Cant wait. I preordered it a month ago. It would be nice to see if they used the Sixaxis feature on the PS3.

gkclassof2005
gkclassof2005

Hippopotymus "Oh my god, you guys have to be the saddest bunch of excuses for humans i have ever seen, why does anyone care if the PS3 get's oblivion a year later. I have an Xbox 360 and i have only just bought Oblivion and i think it kicks ass, i don't care if people can enjoy Oblivion on PS3 as well as me. Please will some of you take a look at yourselves and think about how incredibly sad and trivial your little lives are... Enjoy being nerds "sja28" and "The Blastmaster" " pixelsword "What in the world? HEY NERDS, IT'S A ROLE PLAYING GAME! So what if you got more later (PS3) or it a year earlier (XboX), Just enjoy it! By the way, it's obvious you'll get it a year later if the system comes out a year later. Freakin' morons; I thought Nerds were supposed to be smart" those are best comments ive read yet...people need to get a grip on life...people that brag about a console they havent built themselves really doesnt make you a hero or better then anyone else...makes you seem real small in my eyes...they think they know so much about "their" console they purchased...try building your own...then you can brag all you want...but hey that would require work and actual "thought processing"....you kno...using your brain...but hey...im justa small voice...but im sure i have a bigger crowd backing me up...how i come to that conclusion?...people like hippo and pixelsword drive home the point...just play your damn game and bring real content to they comment boards instead of elementary shht liek this quote.... sja28 "by the time you ps3 fans play thise game we are going to play the new elder oblivion spansion pack so if you like to get old very old games then sing victory hahaha cuz thats whats going on on ps3 you guys are getting all the games when they get very old like sonic rain bow six vegas fight night 3 elder scrolls 4 oblivion marvel untimate al. f.e.a.r. call of duty 3 o well very much all of the 3rd party games so if you are happy by paying 680$$$ with tax and 20 for hidef cables and wait for most of the games with no many many better features in the "MS CONSOLE" like achivments gamerscore rewards online status media in any game plus runble in all games then you must be a sony super blinded fan cuz like it or not "MS CONSOLE" is way better im selling my ps3 for 599$ i have 2 blue ray movies hdmi cable and is the premium 60gb ps3 yes i have conpared the "NINTENDO CONSOLE" "MS CONSOLE" and ps3 on the same hidef tv and ps3 is the worst system right now is like a old generation console but with new grafix really "MS CONSOLE" is superior no dout thats why is selling like 3v1 "MS CONSOLE" vs ps3" ...people like you have me fear for this generation of people...better yet my future children...it sadens me they would have to put up with people like you

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

This is game looks as good as the high-end pc version!

chamber303
chamber303

crazy it will include the expansion pack

KageMaru-857
KageMaru-857

Yay! this one comes out the day right before my 16th b-day. So hopefully My dad wouldn't mind picking it up for me.

pixelsword
pixelsword

What in the world? HEY NERDS, IT'S A ROLE PLAYING GAME! So what if you got more later (PS3) or it a year earlier (XboX), Just enjoy it! By the way, it's obvious you'll get it a year later if the system comes out a year later. Freakin' morons; I thought Nerds were supposed to be smart.

DeathGazerPSN
DeathGazerPSN

Glad I held out for this superior version. PS3 FTW!

Hippopotymus
Hippopotymus

Oh my god, you guys have to be the saddest bunch of excuses for humans i have ever seen, why does anyone care if the PS3 get's oblivion a year later. I have an Xbox 360 and i have only just bought Oblivion and i think it kicks ass, i don't care if people can enjoy Oblivion on PS3 as well as me. Please will some of you take a look at yourselves and think about how incredibly sad and trivial your little lives are... Enjoy being nerds "sja28" and "The Blastmaster".

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

sounds good ... 1 and a half games in one disc! whoooo hoooooo ..... score!