NEWS - Thursday, January 25, 2007


Bigger Isn’t Better

Howard, who is head of production at Microsoft’s Carbonated Games, helped lead the creation of the XBLA version of UNO, which has seen big success on the console. UNO weighs in at a dainty 23MB—and much of that amount is attributed to the game’s music. Howard says that an XBLA game size limit increase has been discussed at Microsoft, but even though Carbonated is a Microsoft first-party, he’s not heard an official confirmation of an official size limit increase. A spokesperson for Microsoft told Next-Gen today that the company “has not announced any plans to increase the 50MB size of XBLA games.” But even if the limit is increased across the board, that 50MB target has helped established a small-game mentality that XBLA developers will continue to embrace, according to Howard. “From my standpoint, more isn’t better,” he says. “The 50MB cap, I think, has served its purpose. Its purpose was to demonstrate to developers that you can really do a tremendous amount in that size space.” Howard, a self-confessed Mutant Storm Reloaded fan, says that console developers that were used to creating much larger projects felt “paralyzed” by the size limit at first. “It’s like asking somebody that writes a novel to put it in a haiku. … It’s been exciting to see how [developers have] taken [those limitations] and expanded their ideas on their own,” he says. Microsoft recently made a notable exception to the 50MB limit for XBLA games with Konami’s forthcoming Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which is 96MB. Recently, consumer site 1UP cited unnamed sources who said that the cap was increased to 250MB, with 450MB possible with Microsoft approval. Microsoft has limited the size of XBLA games so they could fit onto Xbox 360’s standard 64MB memory cards, while at the same time promoting “bite-sized” gameplay. Sony’s size limit for downloadable PlayStation 3 titles is a significantly heftier 500MB. Howard speculates that if the XBLA limit were increased officially, larger games won’t necessarily permeate the service. “I think you’ll see games that tend to get a little bigger, but I don’t think it’s because anyone is convinced bigger is better anymore.”
Source: http://www.next-gen.biz/

Site Statistics

Registered Members: 74,700
Forum Posts: 725,954
Xbox One Titles: 4,862
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,086
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 586
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 2,406
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 16,463
Screenshots: 37,347
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News








See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

KeyWe Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 13381 Views

2021: XBA is still here
Post by shrew king
27 Replies, 99233 Views

Watch Dogs: Legion
Post by Nato King
0 Replies, 94409 Views

Xbox Series X or S
Post by Nato King
5 Replies, 109529 Views

Spellbreak Grand Magus Pack (3) and Starter Pack (7) Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 105269 Views

I pay $ 1000! I search the Element 54 Canadian launch Team signaturen Faceplate
Post by Smill
0 Replies, 119729 Views

Xbox one no signal
Post by debrartin
0 Replies, 117996 Views

do you remember?
Post by SnoochyBoochy
3 Replies, 145547 Views

i haz xbox
Post by SnoochyBoochy
0 Replies, 111277 Views

Claiming the first thread of 2020
Post by Kraft
7 Replies, 186547 Views

Important! I pay $ 1000! I search the Sweden launch and the Element 54 Faceplate
Post by Smill
3 Replies, 117994 Views

Squad Up
Post by samslophead
0 Replies, 207043 Views

TERA Skinned Xbox One X Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 148468 Views

Starfield Release expectations?
Post by DJ tx
4 Replies, 259283 Views

Issue with Xbox live on Xbox home
Post by rcmpayne
0 Replies, 145087 Views

© 2000-2023 XboxAddict.com - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. XboxAddict.com is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics