EA responded to characterization of PS3 Madden performance as "sluggish" when compared to the 360.
After the PlayStation 3 version of the latest Madden NFL game was panned by USA Today as "sluggish," publisher Electronic Arts issued a rationalization for the inferior performance that cited the PS3's late entry to the playing field.
In the case of the next-generation consoles, many publishers have been developing titles for the Xbox 360 for over three and a half years while everyone who publishes now for the PlayStation 3 with the exception of Sony has been developing for the PlayStation 3 for only a little over one full year.
The differences in the overall knowledge of the hardware is vastly different for both consoles and, as is the case with newer technology, it is very difficult to get it right the first time.
The review said the PS3 iteration is only about half as fast as the 360 version, which they described as "fast and fluid."
"PS3 owners, unfortunately, are greeted with a Madden that is sluggish in comparison. Action stutters far too often, particularly on injuries, penalties and turnovers. There's also a half-second delay between pressing the hike button and receiving the ball in your hands. Even close-ups between play look dull when lined up against the 360's sleeker cut scenes," read the review.
While the hardware between the two consoles is not directly comparable, Sony has always marketed the HD-capable PS3 as a "luxury" console that bests its rivals in technological prowess.