Thus far, all Bayonetta footage we’ve seen has been from the Xbox 360 version, and there may have been a reason – reports from the “Feel Bayonetta” event in Japan say that the PS3 version doesn’t look nearly as good.
The fact that Platinum and Sega have only been showing off the Xbox 360 version of Bayonetta had been setting off warning bells in the minds of a few PS3 owners – if the game was supposed to be equal on both consoles, why not show both versions? Unfortunately, it looks as though these fears might have a very real basis. 1UP went to the Sega-sponsored “Feel Bayonetta” event in “a velvety underground bar in the party capital of Tokyo, Roppongi,” and got some hands-on time with the PS3 version of the game. Their report? It’s not looking that great.
While the 360 version on display looked crisp and smooth, the PS3 version was very blurry and the framerate was all over the place. During one portion of the demo, a crazy scene where you are jumping off of falling parts of a giant clock tower, it was often hard to keep track of the action because of the graphical issues on PS3.
The developers have been adamant since the beginning that the game would look equal on both consoles, so it’s curious that, if 1UP is to be believed (and there’s no real reason to believe otherwise), Sega would choose to demo what is reportedly a sub-par (or at least not-as-good-as-the-other-version) build as the first look at the PS3 Bayonetta.
With two months to go before the game ships in Japan in late October – and even longer before it hits shores in the States in January – it’s no stretch to imagine that Platinum can bring the PS3 version up to standards before it launches, but time is ticking. Either way, producer Yusuke Hashimoto confirmed that there will be a demo released shortly, so gamers will get a chance to see how the versions stack up against each other for themselves.