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Developer(s)Sony Interactive Entertainment
Stable release
3.5.1 / January 2012; 7 years ago (2012-01)
Operating systemPlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation VR, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Windows, Google Android, iOS, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
TypeGame engine

PhyreEngine is a free to use game engine from Sony Interactive Entertainment. Despite its origins under Sony it is compatible with more than just PlayStation platforms, with support for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation VR, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Windows (for OpenGL and DirectX 11), Google Android and Apple iOS.[1] PhyreEngine has been adopted by several game studios and has been used in over 200 published titles.[1]


PhyreEngine is distributed as an installable package that includes both full source code and Microsoft Windows tools, provided under its own flexible use license that allows any PlayStation 3 game developer, publisher or tools and middleware company to create software based partly or fully on PhyreEngine on any platform. The engine uses sophisticated parallel processing techniques that are optimized for the Synergistic Processor Unit (SPU) of the Cell Broadband Engine of PS3, but can be easily ported to other multi-core architectures.

PhyreEngine supports OpenGL and Direct3D,[2] in addition to the low level PS3 LibGCM library.[3] It provides fully functional “game templates” as source code, including support for Havok Complete XS, NVIDIA PhysX and Bullet for physics.


The development of PhyreEngine was started in 2003, to create a graphics engine for PlayStation 3.[4] The first public demonstration occurred in 2006.[4]

PhyreEngine was launched during GDC 2008.[2] PhyreEngine was a finalist in the European Develop Industry Excellence Awards in 2008[5] (in the "Technical Innovation" category) and 2009[6] (in the "Game Engine" category).

New features (including Deferred rendering) were showcased during GDC 2009.[7] Version 2.40, released in March 2009, included a new “foliage rendering” system that provides tools and technology to render ultra-realistic trees and plants to be easily integrated into games.[8]

A PSP version of the engine was announced by Sony at GDC 2010.[8]

Version 3.0, released in 2011, has a new and powerful asset pipeline, combining enhanced versions of the already robust exporters, with a powerful processing tool to generate optimized assets for each platform. Also new is the rewritten level editor, which permits a far more data-driven approach to authoring games using PhyreEngine. Version 3.0 of the PhyreEngine adds support for the PlayStation Vita.[9]

Date Version Notes
2008 1 Initial release
2009-03 2.4
2011-02-28[10] 3 Initial PS4 support
2013-03-27[11] 3.5 Additional PS4 support

List of games that use PhyreEngine[edit]

Developer Title Year
Acquire Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed 2013
Alvion Malicious 2010
Big Ant Studios Rugby League Live 2010
AFL Live 2011
AFL Live: Game of the Year Edition 2012
Biodroid Replika[12] 2017
Boolat Games Topatoi 2009
Capybara Games Critter Crunch[13][14] 2009
Below 2018
Codemasters Colin McRae: Dirt[a] 2007
Codemasters Race Driver: Grid[a] 2008
Coldwood Interactive, Electronic Arts Unravel[15] 2016
Compile Heart, Idea Factory, Gust Corporation,
Nippon Ichi Software, Sega
Hyperdimension Neptunia 2010
Creat Studios Germinator[11]
Dennaton Games, Abstraction Games Hotline Miami[15] 2012
Doublesix Games Burn Zombie Burn 2009
Falcom [16] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2013
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II 2014
Tokyo Xanadu 2015
FluffyLogic Savage Moon 2008
Fordesoft Super Blackout[15]
Game Republic Catan 2008
Green Hill Studios Knytt Underground[11] 2012
Gust Corporation Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland[17] 2009
Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel[17] 2010
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland[17] 2010
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland[17] 2011
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk[17] 2012
HandCircus Okabu 2011
IguanaBee Monster Bag[15]
Iron Galaxy Studios Divekick 2013
Irem PachiPara DL Hyper Sea Story In Karibu 2008
Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4: Summer Memories 2011
Ivent Strength of the Sword 3[15] 2013
Jaywalkers Interactive Kick & Fennick
Metalhead Software Super Mega Baseball[15] 2014
Nippon Ichi Software Trinity Universe 2009
Last Rebellion 2010
Disgaea 4 2011
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2013
Nnooo Blast ‘Em Bunnies[11][15]
Orange Pixel Heroes of Loot[15]
Project BC Vacant Sky Awakening[18] TBA
Ratloop Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken[11] 2011
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution[15][11] 2016
Red Hare Studios Page Chronica[19] 2012
Relevo Baboon![15][20] 2015 (Vita) / 2017 (PS4)
Roll7 OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood[15] 2015
Sony Computer Entertainment Gravity Daze/Gravity Rush 2011
Seed Studios Under Siege[17] 2011
Sidhe Interactive GripShift 2007
Shatter[21][22] 2009
Spiders Mars: War Logs 2013
Bound by Flame 2014
The Technomancer 2016
Spike Chunsoft Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc 2010
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair 2012
Square Enix Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 2014
Dragon Quest Builders[23] 2016
Steel Minions (Sheffield Hallam University) Piecefall[15] 2015
Switchblade Monkeys Secret Ponchos[15]
thatgamecompany[3] Flower[15] 2009
Flow (video game)[15] 2007
Journey[15] 2012
VectorCell Amy 2012
Flashback 2013
XGen Studios Super Motherload 2013
Sparpweed & Codeglue ibb & obb 2013(PS3) / 2014(PC)

Derived game engines[edit]


  1. ^ a b Uses the derivative EGO game engine


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  13. ^ "PSN: Interview: Capybara Games On Crunching Critters". May 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
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  18. ^ "There, And Back Again: The Long, Arduous and Mostly Uninteresting Tale of the Ill-fated Metis Engine". Project BC. December 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  19. ^ "Developer Interview: Page Chronica". PSNStores. October 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  20. ^ " - Baboon!®".
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  22. ^ "Shatter developer talks up benefits of PhyreEngine". Joystiq. July 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  23. ^ Barder, Ollie. "Noriyoshi Fujimoto On 'Dragon Quest Builders' And How It Came About". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  24. ^ "DiRT 2 demo: PS3/Xbox 360 performance showdown". Eurogamer. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2010.

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