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Developer(s) Sony Interactive Entertainment
Stable release
3.5.1 / January 2012; 6 years ago (2012-01)
Operating system PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation VR, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Google Android, iOS[1]
Type Game engine
License Proprietary

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), Nintendo Switch, 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
2018 ? Nintendo Switch support

Partial list of studios and 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
Big Ant Studios AFL Live 2011
Big Ant Studios AFL Live: Game of the Year Edition 2012
Biodroid Replika[12] TBA
Boolat Games Topatoi 2009
Capybara Games Critter Crunch[13][14] 2009
Capybara Games Below 2018
Codemasters Colin McRae: Dirt[a] 2007
Codemasters Race Driver: Grid[a] 2008
Coldwood Interactive Unravel[15] 2016
Compile Heart, Idea Factory, Gust Corporation,
Nippon Ichi Software, Sega
Hyperdimension Neptunia 2010
Creat Studios Germinator[11]
Creat Studios Pinballistik[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
Falcom The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II 2014
Falcom Tokyo Xanadu 2015
FluffyLogic Savage Moon 2008
Fordesoft Super Blackout[15]
Game Republic Catan 2008
Green Hill Studios Knytt Underground[11]
Gust Corporation Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland[17] 2009
Gust Corporation Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel[17] 2010
Gust Corporation Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland[17] 2010
Gust Corporation Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland[17] 2011
Gust Corporation 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
Irem 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, Idea Factory Trinity Universe 2009
Nippon Ichi Software Last Rebellion 2010
Nippon Ichi Software Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten 2011
Nippon Ichi Software The Witch and The Hundred Knight 2013
Nnooo Blast ‘Em Bunnies[11][15]
Nnooo escapeVektor[11]
Orange Pixel Heroes of Loot[15]
Orange Pixel Gunslugs[15]
Project BC Vacant Sky Awakening[18] TBA
Ratloop Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken[11] 2011
Ratloop 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]
Sony Computer Entertainment Gravity Daze/Gravity Rush 2011
Seed Studios Under Siege[17] 2011
Sidhe Interactive GripShift 2007
Sidhe Interactive Shatter[21][22] 2009
Spiders Mars: War Logs 2013
Spiders Bound by Flame 2014
Spiders The Technomancer 2016
Spike Chunsoft Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc 2010
Spike Chunsoft Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair 2012
Square Enix Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 2014 (PS3, Vita) / 2015 (PS4) / 2016 (PC)
Square Enix Dragon Quest Builders[23] 2016
Steel Minions (Sheffield Hallam University) Piecefall[15] 2015
Switchblade Monkeys Secret Ponchos[15]
thatgamecompany flOw[15] 2007
thatgamecompany[3] Flower[15] 2009
thatgamecompany Journey[15] 2012
VectorCell Amy 2012
VectorCell Flashback 2013
XGen Studios Super Motherload 2013

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!®". 
  21. ^ "Develop Magazine (Online Edition)". Intentmedia. July 13, 2009. Archived from the original on March 28, 2012. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  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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