Epic Challenges Sony and Microsoft to Match PC Gaming With Their Next Consoles
Outspkoen game develop and engine middleware company Epic Games has been in the news a lot lately, and not just for its games. With Cliffy B talking about the Wii U yesterday, Mark Rein provided us all with more opinions on what his company thinks the future of console gaming has to be like.
“Samaritan was kind of our love letter to hardware manufacturers,” he said, referring to the next generation tech demo that Epic revealed at GDC this year. “The next-gen, we expect, will look like that. If you fast forward a year or two years that should be a fairly common gamer’s spec.
“We hope the console manufactures look at that and go: ‘Jeez, if we aim for that in our next consoles we’ll be competitive with what you’ll be able to do on a PC in a year, year and half from now.’ That’s a reasonably priced PC – obviously you can do it on an expensive PC already.”
He was critical of the way power in consoles currently seems to be progressing, suggesting that the PC has shot by PS3 and Xbox 360 in terms of capabilities. “With the PC you can simulate the future – you can put enough hardware in a PC to show you what a future console will look like,” he signed off.