PS4 Neo and Xbox One Scorpio Are ‘Thrilling,’ Epic Games Boss Says

“The idea of starting from scratch every few years is… crazy.”

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On the whole, it sounds like developers are actually very happy and on board with the upcoming PlayStation 4 Neo and the Xbox One Scorpio- even companies like Epic, whose primary business remains the peddling of their middleware engines, such as Unreal Engine 4, are excited about the disruption to the traditional console cycle.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with this,” Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said in a recent interview with Eurogamer. “It gives you the best of both worlds, the upgrade cycle of the PC which ensures that people always have access to the latest and greatest hardware and games don’t go out of date over a seven year cycle, together with the fact there’s a box you can go and buy – or two boxes – and you’re guaranteed that everything can work. And I think the configurations for developers are very reasonable.

“From an industry insider perspective, the console industry will grow and sustain its user base much better if it doesn’t have to reset its user base to zero every seven years. The idea of throwing everything out and doing everything from scratch every seven years is completely crazy. And everything Epic’s done with our new game development approach, involving these online games we’re going to maintain over time, it’s about building games where we don’t have to reset our user base to zero when we want to add new features.”

This is, of course, the view I have always held– and this kind of incremental hardware cycle is absolutely essential for the continued existence of gaming consoles, or they shall soon find themselves made obsolete in a tech market that moves far too fast for them.

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  • d0x360

    Since these boxes are x86 there is zero reason not to have new consoles every 2-3 years.

    Being x86 means games can scale for old and new hardware and it also means easy compatibility.

    Gamers should be happy. Pc can keep innovating with amazing new hardware and a year or 2 later consoles can follow suit and give us that hardware.

    That means bigger better games, better visuals, better physics, better ai, better sound, faster loading, virtual reality, 4k gaming, higher frame rates etc

    If you don’t want to upgrade right away you don’t have to. They are taking what makes PC gaming awesome and combining it with what makes console gaming awesome.

    Its a win win for everyone even if you exclusively game on PC or console.

    Remember…the 360 and ps3 generation held PC gaming back for YEARS. Those days are over and thank god

    • Wontime

      As long as sony/ms have a reasonable trade-in program, I’m on board…
      I wonder where nintendo is on all this

    • d0x360

      I understand but that’s not their problem. When you get a new cell phone every 2 years the manufacturer doesn’t take back your phone and give you a new deal.

      No…the price is 100% on the customer as it should be. You can always trade at GameStop or sell to someone but there is no reason for Sony or ms to offer trade up programs. It would cost them way too much money.

      No different on PC. I dont get to trade pieces in when I buy new ones…I wish I did believe me but unfortunately its never gonna happen.

      What you MIGHT see is maybe coupon or something if you owned a console for x years and had the online service but even that’s probable not gonna happen but hey…tweet them both and suggest it. Get lots of people to do that maybe it will work who knows. Cant hurt to try.

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