Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Epic Games Says PS4 And Xbox 720 Need To Be Really Powerful

Epic Games Says PS4 And Xbox 720 Need To Be Really Powerful

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney in an interview with GI.biz said that consoles like PS4 and Xbox 720 need to be extremely powerful if they’re going to remain relevant for the entirety of the upcoming generation.

“Gosh, my list for the next generation; it’s really two big things. One is to bring all that’s best about other computing devices – the convenience, the access to social media, the connectivity with the internet, Facebook or Twitter – and continue to bring that forward in the console experience. If you look at the console generation previous to this one, these were offline devices. You’d install a game, play it by yourself and you’re done. Nowadays you go online, play games, and buy games through XBLA or PSN. I think we’ve really only seen the tip of the iceberg there. There is a continual challenge for the industry to push forward in order to remain relevant and competitive with the awesome things that are happening on iOS for example.

Number two is to deliver the maximum amount of computing power that is economically possible. Really, that’s the reason consoles exist in the future. They have an enormous amount of graphics processing power that delivers an experience that goes far beyond what you can get on a lighter weight device. Pushing forward, we measure that performance in teraflops, trillions of floating point operations per second. When I started programming, you had about one thousand floating point operations per second. Now we have, on nVidia’s fastest hardware, two and a half to three teraflops. To push next-generation up to those levels will really ensure that they will remain relevant for another generation, even as other cool consumer devices like iPads and iPhones become more prevalent.”

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  • nick

    we need to get 60FPS and 1080P native for every single game before we start calling in any other features!
    pretty disappointing how father ken promised exactly that over 6 years ago and were STILL waiting!
    unbelievable how 2012 games can still be running in 720P and 30FPS.
    or even sub HD for some games like COD.