Thursday, November 27, 2014
Epic Games Has Seen PS4/Xbox 720 Specs, They’re Not Powerful Enough

Epic Games Has Seen PS4/Xbox 720 Specs, They’re Not Powerful Enough

Epic Games has a unique position in the games industry because Unreal Engine, owned by the venerable firm, is used by more developers than any other. Because of this, the company’s bosses believe they have the ability to help shape what next generation games should look like, however after seeing PS4 and Xbox 720’s specs, they’ve concluded it’s not enough and are actively lobbying Sony and Microsoft to make the next PlayStation and Xbox more powerful.

“There is a huge responsibility on the shoulders of our engine team and our studio to drag this industry into the next generation,” said Gears of War design director Cliff Bleszinski in a Wired article. “It is up to Epic, and Tim Sweeney in particular, to motivate Sony and Microsoft not to phone in what these next consoles are going to be. It needs to be a quantum leap. They need to damn near render Avatar in real time, because I want it and gamers want it – even if they don’t know they want it.”

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney added: “We’re much more in sync with the console makers than any other developer is. That means we can give detailed recommendations with a complete understanding of what is going to be commercially possible.”

With the recently released Unreal Engine 4 screenshots, Epic Games is hoping to set a high standard for the next batch of consoles, and we applaud them for their efforts. But will Sony and Microsoft take seriously what the firm has to say? Because although Epic Games is giving advise freely, at the end of the day it’ll take lots of cash to have PS4 and Xbox 720 render such visuals, and we all know who’s footing the bill.

Unreal Engine 4 will be unveiled at E3 next month.

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  • nick

    of course they will!
    the 360 originally was suppose to have half the memory it ended up with, than epic went to M$ and said hey heres what we could do if you upped it.
    M$ obviously was impressed and agreed upping the memory.
    both would be stupid to ignore them!
    but whether they do what they say or not is another story.
    take whatever they say into account, but, well, the industry is not exactly swimming in money ATM.
    M$ is swimming in cash so they can afford it, but $ony, well, is suffering the biggest loss the company has EVER seen!
    and has not been profitable for over 4 years!
    id love to see next gen systems be as much of a leap as possible but sadly thats just not going to happen because the manufactures just cant afford it.
    its not financially feasible.

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    Not sure they’ll agree with Epic on this, especially when they’re the ones (Sony and MS) who’ll be stock with the bill.

  • nick

    M$ will because they have the money to do so.
    and epic has done allot for them in the past, the 360 would not be half as successful if it was not for epic!
    as i said if it was not for epic the 360 would of only had 256MBs of RAM instead of 512 thus it would of had less than the ps3 and would of really suffered for that.
    plus gears being exclusive thats helped them even more!
    M$ will listen.
    $ony will want to, but i doubt they will be able to because of the financial issues their in.

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  • Grammar Nazi

    “It needs to be a quantum leap.”

    Ah snap, one of my pet peeves. A quantum leap is very, very tiny. People seem to use this a lot where it doesn’t fit, since it sounds really cool.