We’ve been wondering about the capabilities of the next consoles from Microsoft and Sony for some time; based on their rumoured specs they appear to be little more than current mid-range PCs but, being dedicated hardware means you’re able to do more with it than comparative hardware in a PC environment. According to Epic’s Tim Sweeny next gen consoles will match high end PCs – and that’s got him excited.
We’re more enthusiastic now than ever about the future of high-end platforms," Sweeney told Edge. "What we’re doing on high-end PCs is going to be representative of the future consumer gaming experience and it’s going to be awesome," he added.
Many, including myself, don’t really believe that the next generation of consoles will offer a much more visual clout than the current gen – but apparently that’s not the case.
"It’s going to be a substantial leap over the current generation," he said.
Of course, the cynical bastard in me wonders if it’s not in Sweeny’s best interests to start hyping this next-gen business. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is arguably the most popular engine used in this generation’s games, and Epic’s biggest source of income. Of course they’d want people to be excited for the next gen, and the next generation of Unreal engine.
Here’s the Unreal Engine 4 at work. Let’s hope next gen games really do look like this.