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Speaking in a recent interview with CVG the VP at Epic Games (the studio behind Unreal Engine 4) Mark Rein had some rather glowing things to say about Sony's next console. When asked what taking top shelf parts from PCs and adding them into the next gen consoles will do for future game development he had this to say,
It's a smart thing to do. They're going to benefit from it - there won't be that whole 'how do we make this work', there's just going to be 'wow, what can we do with this?' And we'll do great things.
I think it's a very smart move on Sony's behalf to build this sort of enhanced PC architecture and then put so much in it. Let's not forget it has 16 times the memory we had in PlayStation 3 - that's not insignificant. Knowing that every machine has that... we can do crazy, ridiculous stuff with that.
The other exciting thing is that... when you think about Windows, even Windows for most people is tied to about 2GB of addressable memory space. This really opens up beyond what most PCs can do, because most PCs are running a 32-bit versions of Windows.
It's like giving you the world's best PC. 'We're going to make it super convenient, we're going to make it easy for you to get games on there, we're going to start the games running while you're downloading them and we're going to perform your updates in the background.' You're not going to turn this thing off... you're just going to sleep it and it's going to come back on.
The kind of stuff that they announced that they're doing, the level of convenience and things like that... they're making a really perfect gaming PC.
This is great news for die hard Sony fans. One of the main problems with the PS3 was that it was difficult to code for. As a result games that were available for all platforms usually had much more problems when played on the PS3. Take for example. Skyrim, which looked the worst graphics wise and also had the most bugs on the PS3 comparatively to the PC and 360. We don't know as of now other than rumors about the specs the next Xbox will have but Sony has played its' hand. Microsoft will have to come out with something just as impressive or something very similar to it if they want to be crowned top dog this time around. Sony seems to have gotten their shit together and if the PS4 comes out at a price point most people can agree with then I don't see a reason why Microsoft won't have very stiff competition this holiday season.
What aspect of the PS4 are you looking forward to the most? Will Sony come out on top for this new generation? Let your thoughts be known in the comments below.