Mark Rein, a vice president of developer Epic Games and one of the veterans of the company, says that the upcoming PlayStation 4 home console from Sony is a perfect gaming PC that will give players and game creators more freedom.
The executive tells CVG during an interview that, “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.”
When the PlayStation 4 was revealed, Sony surprised many in the audience by saying that the device would include 8 GB of the fastest memory on the market, designed to allow developers to create more complex game worlds and much more impressive graphics.
Rein adds, “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 version of Windows. It’s like giving you the world’s best PC.”
Sony has also emphasized the benefits of the X86 architecture, which will make it easier for teams to create their video games and launch them.
Epic Games is currently working on the new Unreal Engine 4, which received a very impressive PlayStation 4 demo during the recent Game Developers Conference.
The technology will also be available on the Xbox 720 next-gen console from Microsoft.
Sony wants as many developers as possible to work on the PlayStation 4 and the new device is also designed to include more sharing and community options for players.
Launch is expected before Christmas of this year, globally.