"It’s Like Giving You The World’s Best PC.”
Epic Games have been quick to jump on the PS4 train with Unreal Engine 4, suggesting that Sony's new console is akin to the "world's best PC."
Easy now, fellow PC gamers. Easy. Let's hear him out first.
Epic president Mark Rein praises the PS4 for its PC-esque architecture, and believes that it's a proactive step that will allow developers to fully embrace the platform without constantly compromising on memory constraints. “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,” he told CVG. “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 PS4's optimised hardware and OS will also make it an attractive sell next to 32-bit PCs, Rein suggests. “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," he continued. "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.”
Rein describes the PS4's background downloads, streaming and social functionality as “super convenient" compared to most gaming rigs, and will please consumers looking for a dedicated gaming machine that doesn't require you to mess about with drivers and graphics settings.
“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. I’ve always said that the things in the next-generation that aren’t just brute force hardware are all about the service and simplicity of the experience – the things that make it as fun and easy to get a PS4 game as it is to get a game on your iPad.”
So, there it is. We're convinced that instant convenience is still the key factor stopping PC gaming from achieving total dominance, but with initiatives like Big Picture Mode and automatic driver update tools already available, the gap is closing all the time. Thoughts?