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Remedy: Next-Gen A "Quantum Leap" Over Current Systems

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Matt Gardner
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Remedy: Next-Gen A "Quantum Leap" Over Current Systems

Is it time for a Scott Bakula DVD marathon? Well, always, but that's not what we're talking about here. Max Payne and Alan Wake devs Remedy Entertainment have suggested that the next generation of games consoles are something of a "quantum leap" over current tech.

Head of franchise development, Oskari Häkkinen, chatted to Games Industry's German branch, explaining that Remedy have had a small team of twenty people beavering away on an unannounced next-gen project for a little while.

"Currently, we are working with a relatively small team on a next-gen project. One question you always ask yourself in this phase is: can the upcoming consoles really be so much better compared to the current gen? I can rest assure you, they are. It's a quantum leap," he said.

Häkkinen also said that Remedy are planning to move into a larger office space in Espoo, Finland rather soon, to allow for future hires as we draw closer to some solid information about next-gen.

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DivideByZero  Aug. 24, 2012 at 11:49

Remedy games have never been highly technically brilliant (like Crysis, BF3 or Metro 2033) but they have mostly looked amazing.

Alan Wake on the PC is really well done IMO.

So the fact that they say this is good news to someone looking forward to the next get.

phil16  Aug. 24, 2012 at 12:03

Well obviously they would be. The current gen are what 7 years old now? My 4 year old budget gaming PC (<£500) wipes the floor of current console crop so take a high end PC from today and I bet it is a quantum leap over the 360/ps3!

DivideByZero  Aug. 24, 2012 at 12:18

Yeah it really is. I have a fairly high end gaming PC and can run any game at max res with 16x - 32x AA and 8x- 16x AF and it really does.

Some games don't need this mega graphics, Journey on the PS3 being a great example... but when you get to games that strive to look realistic (Almost any FPS) they are soooo poor on console compared to a high end PC. Lower res, slower FPS and no AA/AF etc.

(My PC is an OCd GTX 680, OCd I7 Sandy Bridge @ 4.5+ ghz, 8GB 1600 Ram, Creative Titanium Soundcard. I plan to add a 2nd 680 once something comes out that challenges my rig but so far so good).

hurrakan  Aug. 24, 2012 at 12:37

Remedy games have never been highly technically brilliant (like Crysis, BF3 or Metro 2033) but they have mostly looked amazing.

First Max Payne was fairly innovative at the time - and better than Max Payne 3 heh but I digress.

hurrakan  Aug. 24, 2012 at 12:45

8GB 1600 Ram

Only 8GB? It's 16GB these days heh - but yeah your rig sounds pretty good :)

I only have a single MSI N580GTX O/C Twin Frozr II. Multi-card setups are too much hassle for me. And I have dual monitors at 2048x1152.

I have an i7 2600K but haven't overclocked it because I couldn't be bothered to understand the new overclocking yet. I couldn't work out the best motherboard to get - settled on an Asus P8P67 Pro but the front USB3 ports are not very reliable (latest BIOS). Also my Asus Xonar soundcard is dumb because the ASIO drivers don't work properly - Creative Titanium probably would have been a better option.

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hurrakan  Aug. 24, 2012 at 12:48

Anyway, who cares about the "next generation of games consoles" ? I just hope we don't have another 10 years of being held back by stupid consoles and watered-down games.

DivideByZero  Aug. 24, 2012 at 13:48

Hey hurrakan, you really should OC your CPU, you get a great boost from it. If it would help, I could message you some guides and my BIOS setting. It's really easy the way I do it and gives such a good boost to your system. Plus the 2600k is the unlocked chip that was designed to be clocked.

Before my 680 I have 2x GTX 480s and they were harder work as they were about the loudest, power hungriest and hottest cards ever. Running 2 side by side meant I hit in the 100s in benches and busy games. The 680 (with a small OC) beats the 480s, but with much less power and heat. Have a 1kw Dark Power PSU so power is not an issue.

8GB is fine for games... not had anything that fills it yet. I got 2x 4GB sticks though so I can slot some more in as and when.

I like the dual monitors and res, sounds cool. How does that work in FPS games?

I was looking at the Xonar as most people seem to prefer it to Creative at the moment, but I am glad I went with it in the end.

phil16  Aug. 24, 2012 at 13:55

You've obviously all got far more budget than me. My £500 gaming PC is a Q6700 (One of the early quad cores), with 4gb of RAM and a free 285GTX card a friend gave me (I did have a 4850 at build).

Its not brilliant but the cheap SSD I added helps keep it quick and it plays most games at mid to mid-high settings at 1920x1280. Kind of proves you don't need a big budget to PC Game! Damn mortgage - I would love a new core i7 with a 7950...

DivideByZero  Aug. 24, 2012 at 14:18

Yeah you don't need a mega budget rig to get in to PC gaming and see the benefit over 6/7 year old console hardware.

Once you get in to benching though, it's hard to not to keep trying to push it, in both overclocking and purchasing.

DarthBlingBling  Aug. 24, 2012 at 16:04

Do people realise that a quantum leap is a very very very very tiny leap? Why the media has changed it into a buzz word for giant leap is beyond me. Hello! Quantum f***ing physics!

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stevenjameshyde  Aug. 24, 2012 at 16:54

Do people realise that a quantum leap is a very very very very tiny leap? Why the media has changed it into a buzz word for giant leap is beyond me. Hello! Quantum f***ing physics!


Not strictly true... quantum phyics is all about small things, but the idea of a 'quantum leap' is a jump between two disconnected points with no continuous path between them. In quantum physics this happens with energy levels of tiny particles

It's accurate to describe next gen as a 'quantum leap' if there's a noticeable gap between current and next gen... but this is true regardless of the actual size of that gap

/OT geekery

DivideByZero  Aug. 24, 2012 at 17:03

#DarthBlingBling Lol true.

But "Quanta" comes from Latin and basically means "measured amount" which is where Quantum comes into English.

Quantum can mean large or small.

Last edited by DivideByZero, Aug. 24, 2012 at 17:04

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