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Epic VP: PS4 is Like a Perfect Gaming PC

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Epic VP Mark rein sounds like he's in love with the PlayStation 4.

In a recent interview with CVG, Epic Games Vice President Mark Rein compared Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 console to a "really perfect gaming PC". He also said Sony's decision to incorporate off-the-shelf PC components was "very smart" because developers know the PC -- they work closely with hardware vendors.

"There's nothing that we have to guess about - we know what the processors can do, we know what the CPUs can do and we're using those same parts on the actual development hardware that we use," he said. "It just makes it a lot smoother and it also means we can build on our particular strength."

Developers also won't be faced with the "how do we make this work" epidemic seen with the PlayStation 3. Even more, Rein indicated that the console offers a generous amount of memory, 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM in fact, which is far more that the limited 2 GB of addressable memory space on Windows-based machines.

"This really opens up beyond what most PCs can do, because most PCs are running a 32-bit version of Windows," he said. "We can do crazy, ridiculous stuff with that. It's like giving you the world's best PC."

He goes on to call the PlayStation 4 a "perfect gaming PC" again, as the console will perform updates in the background and even lets users play games while still downloading them, making it super convenient for the end-user. He also acknowledged that Microsoft may be doing something similar.

"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," he said.

That's what the next-generation is all about – adopting the simplicity of what we've come to know and love on smartphones and tablets, and backing it up with amazing hardware specs at a "reasonable" price.

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    red_stapler , April 3, 2013 4:07 PM
    71% of steam users are on 64 bit Windows operating systems.
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    themissingpiece , April 3, 2013 4:04 PM
    "PCs are running a 32-bit version of Windows"
    Wait, what? I guess it makes sense, but I'm 99% sure that most gaming PCs aren't running 32-bit Windows.

    Hardware-wise, it's pretty impressive, but no, it's nowhere near the "best" gaming PCs even today.
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    tlg , April 3, 2013 4:15 PM
    wow that means that with my 64bit windows, 4Ghz quad core i7 ( 4 year old model) and my 7970 I must have a GODLIKE pc and I didn't know it lolol
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    themissingpiece , April 3, 2013 4:04 PM
    "PCs are running a 32-bit version of Windows"
    Wait, what? I guess it makes sense, but I'm 99% sure that most gaming PCs aren't running 32-bit Windows.

    Hardware-wise, it's pretty impressive, but no, it's nowhere near the "best" gaming PCs even today.
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    vmem , April 3, 2013 4:06 PM
    actually, most PCs that PC game on DO run 32-bit windows. we may not call them gaming PCs, but they're out there...
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    vmem , April 3, 2013 4:06 PM
    vmemactually, most PCs that PC game on DO run 32-bit windows. we may not call them gaming PCs, but they're out there...


    sorry, I meant most PCs that people game on
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    red_stapler , April 3, 2013 4:07 PM
    71% of steam users are on 64 bit Windows operating systems.
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    bluestar2k11 , April 3, 2013 4:13 PM
    "because most PCs are running a 32-bit version of Windows,"

    I'm pretty sure most PC's are running 64bit windows now.
    Almost every OEM PC ships with windows 64bit and 4-8GB of ram, and most gamers, if you judge by steam's last survey are using 64bit systems with 64bit capable CPU's, just like their using mostly DX11 systems as well.

    55% are using win7 64bit.
    49% are using DX11.

    But I do agree that this console generation gives me more hope then I originally felt, for not only more PC games, but better designed ones too, and hopefully using 64bit processing and DX11.

    I just hope they stop using Always on DRM and calling it a feature.
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    dkcomputer , April 3, 2013 4:14 PM
    "which is far more that the limited 2 GB of addressable memory space on Windows-based machines."

    umm?
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    tlg , April 3, 2013 4:15 PM
    wow that means that with my 64bit windows, 4Ghz quad core i7 ( 4 year old model) and my 7970 I must have a GODLIKE pc and I didn't know it lolol
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    bison88 , April 3, 2013 4:21 PM
    So why is Epic limiting themselves to just the X-Box with Gears of War? Honestly, it's the only reason I bought the 360 because I was forced into it by exclusive titles. Even that XBL Gold fee can hardly be justified. Break Microsoft's stranglehold and release hundreds of thousands from having to buy the X-Box 720 or whatever to play your games.
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    NightLight , April 3, 2013 4:29 PM
    someone has received some money from sony :) 
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    madjimms , April 3, 2013 4:29 PM
    Does this mean we can possibly install an x86 operating system like Windows or Linux?
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    orion9 , April 3, 2013 4:35 PM
    So the elemental demo was done on a 2 gig, 8800gt PC…right?! Btw a “perfect pc”!? Really?! I’ve seen the comparison between the ps4 elemental demo and the (year old) pc demo.

    And omg you are right! The ps4 is astounding, with all those particle effects and amazing physics and let's not even go into the textures quality. /sarcasm

    But yeah it’s nice to see consoles going the pc route. If nothing else we will get “better” ports. RIGHT!?
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    tomfreak , April 3, 2013 4:41 PM
    Hi, I come from the future via a time-machine. I have a PC running 64bit OS + 16GB RAM which easily out-spec the PS4 speed.
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    dalethepcman , April 3, 2013 4:42 PM
    red_stapler71% of steam users are on 64 bit Windows operating systems.

    99.9999% of games are developed to work with 32bit though. Why intentionally exclude 29% of the enthusiast, 100% of the XP, and the majority of the casual market?

    I think the move to using somewhat standard PC hardware and OpenGL/DX is the best thing Sony can do. It's been 5 years and people still don't know how to code properly for the cell in the PS3.
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    anti-painkilla , April 3, 2013 4:48 PM
    EDIT: Epic VP: PS4 is Like a Perfect Gaming PC for Developers

    As in we cannot be bothered programming and debugging for different hardware.
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    spentshells , April 3, 2013 4:58 PM
    madjimmsDoes this mean we can possibly install an x86 operating system like Windows or Linux?


    NOPE!
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    spentshells , April 3, 2013 4:59 PM
    tomfreakHi, I come from the future via a time-machine. I have a PC running 64bit OS + 16GB RAM which easily out-spec the PS4 speed.


    Oh your pc has 8 GB of gddr5?
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    slabbo , April 3, 2013 5:01 PM
    "We can do crazy, ridiculous stuff with that. It's like giving you the world's best mid to low-end PC."

    -fixed it for ya.

    But realistically, if you have a gaming PC there's no need for a PS4. Just wait a month for some hacker to emulate it, shouldn't be too hard, it's basically a mid range to low end PC.
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    amoralman , April 3, 2013 5:05 PM
    With every new console release, you've got a few developers that get paid to say it's the next big thing, or that the console is so superior that the FBI will put a hold on it because it can be used to build the next nuclear fusion reactor, or whatever. These people should not even get published nor interviewed, period.
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    wolley74 , April 3, 2013 5:05 PM
    Quote:
    There's nothing that we have to guess about - we know what the processors can do, we know what the CPUs can do


    CPU = Processor, why say it twice in a row?
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