Epic: New Unreal Engine Warrants PS4, Xbox 720

Word on the street is that we’ll have to wait until 2015 to see the new Xbox 720 -- and the PS4? That’s not exactly set for a holiday release, either. However, it seems Epic is hoping its DirectX11 Unreal Engine demo will make console manufacturers want to pick up the pace.

Speaking to Develop magazine, Rein said that the DX11 demo was a ‘love letter’ to hardware companies informing them that this is a “big leap” that “justifies that new piece of hardware.” What’s more, it’s what they need new consoles to be capable of and Epic is “giving them a roadmap.”

“ [...] That demo we've shown is aimed at the game console makers. We're telling them that this is the big leap that we think justifies that new piece of hardware you're going to build, and we're telling them that this is what we need next-gen consoles to be capable of, because we can't build a more powerful PC than the one that's running the DX11 demo!

"For us, now when we sit down with various companies and talk about the future, the discussion is no longer theoretical. We can show them this. We can say 'here's our demo, try it on your hardware'. And we want feedback - let us know what we can simplify, let us know what we can improve."

While Rein said that the demo is aimed more at console manufacturers, he also told Develop that he thinks even Apple could do it “in a couple of years.” Rein said that considering the iPad 2 packs nine times the power of its predecessor, there was a possibility Apple could release a device that can run Unreal Engine DX11 in just a few year’s time. “Who knows?” he said.

(via CVG)