When a new generation of consoles in announced, the one thing on everybody’s mind is usually “more power.” Graphics, processing, gameplay; it’s all expected to be better than the current state of gaming, and it’s exactly what everyone is hoping for with upcoming generation as well. While the current group of consoles made a huge improvement over the last, the next jump needs to be even bigger according to Epic Games, the studio behind the infamous Unreal Engine. In a recent interview, Design Director Cliff Bleszinski stated:
“It is up to Epic, and Tim Sweeney in particular, to motivate Sony and Microsoft not to phone in what these next consoles are going to be. It needs to be a quantum leap. They need to damn near render Avatar in real time, because I want it and gamers want it–even if they don’t know they want it.”
Rendering graphics as impressive as Avatar in real time may seem like an impossible feat, but with incredible tech demos being released all the time that show off games running with such graphics, it may not really be that farfetched. Seeing such a drastic change between this generation and the next, however, is very unlikely, as the cost alone to equip every gaming system with such capabilities would be substantial.
The reasoning behind Bleszinski’s statement is clear, as Epic Games is trying to push the use of their always-impressive Unreal 4 engine, which as of right now isn’t able to run on any console. The company has recently released screenshots showing off the amazing graphics that the engine would be able to handle, and the engine will be officially revealed at E3 in June.