Epic's Tim Sweeney: Next Gen Needs More Power And More Open Platforms

Tim Sweeney is the founder of Epic Games, and when he talks about the future of video games, it's probably worth listening, considering the fact it's his job to anticipate the trends. When Gamasutra asked him what he'd like to see from the next generation of consoles his answer was relatively simple — more power and a more open platform.

Oh, and he also wants more integration with social media.

"There are great games with Facebook integration that enable you to hook up to social network sites and find your friends in there," he said. "To be able to do that from next generation games and consoles will be really valuable.

"To be able to go and easily buy and download games like we do in the iOS App Store on future consoles will be incredibly valuable to us as developers, and make it that much easier to get our games out without over-reliance on manufacturing a whole bunch of pieces of spinning plastic to ship to consumers."

But the power of consoles and their ability to provide a definitive high-end gaming experience must not be sacrificed.

"The thing that separates consoles from FarmVille is the fact that consoles define the high-end gaming experience," claimed Sweeney. "When you look for the best graphics available in the whole game industry today, you look at Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and those games are the best out there, bar none. And so the big opportunities for future consoles is to bring that to an entirely new level by delivering a dramatic increase in raw computing power.

"We measure that in floating-point operations per second, and now we talk about teraflops — trillions of floating-point operations per second. What we want is as many teraflops as is economically possible to deliver to consumers, because that enables us to create the best quality experience as possible, and that will drive people to buy a new machine. That's a big challenge with a new console — that you reset your install base from millions and millions of what you have today with current consoles back to zero. Then you have to convince everybody to buy the new hardware.

"To do that you need awesome games that provide a level of graphical fidelity that people have just not seen or even imagined previously."

The entire interview is a pretty insightful one, and well worth reading, head over to Gamasutra to read it in full.

The Future According to Epic's Tim Sweeney [Gamasutra]


Comments

    "When you look for the best graphics available in the whole game industry today, you look at Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3"
    Is he serious?

      He said he wanted more facebook integration, so regardless his opinion is discarded. So sick of that shit.

        +1

        The last thing I'd ever want is to have Facebook hooked up to my gaming profile.

          Imagine all those obnoxious status updates popping up like achievement notifications.

          "I'm waiting for the bus"

          "I'm on the bus"

          "I just got off the bus"

          No thank you.

      For the masses i assume..

      Well, he's talking about this generation of consoles, so PC doesn't really count since it's constantly evolving and improving.

      It's probably because Epic's main market is people using their engine to produce shovelware on the consoles. PC gaming will always be the forerunner in graphics, Epic actively avoids the PC as of late because of the backlash it received for making a gears of war port for the PC and xbox is the beehive of all fanboys.

    I take it Epic Games main business is in consoles? Or else he has not turned on a PC in the last for or five years?

    "“The thing that separates consoles from FarmVille is the fact that consoles define the high-end gaming experience,”"

    .......

    *Stares*......*Blink* What happened to Epic (MegaGames!) ?

    Hey look someone from Epic is clueless, what a shock..

    ..yup. Respect lost.

    Dude?!... wut?

    You're f****** kidding me.

    What made him think he could get away with comments like THAT in an interview ?! Wilful ignorance or blatant stupidity.

    Is it just me or does he look a bit like Tina Fey in the picture?

      You blind? Tina Fey is like 1000x hotter than that.

    "Well, you have to draw a fine line in there. If you look at the most open platform today -- that's Android"

    Just another nugget of wisdom from Tim

    Ummmm, Mark.....I do hope you realise thats not the Tim Sweeney we're talking about....please let that pic be a joke...

    Lol great google search there kotaku. That is Tim sweeney from beats in space dfa records fame. One of my favourite djs. I wasn't aware he did video games now.

      HAHAHA, I knew Tim never had hair that good. Everybody left that up to John Romero in the 90's.

    ok so this guy is touted at being at the forefront of gaming and while i can swallow the bullshit about social media, even though i dont really use it within my gaming habits i can appreciate; to a point, where its going...but the comments about consoles having the "ability to provide a definitive high-end gaming experience" and "When you look for the best graphics available in the whole game industry today, you look at Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3" you realise this guys opinion is laughable and shows he is balls deep in his own verbal diarrhea. Ugh no wonder im losing interest in gaming when clowns like this are influencing things. ugh.

    I take it no one bothered to read the actual article? On Facebook - "enable you to hook up to social network sites and find your friends in there". This isnt a terrible idea, it's arguably one that a lot of the player base would want - why do I have to maintain a separate friends list for Facebook, twitter *and* Xbox live? (there are privacy/categorization implications, but the broad idea is a good one)

    On the PS3 and Xbox 360 as the "best" platforms - It was the context of asking about consoles. This guy is the lead developer on one of the most successful engines of all time - pretty sure he's well aware of what hardware platforms are out there and their capabilities. I love it how his opinion "sucks" just because people can't be bothered to read things in context.

    and to think Epic were once great...
    I like his idea about the next gen console being more powerful and more open... bitty the hardward dev (Sony, Nintendo, MS) want only a slight power increase (keeping costs down), but I guess more is more, and to lock down their platform to stop the evil that is piracy and to stop those dreaded 2nd hand sales... this idiot has described PC gaming with his more power and more open idea.

    Get PC with HDMI out... Plug HDMI into PC, plug outher end into TV... use wireless controller buy games through steam... What Steam REALLY need to do is make a TV interface so you can set up your PC on the TV, have it run steam in a "TV Mode" on start up and off you go....

    "The thing that separates consoles from FarmVille is the fact that consoles define the high-end gaming experience" IN RELATION TO FACEBOOK!

    In relation to what can be created for assembled PC - consoles are on the same level as facebook!

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