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Apr 03 2013
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PS4 is like 'a really perfect gaming PC,' says Epic VP

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An Epic Games exec has compared the PlayStation 4 to "a really perfect gaming PC," citing the console's combination of "phenomenal" hardware and convenient user experience.

Speaking to CVG in a recent interview, VP Mark Rein called Sony's decision to incorporate off-the-shelf PC components in PS4 "very smart," because in his opinion it will allow many developers to hit the ground running with their next-gen game development.

He also pointed to the memory limitations of the 32-bit versions of Windows as an example of how PS4 titles could even surpass what "most PCs" can do.

"I think it's a very smart move on Sony's behalf to build this sort of enhanced PC architecture and then put so much in it," he said.

"Let's not forget it has 16 times the memory we had in PlayStation 3 - that's not insignificant. Knowing that every machine has that... we can do crazy, ridiculous stuff with that.

"The other exciting thing is that... when you think about Windows, even Windows for most people is tied to about 2GB of addressable memory space. This really opens up beyond what most PCs can do, because most PCs are running a 32-bit version of Windows.

"It's like giving you the world's best PC," he added, pointing to Sony's introduction of "super convenient" features such as the ability to play games while they're downloading and perform background updates.

"The kind of stuff that they announced that they're doing, the level of convenience and things like that... they're making a really perfect gaming PC," he added.

"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."
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Nice job reading N4G in the community! And even CliffyB, a masterful "other console developer", understands the power of the magnificient and santifying nature of the PS4.

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It's deffinitally better or the same as most mid range pc's. 

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Deadly_Rabbit123 wrote:

It's deffinitally better or the same as most mid range pc's. 


The RAM alone makes it much better than mid-range PCs in the community! This device has the gargantuan 8gb of GDDR5 RAM! Most people I know typically have 8gb of DDR3 RAM and they are the epitome of the despicable PC gamers!

 

The RAM allows the console to run much more smoothly than its inferior PC counterparts in the community

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Topherion wrote:

Deadly_Rabbit123 wrote:

It's deffinitally better or the same as most mid range pc's. 


The RAM alone makes it much better than mid-range PCs in the community! This device has the gargantuan 8gb of GDDR5 RAM! Most people I know typically have 8gb of DDR3 RAM and they are the epitome of the despicable PC gamers!

 

The RAM allows the console to run much more smoothly than its inferior PC counterparts in the community


:rolleyes: typical non-computer-literate response comparing DDR3 to GDDR5. One is not better than the other, they both have their strengths and weaknesses, which is why they're used in very different ways.

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"The other exciting thing is that... when you think about Windows, even Windows for most people is tied to about 2GB of addressable memory space. This really opens up beyond what most PCs can do, because most PCs are running a 32-bit version of Windows.


LOL, what?! Sounds like this guy is going off data compiled two years ago. In the recent Steam Hardware Survey, which is a good representation of the PC gaming community, 55.11% of users are running Win7x64, with another 9.92% running Win8x64, 3.82% running Vista64, and then a spattering of MacOS, Linux, and Ubuntu 64-bit users. Source

 

As for the "super convenient" feature of playing games while they're downloading and performing background updates, several companies already implement that on the PC, like Blizzard.

 

Yes, PS4 is like "a really perfect gaming PC," but that's as of now - by the time it releases, the PC will already surpass it, as it always does.

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This couldn't hold any ground. Could it? I mean its only coming from the VP of Epic Games and one of the founders of the Unreal Engine. What would he possibly know? Just because the PC could surpass it by the time the PS4 releases does not on any way mean majority of people are going to have that hardware.
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This couldn't hold any ground. Could it? I mean its only coming from the VP of Epic Games and one of the founders of the Unreal Engine. What would he possibly know? Just because the PC could surpass it by the time the PS4 releases does not on any way mean majority of people are going to have that hardware.

Yeah, it couldn't possibly be to get on Sony's good side or even financially motivated, right? It's not like I provided proof that his statistics are incorrect...oh wait, I did.

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xClayMeow wrote:

Topherion wrote:

Deadly_Rabbit123 wrote:

It's deffinitally better or the same as most mid range pc's. 


The RAM alone makes it much better than mid-range PCs in the community! This device has the gargantuan 8gb of GDDR5 RAM! Most people I know typically have 8gb of DDR3 RAM and they are the epitome of the despicable PC gamers!

 

The RAM allows the console to run much more smoothly than its inferior PC counterparts in the community


:rolleyes: typical non-computer-literate response comparing DDR3 to GDDR5. One is not better than the other, they both have their strengths and weaknesses, which is why they're used in very different ways.


Silly PC elitist in the community, everyone knows 5 is bigger and 3. Also, having a "G" in the front makes it awesome in the community. Get over your specs and realize the top dog is here. 

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On a serious note, the GDDR5 RAM allows for faster speeds simply because it is tied more to the GPU. Essentially, it is more "integrated" and the console works with itself instead of a bunch of separate components doing their own thing in the community.

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