Submitted by Venjense 1243d ago | article

Epic: 'If next-gen consoles aren't bleeding edge, Apple will beat them'

Meeting with Epic's always well-spoken VP Mark Rein at GDC this week, CVG highlighted the growing concern among gamers that next-gen consoles could turn out to be technically underwhelming - especially with Wii U's reportedly modest specs and the next Xbox rumoured to be utilising a year-old graphics card. (Next-Gen, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

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Shok  +   1243d ago
Didn't know Epic was this stupid.
gypsygib  +   1243d ago
I'm happy Epic is pushing Sony, MS and (hopefully) Nintendo to make next-gen consoles as powerful as possible. Gamers win by having the corps subsidize our purchase.

Remember, if it wasn't for Epic, 360 would have likely failed this gen right after the RROD fiasco, as every PS3 game would have looked and ran noticeably better.
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dp277407  +   1243d ago
Im thinking he means Gears of War came out early enough to make people want a 360 even with the risk of rrod or we could let him tell us.
SuperLupe  +   1243d ago
Yep next gen kicked off with Gears. RROD or not you had to be a part of it.
gypsygib  +   1243d ago
@ dp277407 & SuperLupe

I'm talking bout how Epic convinced MS to make 360 more powerful by upping the RAM from 256 to 512...because Gears didn't look particularly next-gen at 256.

The whole point of the article is that Epic is trying to convince Console makers to up the power by showing them what can be done with high specs (Smaritan Demo), and I'm saying that's good because it allowed or greatly contributed to 360 being where it is today.

If 360 was noticeably less powerful and relied on multiplats as much as it does, PS3 would have dominated again = less competition to push the envelope = gamers lose.
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sikbeta  +   1243d ago

No, it's not, Epic is riding Apple's d*** because they want to license the f*** out of their Engines and put them everywhere, they don't care if the games on I-devices are s*** or not, as long as they can make money from the UE, bleeding edge tech on new consoles will make more devs go out of business, raise prices and less variety of games, it's not working, PS1 and PS2 werent successful for being the most powerful consoles, same with the wii

Also, those who are expecting a massive bump in HW like we saw this gen are delusional, that's what made Sony from being number 1, to being in last place and with no chance to catch up against the competition

Face it, people want flashy stuff with colored s****, that's why Apple is so big, that's why kinect is so succesful, it has nothing to do with Specs or HW, casuals want gimmicks and what's hot at the moment, nothing else
Machioto  +   1243d ago
@sikbeta What you said reminded me of this.

Can someone tell me power wise how the ipad 3 stacks up compared to ps vita,I know the ipad has a higher res screen but two less cpu cores and the same amount of GPUs but they are not based on the rumored powervr series 6.

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ChrisW  +   1243d ago
However, with Sony and MS using current AMD (6000 series?) graphics technology... by the time their next-gen consoles are released, they will already be a generation or two late in graphics.

So if Apple takes that into consideration, they'll have the definite advantage.
SilentNegotiator  +   1243d ago | Well said
If they try to make them "bleeding edge", Apple will ABSOLUTELY beat them. Was the Wii "bleeding edge" in power? Was the ps2? Nope, but they WERE the most successful consoles of all time.

Gamers aren't going to "jump ship" to a buttonless tablet.

"especially with....the next Xbox rumoured to be utilising a year-old graphics card"
Uhhh, what do they expect? Graphics Cards from the future? Consoles have "outdated" cards out of the gate. That's just the way that it is. They have to be marketably affordable. It's that simple. It's quite sad to see people blubber about even 5 year old consoles having old cards; do you want to buy new hardware every, what, 3 years, then?

"The "Next gen" consoles will already be outdated when they release because AMD/Nvidia will have a slightly more powerful series of card out...MEH MEH MEH MEH MEEEEH"

Epic only cares because they care about how THEIR games sell on the consoles, and the more flash, the better for them. The big three, however, actually have to worry about hardware sales and more than one token game series like Gears selling.
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Kos-Mos  +   1242d ago
Good graphics do NOT make a game good tiny.
LeShin  +   1242d ago
@silentnegotiator wish I could get you a drink for talking so much sense, but a bubble will have to do :-)

I've said it before and I'll keep saying it....touchscreen controls just don't work for most games! I have a really good smartphone and I've bought ONE game in a 6 month period.

....and don't get me started on how much an Ipad costs compared to a console! Buying a ipad strictly for gaming just seems like a very stupid idea
debian_zac  +   1242d ago

if i can buy ram at the consumer rate of ~50 for 8GBs of it, than for each GB of ram I'm paying ~6.75 USD.

Now all i'm saying is that 2GB isn't gonna cause consoles prices to sky rocket because for each system they are only investing 12.50 USD at the consumer rate. Which current systems only have 512MB of ram so thats increasing the available ram on the system by x4 the amount without breaking the bank. NO way in hell could M$ or Sony find a way to justify that 2 GBs for more ram would cause the systems price to increase by 100 or 200 USD. Now the only thing really holding back consoles would be the Bus systems on the MBs and hopefully M$ doesn't do what they did this gen are try to cut costs with cheaper and poorer quality parts.

Source of prices : http://www.newegg.com/Store...

All i'm saying is the systems have decent processing power, albet weak but sufficient GPUs. But the problem is the lack for ram to store textures, general game data, models.
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Anon1974  +   1242d ago
@SuperLupe "Yep next gen kicked off with Gears."
Exactly. I remember that awe I felt when Gears game out. This was next gen, I said. This raises the bar. I expected to see the bar raised from that point on. But it didn't happen. At least not on that console. On another console, I saw the graphical bar raised again and again.

Not every developer can push the hardware, otherwise every game would look like Gears or Uncharted or Battlefield or the Witcher. That's why next gen, it doesn't matter what the specs are. We aren't going to see a graphical revolution overnight. If it were that easy, we would have seen it already.

@SilentNegotiator "Gamers aren't going to "jump ship" to a buttonless tablet."
I wouldn't discount the touch screen so soon. Obviously Nintendo thinks there's something there, and you can't deny that it's much more precise to touch the screen exactly where you want as opposed to using a thumbstick. A touchscreen used with buttons would bring the precision of a mouse with the buttons of a controller. Any PC gamer will tell you how limiting a controller is compared to mouse input - and as a developer myself I can tell you, for some games the touchscreen interface will let you do far more things than a controller. It's not for every game, but to simply write it off as "gamers need buttons"...that's not always the case.
MaxXAttaxX  +   1242d ago
I didn't know Apple was into "bleeding edge" console gaming.
Oh wait, they're not.
Dude420  +   1242d ago
"Exactly. I remember that awe I felt when Gears game out. This was next gen, I said. This raises the bar. I expected to see the bar raised from that point on. But it didn't happen. At least not on that console. On another console, I saw the graphical bar raised again and again."

Wow, who cares, even if the PS3 apparently raised the bar, that didn't stop the Xbox from getting better looking games. There's a huge difference between Gears 1 and 3. Forza 4's graphics were vastly improved and there seems to be a pretty significant difference between Halo Reach and 4, but we'll see.

The point is, the Xbox still has juice left in it and some devs do their best to ensure that there's a high quality in the visuals. This is a result of competition. Even though the PS3 can produce amazing looking console games, I was amazed that the Xbox can still improve as well.
inveni0  +   1242d ago
The iPad will not take over handheld gaming. That's like saying that Macs will take over PC gaming. It's not happening. I will be buying an iPad 3, but only because I'm a software developer, and so I need to have one for work. Will I play games on it? Sure. But it won't replace my PS3, let alone my PS4, and definitely not my PC (preferred multi-plat of choice).

Epic has an interest in as many platforms as possible. It makes their engine look really great when you can use it to develop every platform in parallel. Just because their Epic doesn't mean they're not blowing smoke.
Perjoss  +   1242d ago
Even the mention of Apple or Wii when talking about bleeding edge gaming is quite silly. Apple and Nintendo devices are not aimed at gamers at all. YES there is the odd hardcore title on the Wii but they make up about 5% of its library.

You only have to look at sales charts to see that stuff like Wii Sports and Wii Fit ridiculously outsell stuff like Resident Evil and Xenoblade Chronicles.
pangitkqb  +   1242d ago
I enjoy the bleeding edge of technology. It's expensive, it requires many sacrifices to be made, but the experiences are incredible. I'll never forget the first time I put Oblivion on my PS3 after years of playing on my PS2. It was mind blowing.

And games have only gotten better since then.
MysticStrummer  +   1242d ago
"Yep next gen kicked off with Gears. RROD or not you had to be a part of it."

Not me. I knew I wanted a PS3 but thought Gears might make me want a 360 also. That didn't happen. It's not a bad game by any means, but it didn't make me regret waiting to jump into the next generation.

OT - No. No they won't. Apple makes good products, and games made for smart phones and other touchscreen devices have their place, but nothing they have beats what I get from my PS3.
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F7U12  +   1242d ago
And the proof of what he's saying is sitting right here next to me, it's my gaming PC. A console just couldn't offer me the experience that I was looking for. This is the experience that I was looking for and it's only going to get better when nextgen hits.

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ikkokucrisis  +   1242d ago
I don't know if it's good to side with Apple Mark,

Apple releases a new product every year and Epic based console/PC games already take 2+ years to make so...
SilentNegotiator  +   1242d ago
"@SilentNegotiator "Gamers aren't going to "jump ship" to a buttonless tablet."
I wouldn't discount the touch screen so soon. Obviously Nintendo thinks "

Nope, nuh-uh, stop, halt, freeze, hail....

What part of "buttonless" do you not understand?
Angainor7  +   1243d ago
you are the stupid my friend... you know the things better than the company that created the Unreal Engine? for christ's sake... go to sleep...
MeridianHope  +   1243d ago
I'm a big Apple fan (had a Mac since the 80s, iPods, iPhones, picking up an iPad soon), and even I think it's a little crazy to say Apple will beat next-gen consoles.

Why? Because Apple (as far as we know) isn't making a console. As much as I think Apple and the Mac and the iPad are awesome, I do not for one second think they are viable replacements for a console or gaming PC.

The only thing I think the iPhone / iPad *are* viable replacements for would be handheld game devices (like the DS or PSP/Vita), but that all depends on the type of mobile gamer you are. The DS or PSP/Vita are still definitely going to have their market because they will be capable of gaming functions the iDevices simply can't match - the Vita especially.

Until Apple unveils a console of their own (one that's not a joke like the ill-fated Pippin was), this is a nonsense statement. I think the iPad and other iDevices are great, but they simply do not compete with consoles in any significant way.
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TheGamingArt  +   1243d ago
I couldn't agree more with MeridianHope
dredgewalker  +   1243d ago

I agree with everything that you've said. Even if Apple decides to make a console you can be sure to pay premium prices for the peripherals and accessories for their console since they will never allow 3rd party manufacturers. I also think that it will be pirated easily seeing how many jailbroken ipads/iphones are out there.
FrankDrebin  +   1243d ago
If you don't think Epic is making a point here then you are lacking some commonsense and intelligence. Sorry but true.

Maybe some of you don't realize it but the latest iPad (3, hd, whatever you want to call it) has more memory that the 360 and the Ps3. The graphics capabilities are very close to those of the consoles. With the rate that Apple releases updates it wouldn't take long for Apple to catch up and possibly surpass them. It only makes sense if you understand specs and stats.

Now listen, I'm not saying that Apple products are the best gaming machines on the planet. I'm not saying that at all. I have iPads and all that stuff and rarely play games on them. It isn't my personal cup of tea.

One thing to remember is this, EPIC knows the market. They know technology. They know it a heck of a lot better than you! Give them some credit!
MeridianHope  +   1243d ago
If the point is "the iPad tech will surpass that of next-gen consoles unless they are bleeding edge" then yeah, ok sure... But saying "if next-gen consoles aren't bleeding edge, Apple will beat them" is kind of dumb. That's like saying "if next-gen consoles don't do the dishes, the Whirlpool Gold Series dishwasher will beat them" - it doesn't matter.

If the iPad tech is better than next-gen consoles, does that mean a significant number of people will abandon consoles and start playing exclusively on their iPads? No. Absolutely not. Why? Because even if the iPad tech is better, the *experience* will be better on the consoles because they're designed primarily for that purpose and have the inputs for it, the iPad doesn't and Apple has shown no signs of changing in that regard.
jeeves86  +   1243d ago
Specs don't mean anything. People who tout Apple over Android have long said this - Apps and games make the machine, as well as the ease of use. Or if you're into that sort of thing, customization.

If Apple were to allow a bluetooth controller to be paired up with their devices, then I could see the next gen consoles taking a hit. As it stands, I can't see the market for dedicated gaming consoles dying down anytime soon.
FrankDrebin  +   1243d ago
Actually specs do mean a lot. Since you don't think so it only shows how much you know! haha Good try Jeeves86
HunterRose  +   1243d ago
Frank- If you think specs are the end all be all of a devices potential, then it shows how little you know.

The original Xbox had better specs than any other console at the time. And which console won that particular generation? Could it be the PS2, since it's still selling consoles today (which is 5 years after the Xbox was discontinued)?

And just so you know, having a holier-than-thou attitude when you're obviously wrong makes it worse.
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MeridianHope  +   1243d ago

Apple already "allows" bluetooth controllers to be paired with the iDevices - but because they don't sell any themselves or bundle them, it's unlikely to gain enough momentum to topple the console market (and arguably wouldn't even if it *were* bundled).

The iPad is great, it's more than enough for the casual gamer or even the serious gamer that has another dedicated gaming console or PC. But is it positioned to be a serious gamers primary gaming device? Absolutely not.

Anyhow, just for your edification, here's a couple links to info about OnLive supporting bluetooth controllers on the iPad for gaming with the OnLive service. Very impressive looking stuff, but again, as much as I like the iPad, if I were really going to do something like this I'd prefer it on my big screen TV, not a 10" iPad screen, no matter how much better resolution it may have.


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FrankDrebin  +   1243d ago

Whoa now, who said specs are the end all? I certainly didn't. Assuming makes an A$$ out of U and Me.

Kids these days...think before they speak. Gah!

Also, sorry if I make you feel inferior! :(
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HunterRose  +   1243d ago
No, you're right. You didn't say that specs were everything, and they do mean something. And to be honest, I vented other frustrations on you, so... sorry about that. And your attitude isn't snotty or anything like that... so a double apology.

The point I was hoping to make before I typed my response and ended up venting is simply that specs are lower on the list of what sells video game consoles, the Wii and PS2 being prime examples of this.

And we all know the iPad is going to sell more than any console anyway, regardless of the specs. It just won't be because people want to play games on it, it's because people buy Apple products to say they own an Apple product.
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thewhoopimen  +   1242d ago
@MeridianHope: You do know you can not only hook up bluetooth controllers to iPads, you can also AirPlay the game on any flatscreen TV right? Basically the iPad3 is already a superior version of the WiiU in specs/capabilities. It's just a matter now whether Apple wants to support Gamedevelopers and launch a marketing campaign.
OpenGL  +   1242d ago
The iPad 3 is less powerful than the PSP Vita, which itself is still considerably less powerful than the PS3 or 360. Apple hasn't said which GPU the iPad 3 is using but they said it's 2x as powerful as the iPad 2 graphically, and the iPad 2 used the PowerVR SGX543MP2, so it seems pretty clear the iPad 3 is using the SGX543MP4. While technically the same as what's in the PSP Vita, the Vita's version is the SGX543MP4+ with the + indicating it has 128MB of dedicated video memory, a significant advantage for 3D rendering.

I do agree though in another year or two the iPad could reach the power of current gen consoles, but there's nothing stopping Microsoft or Sony from releasing a new console that widens the gap again.
MysticStrummer  +   1242d ago
Devices with decent tech at the right price usually win over devices with the best tech at premium prices. It has always been thus, and thus it will always be.
StraightPath  +   1243d ago
Ipad 3 will do seriously damage to the ps vita which is already suffering and struggling.
TheGamingArt  +   1243d ago
Suffering and struggling...... and serious damage? You my friend are a troll.
kmanmx  +   1243d ago
Three words: No physical buttons
FrankDrebin  +   1243d ago
Agreed! If you think that is a trolling remark then you have no clue how the industry works and the current sales of each of these devices.
pain777pas  +   1243d ago
Gameboy color is a better gaming device than the ipad.
WitWolfy  +   1242d ago
Lets say it does HYPOTHETICALLY! Who's gonna pay $800+ for a device that isnt even made for THAT type of gaming in mind?
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WitWolfy  +   1242d ago
Lets say it does HYPOTHETICALLY! Who's gonna pay $800+ for a device that isnt even made for gaming in mind?
GribbleGrunger  +   1242d ago
i absolutely LOVE my Vita, but if it didn't have buttons and two analogue sticks, there's no way i would have bought it.
palaeomerus  +   1242d ago
iPad 3 costs $400-$800.

Vita costs $250-$350.

I don't think they are in the same market.

Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are more in the same price range as Vita and stuff like the Samsung Play 5, the very low end galaxy android tablets, and the iPod touch.
MysticStrummer  +   1242d ago
Those two things aren't even part of the same market. You might as well claim that the sales of an SUV will impact the sales of a sports car.
Jamzluminati  +   1243d ago
No Epic is correct. The Samsung Galaxy SIII & III, iPhone 5, iPad 3, and The Asus Transformer Prime are already stronger than the current gen systems as they are running on either dual core or quad core(III, iPad 3, Prime, and soon to be the iPhone 5.) And they're being released every year so. By the time you know it they will have 6 core processors like my desktop.

Wtf a pad as powerful as my beastly desktop.
tiffac008  +   1242d ago
Of course those devices should be more powerful. Your talking about 5-6yr old consoles to devices with the current tech in them.

Besides its already been proven that the console industry is not won by how powerful your console is but by how well your service and software line up is.

The console makers must balance power and price. Not everyone can afford to sell their devices at a premium without any backlash, especially not in the console industry.
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badz149  +   1243d ago
seriously, why Apple?
last time I checked, Samsung sells more phone than Apple and even mid range smartphones are having more RAM than both 360 and PS3! have we seen any game convincing enough for people to ditch consoles and move to mobile gaming instead? as far as I'm concerned, there's NONE! as long as consoles stay true to true gaming, not the casual 99c CRAP, consoles are here to stay!

Apple can still continue making money like it is! hell they even worth $340b at the moment but do they manage to stop dedicated gaming platforms to sell? NO! less people playing CoD nowadays? NO! so...seriously Epic, go to hell with THAT statement!
thewhoopimen  +   1242d ago
because if Samsung sells more phones than Apple, Apple generates more profit from phone sales than ALL smart phone companies combined. If Apple is making inroads into media entertainment and the livingroom, wouldn't you as a competitor be worried? it's just a matter of time they might look into gaming as a new revenue stream.
Cosmo811  +   1242d ago
You have a convincing argument.
JsonHenry  +   1242d ago
With the $$$ that Apple has I am surprised they have not tried something more than AppleTV/iOS devices to get into peoples homes. Right now they could subsidize the hell out of a powerful console/media extender and beat the competition into the ground if they played their cards right.

However, me being an "apple hater" I do not want to see that happen. But if any company is poised to do such a thing it is them. Right now. Why they still have the cash to do it.
catguykyou  +   1242d ago
I guess people don't read articles. Epic didn't say Apple would beat consoles if they weren't bleeding edge.
"This is why we did Samaritan and why we're doing a really high-end demo in the room here. We really are pushing these guys, because if they don't, Apple will go right past them."
He is referring to tech. He means if the next consoles don't push hardware specs, other companies that don't even make gaming their number one priority will surpass them in hardware capabilities. We are already seeing the Ipad (a portable machine not dedicated to gaming) start to exceed current consoles in certain specs.
What is so wrong with devs pushing to make the next consoles more powerful?
"The console gaming experience is about delivering something that's way out past the bleeding edge and subsidising it through the software royalty model - just like Apple does with the phones. It's not that much different."
He is absolutely right. EVERY console released with the exception of the Wii has sold at a loss at first. Price drop would occur when the console hardware started breaking even. Console makers would recoop all the money and more through software sales. This is how they got such good hardware to it's customers at affordable prices and made the tech worthwhile for years at a time instead of needing an update a year or two later.
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Frankfurt  +   1242d ago
HUGE LOL at kids comparing shitty, slow PC RAM to super-fast, expensive CONSOLE RAM.

mabreu  +   1242d ago
@Shok - Epic is not stupid. They just think we are.
Just to make things clear. Epic and Apple are companies selling a product to a large user base that don't even know or care about iPad specs.
tantobanto  +   1243d ago
I think he means beat them in terms of tech, not in terms of games

At least thats what i hope he means
CynicalVision  +   1243d ago
That wouldn't be a difficult thing to do, Apple seem to be hell bent on releasing a new iPad every year while consoles are around for 5-6 years at a time.
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TopDudeMan  +   1243d ago
Yeah, I couldn't play a serious game on an iphone or an ipad. A little 5 minute game of tetris or angry birds will do me on the bus, but I couldn't play games like dark souls or skyrim on something like that. You'd just lose the whole feel of epicness.
WitWolfy  +   1242d ago
You took the words right out of my mouth
tantobanto  +   1243d ago
I mean PC's had better tech than consoles the moment they launched, so its not really a big deal
CynicalVision  +   1243d ago
Exactly, and look at the PS2..it's a decade old and it's still selling!

The games are the reason why people buy consoles, not the specs. Apple just don't have the gaming brand recognition and experience like the others have.
GamingTruth  +   1243d ago
better tech than a chip sony used in sony pictures, oh nevermind you meant wii
smashcrashbash  +   1243d ago
How is it that Epic is kissing Apple's @$$ so much lately?
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Megaman_nerd  +   1243d ago
because they are making games of the iPad.
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ZippyZapper  +   1243d ago
LOL no because Apple is allowing Epic to make games on the iPad. :P
Dannehkins  +   1243d ago
Probably has something to do with Infinity Blade.

The likelihood is, is that Epic's games for iOS probably don't cost the world in development, they reach an extremely large consumer base and they no doubt get a good return on their money considering Apple keeps touting a new Infinity Blade for new hardware releases, particularly the iPad. Look at the new iPad, they gave a hoot to a new Infinity Blade there.

Now I'm not interested in the debate about whether console gaming is better than mobile gaming etc etc, not in this case anyway, but by looking at the situation, I imagine the above case could probably be applied to Epic and when you consider the fact that they are in this for the money, all of a sudden Apple's platform looks far more interesting.
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militant07  +   1242d ago
the question is how can they not know about the new xbox or ps!
josephayal  +   1243d ago
Not the PS4!
Farsendor1  +   1243d ago
epic doesn't seem like they care about pc gaming at all now.
GamingTruth  +   1243d ago
no its just that epic knows that the only ones capable of ushering in the movie and realtime blur is someone like sony and microsoft, pc can have some good graphics, but sony and microsoft are the only ones that can blur the line of high end cgs and realtime
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GamingTruth  +   1243d ago
im guessing at your laugh, that your saying im wrong, so tell me who else can get closer to movie cgs in games than a corporation like microsoft who already makes computer tech and has over 500 billion dollars at their disposal, and sony who also is a multi billion dollar corp and has an entire branch in movies called sony pictures studios and has very deep ties with AMD and IBM even Intel with making renderfarms and Movie Gpu grade Gpus? PC? lol thats who you should be Lyao at
pucpop  +   1243d ago
apple should re-release the pippin
CynicalVision  +   1243d ago
Can you imagine that? A new Pippin console costing £750 for the basic model and a re-release every year with minor improvements.
Seventh_Blood_Reborn  +   1243d ago
The funny part is that the Apple fans would be excited about this lol
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theeg  +   1243d ago
they need to get their consoles out fast, like this year, the ipad 3 is more powerful than ps3/360, thats sad, more so because all that power will go to waste on mini games!
Resistance_lord  +   1243d ago
I agree with the mini games part, but..the part about the Ipad HD Being more powerful then the 360/PS3 I would sure hope so since both of thos consoles are over 5 years old now ;o
CynicalVision  +   1243d ago
Apple will not release a console any time soon, not unless Microsoft or Sony throw in the towel. There isn't enough room for another console.
chazjamie  +   1242d ago
you forget nintendo, the real beast
madjedi  +   1242d ago
So being a beast is using slower old tech and refusing to take online gaming or the social community
@chaz "you forget nintendo, the real beast" Sorry that's more like a kitten meowing than anything resembling a ferocious beast, judging by the wii's lineup.

If nintendo is the "beast" then it's a declawed and house broken beast that lacks innovation(even if it's one of the most over used terms this gen) and is generally terrified to try new things.

You must be confusing the nes/snes era with today.

Nintendo is still playing catch up to the ps3/360's entire package. Try again.

Should be the term seriously after community but i guess it ran out of space.
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FernandoMartinez  +   1242d ago
@ madjedi:

WTF are you talking about?

Nintendo won this generation by far, they sold more consoles and software than Sony and MS together...

They shifted their focus to the new console they will launch by holiday season and which i'm sure wil be flying of the shelves...
rob6021  +   1243d ago
Ipad 3 is more powerful than ps3/360? Not from what I've read. I know epic said it had more memory and more resolution, but I don't believe the 3D tech is near a ps3/360 or even vita.
BattleTorn  +   1243d ago
I agree with you. We have current-gen games being played on iPads via OnLive.

There used to be a popular mantra that "next-gen is only needed once the current one can be emulated"

Clearly, we've pasted this mark.
Cosmo811  +   1242d ago
I wouldn't be so certain if I was you about the 'mini games'. Epic Games have at least two console-level games out (Infinity Blade and IB: Dungeons), then there's others of similar level like Shadow Gun, Modern Combat 3 etc. With all this extra power I think we'll see an Increase in the number of console-style games on the iPad.
OmniSlashPT  +   1243d ago
Ok, compare PS2 actual sales to any 12 year old hardware...In gaming games are the key, technology is not what matters.

So the iPad3 is more powerful than this generation? For what? To play an unplayable GTAIII port? lmao
BitbyDeath  +   1243d ago
I guess we'll just have to suffer in silence only being able to play games like Halo, Uncharted, QD's next game, God of War, Metal Gear, etc
gamernova  +   1243d ago
Oh Apple...just go away from gaming already. Why are people pushing this so much?! Hell, the new iPad falls to the VITA. I even think the 3DS is better at this point hahaha
schlanz  +   1243d ago
And PCs will always beat apple..
christheredhead  +   1243d ago
Even if next gen consoles aren't "bleeding edge" I would still purchase one, if not all of them. One simple fact...exclusives. I don't think anyone would abandon their gaming platform so they can play Infinity Blade on their phone.

I have no problem with Apple gaming. Its pretty cool that you can turn on a mobile device and play some fairly advanced games. Yet, the market and appeal are in 2 different universes. Apple can't beat next gen consoles just because they have games. They are selling vastly different products with the common place of a "video game." Its ridiculous that these two are opponents. I can sort of see the relation to that of a handheld, but Apple beating out the console market? Yah.
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soundslike  +   1243d ago
Technology moves too fast to, when planning for a future hardware device, settle for today's standard of "decent"

Full steam ahead!

I'm not getting a next-gen console unless its going to be future-proofed and not cutting costs anywhere it can.
madjedi  +   1242d ago
Not attacking you but i hate vagueness.
Right future proof that is as useless as epics meaningless definition of bleeding edge.

@epic It is called specifications and if you want bleeding edge get a pc and keep quiet, consoles will likely never be bleeding edge due to either reasons of keeping a acceptable price or heating and cooling issues.

Anyone expecting high end pc hardware is a fool, it will be older pc hardware that will still roast the hell out of either the ps3 or 360. New hardware vs old hardware, big surprise.

So the latest ipad is at or more powerful than the ps3/360, considering this generation is beginning to wind down and a new one replace it before long. So this should concern console gamers why?
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bahabeast  +   1243d ago
lmao i choose vita over ipad and i choose a dell over a mac ummmm what dose apple have that will sway me away from my ps3??? or any future home console?
GraveLord  +   1243d ago
I submitted this article(but from IGN) 11 hours ago. How did this one which was submitted 2 hours ago get submitted first?

Lazy N4G contributors! Curse you!
glennco  +   1243d ago
this guy is wrong. releasing a yearly tablet will not be that successfull if you need the latest version to play the latest games. only idioticly obsessed fanboys buy the latest ipad every time one is released. sooner or later even they must say "what is the point?"

has the whole world gone stupid or something. how does one brand have such a stupifying effect on people?
baodeus  +   1243d ago
The main point is not about maxing out HW specs, "casual" don't really care. The key is to get decent HW and make it affordable for as many as possible.

Just look at the Solar panel business. Chinese are killing American Solar business (Solyndra for example) because they can produce similar product but at a much lower cost.

And the graphics is not the main factor for a good game.
Raoh  +   1243d ago
gears is so overrated.. amazing that people put up with rrod and fees

Well if Epic is a deciding factor, epic is making more money with infinit blade on iOS and will make even more off of infinity blade dungeons...

before the haters respond... I love how people hate ios saying its a closed system and android is better because of it, yet, xbox live is the most closed system and gamers shun the more open system and networks like sony.

people talk out of both sides of their mouths sometimes.

yearly tablet a problem? you don't need to upgrade, no one is forcing you to buy one every year, its not like it has an rrod issue.. would yall prefer the 10 android devices a month or one apple device a year that you do not have to upgrade. I don't get how people bought multiple 360's (pre warranty) knowing it would die but throw stones at apple?

people are weird
iliimaster  +   1243d ago
yeah thats great but id prefer an HD game with a campaign as massive as final fantasy 7 the more and more real games look we end up with a 10 hour campaign
hazardman  +   1242d ago
I wish Sega would release the 2nd version of your default pic!
tarbis  +   1243d ago
Hey Epic, how about you try to push the PS3's full potential before you ask for the next gen. Oh, wait. They can't, they're married to M$ and now Apple. =/
lategamer  +   1243d ago
Games running UE3 on PS3 look great :/. Bulletstorm, ME3, Bioshock Infinite, etc.

Epic is actually talking to MS and Sony to put better hardware into there next consoles, so graphics and games look better, so whats the problem?
tarbis  +   1242d ago
Multiplat games can't push a console to its limits.
lategamer  +   1242d ago
So you want Epic to develop exclusively for Playstation? Why? I really don't think were gonna see games better-looking than Gears and Uncharted this gen.
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PixL  +   1242d ago
Epic staff are now playing Pachter?
JoeSchmoh  +   1242d ago
It's sad when you see people trying to predict s#*t because things aren't swinging their way. Sony and Nintendo ain't gotta pay me s#*t, I'll write what I want about Microsoft and Apple! GET THE FK OUT THE GAMING INDUSTRY! Xbox fuked it up enough! >_< The fking reason we gotta pay for s#*t we used to unlock for free back in the day on PS2 and Gamecube. Gaming is fuked if people think the future of it lies in some fking Ipad/Tablet cell phone app. game!
lategamer  +   1242d ago
The reason we pay for shit we "used to unlock" is because gamers buy it. Stop buying it (DLC you don't like), and publishers will stop selling it.
Gladiak  +   1242d ago
Am I missing something? Apple is always behind in hardware, Just look at the new ipad...dual core a5x cpu? really? But it has a higher rez screen? *hand goes up* I want to watch all my 1080p stuff stretched out over a larger screen. In my opinion only the movie studio giants can push a new resolution on the masses.

They sell you last years hardware in a pretty store with a pretty box with a pretty damn ridiculous price. Why because it has a logo on it. Apple is excels at marketing plain and simple. I can't see them selling a console for a loss to make it up with game sales, its against their pedigree. Apple and Microsoft duking it out next generation would be a huge loss for everyone, please Sony pull through.
ironmonkey  +   1242d ago
well future or not future, didnt stop ms,sony and especially nintendo from selling millions and millions.
OmegaSaiyanX  +   1242d ago
If Microsoft wanted to they *could* easily make a very powerful system, they have enough money problem is they are too busy catering now for Kinect and not the core gamer. Also would people be willing to pay £500 for a high end console where PC gamers would still laugh and make jokes?

What PC gamers fail to realise is that there is far less running in the background and no full on operating system that takes up much of the resources and now messing about with blue screens, constant updating/patches in order to get the game to run and also trying to mess with the settings to get better fps.
TextualBeef  +   1242d ago
LOL Epic and their famous iOS game that makes you do nothing other than swipe when fights occur.. Yeah that can really beat console games
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creepjack  +   1242d ago
Screw Apple and Mark Rein. A buttonless small device where the games consist of doing nothing more than swiping replacing a full fledged console? Please, graphics dont matter that much. My pc will always be the greatest gaming machine in my house anyways. I cant believe people are still being suckered into buying that over priced crap. Apple could put their little Apple logo on a turd and these idiots will still buy a new on every year.
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MilkMan  +   1242d ago
Sounds like EPIC has a new sponsor. Wonder how M$ feels about that.
bacrec1  +   1242d ago
and $ony and Nintendough.
Bebedora  +   1242d ago
The devil is in the pudding?

I think I've learned something about tech and people after I saw the success of the Wii. But I must be the only one, not from the Wii-camp
NnT3291  +   1242d ago
the new Ipad is more powerful than ps3/x360, so what? it is not utilized for gaming. More power doesnt mean it runs games better. I tried GTA3 on Ipad2, it was nearly unplayable.
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