MGD 07: Mark Rein Interview

Epic's Vice President talks about everything UT3, including what rig you'll need to rock it, Windows Vista, DX10 support and all of the next-gen consoles.

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SimmoUK4283d ago

Epic Games have got a message for all you rediculous 360 fans out there:

"GI: Do you think Sony’s in trouble?

Rein: No, god, no. Somebody asked me that earlier, and I was like, “What a ridiculous question.” People, just give them a break for crying out loud. People think it’s bad if they can’t ship enough, and then they think it’s bad if they can ship enough. It’s like, which is it? Either they can’t fulfill your order or they can, and they’re both good. Being able to fulfill your order is good news, right? Go out and buy your PS3 now. You can get one. That’s miraculous. They sold more PS3s in North America than Microsoft sold Xbox 360s in its same period of time, and they clearly aren’t going to have the shortage problems that Microsoft had. So as long as people are willing to pay the price for the machine—and I’m sure lots of people are—I think they’re hopefully in a good situation. I think they’ve done a good job with their downloadable content. There’s not a lot of games on there, but the ones that are there are really high quality, and I’m really impressed with the games. It’s a beautiful machine, it’s a great-looking piece of equipment, so I think Sony’s going to be fine."

This only applies to all that think Sony is doomed of course LOL Yeah Right dream on!

Grown Folks Talk4283d ago

you just wait until the end of the world and see if sony is still standing then buddy! =)

TheMART4283d ago

I don´t listen to anyone

I look at the numbers. Which show me, that if Sony had shipped 6, 4 or 2 million as they announced before, the shops would have exploded of the number of units on the shelves.

Be lucky Sony only got 1 million SHIPPED in 2006.

If we see last week 20k sold in Japan, that´s alarming. If we see an attach rate of 1.5 game per PS3 sold, that´s hilarious (even less then the PS2 and Gamecube at launch with 1.9 game per unit average).

Top 20 sales of games in Japan, no PS3 game around. Gears is on place 7 with 33.000 copies sold.

So. Again. Analists, what everybody yells fine if it´s your religion. Mine is reality and what the overal perception of the mass is. And people see Sony isn´t doing great on the moment and it´s not worth 600 dollars.

Just ask TopGamer if he´s around he owns 360´s and a PS3 and is not pleased with the PS3 at all compared to the 360

BIadestarX4283d ago

You forgot to mention this, "
Will UT3 have DX10 right out of the box?
Rein: Absolutely. It’ll support DX10."

Ohh wow, I wonder since only the xbox 360 has some of the stuff that DX 10 has there will be a major improvement over the PS3 version.

Also, it's Epic needs to try to get some love back from Sony fanboys; lets not forget that they made Gears which is responsible for many people jumping ships and now anounced that the game that Sony fanboys were hoping and were lead to believe was exclusive now will be on the XBox 360 which it will most likely will allow XBox 360 and PC gamers to play over Live Anywhere. So, Epic knows that Sony fanboys would forgive them if they say something you want to hear.
Epic: "the PS3 is the best, sold better than the 360, it's the ultimate machine... we will continue saying good things as long as you the Sony fanboys buy the games we make. On the other hand you're not getting any exclusives; the 360 is. Suckers!"

peksi4283d ago

This Epic guy values every console since they all have unique qualities. Don't you think there's something to learn from him?

At least try to pretend +14 years old? This arguing is getting boring.

DJ4283d ago (Edited 4283d ago )

Xbox 360 does not run DX 10. It runs off of DX 9. Even the developers of Crysis said that if they made a 360 version of their title it would have to be a DX 9 version.

And I know he'll get pissed when he sees this, but OpenGL is capable of everything that DX does, except that it has higher performance. It's also been around about 5 years longer than DX.

The only reason he's defending DX 10 as if it's the Holy Grail is because it's from Microsoft. Sony chose OpenGL 2.0ES because not only is the development community familiar with its tools, it has noticeable performance advantages over DirectX, whilst retaining the same capabilities. The only benefit of DirectX is that it's easier to work with. Microsoft pushes ease of use over performance, so don't expect anything crazy.

The best example I can give is Unreal Tournament (ironically). Tim Sweeney is Lead Programmer and President of Epic Games, and he stated that converting Unreal Tournament from DX to OpenGL was not only easy, it looked identical to Microsoft's API. There goes Bladestar's hopes and dreams.

TheMART4283d ago

DJ not again mate

You have no idea what you're talking about and if you do know, you're twisting facts and spread lies all around. Let me break it down for you once more

The 360 has it's base in DX9. BUT it has it's own API control for the GPU. Which means. It's not restricted to DX rules at all. Thus, it can add DX10 effects to the DX9 base. It's only not called DX10. It has been stated over and over again.

Open GL runs things also. But too bad most games are DX based these days. Higher performance... Well if that's the case, why isn't it used over DX then? And give some links and facts if you state this instead of your DJ twists and lies

Open GL been around 5 years longer then DX? So? The Dinosaurs also were earlier as humans. Still they didn't adopt and die.

But well I think no one really pays attention to your lies and twists anymore

DJ4283d ago (Edited 4283d ago )

OpenGL simply takes a little more work, which is why it has greater performance than DX. It's closer to the hardware. nVidia cards work best with OpenGL while ATI cards work best with DX, so it works out either way.

I think you're trying say that Dinosaurs didn't "adapt", not "adopt". They didn't have foster homes back then. =P

Right now PS3 devs are using a variation of OpenGL 2.0, one that was built with game development in mind (the CAD functions were thrown out). The fact that OpenGL's been around 14 years rather than 9 for DX means that it's had a lot more time to be tweaked and adjusted for optimal performance.

UrbanJabroni4283d ago

"OpenGL simply takes a little more work, which is why it has greater performance than DX."

No it doesn't. Period. DX bangs the registers directly just like openGL does. OpenGL does NOT offer better performance than DX. Period.

peksi4282d ago

OpenGL was the major 3D API but after MS started pushing it's new Direct3D it gained dominant position over OpenGL in Windows gaming. Similarly did MS push Word over WordPerfect, IE over Netscape and tried to get everyone to use Microsoft Network instead of public ISP's to connect to internet.

It doesn't say the dominant is always the best (or the worst for that matter) and OpenGL is used in professional CG graphics. I'd say both 3D API's are capable of similar / satisfying quality.

MicroGamer4282d ago (Edited 4282d ago )

Optimists live in their own little world filled with teddy bears and bunny rabbits that is far disconnected from reality. Of course he won't say anything negative about Sony. He's probably one of those happy, chirpy people who greets you with a sing-song voice that makes you want to strangle him the moment he enters the room.

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coxyefc4283d ago

I dont think Sony are doomed, I intend to buy a PS3 but not at the price for UK launch. I also like Mark Rein, he speaks his mind.

Jay da 2KBalla4283d ago

I do think that sony is doomed. I do not intend to buy a ps3 just as I didnt buy a ps2. Although I disagree with Mark Rein, I like him too for he does speak his mind. But what I want to know is:

" One of the things you announced today is that you’re bringing Unreal 3 to Xbox 360."

UT3 is on the 360 now?!?!?!

R34GTR4283d ago

The way the Xbox360 fanboys ride that microsoft & epic pole, and not even the guys at Epic are fanboys themselves. 360 fanboys & anti-Sony drones love to point out how dev's bash PS3. Well the Dev's of your "Best Game" on your Console just praised the s)-(it out of the Sooo "Hated" PS3. Now respect iT !!!

Dont you guys get it. The Sony flamers group on this site and in other places is very very isolated but you have convinced yourselves that you make up a majority of the world.


Jay da 2KBalla4283d ago

Yea bring it on. Bring on DMC4 too. I'll be playing both on my 360 along with VF5. Well actually I take that back cuz I think DMC is repetitive garbage.

Mattey4283d ago

Thats the only thing that i want from the ps3, cuz some of the stuff people come up with is pretty amazing and you dont have to wait years for a couple of half decent maps that you pay for.

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