Mark Rein has made a bold prediction that the next generation of game consoles could resemble something more like a tablet than a clunky device plugged into your television.
Citing the huge strides made recently in the sophistication of mobile gaming technology, Epic Games’ Vice President makes a fairly convincing argument in an interview with Develop.
Today the companies making the hardware going inside phones know that games are important – they are incorporating processors that suit games and are as powerful as a PC or console…
So we’re going to see really powerful smaller machines emerge – they will be more powerful than a 360. To Epic that’s where our interest lies. We’re not interested in simple 2D games or games for the original iPhone or 3G; we want to bring high-quality, high-fidelity triple-A games to mobile. Epic Citadel woke a lot of people up – they realised it’s real and can be done.
Bearing in mind the studio’s hugely impressive iOS tech demo released on the AppStore just over a month ago, Epic Citadel, it’s clear that Mark Rein and Epic Games are really pushing development of serious ‘hardcore’ games on a mobile platform.
Essentially, Rein sees consoles becoming more of a lifestyle product; something you can take with you to a bar and enjoy a party game with friends before returning home, wirelessly connecting it to your HD television to play some CoD with a typical controller.
What do you think? Will consoles remain gaming powerhouses that sit under your TV? Or are Kinect, Move and the iPad changing the way we play?