PS4 and Xbox 720: Existing game engines enough?

We have seen a lot of speculation recently that we could soon be seeing Sony and Microsoft announce the next generation of gaming consoles. There is many gamers that are currently satisfied with what they are playing at the moment. Some developers are already claiming to have game engines good enough for the PS4 and Xbox 720, but are the existing game engines enough?

There is a good chance we will see the next generation of consoles being released by Microsoft and Sony in the next two years. The likes of id Software are claiming to be already in position for any such release, with Tim Willits saying they have a game engine which can cope with the next generation of hardware and beyond.

According to myona Willits who is the creative director at the company, has recently said why the id Tech 5 engine will be easily adaptable as well as highly usable in the next generation of consoles. He talked about John Carmack who is the co-founder and technical director of the company, and mentioned the fact that Carmack “feels that this technology is very forward scalable”.

Willits went on to say “You could even stretch your imagination farther and say that you could actually put all the assets of a game like Rage on a cloud somewhere and then pull them down.” He added that most of the company’s assets in media which are put into the game, and “We could take that media and literally put it anywhere else. Yes we’d have to change the engine a little bit but it wouldn’t be very difficult. So yeah, you can imagine the future and imagine that id Tech 5 will be right there.”

Two of the biggest releases this year is Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3, which both have revamped and impressive game engines. The Frostbite 2.0 engine that Battlefield 3 is built on has come in for a lot of praise and takes advantage of 64-bit processors, among other things to provide more realistic destruction and physics in the game.

When it comes to the next generation of consoles do game engines need to develop further and get even better? There may be many gamers who are satisfied with the current engines on offer, and just want original and enjoyable games to play. Take part in our poll below and tell us what you think.

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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