Many say the PlayStation 4 is essentially a PC. Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls developer Quantic Dream agrees with that.

But they also call it "the PC of 2014 or 2015," as studio co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere told GameSpot during the Tribeca Film Festival. Quantic Dream was on hand because Beyond was featured at the weekend event. Games are moving up in the world!

The executive also said they're seeing some "major differences" between the PS3 and PS4 based on their initial testing with Sony's new console:

"We are already seeing in the first [PS4 tests] that we're doing a big difference."

Their goal has always been the same, he explained: Capture the most realistic and authentic performance possible. This would in turn create the most believable virtual characters. de Fondaumiere added that the tech demo we saw at the PlayStation Meeting was just a "first glimpse" of what that technology is capable of, and he did confirm that Quantic Dream is working on an all-new engine for the PS4.

As for what he thinks of the PS4:

"There are limitations on the PlayStation 3 and there will be limitations on PlayStation 4. With the PlayStation 4, it's something that really is more like the PC of next year or two years."

Yes, there will always be limitations. The only question that developers must answer is- "How do I deal with those limitations?" And you know, Quantic Dream probably has several solutions.

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firesoul453
firesoul453
7 years ago

I can't wait to see what they are able to do with it!

I know a lot of people are a little bumbed that the processor won't be like the next super computer but remember. This thing will be like a $2k-$3k computer and will cost like $500. On top of that developers will almost certainly be able to push the hardware to the max because they can program specifically for that hardware configuration.

Crabba
Crabba
7 years ago

More like a $350 PC selling for $400-500…

firesoul453
firesoul453
7 years ago

Don't know what makes you think that. A comparable graphics card will probably cost atleast $350

daus26
daus26
7 years ago

You have to be blind if you think a $350 PC can pull of what was demonstrated at the Playstation Meeting… which wasn't even utilizing the PS4's max potential, or rather early build.

iwillbetheone
iwillbetheone
7 years ago

PS4 will not be at $350 also. It will be something like $500. Note that by the time the PS4 releases, both AMD and nVidia will have their newer cards releases, so that their current-gen cards will be even cheaper then. And those current-gen cards are more than enough to compete with PS4 graphics-wise. So a $500 gaming PC at that time can easily compete with a PS4 at launch.

Crabba
Crabba
7 years ago

firesoul453, trust me there's no $350 graphics card in the PS4. If the specs Sony have released are wrong and there is indeed something between a Radeon 7950 & 7970 which would be in the $300-$400 range I'd be absolutely thrilled, but according to Sony's own specs the graphics chip isn't even close to the $100-$150 Radeon 7850.

Crabba
Crabba
7 years ago

iwillbetheone a $500 custom built PC would beat the cr*p out of the PS4 specs at launch…

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
7 years ago

Well, as a gamer I can't wait to see what they are able to do with the PS4.

With that said, I expect some of you may not agree with the "PC of next year" analysis.

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

it's just interpretation. These tech guys have to try and word it so they don't talk over the tops of the general journalist's understanding.

PC gamers will still have the choice to brute force their way through with expensive processors and graphics cards to make up for most of any limitations on the PC side of gaming.

So basically the tech guys are speaking to the general case of PC gamer.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 4/30/2013 1:17:38 PM

Akuma_
Akuma_
7 years ago

Too bad for PC Gamers that they won't NEED anything more powerful than the PS4s tech for years to come…..

All that money…. so few uses.

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

hehe well, Akuma, that's the thing. The hardcore enthusiasts will find reasons. Some buy 3 $500 graphics cards in SLi mode in order to run at 2560×1440 or even 3840×2160. For most of us and PS4, 1920×1080 is plenty high res.

___________
___________
7 years ago

oh rubbish!
try running a game in any resolution above 1080P and watch even the most powerful PCs out there start crying!
hell i spent 6 grand on mine and i struggle to hit 30FPS in crysis 3 with everything maxed out. and thats only at 2560×1440, thats quite a low resolution you can go a hell of allot higher than that!
then theres multiple displays if you want to get really exotic.

Solid Fantasy
Solid Fantasy
7 years ago

If the tech is familiar and apparently well balance with out the bottle necks I can't help but wonder if we're going to see it get maxed out faster. If it's so simple will it be a faster race to see who can refine the coding to the max?
I also wonder how Cage is going to step up the level with his visionary goals of connecting with the player.

broox9
broox9
7 years ago

I just wonder how it effects the PS4 lifecycle. Like will their be a clamoring for a new machine toward the end of 2015?

___________
___________
7 years ago

14-15 my a$$!
more like the PC of 2008!
that said though i wish they would bring two souls to the ps4, it will be really interesting to see the differences.
also it will be a great system seller.