Epic Game VP Mark Rein has suggested that the studio's exciting new DX11 Unreal Engine "justifies" the creation of new consoles by the likes of Microsoft and Sony.
Speaking in an interesting interview with industry publication develop, Rein suggested that the arrival of Apple's iPad 2 suggests that Steve jobs and co. will release a device that can host DX11 within "a couple of years".
Epic revealed UE3: DX11 at GDC last month. The firm claimed that its support of DirectX 11 (DX11), physics engine PhysX, APEX, and NVIDIA 3D vision brought "bring unprecedented new levels of realism". It also unveiled a rather stunning tech demo, 'Samaritan'.
Rein told Developer: "The DX11 demo itself, that's our love letter to hardware manufacturers. We're able to give people another road map. If companies are building new consoles - and, who knows, I mean Apple just released an iPad that's nine times the power of its predecessor.
"If Apple continues on this scale, they'll have a device that can run this [points to Unreal Engine DX11 demo] in a couple of years. But, that demo we've shown is aimed at the game console makers. We're telling them that this is the big leap that we think justifies that new piece of hardware you're going to build, and we're telling them that this is what we need next-gen consoles to be capable of, because we can't build a more powerful PC than the one that's running the DX11 demo! [Laughs]
"For us, now when we sit down with various companies and talk about the future, the discussion is no longer theoretical. We can show them this. We can say 'here's our demo, try it on your hardware'. And we want feedback - let us know what we can simplify, let us know what we can improve."