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Epic CEO believes graphics will be “indistinguishable from reality” within 10 years

Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:46 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney believes gaming graphics will be “indistinguishable from reality” within 10 years, but to create such photo-realism, technological hurdles will have to be overcome.

Speaking at the Develop and reported by GI International, Sweeney said there are still a lot areas requiring research – “probably the rest of our lives” – before graphics will even come close to approaching reality.

Sweeney also touched on the ability of developers to write one game on PC, and have it run on any platform that is appropriate including mobile and console.

“That just moves the challenge of graphics to the problems we don’t know how to solve,” he said. “Like simulating human intelligence, animation, speech, lip-syncing. There are still a lot areas that will require ongoing research for probably the rest of our lives before we come close to approaching reality.

“It feels like we’re going through the last 25 years of game history at the rate of four years every year. We’ve always recognized that the industry is in a state of constant change, and those that react fastest are the survivors.

“It means that now, increasingly, we can think about building one game and shipping it on every platform that’s appropriate. It means we can potentially reach a much larger audience, and it will be increasingly important worldwide. Consoles are specific to the Western markets – North America, Europe – but they really don’t exist in Korea, China… I really think we can build one game that goes to all of those markets by supporting the appropriate platforms.”

You can hear snippets of his talk below, and a one-on-one at Develop below.

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18 Comments

  1. DSB

    In the 80′s we thought we would have flying cars within 10 years.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 No kidding, I have been waiting on those for too damn long!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ali

    @1,2 I haven’t lost hope yet…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. tezzer1985

    Blah Blah…fuck graphics, that’s not what needs to improve.

    Can we have vibrant living worlds as standard, maybe some improved AI, that don’t follow scripted paths, and maybe game design that isn’t about shooting or killing to progress.

    How about that Epic, keep your shinny graphics, and make better games with emmersive gameplay, rant over…thanks

    #4 2 years ago
  5. CPC_RedDawn

    Yep ok EPIC keep making tech demos of demons and monsters and I am sure it will be indistinguisable from real life…. +1 fuck reality!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. sh4dow

    @1,2

    And jet packs! And virtual reality!
    Everything was supposed to be “just a few years away”.
    Yeah right… unless I’m forgetting something there was no colossal invention in the last 10-20 years. Nothing like airplanes, TV or the internet.

    Which is why whenever somebody says something stupid like this guy here, I put them into my Yerli corner. (Because obviously – he is the king of bullshitting when it comes to video games. Well… him or Molyneux. But Molyneux is a different kind of stupid that is easier to ignore for me…)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Ali

    Your engine is called Unreal, that was done for a reason.

    Funny thing is that the other engines mainly Frostbite and Crytek have show more realistic touches than Unreal 4.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Clupula

    @2- I remember watching a program a couple years ago that said that they had been patented for years, but the problem with flying cars is that, in reality, they’re too much of an insurance/lawsuit risk, since everyone who drives one would pretty much have to be trained up jet pilot levels to avoid your standard accident. I mean, if there’s a collision between two cars on a street, that’s bad, but imagine two cars crashing in the air over a suburban neighborhood.

    Basically, they could start making flying cars tomorrow, but no one wants to risk the lawsuits that could come from them.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. sh4dow

    @8

    Haha that actually makes a lot of sense!

    Which reminds me that I would in fact much rather love to see an all-rail traffic system. Where rails lead to all houses and all cars drive on them. That way, everything could be controlled via autopilot – no more crashes (unless some system malfunctions, I suppose. But there would obviously have to be fail-safes and fail-safes for the fail-safes…) and better handling of traffic congestion.
    That would be so sweet… just lean back and play some games, watch a movie, while your car drives you home….

    #9 2 years ago
  10. powerbuoy

    Seeing as CGI in films isn’t “indistinguishable from reality” yet and they take like 40 hours to render one frame I doubt video games are gonna get closer any time soon.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DarkElfa

    I believe ps3fanboy will be mature in 10 years.

    See, we can all make up shit that won’t happen.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Madgame

    @1

    ​”No flying cars yet?”, he wrote from a 2 inch by 4 inch pocket computer instantaneously to subscribers worldwide using only his right thumb.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Metroid455

    they’re assuming there will ACTUALLY BE a gaming industry in 10 years time, with the current obsession with photo-realism I think not,at least not for AAA Devs/Pubs.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. zersus

    I dont’t whant RL graphics !

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Deadpoolfan

    @6
    You’re an ignorant fool if you think “new” inventions means advancement. If you were to look at computer technology and how drastically it has changed (a la, smartphones) in just the last ten years you would think differently. I mean, there are tablets out there that can play freaking modern pc games on ultra. Microchip technology is bounding ahead at breakneck speed. THAT is the future not flying cars.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. ps3fanboy

    @15 Deadpoolfan, i couldn’t said it better my self. microchip technology is bounding ahead at breakneck speed and is the future for shure. and by the way deadpool is awesome :D

    #16 2 years ago
  17. sh4dow

    @15

    Says a guy who apparently can’t even comprehend simple statements and replies in a way that only deals with the original argument in so far as it represents that inability. “I don’t like football” – “What do you mean you don’t like hockey?! Your mom’s fat!”

    #17 2 years ago
  18. backup

    PS4 have better graphics than X1 and PC this is fact

    #18 2 years ago

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]