PS4 “is like a five-year-old PC,” says A Way Out developer

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:04 GMT

You can count on A Way Out, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons director to shoot it to you straight.

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Josef Fares, the lead at A Way Out developer Hazelight, is known for being passionate and direct. His presentation at EA’s E3 2017 showcase was one of the show’s highlights.

It’s easy to expect the creative lead to not beat around the bush when he’s trying to make a point then. Speaking to Engadget, Fares said that the power of PS4 isn’t really all that.

It’s not clear exactly what got him to talk about the power of the console, but he feels that consoles aren’t as powerful as they should. “You want the honest truth? This machine is not so strong as you think,” he said of the PS4 running the demo.

“This is like a five-year-old PC. If consoles were as powerful as PCs are today, you would see all different games. Most of the work developers put out there is to make them work on consoles.”

He certainly has a point. After all, we’re coming up on the fourth anniversary of the PS4’s release. Even not taking the console’s age into account, it’s been discussed multiple times that the CPUs in both consoles aren’t very powerful, even the Xbox One X – the supposed most powerful console, is is still using, more or less, an upgraded version of the same CPU in the standard Xbox One, and the PS4 and PS4 Pro.

That’s not to say developers haven’t been putting out stunning work so far, but to pretend consoles are powerful PCs is disingenuous.

A Way Out is due for release in 2018 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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