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Epic continues to push console manufacturers on future of gaming

Developers do not want consoles to get left behind in the technology stakes.

Games developers need to constantly push console manufacturers to ensure that they stay ahead of manufacturers like Apple.

With the advance of downloadable games and the increasingly powerful tablet, some developers are worried that when the next generation of consoles come out, the technology will be underwhelming.

Computer and Video Games (CVG) has highlighted this concern with reports that the new Wii has relatively modest specification, while the Xbox 720 may be set to use a year-old Radeon 6000 series GPU, when the latest ultrabooks and tablets are already on to the 7000 series.

Epic Games vice-president Mark Rein claims that this is a growing concern for developers, who are in regular contact with the manufacturers about pushing their technology harder.

As part of this agenda, Epic undertakes projects such as the Samaritan demo, a game short with impressive, highly evolved graphics developed with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 500 series of graphics card.

"This is why we did Samaritan and why we're doing a really high-end demo in the room here. We really are pushing these guys, because if they don't, Apple will go right past them," he told CVG.

Rein said that the Samaritan demo is the developer's "love letter" to the manufacturers emphasising the passion people have for high-end, and in the past a Gears of War prototype prototype persuaded Microsoft to add an extra 512MB of RAM to the 360.

However, Rein insists that console gaming does not have to try and compete with iPads and other tablets, but stick to what it is good at.

"The console gaming experience is about delivering something that's way out past the bleeding edge and subsidising it through the software royalty model - just like Apple does with the phones. It's not that much different," he said.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801313290-ADNFCR