As the Vice President of Epic Games -- purveyor of cutting-edge graphics technology and self-anointed "conglomerate of badassery" -- Mark Rein must have a fairly good grasp of where the future of gaming is headed. How long until games are beamed directly into our eyes? It's a question posed in a hilarious and cheeky Eurogamer interview
, to which Rein responded: "Over half the users who played Gears of War 2
so far do not have HDTVs."
Well, that's a bit of a bummer. "My point is, of the systems that are out there now, the majority of them aren't plugged into HDTVs. So there's no way we're ready for the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox Whatever," Rein said. The PlayStation 3 still combats the issue of cost, he added, with Sony likely looking to amortize launch and development across that often touted ten-year lifespan.
There are benefits to be reaped with developers growing more comfortable and experienced with the hardware, but for now, we're not ready for another PlayStation. And a next Xbox? "Yeah, it's called Natal," says Rein. "That is the next Xbox." Though new consoles like the Xbox Whatever may arrive later than expected, we're confident Epic will be right on time in delivering Things of War.