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PS4 praised as "perfect gaming PC" by Epic VP

Epic Games' Mark Rein loves the PlayStation 4's PC-like design

In an interview with CVG, Epic Games vice president Mark Rein called Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 console "a really perfect gaming PC" and praised the platform holder for making things easier for developers.

"I think it's a very smart move on Sony's behalf to build this sort of enhanced PC architecture and then put so much in it," Rein told CVG. "The kind of stuff that they announced that they're doing, the level of convenience and things like that... they're making a really perfect gaming PC."

Rein seemed very excited by the PlayStation 4's 8 GB of GDDR5 memory and the console's digital download options.

"Let's not forget it has 16 times the memory we had in PlayStation 3 - that's not insignificant. Knowing that every machine has that we can do crazy, ridiculous stuff," he explained. "The other exciting thing is that Windows for most people is tied to about 2 GB of addressable memory space. This really opens up beyond what most PCs can do, because most PCs are running a 32-bit version of Windows."

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"I've always said that the things in the next-generation that aren't just brute force hardware are all about the service and simplicity of the experience - the things that make it as fun and easy to get a PS4 game as it is to get a game on your iPad."

Just last week at GDC 2013, Epic released a brand-new Unreal Engine 4 demo running on PlayStation 4 development hardware.

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