Epic boss believes solid state drives have other unique uses for consoles
Epic Games chief executive Tim Sweeney thinks distributing games on solid state drives is too expensive to become a reasonable alternative to optical disk drives and disc-based media.
Speaking with Gamesindustry.biz, Sweeney said, “You couldn’t ship a game on a cartridge that’s a solid state drive itself. It would be terribly prohibitive economically.”
However, he went on to say that using solid state drives in other ways could work for console makers.
“You could potentially envision downloading a game from the internet to a solid state drive, or taking it off of optical media and installing it on a solid state drive,” said Sweeney. “There are lots of ways to get a game onto optimal media for playing the game.”
Sweeney’s comments come after a rumor circulated last week that the next Xbox will switch from optical disk drives to using interchangeable solid state drives.
He also mentioned that rising costs of media would only add to additional rising costs, such as inflating development budgets.
“We’ve seen game budgets triple or quadruple with every generation,” he said. “It’s like there’s a Moore’s Law that says development budgets quadruple every time you have a new console cycle. That can’t continue unless the user base also increased proportionally to that.”
As for what Sweeney is looking forward to from the next generation of consoles, he highlighted the increased computing power, but also the convenience that can be offered through better connectivity to the Internet.
He said he hopes new consoles “bring all that’s best about other computing devices – the convenience, the access to social media, the connectivity with the internet, Facebook or Twitter – and continue to bring that forward in the console experience.”