Internet could host graphic intensive titles 'within the next few years', says Tim Sweeney

Triple-A browser gaming ‘a realistic scenario’

Internet browsers will be able to run triple-A games within the next few years, the CEO of Epic Games has claimed.

In an interview with Gamasutra, Tim Sweeney said that in the near future it would be just easy easy to run graphic intensive titles through their browser as it is through their PS3.

"We’re slowly heading in that direction as an industry," said Sweeney.

"You should be able to take any game – a PlayStation 3 or iOS game, for example – and just go to that and play it from any web browser."

The Epic CEO added that Flash was already able to translate Unreal Engine 3 to a platform-independent application and run it within any browser, and hoped that HTML5 would be able to make similar strides.

"That’s an awesome breakthrough; it shows you the possibilities,” he said.

"I think the next step in that is cross-compiling games from C++ or whatever and directly running them as native HTML5 and JavaScript applications within any standard web browser.

"In another few years, I think that’s going to be a very realistic scenario. And so the web will generally be a platform, and you can have a real application with a full feature set that runs within a web browser; that’ll be very welcome.”

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