A Way Out Developer Thinks PlayStation 4 Is “Like A Five Year Old PC”



A Way Out was revealed at EA’s pre-E3 event called EA PLAY and it takes a unique take on co-op games. According to Hazelight, it is the best co-op experience that gamers can play and it will be an immensely fun title to play with friends.


A Way Out is releasing for the PS4, Xbox One and PC and will forcefully let players play the game in split-screen, even when playing online. A game like this definitely puts pressure on the hardware that it’s running on and will need equivalent power to play fluidly. One of the developers was asked about the power requirements of the game in comparison to current-gen consoles and he had some things to say about the PS4.


Game director, Josef Fares, stated in an interview with Engadget that the PS4 is not as powerful as we think and that it is holding developers back on games due to this limitation. In all fairness he said this while pointing at the PS4 which was running A Way Out.


“Do you want the honest truth? This machine is not so strong as you think. This is like a five-year-old PC. If consoles were as powerful as PCs are today, you would see all different games. Most of the work developers put out there is to make them work on consoles.”


Josef’s team were responsible of bringing us the masterpiece that was Brothers, and they say that they are working hard to innovate how they make games to please gamers. A Way Out is supposed to take a new approach to how co-op games are played and Josef promises that there will be quite a lot to experience in this and the next game that they make.


“We can’t be categorized. It’s about whatever makes us, our heart go, that’s what we’re going to do. There’s no one-trick-pony or anything like that. I’m telling you, this game is going to be even better than Brothers, and the next game is going to be even better than that.”


A Way Out is aiming primarily for replayability value as the developers promise that each choice you make in the game will give birth to different outcomes and variables. A strong focus on narrative and choices of both the players will definitely make this game a treat for co-op lovers and gamers all around.


What do you think about this new co-op experience that Hazelight is bringing to us? Let us know in the comments section below!

  • LordCancer Kain

    The PS4 came out in November 2013, so yeah it’s like a 5 year old pc. He wants to complain about 70 million install base and all you poor stupid console gamers holding PC games back… Except, these so called miraculous game experiences that would only exist if consoles were not holding games back do not exist on PC either you know because they cant just make games for $5k PC’s…you know cause, sales.

    Nevermind it has to run on Xbox one which must be like a 6 year old PC and all them poor folk who not got $1kgpus holding everyone back from playing this POS game made by incompetent jack rabbits.

    Won’t buy ever. Not on my PS4, Xbox, or PC. These idiots can get bent.

  • Lex1020

    The game looks interesting but the develop struck me as a complete tool. He was so narssasistic that I wanted nothing to do with him or his game.

    Sure the console may be using 5 year old hardware but we’ve seen good devs create beautiful masterpieces on it, Uncharted 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn.

    The big difference is that they learned how to work with the consoles unique capabilities rather than just saying “it’s not a PC, oh whoa is me”

  • Thomas moore

    Anything he directs they can keep it! If it weren’t for consoles we wouldn’t have the great games now and PC games would not have all the games from consoles.

  • datdude

    Hmmm…Horizon Zero Dawn is looking absolutely spiffing on my “five year old pc”. In fact, it looks better than most games I play on my less than one year old very capable pc. Strange. I’m guessing Spider-Man and God of War are going to look, and play, pretty spiffing also, but hey, what do I know.

    • C4rnos

      Interesting how you’re directing the argument to 4k when that hasn’t been mentioned in the article.

      To address your (clearly not a fanboy) response; games can look good on a lot of hardware, full stop- notice how we’re at that point in console cycles where games will likely be hitting their peak in terms of visual fidelity/framerate on the base PS4/Xbox (and soon after the Pro) vs newer consoles and higher end PC’s. sure those games will look good, but so will “A Way Out”. wasn’t a derogatory remark but rather a matter of fact truth- Consoles are the lowest common denominator for these games when even a Mid range PC is often far superior.

      The issue with the Steam surveys by the way, is the fact that it counts any machine that can run Steam as a gaming rig, no matter the size of a person’s library and how much they game etc. furthermore it doesn’t take into account the people that say no to the survey- there are far more people on mid range pc’s than potato’s these days.
      (native 4k being a thing only 1080 cards can realistically achieve at good framerates of 30+ but that’s not even related to the point is it..)

      Consoles are indeed holding devs back, along with the rest of the usual issues as you mentioned- higher resolutions are far more common today than they would have been a few years back even, but keep in mind the Steam surveys are heavily muddied by people on laptops and older hardware that’s never intended to be upgraded for one reason or another.

      • datdude

        You’re making excuses and offering rationalizations…..I laid out facts and figures.

  • Brad Marcus Kirchhoff

    Never heard of the game Brothers. A Way Out looks pretty shity too. Always coop? No thanks.

    • FITCamaro

      It’s Brothers: Tale of Two Sons. And I can’t wait for the game.

  • Frdjck

    PS4 has GDDR5 ram and 8 core cpu, I woulnd’nt call that 5 year old mid range PC. Even now it’s high tech. The CPU clock is low, true, but it’s an APU, not a CPU, making the direct access to the GPU a boost in graphic power, making games like Uncharted 4 or Horizon possible on the PS4, but not possible on a 5-6 year old mid range PC.