You won’t need to buy a 70-inch TV to enjoy the latest in big-screen entertainment if augmented reality through wearable computers such as Google Glass and virtual reality headsets deliver on the promise of the immersive technology, says Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. And when this tech guru talks, you would be smart to listen.

“I believe that augmented reality will be the biggest technological revolution that happens in our lifetimes,” Sweeney said at a trade show in China last week.

“If we had this AR display, the deep thing to realize is this. Once you have an augmented reality display, you don’t need any other form of display. Your smart phone does not need a screen. You don’t need a tablet. You don’t need a TV. You just take the screen with you on your glasses wherever you go.”

Sweeney’s comments were reported by VentureBeat.

And his observations are made with considerable technology credibility.

For more than two decades, Epic has been a pioneer in videogame technology. Its Unreal game development engines, including the newest Unreal that pushes graphical development and interaction to new levels, are used by gaming companies across all major platforms worldwide. Epic has won repeated awards for technology, as a game studio and as a game development firm with such franchises as Unreal Tournament and Gears of War. Sweeney, meanwhile, has been accorded a prestigious hall of fame honor for his own creativity.

(As for delivering on the promise, The Wall Street Journal just reported last week that Google Glass is about to reemerge with a focus on business applications.)

However, augmented reality won’t happen overnight, Sweeney told GamesBeat, which is operated by VentureBeat.

“The progress toward the display-free world will be gradual and continuous,” GameBeat’s Dean Takahasi reported. But 2016 will be a big year with more mobile devices being able to support increasingly complext programming.

“The new trend in high-end mobile games is they will make use of dense graphics, photorealism, and multi-core graphics processing units,” Sweeney said. “It will grow quickly with Moore’s Law.”

Helping lead the way will be virtual reality reality headsets.

“The current products are version 1.0 of virtual reality,” Sweeney said. “They have great potential but [also] some flaws. Over time, they will have a high level of realism and quality content. They will be adopted everywhere. Oculus and the HTC hardware is so good you can go for minutes at a time and not realize that a game world is not real.”

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Epic’s graphics guru Tim Sweeney predicts augmented reality will eliminate monitors and TVs