03-03-2013 01:25 PM
05-03-2013 02:25 PM
Considering the lack of full disclosure on the PS4 hardware I wouldn't expect too much compared to a mid spec PC.
Rumour has it the PS4 will use an AMD 8 core "Jaguar" processor with a GPU inbulit which is actually aimed at low end PC's, then add in the additional 6670 GPU which is supposedly being used by both Microsoft and Sony,
I would imagine the graphics will be good as the 6xxx series GPU's are DX11 compatible so at last SOME games producers will now have to use DX11 for PC versions at long last (EA to mention 1). It will not be even close to the framerates of a mid level PC let alone a high end one.
While this still sounds pretty good bear in mind these GPU's have been around for over 2 years already, the 7xxx series has been around for over a year and now the specs for the 8xxx series has supposedly been revealed, (you can already buy Accelero hybrid watercoolers for them and the card has not yet been released)
Once again (to me anyway) it seems the "giants" of the console world are once again relying on tech which on release day will be over 3 years behind the curve.
Add to this the constant claims that these consoles will be sold at a loss and if previous history is anything to go by, both Sony and MS will "inflate" the price of games to recover this loss.
Years back I bought a copy of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for PC from a supermarket for £27.99 but they actually gave me an Xbox copy in error, I went back to the shop and the sales assistant scanned the barcode and asked me why the Xbox version was £39,99? Was something missing from the PC version. when I advised her this was always the case with PC versus console versions of games, She thanked me and advised she was going to buy her Grandson a console for christmas.
I advised her to spend a little extra and get a mid to high spec PC instead, you get better quality graphics, around 30% saving on the cost of most games so, if you buy 10 or more games you probably end up with the same overall cost but a better performing machine that will do more than play games.
I still get a grin from her whenever I go into the same store and she told me her Grandson has only just had to upgrade his PC after all this time.
So on the plus side the consoles will now have DX11 and multi GPU scaling (Crossfire).
On the negative side, 3 year old tech and overpriced games to recover the loss on the console itself.
11-03-2013 08:26 PM - edited 11-03-2013 08:28 PM
But he wasn't talking about PS4. It was PS3
BTW. Wait for e3 to make an opinion. Now it could be both ways.
1. The CPU is really weak. The GPU turns out to be 16ROP/32-48TMU, which is bad, because it makes it 2007.
2. The CPU-GPU-RAM architecure (and no disadvantages of PC OS, which is wasting alot, especially since Vista) gives much. The GPU turns out to be 32ROP/72TMU or even better. Games look incomparable even to Crysis 3 maxed out.
Either way, it won't make the hi-tech PC owners drool, like it was before (PS1, PS2, and even x360/ps3 for some). But it will release the handbrake pulled on PCs since 2006. And that's reeeealy good.