To many people, this probably won’t be a surprise at all. While speaking to Eurogamer, the CEO of Crytek, Cevat Yerli failed to reveal too many details on the next-gen consoles, he could say that they will still not be able to match the power of the dedicated gaming PC.
Of course, we already know some stuff about the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 720 (or “Orbis”), but their true capability is still not known. According to Yeril, the reason that the consoles will not be able to keep up with the PC is cost:
“It’s impossible to package $2000-3000 into a mainstream, let’s say $500 console. I’m not saying they are $500 consoles. They may launch a console at $2000, but the consumer pricing is usually much lower than that.”
“So, given consumer pricing, and given the cost of production of a gamer PC and the amount of watt of power it needs, which is like a fridge, it’s impossible.”
Yeril’s 2009 prediction that the CryEngine 3 was “next-gen” ready was supposedly made out of internal predictions on hardware evolution.
“We used Moore’s Law,” he said. “If you predict how hardware evolves at the current speed of evolution, and then take consumer pricing evolution, already two years ago you could see, whatever launches in 2013 or 2014 or 2015, will never beat a PC again.
“When we went out to GDC we said CryEngine 3 was next-gen ready. That message was born by the research of prediction of where things were going. It was clear we were capable then to make next-gen games because there wouldn’t be much more than what the CryEngine could do at that point.”
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He also states that one of the key advantages that the PC has over the consoles is that the user can swap and upgrade the components of the system to fit their needs. That is something that consoles could never compete with.
“The whole modular way you can design a PC today with two, three, or four graphics cards in them, and you can water-cool them and overclock to infinity, that didn’t exist even six or seven years ago,” he says. “You just bought one or maybe two graphics cards and then you were super enthusiastic.
“It’s very difficult to compete with that. People have these massive nuclear power plants standing in their rooms that will run your games really fast. It’s hard to compete with.”
What are your opinions on the matter? It all seems pretty obvious to me and will do to a lot of other people.