The studio behind Just Cause reckons that the PS4 marks a much-needed step forward in console horsepower, suggesting that Sony's next-gen offering will remain much more powerful than the majority of consumer PCs during its life cycle.
“The consoles desperately need a boost since having been overtaken in terms of performance by PCs several years ago, and also losing market share to mobile platforms,” Avalanche Studios' chief technical officer Linus Blomberg told Gamingbolt. “I’m glad Sony decided to go with 8GB RAM because it means that the PS4 will out-power most PCs for years to come.”
Hold your horses, fellow PC gamers. Before you scroll down to the comments, it's worth noting that Blomberg is probably technically correct. Our tasty gaming rigs are definitely the minority in terms of PCs out there, often requiring a massive initial outlay and continual costly upgrades (even if you're a Scan junkie), while the majority of consumers probably won't pack the latest graphics cards and more than 8GB of RAM. Not only that, but the standardised hardware architecture will make PS4 games much easier to optimise compared to the majority of PC games.
Blomberg also believes that Sony could continually update the PS4 down the line, in order to stay abreast of the latest hardware innovations. “The off-the-shelf philosophy behind the architecture makes sense from a pricing and heating point of view, but it also means that Sony more easily can make incremental improvements of their system,” he posited. “If that’s actually their plan I don’t know, but it could help preventing the inevitable loss of market shares that the long console cycles entails.”
The PS4's 'supercharged PC' architecture should certainly make it easy to develop for, and allow studios to leverage its power from the get-go. That said, though, I won't be writing off the PC's uniquely massive range of genres, cheaper RRPs, customisation and raw graphical grunt any time soon.
Let us know what you make of the PS4's specs - and how they measure up to your gaming rig - in the comments.