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Yerli: "It's Impossible" For Next-Gen Consoles To Match PC

Matt Gardner
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Yerli: "It's Impossible" For Next-Gen Consoles To Match PC

As well as confirming that he's currently under a Non-Disclosure Agreement regarding the upcoming next-gen consoles, Crytek boss Cevat Yerli speculated that it will be "impossible" for next-gen consoles to match the performance and power of high-end PCs.

“Without breaking NDAs that are in place, realistically, from purely a price point perspective, it is impossible," Yerli told Eurogamer. "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.”

Considering how quickly the PC hardware market moves, however, a two-grand computer now could well be much, much less than that by Christmas.

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GetsugaTenshoS  Feb. 18, 2013 at 16:35

Yep it could be much less than that by Christmas and I'd argue that next gen consoles don't need to match a $3000 high end PC. If they can run the equivalent of DX11 which I've heard going around in rumours and are good enough to make a big jump from what we have now then that'll last us for a good while.

The hardware being standardised allows developers to get a lot more out of the hardware. We're still seeing great things being done with games on the Xbox 360 which is just over 7 years old. I think we'll be seeing some pretty amazing things next gen.

teddy1590  Feb. 18, 2013 at 20:54

To be fair, it's been the same since the PS2 era. Consoles can keep up reasonably well for the first year - year and half, then it becomes very apparent that they are limited. I'll get them for exclusives, but I don't imagine many gamers these days expect consoles to be all singing and dancing for more than a few years given Moore's law.


Ilium  Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:29

I appreciate that consoles provide a fixed point of hardware evolution for developers, which can be useful for exploring game design over half a decade, but PCs evolve and advance so much faster (as we've seen this generation) that I reckon they'll outpace consoles to a far greater extent when it comes to next-gen. PCs won't have invaded the living room when that generation begins, but you can bet they'll almost certainly have a stranglehold on it towards the end simply due to the fact that consoles are so inflexible.

DivideByZero  Feb. 19, 2013 at 14:46

PCs have some amazing things in the pipeline.

The GTX 780 should be coming out at the start of next month according to rumours. This card will likely sell for about £500 but the performance will be amazing.

Next year though Nvidia will out Maxwell, this will totally destroy existing cards and better than that, NV will be dishing out distribution of the chips to 3 companies, making it more viable to get a good number of chips made and meet demand and so should keep the price reasonable.

Back on subject though, a £400 console will never be able to beat a £400 graphics card (+ other cost of PC) but that is what you would expect when you get what you pay for. However, when you get a new generation of console, the games that come out for a while after are pretty damn close.

While some people claim that having better graphics can be detrimental to a games production, you have to remember that you can take a game and run it at a better res, better framerate with things like AA, AF, tessellation on etc and these don't really take much extra dev and they make the game look and feel loads better.

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