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Submitted by Danlord 730d ago | opinion piece

The PS4 and Xbox 720 need to have at least 16GB of RAM to be relevant

It is without doubt that RAM or memory is about the most important item in a console. When there is enough RAM in a system it allows the developers to try different kinds of tricks and do many things there want to do. With enough RAM in a system developers can do better graphics, physics, AI and a lot more. But RAMs are very expensive these days and console makers have to keep the cost down to be able to make a console that is affordable for the consumers. Console makers will have to choose between a powerful console and an expensive one. In the end something has got to give. (Microsoft, Next-Gen, Sony)

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SynGamer  +   731d ago | Well said
The cost of RAM will most likely prevent this from happening. If anything, we'll be lucky to get 8GB, and I fully expect Sony and MS to announce their new consoles have 4GB.

The thing to remember is these new consoles will likely have dedicated OS RAM, and then RAM that can be used for games. Personally, 4GB seems like more than enough if it's ONLY being used for the game/textures. We're still going to need at least a 12X Blu-ray drive to try and fill those 4GB up. a 12X Blu-ray drive is capable of roughly 54MB/s, so we're looking at roughly 19 seconds to fill 1GB...1GB.

So yeah, I expect 4GB to be completely honest. That said, I would love to see 8GB of RAM just to shut up some of the devs :P
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darthv72  +   731d ago
16gb????
The phrase: "you can never have to much" doesnt apply to consoles.

There is a limit based on the balance of everything else in the system. you cant just throw gobs of memory at something and expect the performance to be increased proportionately.

it depends on the overhead. What sort of resources are required for everything else to run in the background. 16gb...I dont even have a PC that uses that much nor do i know of any gaming PC that uses that much.

Not saying they dont exist, im just saying I personally have never seen one nor any of my extreme PC friends with one. 8gb max. Maybe 10 if you add in a 2gb video card.

Me, I have 4gb and a 1gb video card. yeah, im behind the times but it does what i need it for. As to the topic at hand, we know it wont be any LESS than 4gb which puts it possible at 4-8 maybe a little more but 16....not happening.

Especially considering the performance of games like Last of Us are demonstrating at 512mb, split in fact.
SynGamer  +   731d ago
I forgot to continue my initial post, but I wanted to mention that PCs are completely different from consoles. on a PC, 4GB of RAM is being shared between the OS/programs and the game, etc. On a console 4GB of RAM is going solely to the game (hopefully Sony and MS give the OS it's own memory to run off of). That's a HUGE difference. That's 4,096 MB that the developers can (potentially) use, compared to about 480 MB on the current systems (PS3 and 360).

And as I pointed out in my first post, the developers will need to fill that 4GB of RAM. Yes, it should allow games to store far more in memory; world size, objects, NPCs, etc. But if they can't use 4GB solely for the game, then I personally feel they are doing a terrible job at optimizing their games.
Ju  +   730d ago
The OS won't grow that much. So, whatever it takes it most likely will use then. Maybe a little be more they'll ad a more sophisticated UI.

Also, PCs have dedicated graphics cards (at least gaming PC). They hardly use 4GB shared (1 or 2GB VRAM is common now).

And lately, next gen consoles will probably run more OS services in parallel to the game, e.g. apps on top of a game (like a browser, video call??? system menus, even the store fronts) so, there will be a need to have more memory available for apps not only the game(s). I still believe those apps will be lean and 4GB is plenty in such an environment (hell, it runs usually in a phone with 1GB incl. the OS). More than 4GB is hardly imaginable for cost reasons. Even if RAM would be cheap, the least amount which gives the most features will make it in the machine; what ever is most feasible to fit the needs.
rainslacker  +   730d ago
There's not a single game out on PC that requires more than 4GB's of system RAM. This is because it's the most common configuration in new PC's. It's not to say that some games may use more memory if it's available, but most of the time that extra memory is used for OS and background tasks, and not a particular application.

I personally have 12GB's of RAM, but upgraded from 4 because I work with some super high poly models in 3DS Max which does take up any available memory, and 4 wasn't cutting it.

I'd be surprised if the next gen has more than 2 GB's of memory, and maybe some for the OS similar to the Wii U, and possible a separated architecture for the video memory. It comes down to that consoles are much more efficient than a general purpose computer for the things they do. It would be nice to have 4GB's for long term viability, but given the need for profitability I don't see it happening. Those few extra dollars add up over millions of units.
blackbeld  +   730d ago
16GB very nice but it not gonna happen.

4GB is more likely.

16GB is overkill the console price will be sky high.
Hydrolex  +   730d ago
16GB = Bottleneck !
Tsar4ever  +   730d ago
Come'on, The Crytek CEO was only speaking hypothetically, I don't believe he really meant consoles should get 32gb, But he was clearly referring to the future, there no telling how much video/graphic memory will be needed to run
the highest end PC & console games 7-8 yrs from today. We don't know what were going to see or know for sure how much of video/graphic memory or the type of hardware will needed to run them properly.

But 16gb to 32gb whatever how crazy it all sounds, but hypothetically speaking, I'm with crytek all the way with this, I've seen crytek's work on high-end pc and I'd want very much to see the same visual quality in graphic capability achieved on consoles, and if petitioning hardware designers to push harder on video/graphic MEMORY is the way to do it, I think us gamers should get on board help push too.
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darthv72  +   730d ago
@tsar4ever
yeah i know he was speaking in a hypothetical manner. Yet do we really think things will be coded the way they are now....7 years from now?

The idea that we will need such amounts of memory only shows the short sighted view that thing will stay the same in regards to programming techniques but the size of the renderings will get larger.

Just as with technology getting smaller and faster so will the programming techniques in taking what amounts to a huge open world size type of game but making it fit within the palm of your hand.

In fact, not too long ago it was demonstrated that there could be a fully fledged windows type OS with internet browser and yet fit within the size of a 1.44mb floppy disk.

The future isnt about getting bigger, its about making things smaller and more compact. Newer compression algorithms and chips so fast yet so small that the equivalent of a big gaming PC in your pocket.

Consoles of the future will be portable as well as stationary. Just because you hold it in your hands when on the go doesnt mean it cant plug into a tv when you are at home. And create the full immersive HD (maybe even 3D) experience.

To sort of add to my point of better programming, just look at the games at the ps3 launch and compare them to what is coming out next year. Its the same hardware but they just got better at using it. Imagine what they can do a few years from now with something as small as a phone.
sikbeta  +   730d ago
They can do 32GB of the slowest RAM ever if it's for the sake of the size, like Mr Crytek wanted :P but that doesn't work because most GPUs now use GDDR5 RAM which is faster than Edram and also expensive as @#*/! XD

So, the only thing they would do is put so much Edram as possible and then fill the thing with DDR3 and call it a day -__-
Sarcasm  +   730d ago
This article is blasphemy, The PS4 and Xbox 720 need to have at least 128 Terabytes of RAM to be relevant. It also needs to have 7.5GHz CPUs under LN2 and a GTX 990 that has 512 million CUDA cores!!!

And they need to make sure it stays below $299 or else like the article writer I'm not buying it!!!
AsimLeonheart  +   730d ago
I agree with you. 16 GB is just overkill and will only drive the cost of the console upwards. I wonder how some people demand such high specs for a console and then also want it to be under $400 at launch. I think 8 GB is more than enough and even then it will add significantly to the manufacturing cost. Maybe 4 GB will be enough and more affordable. I think Sony will especially try to keep the cost down next-gen while aiming for maximum performance within a certain cost range because the high production cost of the PS3 in its early days really hurt them this gen. I hope they can balance cost and power nicely next-gen so that both customers and Sony can benefit from it.
Denethor_II  +   730d ago
Yeah, why not chuck 32gb of RAM in there as more is always better. I have 8gb of RAM in my pc and have never needed 4gb.
AAACE5  +   730d ago
This would be an interesting topic if the guy could use proper grammer.
Enemy  +   730d ago
16? I don't even know any PC gamers with that much RAM on their machines. 8GB is what I'd like to see, but realistically, we'll likely see 4GB.
Megaton  +   730d ago
My money's on 4gb as well. 16gb is overkill for a PC, let alone a console.
sikbeta  +   730d ago
Remember these consoles will last for 5/6/7 years, so what it sounds like overkill right now, it may be the standard a few years later...
Sarcasm  +   730d ago
"Remember these consoles will last for 5/6/7 years, so what it sounds like overkill right now, it may be the standard a few years later..."

4GB was the minimum for PCs 4-5 years ago. Fast forward to today, 4GB is still the minimum and much more isn't really needed unless you have a crap ton of background apps.

System RAM isn't the de facto element that all of a sudden makes games run better. It's just a pipeline to fit data in for faster access times when the CPU needs it. The reality for gaming is that Video Memory is going to play a bigger role. And right now top end GPU's still only have 2-3GB and it is beyond sufficient for native 1080p games.
RevXM  +   730d ago
4Gb?

4 GB may have been the standard for 5 years, but then again graphics and other things in games havent exactly changed radically in that time either just compare Crysis to any recent pc game youd like. 4GB has been the norm prolly because 32 bit Windows have been where the sales are at, and Consoles have less also.
But the hardware have kept going on and is 20-30 times more powerful than Ps3 and 360 hardware today.

http://www.computerandvideo...

So for a current gen game at juicy resolutions, sure 4-6 GB would be allright.
Next gen however, well lets not vote to put restrictions on the future as future games should not only run at and with better resolutions, but at a greater fidelity and with way more going on in terms of number of objects, physics, AI and so on.

Id like to se 12-16GB ram on the next systems myself to avoid major bottlenecking new hardware and potentially even launch games.
Id be very dissapointed if I knew that future games would have huge typical traits from games all the way back to 2007... In 2014.

Anything beyond 16 would be nice too unless it comes at the cost of the memory speed or other things, but 12 is what Im realistaically hoping for.
rainslacker  +   730d ago
The past 5 years system memory has stayed pretty much the same, and OS's and applications taking up less of it as things become more efficient, Windows 8 has a pretty low memory footprint compared to XP. A majority of video cards use 1-2GB's of memory, but this is more likely due to most games not really taking advantage of higher amounts.

I think 2GB is probably going to be standard for next gen, but wouldn't be surprised at 4. If it's 2 there may be some extra slower memory set aside for the OS. How it's set up is a different topic however, and there are several configurations to choose from.
Enemy  +   730d ago
@ rainslacker: If Sony sticks to their regular pattern, the PS4 will have 8GB of RAM, even if it means splitting it between RAM and VRAM again. But it's hard to tell at this point as nothing factual has actually leaked the architecture. I'm right there with you in keeping expectations low and 2GB is the safest bet, considering costs.
The_Infected  +   730d ago
Yea 8GB on a console is a lot since its all used specifically for the games. I'd say 8GB will do fine and 4GB will barely cut it. Hope it's 8GB or 16GB.
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ILive  +   730d ago
Yeah, I agree. 4 to 8 gigs of ram should be the standard for the consoles to "stay relevant." I think 16 is just way too much. Next gen engines like the luminous and UE4 will mostly likely require more ram. I am just guessing though.
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Tapioca Cold  +   730d ago
Agreed.

At the beginning of last gen everyone wanted a beast of a console. Sony delivered. (built in wi-fi, hdmi, blu-ray, built in batteries, removeable storage, blu-tooth,free online) then everyone complained of price. If you want the best, you fools need to pay the price. people just don't seem to get that.

I don't want to see all you sissies whining on here next E3 when pricing in released. You want it? Pay!
ambientFLIER  +   730d ago
PS3 was ALMOST a beast. The ram killed it. If it had a full Gig, it would have been good.
Mounce  +   730d ago
I DISAGREE WITH THIS ARTTICLE...

MmmmYyessss....

Consoles need to have 12 Core processors and 32GB DDR4 RAM BEFORE I FEEL THEY ARE RELEVANT...MmYyyesss!

RAM, RAM RAM? RAAM....

Oh my~

It will also need TRIPLE CROSSFIRE GPU'S!.

Also, it 'HAS' to have a price tag of at MOST $400, or......it will not be relevant....Because I said so.

MmmMYyyyesss.
ALLWRONG  +   730d ago
4, 6 or 8 if were lucky. People tend to forget that 6 is a possibility.
ginsunuva  +   730d ago
YES! Just about to say everyone skips from 4 to 8.
6 is possible. Just that 3gb ram cards are not too commonly produced.
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GiTS  +   730d ago
@ginsunuva

Pretty sure 3GB Ram sticks don't exist... You can do different combo's and configurations to get it though like 2x1024's and 2x512's in dual channel. 6GB is the same, 2x2048's and 2x1024's dual channel or if you're on a triple channel system then 3x2048's.
akaakaaka  +   730d ago
Are you a next gen dev?
I don't think so, don't talk like you know anything You ...

Why I'm feeling like those who want a 4gb next gen console are pc fanboys? You guys want a low end console to bust your ego about how far behind consoles are but that will not happen specially next gen consoles will be very high end like last gen plus optimization will always nade it shine plus cloud gaming keep it up to date if anything ..

I also bet Nintendo fanboys hope for a low end console like the one they got lol

And I'm amazed on how cheap some people are in here, if you don't want to pay $600 or $800 for a launch console then just wait a year or two for it to get cheaper.

The history abd logic says ps4 will have min of 8gb ram but that was if it was launch this year but with the delay that could change to a higher end tech.
Exquisik  +   730d ago | Well said
I'm surprised no one ever brought this up...

Playstation (PSOne) - 2 MB Ram
Playstation 2 - 32 MB Ram
Playstation 3 - 512 MB Ram
Playstation 4 - 8,192 MB Ram (8 GB Ram)

Notice the difference in Ram between one iteration to its previous iteration?
Liquid_Ocelot  +   730d ago
Oh shit! I hope you're right
Liquid_Ocelot  +   730d ago
Bubbles
DOMination-  +   730d ago
16 is unrealistic. My PC only has 6 and its played everything I've thrown at it so far without any issues. 8 is probably likely uf they want to futureproof but it might only be 4 if they go for cheap consoles
green  +   730d ago
This website is pretty ridiculous when it comes to next gen systems.

A few weeks ago, he posted that the next gen systems need to support 4K resolutions http://n4g.com/news/1126262...

Now he is talking about 16GIG ram? Can he pay $1000 for a console?
lfclee  +   730d ago
He's right your tripping not him, the future is now 4k is here a couple of years down the line 8k is on the horizon ready to go, so I think he's right, no malice intended.
neogeo  +   730d ago
I want 8k at 240fps on every game and I want full ray tracing.
and I want you to buy it all for me:)
MEsoJD  +   730d ago
I have a gaming pc and don't have close to 16gbs of ram. I say 8gbs at the most.
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lfclee  +   730d ago
Ram is very cheap nowadays and when your buying in bulk your getting the product alot cheaper, I bet ati are rubbing the hands with huge contract offers being completed already regarding gpu's and hd's etc.
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Bordel_1900  +   730d ago
If the PS4 ships with less than 8GB RAM I'm not buying it. PCs today are so much more powerful than consoles, I stopped using my PS3 more than a year ago. Xbox and PS3 are dinosaurs,6-7 years after their initial release.

If a PS4/X720 is to hold it's ground against PC for years ahead it needs to be really powerful when released.

I think the video game consoles are a dying breed, this next generation will probably be the last one as we know it.
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avengers1978  +   730d ago
There is no need for that much ram 8 gigs is plenty for a console, most high end PC's don't have 16 gigs and they run better frame rates and higher resolution... it be overkill...
@SynGamer
"on a PC, 4GB of RAM is being shared between the OS/programs and the game, etc. On a console 4GB of RAM is going solely to the game (hopefully Sony and MS give the OS it's own memory to run off of)."

Sounds like consoles.. Youtube, myspace, nexflix app more than one app open etc..

plus most pc gamer close programs or "apps" in windows 8 before playing.

Windows 8 is a phone/tablet OS on a beast pc.

That would be like putting psVita OS on a beast pc.

Windows 8 uses 300mb ram on pc and boots maybe faster than a console now?

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

how much for wiiU os again? lol

But I wonder if the next consoles will be 30fps or 60fps.. Are devs willing to give up an extra 30fps or will they want to use all the resources?

But anyway console are consumer friendly low cost gaming devices. Why is everyone wanting pc experience? Get a pc or be glad with what you got. Console gamers are not even supposed to worry about ram, cpu, gpu that you will never even see or your warranty is void. lol

Looks sounds like a pc gamer forum in here.
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tordavis  +   730d ago
Whoever wrote this doesn't know a damn thing about video game hardware requirements. 6gb is all that is needed. Some for the OS and the rest to run games. Stop spreading bullshit!
donman1  +   730d ago
And we need 16GB of memory WHY???
solid_warlord  +   729d ago
All of u who say 4gb of RAM is more than enough are not looking at the bigger picture. If the next Xbox or PS4 is to not only survive but to flurish for the next decade atleast, it needs 8gb or more.

For M$, the leak of there so called "road map" tells us that there next console will come with Kinect 2.0 which will see vast improvements with multiple player detections. The road map also suggested the next xbox will be doing alot of multi tasking as it will come as a PVR and u will be able to take in game screenshot and record gameplay video and put them directly onto the web. All that requires more ram.

If M$ goes with 4gb then attleast half of that will go to OS to deal with PVR, party chats, kinect 2.0 feature ect. In the end, u will end up with 2gb ram for devs to play with the next 5-8 years or more and that seem very small as the years go by. PC will just stamp on consoles.

The best option for $ony and M$ is to have atleast minimum of 8gb of RAM so devs can get 5-6gb of that to play with. 16gb would be alot to ask but 8gb of Ram is feasible and i would think its the minimum requirment thats needed.
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blue_flowers  +   731d ago
i'm so tired of this topic, wait until they show the goddamn systems before saying what it does and doesn't need.
ThichQuangDuck  +   730d ago
I would love to be a gaming journalist right now being able to be successful of what ifs and this is what should happen.
Hellsvacancy  +   731d ago
The Bear necessities
Danlord  +   731d ago
Syngamer- I see ur point. In The end l hope to see 16GB inside the console :-)
dktxx2  +   730d ago
That's just asinine.
4logpc  +   730d ago
Since when is RAM the most important item? They all work together. Having 16 gigs of ram is pointless if the CPU and GPU (or APU) is crap then it doesnt matter.
GribbleGrunger  +   730d ago
16GB? That doesn't give either MS or Sony any leeway whatsoever to release a console that would be regarded as relevant then. 4GB -- 6GB tops (perhaps 2GB dedicated to the OS)
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darkride66  +   730d ago
8GB. No, no! 16GB or gtfo. No, wait! It's gotta have 64GB and the ability to levitate slightly off your entertainment stand or why bother. If I were to open the console, I want to see nothing but memory, and a processor the size of my fist with 48 cores, powered by god rays.

Seriously, when will these guys stop? Not that long ago, Tom's Hardware did a comparison looking at 3, 6 and 12GB setups playing the same games. They found the performance boost completely negligible. "We can only recommend larger capacities of 8 GB to 12 GB for professional applications where its usefulness has already been documented and for servers."

You can see how it might be useful to set aside a bit of ram for OS resources or something similar, but from 3GB to 12GB, performance for gaming was almost identical. I'm not a hardware guy but I've come to trust Tom's Hardware over the years. If they say it makes little difference, I believe them.

http://www.tomshardware.com...
GribbleGrunger  +   730d ago
What makes it worse is the fact it says 16GB or 'more'! LOL. Gaikai may need a little extra help but 1080p is already possible and I'm sure 4GB would be overkill to get a steady 60fps AND allow for all the AI, light sourcing and gubbins necessary to show a significant leap over last gen; although I still think the leap won't be as significant as people think.
ambientFLIER  +   730d ago
hahahaha!!
landog  +   730d ago
lol

16gb is not going to happen, it would;

A. inflate the cost (not terrible, but with consoles selling at a loss in the first year or so, and millions to sell, every bit matters)

B. be redundant and unnessasary

C. call for a larger case, again more money, and large and bulky is undesirable to most

If we get 8gb ram, thats a blessing, 4gb could happen too, and honestly, with a beast gpu and a great quad core cpu or similar, it would not matter that much

I'd personally love 6-8gb, and I think it would be smart forward thinking, but 16....not happening and not needed!
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NastyLeftHook0  +   730d ago
16gb? get out of here!
BitbyDeath  +   730d ago
I'd be happy with 8GB - 4GB for games and 4GB for OS.
hobohunterz  +   730d ago
4gb would be huge overkill for the os
Liquid_Ocelot  +   730d ago
Six and two I'd say. I know. They don't come in 6s but there has to be a way to 'split' a 4 into two.

What the hell am I even saying lol
ConstipatedGorilla  +   729d ago
They are doing a 5 and 1 split.
ziggurcat  +   730d ago
16GB isn't going to happen.
Dark11  +   730d ago
People want the PS4 and Nextbox to be powerful yet they don't want to pay too much for them.
BitbyDeath  +   730d ago
I don't care about price but you'll be more disappointed if you set your hopes too high as it'd be less likely to happen.
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Ezz2013  +   730d ago
every one that have high hopes for next gen will be disappointed either because the price (because the spec are high end) or the spec( if it not high end)and i'm sure the gap between this gen consoles and next gen consoles won't be any thing to brag about

next gen consoles are damned before they even come out
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Godmars290  +   730d ago
Hardcore gamers - PC gamers - and devs need to stop looking at consoles as PCs.

Consoles beat out PCs because they were cheaper and simpler. Expensive and complex doesn't work.
kevnb  +   730d ago
consoles never beat out anything they just exist alongside pcs.
Sp1d3ynut  +   730d ago
Really? That must be why Valve decided to make a console...
Godmars290  +   730d ago
Yes. While all console titles were made on PC, those console games still sold better than PC games because the console platform was more accessible.
Tsar4ever  +   730d ago
Godmars290, the next-gen consoles are more closer to PC's then they EVER BEEN, hardware wise. Review their specs again, the the nexbox is practically a locked mid-range desktop, And the the orbis is being designed based off "off the shelf PC hardware", check it again dude.
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Godmars290  +   730d ago
I'm actually not looking forward to them on that basis. To me this gen lost something vital by adopting PC methods for development, the need for constant online and day-one updates especially. Also found it insulting that devs like Carmack and Crytek have either really only complained about consoles - when they've done nothing for the medium - while demanding that *IT* improve while again they've done nothing. With Crytek being especially guilty for all the damage they've done to PC gaming by making something requiring upgrades few had.

They pretty much popped the tech bubble on PC gaming yet their defenders will only point to them "fixing" the problem as if it had never existed in the first place.
Norrison  +   730d ago
Paying 600$ at release for a ps3 which had outdated hardware out of the box (excluding Blu-ray) seemed lame to me.
PC's are getting a lot more accesible, Valve made a steam UI for people that use their PC on the TV with a controller, building a PC is really easy now and you can get a mid-range PC for 400-600$ and a high end one for 1k, which isn't expensive because you get what you pay for.
PCs fleshes out more money than consoles and that has been confirmed, even EA said that they got more revenue from PCs than from the PS3.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   730d ago
16 Gigs of ram? Maybe in my dreams but 8 is more realistic.
MadMen  +   730d ago
Amen

said this is my last 4 posts on this issue
2pacalypsenow  +   730d ago
lol Gaming computers dont even need 16
cervantes99  +   730d ago
Consoles will have 4GB of RAM and Devs will do some incredible things with that - especially first party Devs.

To have a $399 price point - 4GB is more like it.
Belking  +   730d ago
16 GB is a bit too high. Don't expect that much in either. The xbox is rumored to have at least 8 because of Kinect and some other rumors. The PS3 is romored to have about 4. MY guess is that both will have 4GB when its all said and done.
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ExCest  +   730d ago
6-8 is enough for a high end PC to run on. When would a console need 16? That's like for video editing and whatnot.

Not to mention 16Gb of ram by itself is worthless without a high end CPU,GPU and game to utilize it.
kevnb  +   730d ago
4 is more than enough for gaming pcs as is...
Petro  +   730d ago
Cant agree with that, I sold my "old" computer to my best friend and it had only 4 Gb of RAM and he does easily max it out with Battlefield 3 + Windows 7 + browser with 3 pages. So I gave him 12 Gb RAM and the horrible lag spikes caused by lack of RAM ended. Now he can happily have a browser open game and record the games with fraps. Even tho now his hard-disk drive is a bottleneck.

After christmas I will give him SSD, and then we will see where the next bottleneck is. :P

I have wasted way over 3000 euros on my own computer, and I still am going to waste some more on it, but no matter how much money I dump to it, its still not going to run Arma 2 with view distance of 10000 and all maxed out, oh and my resolution is 2560x1440.

Oh man this is turning out to be wall of text!

Anyway to stay on subject, my wishes are SSD and 4-8 Gb's of memory.
ufo8mycat  +   730d ago
First of all relevance has nothing to do with how much RAM or SPECS.

There is no way in hell 720 or PS4 will need 16GB LOL!

I would say 6GB, or maybe 8GB

1) Consoles don't have a huge OS that a PC does
2) 1080P gaming is NOT needed. 720 is perfectly fine (only time 1080p is needed is in platform wars which PC gamers use as a desperate attempt to make them feel like the platform is relevant) when the fact is, it really doesn't make a difference.

Look at the PC - it has the highest specs, but is the least relevant gaming platform, simply because 99.9% of the games you can already play on the current consoles.

8GB would be the sweet spot.
16GB RAM would be a waste as the GPU remains static for the whole console generation - so nothing to utilize the RAM.
Norrison  +   730d ago
Ignorant comment is ignorant.
kaozgamer  +   730d ago
in gaming there is a massive difference between 720p and 1080p. what you are saying might be true for movies...
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NoFanboyRequired  +   730d ago
Are you insane!? There's a huge difference between 720p and 1080p. you just cant see it in consoles, because everything is being upscaled to 1080p most of the time.

I'd take 60fps/1080p over 120fps/720p any day. sub HD IS the reason why games this gen look jaggy as hell and i cant stand it. Hell, even my laptop with itel HD 4000 graphics can output some games at 1080p, so consoles better do the same next gen or else I'm not even going to bother.
SprigganN4G  +   730d ago
8GB is OK, with a 7950 and a 8 core PowerPC
Sp1d3ynut  +   730d ago
Stupid author that wrote this stupid article is stupid.
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stonecold3  +   730d ago
maybe 12gb would be better than having 16gb in the ps4 xbox 720
Brasi1989  +   730d ago
I expect no more than 4GB and no less than 2GB. That's for OS and games.
gumgum99  +   730d ago
Depends on whether or not they wanna cost themselves out of the market, really. Because being "relevant" worked "so well" for them during this current/last gen.
Spyreaper  +   730d ago
Isn't our xbox already have about 512MB of ram so having a 4GB of ram is like 8X powerful than we already have. So having 4GB of ram is a like a blessing form the gamer's god. Personally my Xbox works great just 512MB i can't imagine what will the new games would look like or what it will do.
If Microsoft and sony try to keep their original pricing as $300 (as lowest price) which means other parts have to downgrade. We all know these days ram's price are pretty high. If they upgrade most of the parts the prices would not be $300 it's to be higher (then the doctor from Farcry 3) As most company are somewhat O.C.D with their pricing. It's probably going up by $50's.(this is going by my logic of business not real facts. I don't really know what the Microsoft and sony people are thinking about their pricing.)
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DarkZane  +   730d ago
If the WiiU has 2 GB, you can expect Sony and MS to release a console with at least 4GB.

My bet is that they're gonna have 8GB.

16GB would be fine for the generation after the one that is gonna start next year.
josephayal  +   730d ago
11GB is more than enough
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