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PC Gamer vs. PlayStation 4: How much does a comparable rig cost right now?

It is a small price to pay to have next-gen gaming right now.

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Pandamobile1252d ago

So a similarly spec'd PC will only run you $600. That's actually quite a bit cheaper than I expected. Pretty similarly spec'd to my roommate's rig as well which can run pretty much every at max settings at 1080p.

Christopher1252d ago

The only difference is that it won't be prioritized and optimized usage. So, I'd say closer to $800 at this time to equal up exactly while taking into account OS and similar apps always running on PC.

Pandamobile1252d ago

Obviously. I know it's not a 1:1 representation of how the systems will actually compare when it comes to the software running on it. I was talking solely about the hardware.

GameNameFame1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

You can't get a case and PSU for 50 bucks that wont break in few months.

Also, its GDDR3 ram. Huge price difference between GDDR5.

I mean Epics developer was talking about having to build a very expensive computer to run that demo. and to him, expensive was like 3500 rig(on another topic)

It's all about optimization... and author is trying to make a buzz by purposely picking a lower number

Computersaysno1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

The key being 'at this time'.

When the current range of PC GPUs are due to be refreshed before PS4/Next box come out, end of this year for PS4 (hoiday 2013).

By the time PS4 arrives PC already moves on a little bit more with better bang for buck every generation.

PS4 has something like a Radeon 7850 in it, which costs maybe $200. It is about as fast as a GTX570 was 18 months ago, which cost like $350. GTX295 was comparable to GTX570, 18 months before that too. But that cost like $700....

Expect GTX680/7970 performance which would still outstrip PS4 even considering the overheads for windows to cost maybe $200 by this time next year.

I don't see a lot of point in the article.

Consoles launch, get as close as they are gonna get to PC hardware, then fall behind quicker and quicker. Such is life.

The difference is this time when 360 launched its GPU was nearly on par with the very best single GPU on PC around at the same time (like 7800GTX, X1800XT).

Even what is inside PS4 is no match for a 7970 gigahertz or Titan- which are out....right now. Already.

MikeMyers1252d ago

"Given that the next Xbox will supposedly launch at 8GB, it only seems right that Sony also sticks in a full 8GB of GDDR 5 RAM. Impressive, but it seems like massive overkill to me, so I’ll recommend 8GB of DDR3 RAM."

Why have a comparison if you're not going to do a proper comparison? Who cares if it's overkill, some people have over 16GB of RAM on their PC.

jimbobwahey1252d ago

The most expensive PC graphics card costs $1000 and only has 6gb of GDDR5 memory.

The PS4 will have 8gb of GDDR5 memory.

For those that don't know, GDDR5 is much faster than the GDDR3 ram that you find in PCs since its use primarily on graphics cards, and the absolute latest and most cutting edge PC tech only offers 6gb of it at most, for the price of $1000.

To get a PC that offers comparable performance to the PS4 will cost a lot of money, especially since you need to take into account that games running on a PC with identical specs will never run as well as their PS4 counterparts, given the OS bloat and lack of optimization on the PC platform.

ShinMaster1252d ago

Always with the spec and price comparisons.

It'll be cheaper than $800 that's for sure. Not to mention its advantage of being optimized 1:1 because it's a console.
Optimization biyatch!

vulcanproject1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

Citing all this memory for PS4 is interesting, then talking about PC overheads as if none exist on console and PC is this awful ancient badly optimised mess, when it isn't.

So.

You think that automatic recording of gameplay is free? The compression is free? Even with some extra dedicated hardware it costs memory and CPU/GPU cycles. The dedicated hardware eases up on processing time, but doesn't suddenly make all that HD video evaporate into thin air. Needs memory. A lot of it.

PS4's OS will be fairly decently sized, if you want all this instant streaming up and down, saving, uploading, fast UI overlay that was emphasised, constant controller tracking via camera, people jumping into your game and connecting, background junk etc etc.

Please don't start yammering on about overheads and optimisations when you haven't thought for a second about how these consoles plan to accomplish all they said as if it costs absolutely no extra memory or reserved CPU/GPU performance.

It costs performance.

Wii U doesn't currently do half what sony plan their machine to do concurrently and 1GB of the main memory is reserved for the OS! Think about that for a second, Wii U reserves 1GB and you can run Windows 8 in that amount no sweat. http://images.anandtech.com... Piece of cake as they say.

Sony could and almost certainly will ring fence a couple of gigabytes and a CPU core or two before the devs even start in on making their games.

starchild1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

This is stupid. I'm a PC gamer and I can tell you that my PC with HD 7950 and i5 will not be able to perform nearly as good as a PS4 with upcoming next generation games.

It's not about specs, it's about the very different way the hardware is utilized.

I know I'll be upgrading my PC for next generation, but I think I will probably end up playing even more games on PS4 this generation.

It really depends on the developers and if they do away with things like screen tearing and if they improve anti-aliasing. I can handle 30fps and a few jaggies, but I can't stand screen tearing.

ninjahunter1252d ago

Yea, but Nvidia Releases optimizations every month for their cards, so that argument is kinda moot, my graphics card runs 50% faster with new drivers than it did with the drivers that were out when i bout it. Not to mention things like overclocking and general system optimization.

And try not to take that as a fanboy rant, but im really sick of console gamers completely overlooking big factors of PC gaming.

Army_of_Darkness1252d ago

PC gamers can keep building their pc's, while I'll get almost the same high quality level graphics and performance right out of the box for a cheaper price:-D

ChrisW1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

The main difference between GDDR3 and GDDR5 is the bandwidth. Of course having 8Gbs of each is very nice, but what is more important is the amount of "bit memory interface".

Essentially, the bandwidth of 128-bit GDDR5 memory is equal to about 448-bit GDDR3 memory. (*rough numbers*)

Now, what's even more important is that GDDR3 memory cost much less, even with a higher bit memory interface.

Autodidactdystopia1252d ago

yo, i know you guys dont care about what i have to say, but here it is anyway.

I was impressed with the kz4 video.

lets remember all u pc guys, we're dealing with amd parts here.

8 cores from amd is nothing to 4 cores from intel.

that being said. an 8 core amd chip despite what they have to say about performance, will not compare to a recently released intel chip. if it could compare, amd would launch some new architecture and rape intel, but those of you who have been following hardware as long as i have know that amd is posting billion dollar quarter losses due to their inability to beat intels bread and butter.

in short amd's chips are cheap today, very cheap, very affordable.

amds gpu's tell a similar story in regards to their battle with nvidia.

Meaning they are very cheap. very affordable.

Heres probably where you guys get mad. The difference between gddr3 and gddr5 is negligible. In all my years as a system builder/tester/graphics/perfor mance/whore/motiongraphicsdesig ner/overaltechspeedwhore/etc, benchmarks and general use applications and games, have failed to show more than a paltry 2-5% increase in overall throughput since the ddr revolution itself. It is more dependent on the clock of the ram itself. not the type of ram.
just as 7.0 ghz ddr would outright smoke some 1000mhz gddr5, only problem is ddr is not known to be stable at that clock speed.

another note is that cas latencys, have dramatically taken a shit as ddr numbers have risen. ddr2 cas latency 7 ddr 3 same price range cas latency 12.

they dont tell you about cas latency though cause its just one of the 100 factors that make the ram, not just the fact that it is gddr5.

remember usb 3.0 claims 300 megabytes per second, but never actually reaches it's "theorhetical" maximum it is only generally faster than usb 2.0 due to other hardware components or the fact that a pure stream of data is actually quite rare, and often is broken in to many differently sized "packets"

SUPER LONG STORY SHORT

This price is reasonable and whether or not you want to talk about optimization is up to you.

I wouldnt expect much more as the company cannot take "TOO" much of an initial loss regardless of how much they intend to make up on game/peripheral sales.

Athonline1252d ago

@Autodidactdystopia

You know that AMD has a long history of embedded systems chipsets, right? Or back in 2004-05 Intel was the one playing the "catch-up" game for gamers' rigs?

Before you start moaning for AMD vs Intel remember two things:
-The PS4 AMD CPU is x86, but the configuration in the mobo, etc is designed to eliminate bottlenecks such as connection to Northbridge and from there to RAM...
-Games usually perform better on Intel as they are optimised to do so. If they allow programmers to go all the way down to CPU level with Assembly... *fun times*

As for the DDR3 vs GDDR5:
G stands for Graphics. They using a shared pool of GDDR not so much to have a faster bus speed, but to enable developers share textures and data between RAM and Graphics card by simply changing a reference/ pointer (as they are called in C and OpenGl/Cl). The idea behind it is eliminate the need to load texture packs, vectors or other data packs from and to the main memory and then to/from graphics memory. They are eliminate what I personally call the "limbo" state of data in the memory... The reason it is GDDR is in order not to bottleneck the graphics card by having it access a DDR RAM...

I agree on the CAS however.

I am programming for years now. Not in the gaming industry, but the principles remain the same. Instead of comparing specs between a PC and a just announce console, let it come out first and then moan. Optimisation both in hardware and software are important. PCs suffer from bottlenecks and how we (the developers) program on it. We are lazy, we are using for and while loops resulting unnecessary O(N) and O(NlogN) algorithms everywhere...
Consoles do not as they always got less resources to work on and thus "force" you to program right.

I hope I make sense to you.

Autodidactdystopia1252d ago

Athonline

Literally everything you just told me i already knew, is technical which is why i didnt post it and yet somehow it doesnt negate my point.

it seems we are on the same page bro and i dont disagree with you on anything except for the fact that you think i was moaning. :) lol

awi59511251d ago

My Pc now kicks the PS4 backside. My games running on my 3 gpu rig will still look better than anything on PS4.

GameNameFame1251d ago

According to many leaks and Digital Foundary who analyzed the details from their sources.

no hit to performance. apparently.

vulcanproject1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

I'm not wrong GameNameFame. You are talking about the recording aspects, not actually any of the other tasks and features that ALSO use resources. You aren't very specific at all, so I'll have to correct you on what I assume you are attempting (and failing) to understand.

Any dedicated compression hardware takes the task away from the CPU, but it doesn't remove the fact you STILL need to use some system memory to do it, some HDD bandwidth etc

You might not call it a performance hit as such, but it takes memory away that could be used for running the game. This is a stone cold fact. Unless you think that moving HD video around the system to be compressed and saved means storing that in thin air while its worked on and not in system memory somewhere? Do you?

Never mind the rest of the features sony are attempting to do, just look at the list of things they want to do with it online for example, the netcode.

All this other multitasking costs memory, it costs CPU cycles.

PS3 and 360 reserve process threads and in the case of PS3 a whole SPE core. What Sony want to do will mean they are guaranteed to reserve at least one core on PS4 the devs cant touch for their game code.

Wii U fences off half the system's entire memory....1GB for the OS and various other processes.

Do you think Sony and Microsoft won't reserve a big chunk of their system memory as well for their pretty busy looking OS and UI overlays?

Remember how they emphasised that gamers now want things fast, they want games on and off fast, background downloading and installing, they want fast responding content and menus.

That means having a bunch of resources held in reserve. Just how it is.

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john21252d ago

Gotta agree with cgoodno on this (in fact, I'd raise it to $1000). Developers can take advantage of console's closed environment easier and exploit it

Megaton1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

Agreed, probably $1000. Mark Rein was excited about the PS4 running things that he said were extremely expensive to accomplish on PC not too long ago.

john21252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

@Megaton: It's also the question of what resolution they were using and what was the average framerate. If it was running with 30fps at 720p, then it cannot come close to the PC version (which ran at 1080p and 60fps)

dirthurts1252d ago

I have to disagree.
It's grossly overstated how much an OS will actually impact a piece of hardware's performance.
My OS usually uses about 1-3% of my cpu, and maybe 600 megs of ram.
This was true in the days that a pc barely had enough ram to run the OS, but these days have long since passed.

Computersaysno1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

Whatever PS4 can do, PC can probably already do it. It just needs to devs to step it up for most PC versions.

Watchdogs for example- nothing I saw there couldn't be done on EXISTING pc hardware. Hell when it was first shown last year people were impressed, but their heads weren't exploding like omggg how is this possible! We know it is possible on PC already.

If I am truthful, same goes for any game you care to point out.

Look at the car models of Project CARS and tell me that Driveclub's are much better. Clearly they aren't. http://www.gamepur.com/file... This isn't a photo BTW. Thats Project CARS in realtime, which you can play in beta form. Right now. On PC.

Look at Killzone and tell me it is better than Crysis 3 on a quality PC. http://images7.gry-online.p... Yes, the game actually looks like this on a good PC! http://www.abload.de/img/cr...

Really, it wasn't. Crysis 3 looks ridiculous on a PC, and that game is out, RIGHT NOW! Not in a year or whenever Killzone might launch.

Don't get me wrong many of the games were impressive, and exciting. But just don't tell me that I haven't seen the capability or the quality already. I am a PC gamer. I have.

Just look at the two pictures provided...

gtr_loh1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

@computersaysno. The PC can most definitely run those games. The most high-end PC hardware from 2010 can even run the games from the PS meeting today. But what we're comparing to right now is the longevity and cost of owning a console compared to a PC. As a side note, I AM IN NO WAY trying to thrash the PC in any form. I was once a PC gamer and my rig from 2006 still stands. The reason why the PS4 or any console for that matter makes the news compared to the PC is simply because they can do it for cheaper. As an allusion, take for example the ownership of a 90s high end luxury vehicle compared to a modern econocar. The luxury vehicle would likely have had many of the things the econocar had ages before. But the cost of maintaining yields high. I would be flattered to own a PC that can run games such as Watchdogs at 60+ FPS on a PC costing less than $500(The maximum rumoured price of the PS4). But that just isn't possible because the PC has so much more potential than to just play games.

TL;DR: It's great to be a PC gamer if you have the sufficient funds. But if you don't, the console is a great way to be a part of "next-gen".

vulcanproject1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

You'll pay more now to get top end visuals on a PC, but that is the point made. You can have them. Now. As long as you wanna pay.

But also as pointed out above, the hardware gets cheaper for the same performance over time. It will certainly be cheaper by the time PS4 arrives to get the visuals seen.

Titan costs stupid amount now but in a year that kind of performance chances are will be half that cost. The cards a bit slower than it half their costs as well.

Neverending cycle. Year after ps4 launches pc hardware will proper muller the new consoles and not be ludicrously expensive to achieve that.

NaiNaiNai1252d ago

Really? where you getting this from, cause consoles sure didn't use the mighty cell to keep up with PC games that are 6+ years old.

heck they couldn't even Run ARMA II, not to mention games like Dirt 1 still look better on PC then most new console games.

The problem here is you are all idiots who don't understand basic computing.

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wsoutlaw871252d ago

its been shown over and over that a similarly speced pc will not get the results that the console gets.

ninjahunter1252d ago

I dont think i can agree with that, hardware that is considered similarly spec'ed to an xbox 360 is still viable for gaming at similarly quality (settings) and resolution as an xbox 360 for multiplats released.

For example, a nvidia 8800gt is extrememly comparable to an xbox 360 in horsepower, were talkin at max a 10% difference in power. Yet an 8800gt will still run any multiplat as well or better than an xbox at 720p.

I think that the misconception comes from the fact that PC standards keep going up and Console standards stay the same, like 1080p is PC standard these days, Consoles generally are at Sub HD. Or settings in games are getting higher and high in quality, 6-7 years ago maxing out a game was equal to an xbox version, now the console version is equal to medium or low settings.

You are expecting more out of PC hardware than you are out of console hardware and claiming that consoles are more optimize, Oh, an xbox right now is better than an 8800gt? Maby if you expect the 8800gt to max out BF3 and run its at 1080p the console will be better. But if you run it at 720p with a mix of medium and low settings, you will see that an 8800gt is still very comparable to an xbox.

wsoutlaw871252d ago

yes the 8800 is the minimum requirement to even run battle field and youll get a comparable experience on low with frame rate drops. The 8800gt is definitely an upgraded hardware but cant out preform the 360. Battlefield was a game made and heavily optimized for pc also, were not talking halo 4. plus your just bringing up gpus. Its impossible to compare with out taking into consideration cpu, ram, and power usage. When a game is optimized like halo gears killzone or uncharted then they will easily look better than comparable hardware on a pc game. Just ask any developer. The system can be optimized and doesn't have to run windows. Not to mention, the ps4 will be cheaper than a comparable setup when it comes out and will be able to play every game perfectly for the next 8-10 years.

awi59511247d ago

The problem is its hard to find a pc dumbed down enough to match the consoles at the time they launch. You may get a crappy dell your mom may buy but even a crap low end gamimg pc will match or pull ahead of any console game. Take any pc put a 100 dollar graphics card in it and it will beat a console period.

People said the power of the cell all last gen. But the PC i built my little sister with a ATI 4870 1G in it had way more performance than any ps3 or xbox game. That little card would max any game she put in it untill BF3 came out. Any other game would be on ultra settings i cant believe that card lasted like 5 years and it kicked ass. When the price of 4870's dropped down to like 20 dollars i bought sis a second one and those 2 ran BF3 beta on ultra at 30 fps. It would chug on metro but metro is a mess of a game.

Sarcasm1252d ago

It can't be directly compared because it uses GDDR5, the GPU is pretty much still unknown at this point, and other unseen costs on the board. So no, a $600 PC isn't quite the same.

For a guy who's big on PC gaming, I thought you'd factor that in at least.

SilentNegotiator1252d ago

That wouldn't be convenient enough to "pshaw" off a new "peasant" console.

Pandamobile1252d ago

I'm well aware of that, I was only talking about the hardware.

Sarcasm1252d ago

Yeah don't get me wrong, I know the specs aren't going to blow any PC rigs out of the water or anything. But I didn't expect it to.

However, I still pleasantly surprised on how good things looked anyway.

Yes we're going to have our gaming PCs, but now we don't have to shake the feeling of "ugh I wish this was on PC instead."

I'll probably end up doing the same thing, play mostly PS4 exclusives and everything else on my PC.

Might be skipping the Xbox this generation.

ABizzel11252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

This is not 100% true, you can build that PC significantly less than that.

First off the CPU, being Jaguar based means it's an APU capable of graphics processing as well. $130 is possible, but it could be more or less. The AMD A10-5800k is more comparable component and it's currently priced at $130, but we need to know the integrated GPU to determine if the PS4's CPU will be less or more.

CPU: $130 (for now)

Motherboard, again no way of knowing, but considering it's a console it doesn't need nearly as many ports and slots as a standard PC motherboard does so it should be less.

Motherboard: $50

8GB of DDR3 can be found for $40, but using GDDR5 is going to up the price by an undisclosed amount.

RAM: $60 (it'll cost more than DDR3, how much?)

GPU should have stuck with AMD since the console is AMD based, and looking at the TFLOPS it's closer to an HD 7850.

GPU: $160 (and should be even lower with the introduction of the 8000 series)

HDD: $50 (500GB - 1TB)

Everything Else: $50 - $150

Final Price: $450 - $600, and that's retail price, not bulk pricing. The console will be $400 - $500.

ThatXboxGuy1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

@Ninjahunter

How can any console gamer overlook anything related to PC, when there is ALWAYS a PC gamer standing by to point out what we all know, that PC specs can always be upgraded.

We get it, trust me.

ninjahunter1252d ago

Tell you what, round up all the console gamers and tell them to stop being wrong, and ile round up all the PC gamers and tell them to stop correcting you when your wrong.

Then wele swap the roles and do it again!

ThatXboxGuy1252d ago

You miss the point entirely.It isn't about "being wrong" It's about console gamers having to deal with the massive insecurity's of PC guys.

We all know PC's are better.It's not even debatable.So why feel the need to chime in at every single moment about how console specs are obsolete every year or so? It doesn't matter, as specs don't make games, Developers do.And the quality, creativity, imagination and passion of console developers outshines PC developers 9 times out of 10.

I've had more fun this gen alone on my PS360 than the last 15 years of PC gaming.Specs had nothing to do with it.

I truly hope you PC guys find something else to harp on, besides what we all know, that specs can be upgraded on PC.That o'l bit is getting very tiring.

Jason1431252d ago

crossfire 2 550tis and its way faster and half the cost. Ram can be gotten cheaper as well from frys so in the end even with a tower it is $480 for a diy kit. Not to mention that amd fx is twice as fast as ps4's. ama nerd

ABizzel11252d ago

I don't think Xfire is really an option unless you want the PS4 to be a PC tower.

At best they can do a single GPU card, but even that's too much considering the size of the console.

FOrm factor is important to Japan, and Sony doesn't want to lose that easy 10 million in sales over there, because of a huge console.

Mobile GPU's were the way to go, and Sony did good my using a 7950m / 7970m hybrid, which are currently the best AMD has to offer.

bayport1252d ago

There sure seem to be a lot of people around here that don't understand the difference between RAM and VRAM.

8GB of RAM in the PS4 does not mean 8GB of RAM dedicated to the video card..

ABizzel11252d ago

The original breakdown was 4GB of RAM (3.5 games, 512MB for the OS), and 2GB dedicated to the GPU.

So I'm guessing it's now 8GB of RAM (7GB for games, 1GB for the OS) and still 2GB dedicated to the GPU.

It's possible they've included the GPU's dedicated RAM, but even then that's 6GB of GDDR5 for the console and OS.

jmc88881252d ago

Actually you don't need that expensive of a CPU. Though you can get that CPU for $30 less than what is quoted in the article (both Amazon and Newegg), at $133, and I bet a Phenom II X6 1045T would do the trick and only set you back $99 (amazon).

Ram for $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Produ...

Also what people don't understand is that many people just need to upgrade their video card. If you have a decent CPU from the last 5-7 years and have PCI Express 2.0 all you really need to buy to beat a PS4 or 720 is to upgrade your graphics card.

So for many PC gamers, less than $300 will get you a PS4 now. You can get a 660ti for $269. Or you can wait until later this year to get a GTX 700 series card for $250-400 and not just have something with more raw power, but 2-3x the raw power depending on which 700 version you buy.

Though when people say 'PC's are always ahead' they forget where things started last generation.

People need to ask this question. What did a console have when it launched versus a PC last generation? Then we'll revisit the specs.

When the 360 came out it basically had a slightly stripped top end GPU, same with the PS3. PS3 had a Geforce 7800 inside stripped of 1/2 it's ram.

That would be like saying it had a GTX 690 with it's ram cut down. Except really it would have to be GTX 790 since that will be out when the PS4/720 hit.

So if a PS4 DOESN'T have a GTX 790 level performance (with lower ram), then by sheer relationship to last year, it's behind where consoles were versus PC to the last cycle. (we're not even talking about SLI).

You see the difference to realize is that instead of a console launching the generation with a GTX 790, you're getting a GTX 580.

Hell here is the difference just between a GTX 580 and a GTX 690. Then realize there will be a 790 that hits that raises this difference by another 50+ percent.

http://www.gpureview.com/sh...

So let's put it another way. The PS3 was based on a 7800. So in comparison if the PS3 instead of having a GeForce 7800 had a Geforce 5500, hell probably worse.

If people say well the GTX 690 and 790 are dual GPU's...true, but in one card. Meanwhile you can SLI this. You can tri sli the 670 or 680.

So instead of being on par minus ram with PC gamers (thus basically being equal), this is what PC's will have ahead of a PS4

GTX 790
GTX Titan
GTX 690
GTX 780
GTX 770
GTX 760 ti
GTX 680
GTX 670
GTX 660ti
GTX 660 or GTX 560ti --This is a PS4 basically

Note: if you add in all the variations of 2x and 3x parts, then you can literally triple the length down the list the PS4 now is instead of...

Using the same chip, run at almost the same clock speed, and almost the same special chip features, just with chopped ram. Hell the 360 even had some stuff that didn't make it's way into GPU's for a couple more years.

Optimization and console latency advantages gain a bit, but let's face it, the PS4/Wii U/720 OS with always on capability and streaming and all that stuff is more advanced the Windows XP in terms of resource cost. Thus no, in terms of OS cost, the consoles are about on par with PC's these days. Optimization isn't nearly a big thing.

jmc88881252d ago

Really the only advantage worth noting is console latency, in that the data doesn't have to travel as far from part to part to process. But that's not going to gain a huge amount. 50 percent? Maybe. But everything has to be coded properly to take advantage of GPGPU and stuff like that, which will take some time to achieve.

AzaziL1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

As a PC gamer, I already know that the next gen consoles will kill for performance per dollar for at least a few years, it's not the first time it's happened. About the only time I choose consoles over PCs is the first couple years, after that it gets more affordable to play better quality graphics on a computer.

Gamer19821251d ago

The problem is you cannot get GDDR5 as primary memory for PC right now as CPU architecture does not support it. Intels new CPU next year will do however. I like how they say oh its okay its overkill anyway we will use GDDR3. They obviously know nothing about memory and the differences between GDDR3 and GDDR5. GDD5 is 5X faster than DGDDR3 thats a huge differnce. On top of that X86 architecture on a PC is limited by windows to a measly 3GB. See windows is a massive drawback in PC gaming in fact its so bad you would need double the PS3 specs to get almost the same output as what the ps4 can output.

You need proof? Look at Crysis 3 on consoles it ran on DX9 sure but it ran on 512mb RAM. YEP 360 and PS3 only had 512MB RAM. You try running it on a PC with anything less than 2GB and get it to look even nearly as good as the PS3 and 360 versions. You cannot. You need to spend £400 to beat PS3 and 360 you need to spend £1000 MINIMUM to beat PS4 right now and I don't even think that will be enough if they manage to get 80% of its power out day 1.

People really need to learn how hardware works and how badly windows holds back your hardware.

Games are optimized for consoles where as on PC's they cannot be.

fatstarr1251d ago

Not doing the full math

Assuming the ps4 is 400$
+ Move $100
+ a Vita $300
+ a controller $50 ( http://www.joystiq.com/2013...
+ games $200

vs $1000
a specced out computer with an I7 (which is better than that amd bulldozer 8 core) 16gb of ram and 2x gpus Around 1000$

and then steam and tons of indie free games and cheap pc games.

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Orpheus1252d ago

Technically as we speak the PS4 is officially outdated.

-- Joshua Garrett ( random users comment on the original article)

Pandamobile1252d ago

That's typically how it goes. Sony can't exactly reach into 2016 and bring a CPU and GPU back from the future. They work with what is available in the PC space from the year before.

clearelite1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

My PC has 1GB GDDR5, 4GB system RAM, and I can run anything. PS4 has 8GB GDDR5 and is a beast.

jmc88881252d ago

Not really. The PS3/360 used basically a top of the PC GPU minus the 1/2 the ram from the year they launched.

Hell I had a 6800 Ultra in my PC, top of the line from 2004, and the 360 was more powerful in 2005. Oh and it's processor was tri core compared to my FX-53 single core ($1000 chip).

Now you have in 2013, a PS4 that is 50 percent more powerful than a 720, which will have a CPU poorer than an i7 920 midrange CPU from 2008 and a GPU that compares to a GTX 560ti or a GTX 660. Hell the GTX 750ti when it comes out will probably be more powerful than a PS4, yet be a $150-$200 part.

http://www.newegg.com/Produ...

The GTX 650ti is basically just about in between the raw power of a PS4 and a 720. The 750ti should no doubt surpass the PS4.

The price?
http://www.newegg.com/Produ...

Even has a $15 rebate.

$140 before rebate, $125 after, and it beats a 720 and is close to a PS4.

Are people ignoring the difference between the start of last gen and this gen based on memes?

The consoles are starting from near uber PC, to absolutely below mid range 2013 PC.

jon12341252d ago

true, but you wont get the games we love on a pc...

Pandamobile1252d ago

Speak for yourself. 95% of all major releases that have my eye are released on PC. And for the rest, well that's why most PC gamers have a PS3 or Xbox in their living rooms.

ylwzx31252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

Titan pretty much confirms that one..

meetajhu1252d ago

Agreed. If the Ps4 gpu is 1.84Tflop as they say. Then they used AMD 5830HD or AMD 7970M.

yewles11252d ago

More likely 7850 downgraded...

zebramocha1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

@yewles when is your next vid going up? Yewles going by amd's website an hd 7850 only has 1.7 tflops of computation.

ABizzel11252d ago

@meetajhu

I believe it's a 7950m / 7970m hybrid. Either way it's around the 7850's performance level which is a solid GPU.

wsoutlaw871252d ago

o so your pc isn't? Technically very pc is outdated computers, so what.

Ashunderfire861252d ago

PC Gamers need to stop with their BS about consoles outdated. Let me tell you guys something, the majority of PC games are multiplatform games, so PC has to follow the bandwagon. All of these multiplatform games for PC, don't look all that different from their console counterparts. Take Skyrim for example, yeah it is high res, better lighting, tessellation, Direct X 11, and etc, but the console versions are not too far away from the PC Version. Many game developers make these games look identical to each other anyway. What I am saying is consoles lead the way for the new games that comes out, so the PC version will always look identical even if its better looking. This is coming from a Console and PC Gamer(I have Nvidia Geforce GTX 690). This footage from Capcom is the best I have ever seen, from a game call Deep Down:

http://n4g.com/news/1177983...

That sure don't look outdated to me. PS4 and Killzone Shadowfall day one for me.

mandf1252d ago

Well said man. I like your laid back approach. It's really all about the games. Certain developers are just better no matter the hardware. I just happen to believe Sony has the best all around set of capable developers that will push graphics forward.

aquamala1252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

If you think skyrim, far cry 3, crysis 3 don't look "all that different" between pc and consoles, Ps4 and ps3 games must also don't look "all that different" to you, why do you want a ps4?

Ashunderfire861252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

Respond to #aquamala

I am a console collector like many gamers in here. Plus PS4 has exclusives that is not on PC, like Killzone: ShadowFall for example. Consoles lead the way for next gen graphics, gameplay, and physics. You PC gamers should realize that. No matter how much time you upgrade your rig, PC versions of almost every game will be identical to consoles. To answer your question watch this video:

http://www.gametrailers.com...

Now does that PS4 footage look like something done by PS3? Nope!!

aquamala1252d ago

^^^. You have a $1000 gtx 690 card, and you think games on it look identical to consoles? Why did you spend the $1000?

Ashunderfire861252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

Responded to aquamala

I got it for half the price on the dell website. Plus I am a college student who gets discounts like the military, and etc. Now does that answer your question?

You are not understating game design, cause many developers never truly take full advantage of the PC. I realize this when I first got into PC gaming. I wanted to see what is the hype about PC games, so I join the bandwagon. Plus I not only use this card for games, but to also learn how to design games. I'm learning Unity, photoshop and etc. I am a game design student. Now does that also answer your question?

superterabyte1251d ago

@Ashunderfire Why all the disagrees you answered @aquamala's question with a legitimate reason