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Submitted by xtheownerzx 528d ago | opinion piece

The PlayStation 4 Is A Monstrous Console: But Specs Shouldn’t Matter

GamerFitNation: The PlayStation 4 on paper appears to be a console with no match. It is only comparable to a PC as it features a PC like architecture. The industry has been sent ablaze lately when the PS4 (PlayStation 4) was announced and was said to feature GDDR5 8 gigs of ram. (PS4, Tech)

JoGam  +   528d ago
Oh but it does matter.
dboyc310  +   528d ago
Specs don't matter as much but as a hardware company sony provides the good games that go with good specs
Jaqen_Hghar  +   528d ago
exactly better specs allow the creators to create more that they envision. They can make their games bigger, prettier, have better AI and physics, have more options, have more online interaction, longer, and obviously faster (fps and loading times). It's great that they are allowing ND, MM, GG, SP, SSM, Polyphony, Insomniac, Bethesda, etc. to make their games that much better.
Hydrolex  +   527d ago
PS4 is monstrous but specs shouldn't matter ?

This is the dumbest shizz ever !!!!

unless PS4 is physically monstrous, other than that, Specs make it monstrous
MEsoJD  +   528d ago
Specs are heavily tied to relevance/longevity and development.
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   527d ago
Yup, it's not 1999, we all now understand tech, or at least everyone discussing specs have more or less a grasp on understanding what those specs mean on performance down the road. Making an article just to say it doesn't matter is out right hyprocritical.
cannon8800  +   528d ago
The ps4 itself wouldn't be a monster if it had poop specs. But thankfully, Sony has some really talented studios that could get around retardedly old tech if they had to.

can you imagine how bad it would be if the specs were the following;
8 core burrito processor running at 2.0 verde sauce. 8 gigs of diarrhea 5. Dualcock 4 with a 2 inch "feel my penis" touchpad. concave black nipples for the ultimate fps experience.
Genuine-User  +   528d ago
What the...
Jaqen_Hghar  +   528d ago
a man is confused
MysticStrummer  +   528d ago
Ha my PC's 4 layer chimichanga processor and 8 gigs of guacamole runs circles around your stupid console. Too bad PC games aren't better so it doesn't matter. :(
showtimefolks  +   528d ago
Tell that to PC gamers who have to make them self feel special by coming into every gaming story just to say better on pc

Specs do matter because this system will be here for next 10 years so we don't want to be playing something which will be useless in 1-2 years. I am glad Sony is pushing the console tech a bit for a bit better future proof console

Many developers have said Sony has shown very little so can't wait to see what they are holding back at E3
FlyingFoxy  +   528d ago
I have no problem with some console games, i just hate FPS games on them. But 10 years is too long for a console cycle.. 5-6 is enough.

After 3+ years some games will start having framerate problems because the console won't be powerful enough to keep up. This happens with a lot of console games.

Just recently i was watching a playthrough of Doom 3 BFG on 360 and some areas lagged extremely bad, it looked like the FPS was hitting 20.. and that's a game that barely looks any better than in late 2004 on my PC which also hit the same framerate on a 6800 Ultra but in graphically demanding parts.
solid_warlord  +   527d ago
@flyingfoxy if u hate FPS u shouldn't ever consider buying a console. U should stick with nasty, anti-social, anti-masculine RPGMMO on PC's. We don't like them in console. WoW, Diablo and these types of games should never be allowed to come to consoles. No keyboard for gaming, control pads is the masculine and ideal form of control.
ATi_Elite  +   528d ago
Specs do Matter..........
and the ONE Spec Sony has yet to release is the Spec of the PS4's GPU.

When that Spec is released then all this "Cancer Curing" talk about the PS4 will END cause we will know the PS4's Limits!!!
Dj7FairyTail  +   528d ago
yeah because the price will be over $500
linkenski  +   527d ago
If specs truly don't matter, then we should all just play NES over anything else. An improvement in hardware means less limitations, and THAT's what matters.
NYC_Gamer  +   528d ago
I believe specs are very important on the development side of things..Why do you think Sony listened to studios/devs when built the PS4?its because more things are capable on upgraded hardware gameplay wise..We would still be stuck in the Pong era with that idea of specs don't matter when it comes to hardware/development..
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ICECREAM  +   527d ago
He only writes when he is high.
ICECREAM  +   527d ago
I need only one answer, can he play nex-gen games on sega genesis, if not then we need power house ps4 to play the games.
GribbleGrunger  +   528d ago
I have never understood this line of thinking. If it was in any way true then the PS1 would have been enough, as would the PS2 or PS3. In order for developers to push their games to the next level they do need that extra power. I know that conceptual games like Journey or Unfinished swan don't rely entirely on power, but they're the exception to the rule. If we are to have meaningful characters with realistic AI, and if we are to have immersive environments with real time lighting, weather and natural events, then we DO need that extra power.

It's all too easy to dismiss something before we've had chance to see what it brings. There WILL come a time when more power isn't needed because the differences will be too small to justify that extra power. But we are not there yet ... not by long chalk.
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-Falaut-  +   528d ago
I have an inkling we will see more "articles" like these leading up to the reveal of a certain console, of which specs are not as high as Sony's offering. But then again that just might be my tin foil hat self talking.
GribbleGrunger  +   528d ago
Doffing my intuitive hat, I'd have to agree. ALL of the leaks so far suggest that the PS4 will be more powerful than the 720 (whether that's true or not ... we'll see) but I've now seen a couple of articles talking about power and better graphics not being everything. Putting it into context with what we suspect, it's not that much of a stretch to see these articles as nothing more than damage control. I'm not saying that's a fact, but it's certainly a trend to keep an eye on. When the specs of the 720 are officially released, or at least we get to see what it can do, THEN we will see if our suspicions are grounded because these articles will disappear.

If these articles disappear then we were probably right. If these articles continue then we were probably wrong. If suddenly power does matter and the 720 happens to be more powerful ... then I'll just bang my head on the nearest wall in disbelief lol.
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GribbleGrunger  +   528d ago
mmmm ... I'm not sure the excitement for 8GB of fast RAM is fan generated. I was under the impression (from the many articles I've read on the subject) that the excitement for that RAM is being generated from the development community and the fans are excited because of that. Most fans don't understand why faster RAM is better, let alone 8GB of that fast RAM, so they take their cues from those that do know. They're just happy. Clearly you're not happy that they're happy.

I'll never understand that way of thinking but to each his/her own as they say.
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BitbyDeath  +   528d ago
"Can anyone name the last time the type or amount of RAM has been the deciding factor in a console race?"

I've seen a lot of comments that people have bought a 360 over the PS3 because it didn't have X-Game Chat.

PS3 didn't have enough RAM set aside in the OS to allow for that feature.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   528d ago
@DK

Didn't you and 'certain others' always harp on the way the PS3 handles RAM compared to the 360? And how it doesn't allow for 'simple x-game chat' and leads to 'inferior' open world multiplat titles? Now that the tables might possibly be reversed next gen you are flipping the script? lol?
Root  +   528d ago
Of course it matters it's a next gen console....it's the whole appeal towards next gen consoles because you expect better specs then the console you have now, it's what will make you want a new console when you see how much better it is.
smashcrashbash  +   528d ago
Oh the specs matter all right.But no need to worry cause Sony will be bringing the games too. So we will have awesome games that play with awesome specs.We don't only care about how the games will look we also care about the gameplay. I was already impressed with what Infamous and Uncharted 2 were able to accomplish on lesser hardware so higher level hardware will push them even further. Just imagine Infamous with a city three times bigger then the ones we have been in. That means more places to fight and play around in not to mention more enemies at a time and more space to move around in.The specs will give the developers the tools to do more and Sony's studios i am certain will take advantage of it. If Uncharted 2 made me drool next Uncharted could be around the world to every major country with open world space like GTA.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   528d ago
Specs matter to a certain extent. What ultimately makes you buy a console is the games though. I'm sure most of us like mind blowing ambitious games. Well what allows these mind blowing games are the specs. If the specs of a console aren't up to snuff to allow a developer the room they need to satisfy their creative ambition, games will get stagnate feel samey. Having high specs that give developers a lot of breathing room is never a bad thing.
BitbyDeath  +   528d ago
Specs make the games.
Jakens  +   527d ago
I believe that the difficulty level that fits your play style makes the game.
_-EDMIX-_  +   528d ago
Specs don't matter? Say that to Final Fantasy VII on N64.

A gamer would be foolish to think such a thing. Specs pretty much dictate what can and can't be done in gaming. ie FFVII. I don't care how hard you wish it, hope for it or pray. Its not possible in the form it was made on on the N64, period. It took a system with a larger format to deliver such an experience.

No matter how you spin it, 8gigs is a big ass deal! (and I mean that on both systems)
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arbitor365  +   528d ago
specs always have and always will matter.

of course, since the pong days, there have been shortsighted people saying "this is as good as it's gonna get." they are always wrong as each gen offers new possibilities and new ways to expand the gaming experience.
KillrateOmega  +   528d ago
Of course specs matter. They mean better exclusives, more effective technologies, more room for innovation and refinement for developers, etc. Hell, the whole reason that next-gen consoles are exciting is because of their improved specs and performance capabilities as compared to the previous generation.

If specs didn't matter, then console generations would be pointless. There would never be a PS2, PS3, or PS4, because the PS1 would be enough.
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SAE  +   527d ago
Do you have another site that put all gaming news ?. I wanna try another sites and see if they put these bullshits..
KillrateOmega  +   527d ago
I'm not sure whether or not you're calling my statement 'bullshits' or the article. Eh, whatever.

You could try Kotaku or one of the many sites that these article are linked too...
SAE  +   527d ago
I mean these kind of articles. It's getting old. It's a waste of time. I like opinions articles but when they mention good points and teach us new things.But these are wrong and repeated a lot >.<
KillrateOmega  +   527d ago
Oh, I see what you mean. Yeah, these have been getting pretty old.

They are really only posting crap like this for hits on the their sites. In order to keep consistent site traffic while they wait for the next big gaming reveal.

It sucks, but it's just how it is. I don't bother even reading most articles like this (All one has to do is read the title to figure out the nature of the article), but I get curious sometimes tbh. There's also some minor enjoyment to be had from seeing people pick fights with each other :P
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clearelite  +   528d ago
Specs matter, but not to the extent that many people think.

Also, I would like to see people talking more about gameplay, creativity, etc.
arbitor365  +   528d ago
if you watch developer commentaries you can see how improvements in tech can broaden potential and lift limitations. gameplay mechanics and level design are intertwined with the power of the system.
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clearelite  +   528d ago
I'm well aware of that. I probably should have reworded my post.

But, my first two words were, "specs matter"....

I was referring to people who focus on graphics much more than other important aspects of video games. Or devs who have shifted their focus away from what has made games special and focused "squarely" on graphics (Final Fantasy series)

I'm all for powerful hardware as long as it's used responsibly and I cant wait for PS4 or my upgraded PCs.
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Hitman0769  +   528d ago
i see wat ur trying to say.
Bellcross  +   528d ago
Wii U would like a word with you...
GreenRanger  +   528d ago
Anybody who thinks that specs don't matter should've gone to SPECSavers! Ho! Ho! Ho!
thebudgetgamer  +   528d ago
Their great collection of development talent is what matters.
N0S3LFESTEEM  +   528d ago
And it was said on this date that the console with the built in fleshlight will win.
NateCole  +   528d ago
Saying hardware is not important is stupid.

It's as stupid as saying that software is not important.

The only thing more important than hardware is talent (devs) like in any systems (Human.

All are very important. No matter how good your software if if your hardware is crap your software will run like crap.
BLow  +   528d ago
Guess all three should have just stuck with this current gen then huh. Oh, and PC gamers may have a few words to say about that too...haha. Oh well, I love specs. People who upgrade their phones every year with better specs may slap want you as well. I guess everyone has a right to their own opinion.
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PS4isKing_82  +   528d ago
Specs are absolutely needed and are very important in pushing the industry forward. If they weren't, we wouldn't have uncharted, gears of war, crisis, and countless others. Would games like journey be what they are today if it was in the ps1? No it wouldn't. PS4 will destroy our expectations on games next gen.
Bathyj  +   528d ago
Why do people assume that because you have great graphics you cant have great gameplay? Most the games I buy you get both. Graphics and gameplay are both equally important and not mutually exclusive.

And hardware does matter. LBP would not have been possible last gen. Its up to devs how they use it but giving them a bigger canvas is always a good thing.
contradictory  +   528d ago
got good games?
you got good console

it really is as simple as that.

ahh...
i should mention that good game with bad graphics
versus a good game with excellent graphics is kind of what i'm trying to say here...

you'd rather play the one with good graphics
but it doesn't really make the one with bad graphics
itself bad
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Studio-YaMi  +   527d ago
Very nice & simple way of putting it.

+ bubble
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clintagious650  +   528d ago
Better hardware does matter, if it didnt then whats the point in making new hardware if it aint a step ahead of your old hardware? Whats the point in having new phones every 6 months or new graphics card for pc's if none of it matters?

I bet if sony made the ps4 weaker then the ps3, ppl will write an article about why not upgrade? Why make your next system weaker? Lol
BrianC6234  +   528d ago
Is this guy serious?
fOrlOnhOpe57  +   528d ago
PS4 spec sheet = Developer Porn *lust* lol
Studio-YaMi  +   527d ago
Better hardware(good priced) with excellent software = a console you want to get !

GET THE PS4 HERE ALREADY !
I really feel like Eric Cartman in that Nintendo Wii episode .. :(
lovegames718  +   527d ago
Specs have always and will always matter. Even back in the old console wars when fanboys and developers were talking about how many polygons were in games and characters and the big one was the color palette and the amount of colors that the new consoles could render during the Sega/Turbografx and Nintendo days. These things were always a focus and whoever says differently is an idiot.

I will say what i always say Sony and others have broken the myth that a console game cant have best of both worlds. Good/Gret graphics and solid gameplay some of my favorite franchises have both and actually lead their genre in setting graphics benchmarks. Good examples are MLB The Show, LBP, Killzone, Uncharted, GOW and so forth all games with solid gameplay and killer graphics.

I mean how cliche are these lame topics already and articles? Specs expand on not only graphical fidelity but on much more such as the scope of a game. This includes how large a game is, the amount of AL in a game and so forth. Stronger specs also allow devs. to make smarter AL. There are so many things having stronger hardware does. If you want to be stuck with 2d side scrollers all your life (not saying those are bad because i love me some good 2d games as well) and no evolution in game graphics thats fine but plz dont spew bs on here and say specs dont matter. They absolutely dooooooo!
gumgum99  +   527d ago
Specs don't matter as how many games are available to play. It could ray-trace humanity, but if there is no software, it will mean nothing.
SaturdayNightBeaver  +   527d ago
It can have 88GB ram if there is no good people and developers to make a real true game. Like they were back in the day.

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