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PC owners yawn at Xbox 720/PS4 graphics potential

This week has seen rumors of next-gen game consoles increase, and the specs point towards some major improvements for both the Xbox 720 and PS4. While they’re just rumors you can be sure that Microsoft and Sony will have some nice surprises for gamers, and with this in mind, some of the rumors look to be spot on.

Earlier today we posted details on a new PS4 concept, which aims to help the environment by being eco-friendly with over half the materials recyclable. Any new product coming on the market today needs to think about the future, and the main topic here is the environment, which means any feature that cares for our planet is important, but will it sell more if its eco-friendly?

The graphics potential of the PS4 and Xbox 720 is exciting to gamers and developers, but some PC gamers just yawn at the thought of future graphics on game consoles. For example, looking at our recent article on next-gen Grand Theft Auto graphics, you will notice that this was a PC mod to improve GTA graphics. PC hardware in 2011 can develop graphics that makes PS3 and Xbox 360 owners drool, and while we don’t know how good the next systems from Sony and Microsoft will be, could it be that PCs with a good graphics setup are already on par with the next-gen game consoles?

Most Final Fantasy fans did not like the idea of FFVXIII being a PS4 release, even though it’s been in development for around 6 years. The PS4 would certainly do the graphics more justice, although most gamers may prefer the game out now rather than later. Without getting into the rising cost of developing of games, the real issue is one of graphics for those that care about such things.

I remember moving to game consoles from a PC, and the main reason was the ease of playing on a console when compared to a PC. Today the graphics and games on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are amazing, making the PC something I would not want to game on, although this is not the same for everyone. Now that the PS3 and Xbox 360 have been around a while, PCs are starting to widen the gap with consoles in terms of graphics and another system is just a year or two away from an unveiling. So the PC does look amazing with certain mods, like the GTA mod that had one PC owner say “I am currently traveling cant wait to get back to try that mod on my PC“, which leaves PS3 and Xbox 360 owners looking forward to the next Sony or Microsoft system, and PC gamers enjoying their high-end graphics.

Are you a PC gamer and do you yawn at the thought of a PS4 or Xbox 720? Would you start gaming on a high-end PC if the next-gen consoles were too long away?

Written by Daniel Chubb

Daniel is the CEO of Dansway Communications LTD and founder of product-reviews.net; a top blog dedicated to breaking tech news, hands-on reviews and delivers real solutions to everyday consumer electronics hang-ups.

Daniel now spends his time keeping an eye on the latest technology and business trends. Also developing other blogs/news sites in the entertainment and business industries.

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Barbara Swanson
Barbara Swanson

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Iamthe0c3an
Iamthe0c3an

In the end EA was kind enough to bless the PC first with 64 man games on the PC and because consoles cant handle it, when the new consoles come out, we will still have that and the console will still have itty bitty 24 player games. And its unlikely MS or Sony will release f2p games on console anytime soon.

JESUS23
JESUS23

PC gaming is the ultimate in FPS, true hardcore gaming. Just bought a gaming PC for $400 plus a monitor equals to about $500 to get a good PC gaming computer that plays my games in HD and also serves as my media center, schoolwork, online videos, much more bang for the buck than a console.  I like the console for racing games or quick play and quit after an hour of gaming on a console. My little bro “buys the new Call of Duty game every year!!!” for the console because the community is just not there to support… Read more »

JESUS23
JESUS23

PC gaming is the ultimate in FPS, true hardcore gaming. Just bought a gaming PC for $400 plus a monitor equals to about $500 to get a good PC gaming computer that plays my games in HD and also serves as my media center, schoolwork, online videos, much more bang for the buck than a console.  I like the console for racing games or quick play and quit after an hour of gaming on a console. My little bro “buys the new Call of Duty game every year!!!” for the console because the community is just not there to support… Read more »

1080p/60fps or bust
1080p/60fps or bust

Someone believes that his 360 is more powerful than a PC I can build for $250?  Nonsense.  In fact, for $400, I could build a PC that will beat the new round of consoles, and right now…why wait?  For $600…forgetaboutit. 🙂

If you’re not getting at least a 560ti-equivalent GPU in your new console (note that a 560ti currently costs $250), then it isn’t worth $600…period…because it will take at least that much power to run games at 1080p with noticably higher textures and geometry, even at 30fps (which, of course, the games are guaranteed to run at [as consoles cheat]).

Nick Anteau

i still love pc and console games. the pc is already over 5 generations ahead in terms of graphics in current consoles. but graphics arn’t everything. i still play lots of older games on pc and ps2, n64, ece. these games had better stories, gameplay, and single-player value. so if the new consoles come out, they will probably be all about graphics, and i won’t bother buying one

Mike Rees

PC gamer here – stopped caring about consoles long ago. The best games don’t need good graphics – I’ve had more fun on minecraft than even on the current gen console games I do enjoy. League of Legends is another great example of why PC gaming is more my thing – I’ve thrown my life away to that game.

Mike Rees

PC gamer here – stopped caring about consoles long ago. The best games don’t need good graphics – I’ve had more fun on minecraft than even on the current gen console games I do enjoy. League of Legends is another great example of why PC gaming is more my thing – I’ve thrown my life away to that game.

Disseirie Hernandez

Who gives a flying crap -__- 

I don’t care what I play on as long as I play and the graphics don’t really matter to me, what matters is the game I paid $60 bucks for better have an awesome story, and maybe some long hours of gameplay.

Colin Mcsperritt

Jonathon, I’m a regular Joe and I DO play those games on the PC because for me it’s actually cheaper and the games look and run better, plus I like not being forced to use a controller for everything.

Jonathan Robinson

This is to PC gamers…  Do you think the regular joe would rather play games like Madden, CoD, GTA, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, etc. on PC instead of home consoles?

Jonathan Robinson

This is to PC gamers…  Do you think the regular joe would rather play games like Madden, CoD, GTA, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, etc. on PC instead of home consoles?

Timothy Larkin

I can’t believe that people still think that the environment needs saving. This is after years of global cooling and after the exposed fraud committed by the IPCC. There has always been zero evidence of man-made climate change. Anyways, there is not a single PC game that looks better than console games at a fundamental level. This is the problem with PC gaming. The PC may be many times more powerful, but developers don’t push PC hardware. Mods are for the hardcore PC gamer. They are essentially tech demos which require expert skill to apply. The PC has two huge… Read more »

Roberto Fonseca

meh I’m not so sure if future PC gaming will be as expensive as it is now. I have a “runs everything maxed at at least 720p (and I’m including Crysis 2 with directx11 patch)” rig which cost me 400 euros (100 more than a ps3), I paid 100 euros more and got an 8x more powerful gaming rig. I reckon in the near future, gaming pc’s will be so accessible, acessible price and easy to assemble, that consoles will just start falling back until they ultimately have to go seek a different market lol

Roberto Fonseca

meh I’m not so sure if future PC gaming will be as expensive as it is now. I have a “runs everything maxed at at least 720p (and I’m including Crysis 2 with directx11 patch)” rig which cost me 400 euros (100 more than a ps3), I paid 100 euros more and got an 8x more powerful gaming rig. I reckon in the near future, gaming pc’s will be so accessible, acessible price and easy to assemble, that consoles will just start falling back until they ultimately have to go seek a different market lol

Its Ma Ec

Of course current high-end PCs will be more powerful than PS4 and 720.
So unless PS4 and Xbox 720 launch at $599 expect the graphics to be a good improvement from current consoles but the price to about $400-$450. Sony and MS will have to innovate in other areas for the next generation like the controls or connectivity.

Its Ma Ec

Of course current high-end PCs will be more powerful than PS4 and 720.
So unless PS4 and Xbox 720 launch at $599 expect the graphics to be a good improvement from current consoles but the price to about $400-$450. Sony and MS will have to innovate in other areas for the next generation like the controls or connectivity.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nice response, from someone who clearly had nothing but fanboy bull$hit to add to the conversation.  Yeah, elitist would be rattling off how much more badass my PC is than the consoles, instead, I tossed up small games that require very little performance-wise, but are quite addicting and fun.

Poor insecure little console fanboy, can’t admit he knew nothing of what he was talking about. 

Mike Pursey

PC’s will always be more powerful than consoles, but will also always have more hassles to deal with in terms of getting hardware and software to mesh. For those with the time, knowledge, and money, PC’s will always offer a better gaming experience. But for the average gamer, who just wants to throw a game disk in and play, (and there’s nothing wrong with that) consoles offer the easiest and most convenient option. I can’t see this dynamic changing any time soon.

Anonymous
Anonymous

to say the truth as a console gamer day to day i become more addicted to pc games…..BUT when the next consoles release i am 100% sure that pc will be used for all other things than gaming…..

Subhasis Goswami

do you know what…there is one thing that Console owners will never have ……FREEDOM.

Sedric Walker

They are too far away.  New PC coming in this week.

chase dfgdfgfdg

Oh I don’t just yawn, I laugh.

Trey Taylor

Bob, as far as I remember. Oblivion looked better on my PC when it was released versus my Xbox 360. I still love my 360. But consoles cannot do everything I want to play and saying the PC doesn’t have great titles is a statement for the dumb. I hope the next gen systems are great. Because it will set the bar as another comment stated for all games to be developed for.

Trey Taylor

Bob, as far as I remember. Oblivion looked better on my PC when it was released versus my Xbox 360. I still love my 360. But consoles cannot do everything I want to play and saying the PC doesn’t have great titles is a statement for the dumb. I hope the next gen systems are great. Because it will set the bar as another comment stated for all games to be developed for.

Trey Taylor

Bob, as far as I remember. Oblivion looked better on my PC when it was released versus my Xbox 360. I still love my 360. But consoles cannot do everything I want to play and saying the PC doesn’t have great titles is a statement for the dumb. I hope the next gen systems are great. Because it will set the bar as another comment stated for all games to be developed for.

Bob Wiley
Bob Wiley

PCs never have as good of graphics as consoles until many years later. PC development makes less and therefore gets less money so the budgets are usually totally different unless it’s a multi platform game…or maybe you’re blizzard. + PC gaming has tons of overhead and is inefficient compared to consoles that don’t have operating systems and APIs translating their code to hardware calls. A console can do more with less hardware power than a PC because it has no overhead. Everthing in the box is about gaming only. When 720 comes out it will destory PC games of that time… Read more »

Syed Azmain
Syed Azmain

I am a PC gamer, and yeahh i’m not really excited about it

Nelson

another artice that shows that pc gamers are all just graphics whores and console players play for the gameplay

Anonymous
Anonymous

PC gamers should be begging for new consoles because games are designed for the weakest system. Right now, that’s consoles. Better consoles means actual dx10 and 11 games on pc and being back to the 2-3 year old pc being the minimum spec.

Unless microsoft and sony are stupid, both new systems will have SM5.0 GPU’s. Consoles need to be as future proof as possible, and supporting the latest tech now is the best way to stay relevant 5-8 years from now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

PC gamers should be begging for new consoles because games are designed for the weakest system. Right now, that’s consoles. Better consoles means actual dx10 and 11 games on pc and being back to the 2-3 year old pc being the minimum spec.

Unless microsoft and sony are stupid, both new systems will have SM5.0 GPU’s. Consoles need to be as future proof as possible, and supporting the latest tech now is the best way to stay relevant 5-8 years from now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I primarily game on my PC, but own a PS3 for Sony exclusives that I played when I was younger.  I always yawn at console performance.  But, there’s really no reason why anyone should expect console hardware to ever…ever…match with a PC. The 360/PS3 were screwed from launch, in that regard.  For some…crazy reason, both Microsoft and Sony allowed their machines to be designed with DX9 hybrid cards, when a few months later, nvidia officially launched the DX10 compliant 8800 series GPU’s.  Considering nvidia made the PS3’s hybrid GPU, Sony was most certainly aware of the 8800 series/DX10 in advance.… Read more »

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