PS4 will out-power gaming PCs, according to Just Cause 2 devs

Published 
11 Mar 2013
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Avalance Studios' chief technical officer points to 8GB of RAM as being market-leading, and hints at the possibility of Sony adopting an incremental upgrade cycle

The chief technical officer of Avalanche Studios, the company behind popular open-world shooter Just Cause 2, has claimed that Sony's PlayStation 4 will out-power most gaming PCs for the foreseeable future.

Speaking in an interview with GamingBolt, Linus Blomberg explained that in the years since Sony and Microsoft launched their current-generation consoles PC hardware has evolved while the consoles have been staying still - resulting in console games being looked down upon as graphically inferior to their PC counterparts. Coupled with casual gamers looking towards mobile platforms, including Apple's popular iPhone, it's been a tough time for the industry.

The PlayStation 4, according to Blomberg, will change that. Apparently, the PS4 is "a perfect fit for the types of games we do, and we are confident that we’ll bring open-world gaming to a whole new level because of it. I'm glad Sony decided to go with 8GB RAM because it means that the PS4 will out-power most PCs for years to come." He also highlighted the various social features - including video sharing - that will come with Sony's next-generation platform.

Blomberg's claims are interesting: as the chief technical officer and co-founder of a highly successful games development studio, he knows what he's talking about - but with mid-range gaming PCs now coming with 8GB of RAM, even in small form factor machines like the Alienware X51, it's hard to reconcile his comments with the reality of the games industry today. Blomberg also appears to ignore the dramatic performance difference between AMD's various processor types, which have been chosen to power the PS4, and rival Intel's chips which are typically the choice of PC gamers.

However, Blomberg believes that Sony may have an answer to all these concerns: incremental updates, as with the PC industry. The use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components means, he claims, that Sony could update the hardware in the PS4 easily each year, allowing developers to create more graphically complex games that would still run on older PS4 hardware but at a lower graphical fidelity.

If that's Sony's plan, it would run counter to everything the console industry has done since its inception - and potentially annoy those who buy a console expecting it to last for around five years. Thus far, however, Sony has announced no such thing.

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