The lights are on
In a recent interview with Nikkei, Mark Cerny detailed some of the powerful elements of the PS4. First and foremost, the acclaimed developer and lead architect for Sony's next generation home console reinforced that developing for the platform will be extremely easy. While this certainly improves on one of the PS3's shortcomings, improved design isn't all that Sony is counting on.
Cerny mentions the great developer feedback received on the console's "supercharged PC architecture." Some of the features he cites to support the bombastic moniker are high speed data relay between the CPU and GPU, reduced writing to and from cache, and GPU pre-processing handled by the CPU. As we know, the PS4 will also come loaded with 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM, which will offer developers versatility.
On the hardware side of the equation, Sony is touting the console's developer-friendly design and raw power as major selling points up front. We're looking forward to seeing more of the titles shown at the February reveal, along with the slew of unannounced games that we have no doubt are in progress as we speak. Until Microsoft decides to pull the curtain back on its own next generation plans, the stage belongs to Sony. We're eager to put the two consoles side-by-side, and we're pretty sure you are, too.
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Well, if the developers are impressed, then I too shall be impressed with what the PS4 can offer to not only gamers, but to developers and game companies as well.
Ahh. It's good to be living in the future.
I too am looking forward to seeing both next gen consoles side by side! Until that happens, all this is fluff and PR! Proof is in the pudding! Release them already and let's see which one can dance!
Show me the console!!!
Supercharged PC architecture = Blast Processing
Can't wait to make my PS4 reservation.
Will it kill my console killer PC? I just really want Sony to do well here.
I've been a console gamer ever since I got my hands on my first video game, and recently I've been wanting to switch over to PC because of many personal reasons (*cough* DayZ *cough*), and even I find this "superchraged PS4" hype to be a bunch of hooplah. It sounds like they're making it out to be a competitor with high-end gaming PC's, which I'm sure it's far from. Instead of trying to compare your new console to a wicked awesome PC, Sony, you should remain in your ballpark and start beef with Microsoft's new product. Because anyone who knows anything about PC's is most likely hysterically laughing at your "supercharged PC".
I honestly don't know if I'll be upgrading to a PS4 anytime soon. Since I'll be entering college I probably won't have the cash to do so, and I currently think I'd rather just switch to PC gaming, since the majority of games I own are on it (most of them are from the 90s - early 2000s).
The main factors for me when it comes to the "next generation" will honestly be price, the need for always online, and the ability to play used games, and backwards compatability. I'm an XBox fanboy right now, but I can see that easily changing in the "next generation" considering the only real reason I have stuck with XBox has been Halo and Gears. Last of Us has me once again wanting to pick up a PS3 though. Cannot wait until E3 to get the facts on the next XBox before I start to make my decision.