Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:26
I've seen plenty of big TVs out there which aren't 1080p - so while yes, 1080p screens are cheap, I'd hardly call it the de-facto standard across every TV.
Secondly, you say your PC will be at least double the horse-power of a next-gen console. While, in terms of raw horsepower you are correct. However, build a computer with 256MB system RAM, a CPU nearly a decade old, and an 256MB nVidia 7600 GT, and get it to run Battlefield 3, Crysis 1/2, or any AAA game in the last 2 years, at any resolution above 480p @ 30 FPS. Tru-fax: it's not going to happen. My point being is, while PCs are awesome at running the current-gen games at a graphical fidelity that will destroy any current-gen console, it costs more to begin with and costs even more to maintain that gap.
If you look at games like Halo 4, Battlefield 3 or Crysis 2 running on PS3/360, while they don't look as good as their PC equivalents running on max, the fact that 7 year old hardware is able to pull it out at all, while looking quite respectable, is very impressive. Consoles have longer legs then you think. 720p was the target benchmark for games this generation and it's only recently that games needed to pull off sub-720p to really squeeze out the maximum out of the console. Considering 1080p HD 3D is now the rumoured benchmark for games next-gen, who's to say that a few select games (here's looking at you, Virtua Tennis 5!) may even be able to pull off 4K without 3D?
I genuinely think the next generation of consoles are going to blow our socks off. RAM is becoming incredibly cheap - even 8GB of DDR3 1800Mhz RAM is under £40 and that's a high-end performance RAM at retail - built onto a mobo direct from manufacturing will be ridiculously cheaper. Graphics chips are getting a lot cheaper... I definitely forsee having a powerhouse console for under $500, easy. Given people are willing to buy tablets which do similar functions (but worse) for more then that, $499 is a reasonable target, which adds a lot of room for technology.
Anyway - I'm not worried about the next generation of consoles. Once they come out, people who want the best gaming performance without shelling nearly a grand on hardware will be heading for the consoles; Plus, next-gen hardware is going to make tablet gaming visuals look laughable, just watch.