Crytek: PS4 and Xbox 720 no match for PC
Crysis 3 makers say next generation console offers still lag behind desktop computing power.
As Sony prepares what could be its PlayStation 4 announcment later this week and Microsoft's rumoured to not be far behind, Crytek boss Cevat Yerli has said they don't hold a candle to modern PCs.
Restricted by non-disclosure agreements, the Crysis maker told Eurogamer that the raw computing power of PCs will still far outpace the new consoles and that it would be "impossible" for the next PlayStation or Xbox to match desktop gaming machines.
"Without breaking NDAs that are in place, realistically, from purely a price point perspective, it is impossible," he explained.
"It's impossible to package $2000-3000 into a mainstream, let's say $500 console. I'm not saying they are $500 consoles. They may launch a console at $2000, but the consumer pricing is usually much lower than that."
Given consumer pricing and average cost of a high-spec gaming PC, which he says also requires a fridge-like amount of power to run, Yerli says the consoles wont even attempt it.
Crytek has been gearing up to release its CryEngine 3, says its next game building platform was built with the next generation of consoles in mind and that these same calculations put the Xbox 720 and PS4 well behind PCs.
"We used Moore's Law," he said. "If you predict how hardware evolves at the current speed of evolution, and then take consumer pricing evolution, already two years ago you could see, whatever launches in 2013 or 2014 or 2015, will never beat a PC again.
I guess time will tell when DDR4 becomes the norm and AMD's 8000 series ships at the end of the year.