Crytek CEO: Next-gen consoles won't beat current PC hardware

While there's a lot of excitement about the launch of next-gen consoles later this year, gamers already have a way to buy something that, at least in terms of performance, should be able to surpass that of even future generation consoles.

Eurogamer.net reports that Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli knows what's inside the consoles that will be launched by Sony and Microsoft in 2013 but can't talk about them due to an NDA. He did say:

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. So, given consumer pricing, and given the cost of production of a gamer PC and the amount of watt of power it needs, which is like a fridge, it's impossible.

Of course, game consoles are going to be much cheaper than a high end gaming PC, which also means only a few people will be able to afford such hardware. For those that do, they will be able to run Crysis 3, due out on Tuesday, with tons of DirectX 11-based features.

Some PC gamers might have issues running Crysis 3 on their PCs with all of the effects turned on. Yerli stated:

Crytek is probably the only company where you read forums and YouTube, people are excited if they can't run the game. I don't think it's like that at any other game company. Our graphics programmers said, 'we're going to give them a game they can't run any more.'

Source: Eurogamer.net | Image via EA

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Next gen will be "good enough" for the vast majority, hell many are happy now. That said, my new rig is only running a single GTX660 and replaying games like METRO 2033, AC3 and Farcry 3 are like completely different games because with all the effects and resolution cranked up it becomes so much more immersive. Bottom line, even the clueless will thank those that pressure console makers to use the best hardware available

Jaybonaut it says "Some PC GAMERS might have issues running Crysis 3 on their PCs with all of the effects turned on" not games hahaha.

Think id prolly have to drop some cash on the 8xxx series or wait for the high end 7xxx series to drop in price a bit before i can have the power to run crysis 3 at max settings with 0 slow down

It's obvious that the hardware won't be better than what you put into a high-end PC. The point of a gaming console is convenience and affordability. Also, the difference in specs is offset by benefits of a closed-hardware platform. Developers will be able to squeeze more performance out of a console than a PC with similar specs.

Very true, it's a massive advantage that the hardware isn't going to change. Everything can be optimized to the maximum, and every device is the same, so it will always run at the intended level.

There's also the fact that things are inherently more fair, due the same hardware. I don't play shooters so much anymore, but I remember having a hilarious advantage in Battlefield 2142 where having a better PC meant better draw distance, meaning I could snipe people from outside their view range

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Crytek is probably the only company where you read forums and YouTube, people are excited if they can't run the game. I don't think it's like that at any other game company. Our graphics programmers said, 'we're going to give them a game they can't run any more.'

^This made my whole week. XD

No duh.

...but also, what does this mean:

'Some PC GAMES might have issues running Crysis 3 on their PCs with all of the effects turned on.'

The console gaming market has zero--ZERO--interest in appealing to the sort of niche that would be willing to drop $3000 on a gaming rig.