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Crytek : PC a Generation Ahead of Consoles

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Crytek boss Cevat Yerli reckons that PC’s are already a generation ahead of consoles, and that developers’ focus on consoles is holding back advancements in PC gaming technology.

Of course these sort of comments happen towards the end of each generation of consoles, and it’s usually the time when platform holders start showing off their future wares. This time it’s a little different though; with Microsoft’s focus on Kinect, and Sony’s 3D push for the current gen it doesn’t look like new consoles will be coming  out any time soon.

“As long as the current console generation exists and as long as we keep pushing the PC as well, the more difficult it will be to really get the benefit of both,” he told EDGE magazine.

“PC is easily a generation ahead right now. With 360 and PS3, we believe the quality of the games beyond Crysis 2 and other CryEngine developments will be pretty much limited to what their creative expressions is, what the content is. You won’t be able to squeeze more juice from these rocks.”

“I generally think it’s still developers’ mentality [to blame],” he added. “A lot nowadays don’t consider PC a big issue any more; their [sales] expectations are nowhere near what they are for the console versions. Until the PC market creates comparable revenues, companies are not going to spend enough on the PC SKU of a game.”

The German developer is busy with Crysis 2 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, which is due for release next March.

Source : CVG

Last Updated: November 26, 2010


  1. Fox1

    November 26, 2010 at 10:16

    With PC though you are always chasing technology advancements constantly.


  2. Eet

    November 26, 2010 at 10:21

    Second that


  3. lordkhaan

    November 26, 2010 at 10:24

    Out of all the options out there, PC is still my best platform, even though its painful always trying to keep up to date with new tech.
    It just offers so much more in terms of playability when you look at games like Dragon Age, Fallout series or anything that allows for the games to be modded.
    It is sad to see that consoles have taken over the market place. But I can understand why, its simple put in a disc and go. no worries about configs or conflicts with hardware. For the guys that simply dont care about that stuff, or dont have the savvy to worry about it, it makes sense….


  4. spl0it

    November 26, 2010 at 10:30

    I love being part of the lowest common denominators


  5. easy

    November 26, 2010 at 10:31

    true but consoles will always be lagging behind. double edged sword… if you want to be the on the bleeding edge, go pc and if you are unwilling to spend that sort of money, go console.

    if i had the inclination to waste time and money i would choose a pc over a console any day.


  6. Fox1

    November 26, 2010 at 10:53

    @easy- I still think that our consoles are due for an upgrade. They are not delivering Full HD games like we were expecting whereas a R1500 GPU will do Full HD with ease when coupled with a mediocre Quad CPU and 2gb RAM.


  7. easy

    November 26, 2010 at 11:06

    i totally agree, and reckon we will be hearing about the new gen consoles sooner rather than later despite the 10yr cycle they claim.
    the 360 and ps3 will just become the new ps2.

    whatever happens, the fidelity of pc’s graphic is hard to ignore, especially with 4k looming.


  8. Fox1

    November 26, 2010 at 11:20

    4k is teh awesomeness 😎


  9. PCL

    November 26, 2010 at 13:08

    Yeah PC will always be king in terms of advancement and configuration.
    Unfortunately as with all things in life, money talks and the rest walk…


  10. Steve Hofmeyr

    November 26, 2010 at 13:40

    Excuse my ignorance but what is 4k? Sounds interesting.


  11. Ladunia

    November 26, 2010 at 14:07

    Honestly brother, I spent R6000 buying a very good PC at the beginning of the year, which is a lot of money, but I only spent about R2800 on 7 games since then. All of them have been online and have lasted for an extremely long time due to PC’s Dedicated Server infrastructure and local support.

    If I bought a console instead of the PC it would be R3500 for the console, R700 x 7 games and a 12 month XBL for R400.

    PC = R8800
    Console = R8800

    So is it really that expensive? No.

    I think that the view of PC Gaming as being expensive has been nailed into console owners head’s so hard by forums, media and console developers that they don’t even think about it anymore and write it off as a non-option.

    That is all.


  12. easy

    November 26, 2010 at 14:18

    @ steve – 4k refers to resolution, but it’s mostly used in high end camera’s like the arri alexa, red and so on. but it’s creeping into the mainstream.

    you only basing on one year, a console will last for at least 4-5 years (ermm rrod). and anyway, there is a big difference between a R6k machine and a R20k gaming rig. some gpu’s alone weigh at R10k.


  13. Alki

    November 26, 2010 at 14:25

    i dont agree….thats absolute Bullshit…..the reality is there are so many defferent consoles and most pc’s are custom made so not everybody can afford a R5000 Gpu never mind a CPU!back in the day when the cell came out def waited till pc cuaght up and now def where forced to just get with the program….!


  14. GoldenSilver

    November 30, 2010 at 11:55

    The comparison between console and PC will never end, the matter of fact is that each platform suites a different life stile.

    For those with a hectic daily schedule a console is perfect, you get home spend some time with the fam, put kids to bed and spend a hour or 2 gaming in the lounge when every one is settled down, just pop in the disc, match make and off you go with your squad of elites to take the enemy flag. No hassle no fuss, trade in old games for a second hand one for when pay day is just out of reach. Have a couple of buddies for a braai, a quicke game of guitar hero while you wait for the fire to be just right.

    But for me my PC is my source of everything, tucked in my lil room,got winamp running while browsing the net, looking for patches updates, mods, tool kits to make my own, got some spare time to play around with settings and see how much I can change the game and add to it. My movies are just a click away,with a 5.1 setup I got a whole movie theater, when cash is low there are loads of good old school and not that old games on budget.

    Each is just suited for each persons life style. and old tech on a pc is surprisingly versatile, playing Stalker Call of Pripyat on my old 6600GT.
    My 8800 Blew 🙁


  15. ...squirrel

    December 7, 2010 at 09:53

    I agree with all the above statements, except that of money, whilst yes a goo pc is vastly more expensive than a xbox or pc you have to remember firstly a pc is only part gaming machine, it has many many more applications and uses than a consol ever will, and a major point in the argument for me is that consol games are almost (as far as it looks to me) gearedd entirely towards generating huge amounts of hype and then selling at stupidly high prices,

    sure you payed R3000 for your xbox while I payed R11 000 for my above average Pc, but the games I buy for R400 you’re buying for sometimes over R800, do the maths and 20 games down the line we have payed the same, and I can still Go on lazy gamer while putting songs on my ipod, looking at photos on facebook and chatting with my pal in austrailia with Skype

    oh and I have 47 games in my cubbord, most of which I only payed R300 rand for, also with services such as steam the convieniance offered by my Pc far out matches anything a Xbox or PS3 could give me,

    that said I still see the appeal behind consoles, the pure hassel free bugless and never failingness is perfect when you coulldnt be bothered with nonscence, and If i was rolling in it I would be a proud owner of all three, simply because they are all unique in their own way and all provide a diffenrent experiance, for me, considering I have to make the choice, Pc takes it, simply because its more than a gaming machine, but to each his own, as long as you are having fun thats all that really matters :biggrin:


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