Next consoles a generation ahead of PCs

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The next generation of consoles are pretty much current (mid-range) PCs in term of architecture – but according to EA, they’re a generation ahead of even the highest-specced current gaming PC. that’s according to EA’s Chief Technology Officer Rajat Taneja – who took to LinkedIn (of all places) to extol the virtues of the next generation of consoles.

He says that the architecture and lower level access make the next gen systems  “one (?) of the most compelling platforms to reimagine game mechanics”.

“Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have adopted electronics and an integrated systems-on-a -chip (soc) architecture that unleashes magnitudes more compute and graphics power than the current generation of consoles,” Taneja says

“These architectures are a generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market and their unique design of the hardware, the underlying operating system and the live service layer create one of the most compelling platforms to reimagine game mechanics. Our benchmarks on just the video and audio performance are 8-10 times superior to the current gen.”

So next-gen will be ten times more powerful than current gen, and more powerful than high end PCs. Is this dude on crack, or does he know something we don’t? For reference, Epic’s Mark Rein has called “bullshit” on the statement.

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While I have no doubt that the next consoles will treat us to some arresting eye-candy, saying that it’s “a generation” ahead of high end pc’s is just stupid.

Last Updated: May 24, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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