Originally Posted by lordikon
Only 50% faster is what scares me. To keep pace with Moore's law, next-gen consoles should be roughly 350% faster than current consoles. Imagine if you had been stuck at 512mb of RAM for the last 5 years, and you could just now upgrade to 1GB.
Now, the PC enthusiasts out there are probably saying "So what, doesn't affect my PC games", but it does affect PC games as many of you have seen over the last few years as developers have begun making multiplatform games that have specs targeting the console tech. If the new consoles come out and don't advance much then I fear that consoles will continue to stagnate many types of PC games for another 5-6 years. Some games wouldn't be affected much, like RTS and MMO genres, but major first-person shooters could easily be affected along with many other types. The rise of console gaming has been great for the gaming industry as a whole, and developers, because tens of millions of people who didn't play games before are now becoming casual gamers, more customers means more money, but for PC enthusiast gamers I see this continuing trend as a bad thing for them.
I don't really want to offend anyone, but next gen consoles can or will put a dent into PC gaming when it comes to graphics and optimization. Working on metal with high end equipment such as a 580 or 6970 will push consoles over the edge as far as smoothness and frame rate go for the first few years. Granted larger resolutions and newer hardware will emerge on the PC side, it wouldn't surprise me if some devs drop PC support like they have in the past when 360/PS3 was in it's growing stages.
The only reason I'm still a "PC gamer" Is due to competitive gaming. I could care less about BF3 and frostbite 2 looking better than goldsrc or modified Q3.