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"Performance power and visual fidelity are not things that should be compared," CEO Cevat Yerli told NowGamer in an interview. Referring to a recent report by Nvidia, which states that its top graphics card is nine times the power of current consoles, he added. "Nine times more brute force power might not result in nine times more visual quality. It may, in fact, only result in 50 per cent more visual quality. Any benefit we get from increased hardware power today, is applied more and more to the finer details."
Source: http://www.nowgamer.com/news/1078039..._fidelity.html

A nice reaction from Crytek to the chart where NVidia showed how much more powerfull a GTX580 was compared to the GPU in a console. Finally someone with actual understanding of the matter replying to the "not backed up by anything" charts Nvidia fed the PC club.
Edited by Hukkel - 10/5/11 at 3:39am
 
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But then again, what is pretty? what is visually stunning? what is beauty?

All those words are relative.
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Gran Turismo 5.
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Sure, 10 times more power doing 10 more of the exact same work might only double subjective quality, but there are going to be better ways to spend that extra power.
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.."Any benefit we get from increased hardware power today, is applied more and more to the finer details."

He directly contradicts his earlier statements with this last sentence.

It's obvious he's just trying to defend his company's decision to take crysis to consoles. Crysis 2 should have been a giant leap forward in graphics technology. Instead, it didn't even measure up to Crysis Warhead.

Now we have games like Rage made by iD (who realize that you have to continue pushing PC technology in order to further the gaming industry as a whole) showing us the disparity between consoles and PCs in terms of graphics.


Another thing to keep in mind; 9x more processing power may only increase visual fidelity by 50% in Crysis 2, because the entire engine was designed to run on a console, whereas Crysis 1 was designed to run on a PC only. The engine is just as important as the raw processing power when making these comparisons.
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On the other hand, things like VRAM and system RAM contribute much more than just visual fidelity. New GPUs and processors don't just make games look much better, they allow bigger and more complex worlds, better AI, realistic physics, and more.

I'm more on NVIDIA's side of the argument for this one. Crytek doesn't seem too excited about pushing the boundaries anymore... sad.
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And for this reason we tessellate the water under the map!
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mhaneline View Post
.."Any benefit we get from increased hardware power today, is applied more and more to the finer details."

He directly contradicts his earlier statements with this last sentence.
You should read the entire article, not just the quote.
 
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It's obvious he's just trying to defend his company's decision to take crysis to consoles.
so true
 
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And for this reason we tessellate the water under the map!
After reading your post I imagined Cevat Yerli flying backwards as if hit by a mighty uppercut. K.O!
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