Hopefully whatever CPU/GPUs are chosen for the next-gen consoles, they're something the Fabs can reliably make. I'm guessing that going with Intel would've been too expensive, but they do seem to have their manufacturing process down pretty good.
Originally Posted by Lifeshield
Believe it or not current generation consoles already can do native 1080p (several games display in native 1080p) and multiple monitor setups (Forza). I get what you are saying though. It's something that needs to be a standard.
I'm standing by 5 series. While 6 series or above based GPU would be pretty awesome I don't think it's really a neccessity for a console. As long as it supports DX11 equivalent. I don't think they'll use more than 2gb of RAM either (Xbox 360 has like 512mb, lol). We'll soon see though. If it exceeds my expectations and is still affordable it will make me a very happy gamer, haha.
2GB might be a good boost initially, but 7-8 years from now that will be pretty dismal. I believe they'll go with at least 4GB, and hopefully 6-8GB. More RAM means less loading times, less hitching of framerate during loading, the capability for more players in a multiplayer game, and more objects on-screen/in-range, etc. RAM is the limiting factor in many ways with current consoles. Many thing that visual quality is all about GPU, but it's also about system RAM as well. For example a decreased draw distance also means a decreased distance at which things need to be loaded into memory. Some developers may be decreasing draw distance to get within the memory limits rather than to reduce the load on the GPU.
Also, don't think in terms of PCs. With PCs a game developer doesn't necessarily know how much free RAM a player will have, so they can't plan the architecture of the game and engine around it, but if they knew for a fact that they would have 5GB of RAM available to them at all times, they could now plan the engine to always cache game assets into the memory to improve the game experience. This can be done with a PC, but it's a lot more work to make an engine that has to work whether or not that cache exists than it is to make one that knows it exists. Someone difficult to explain in detail, but lets just say that even if the consoles come with 8GB of RAM, I think developers will find a way to use it.
Originally Posted by ghost2501
i will just say what everyone is thinking but console fanboys have denied for the last hmmm how long has it been since ps3 came out like 6-7 years lol, anyway who cares about how console games will look now We will finally see a bump up in quality for PC games yay~! Console fans just will not listen to reason that consoles are the lowest common denominator in game design so they suck from inception unless its a pc only game.
Some of the best games ever made have been console games.
Are you just mad that they don't care that you have faster hardware and are still having as much fun gaming as you are?Edited by lordikon - 10/27/11 at 4:38pm