Let's see... PC will always be ahead visually. The initial difference won't be as huge as present day of course: since current consoles are limited to 1280 x 720 with no AA, no AF, and they're just so far behind technically. The best looking console games look worse than Half-Life 2 on PC.
Next gen consoles will presumably be 1080p, and have some form of AA. If you stick to your 1080p monitor, then I assume that there won't be a big difference with most
games, since most developers don't give PC unique graphics features. The difference would then boil down to external image quality tweaks, like better AA, more AF, better ambient occlusion, downsampling, etc. However 1440p monitors will be dropping in price, which alone will once again put PC far ahead of consoles.
As years pass by, developers will begin to reach the limit with next-gen console hardware, and PC will again end up being so far ahead. It will end up being the same story as today, console games looking like garbage, although at that time it will only be relative.
This is all speculation of course, pulled from my ripe backside, but I bet you it will be mostly accurate. Let's not forget frame rate; I suspect sooner or later, most next-gen console games will once again be locked to 30 FPS. I personally find 30 FPS to be crap, I'm spoiled by PC and I want 60 FPS in everything. In a few years, when I have my Overlord Tempest X270OC and some ridiculously powerful video card, I'll want 120 FPS in everything. The frame rate advantage will always belong to PC.
Originally Posted by Wrend
There may be other, legitimate reasons for someone to want a "next gen." gaming console over a higher end gaming PC, but graphics isn't one of them.
Spot on, this shouldn't even have to be said.
So I guess the question is, should I game on my pc or PS4? Should I primarily game on pc, and just get PS4 for exclusives and unified multiplayer?
Exclusives are the only
thing a console could offer you. What do you mean "unified multiplayer"? I suspect multiplayer to be more or less the same deal on next-gen consoles; maybe
dedicated servers and an actual server browser will be the standard (I certainly doubt the latter), but even then I don't expect there to be lots of customized servers or specific servers, paid for by players.
Will we be able to kick players? Will we just be utterly powerless like on current consoles? After playing real PC multiplayer games, like Crysis and Crysis Wars with Server Side Mod, I just can't give up all those capabilities that certainly will not
be on next-gen consoles. There's nothing a console will offer in this regard.
The only reason to get a console is due to a number of unique exclusives (since we all have superior PCs already), and right now I see none on XBOX One or PS4. I'm sure PS4 will get a number of JRPGs, so if you're into that stuff, sure go for it. XBOX will probably just get more run-of-the-mill shooters that bring nothing new and don't warrant a console purchase. Sports games will probably still be mostly exclusive to console. XBOX will get Forza 5, PS4 will get GT6, but we'll all get Project C.A.R.S. so I no longer have any interest in console exclusives. Edited by boredgunner - 6/22/13 at 8:47pm