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I am planning on changing my current graphics card to one GTX TITAN. Will my current PC be able to play next-gen console games well or is current PC hardware not powerful enough for that considering how well games are optimized for consoles compared to PCs? Is PC hardware available in the next few years needed to keep up with next-gen console games?

Note I said next-gen console games, not next-gen consoles.
 

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Since the next gen of consoles are PC-based, there will be much less optimization. You're better off saving on the CPU and getting a 3820 and two titans or even just two 680's. 3930k is overkill for any 2 GPU's much more for one.

However seeing as you have a 3930k already, get either a Titan or 2 680's, your choice
 

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Isn't a single GTX TITAN plenty for 1080p for even the most demanding games? At least that is what I've been told. Running a single 1080p 120 Hz monitor.

Secondly, I prefer single GPU over multi GPU. Willing to give up some fps for a smoother overall experience.
 

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^ Yes, a single Titan is by far better than any of the next gen consoles. The NextBox isn't even announced yet and I can tell you 100% that a Titan will trounce it.
 

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A PS4 will be running a 8 core Jaguar CPU with a Sea Islands GPU (IE HD7000 series) and will be closer to a A10 APU than anything else

Xbox 720/Durango is rumored to have a IBM PowerPC and a AMD Evergreen GPU (IE HD5000 series)

WiiU is running a IBM PowerPC called espresso and AMD GPU called Latte that's based on a HD4870

So yes a 3930k with a Titan even with all the background crap going on in a windows environment still overwhelms the consoles.
 

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Originally Posted by Sprkd1 View Post

Isn't a single GTX TITAN plenty for 1080p for even the most demanding games? At least that is what I've been told. Running a single 1080p 120 Hz monitor.

Secondly, I prefer single GPU over multi GPU. Willing to give up some fps for a smoother overall experience.
If you have lots of cash grab a titan. Its the single gpu king but for the money 7970 Xfire is a better value as is 670/680 SLI.
 

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^ Yes, a single Titan is by far better than any of the next gen consoles. The NextBox isn't even announced yet and I can tell you 100% that a Titan will trounce it.
While that is true in absolute specs, you can't directly compare console hardware to PC hardware. Console hardware is used differently than PC hardware because all a console has to do is just play the game. This is what I am worried about. Will current top-of-the-line PC hardware keep up with next-gen console games.

However, as phillyd stated, these next-gen consoles are basically PCs without Windows and whatnot. I guess that will make it far easier to port games to the PC?
 

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While that is true in absolute specs, you can't directly compare console hardware to PC hardware. Console hardware is used differently than PC hardware because all a console has to do is just play the game. This is what I am worried about. Will current top-of-the-line PC hardware keep up with next-gen console games.

However, as phillyd stated, these next-gen consoles are basically PCs without Windows and whatnot. I guess that will make it far easier to port games to the PC?
Hopefully, yes. Still, remember that consoles will likely continue to aim for 30 FPS. When they can significantly increase graphics quality by settling for 30 FPS, they will. Especially later in the consoles lifetimes when graphics are even better than today. If you want 60 FPS, you'll need twice the power.
 

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Since the next gen of consoles are PC-based, there will be much less optimization. You're better off saving on the CPU and getting a 3820 and two titans or even just two 680's. 3930k is overkill for any 2 GPU's much more for one.

However seeing as you have a 3930k already, get either a Titan or 2 680's, your choice
lol wut? they're PC based but still use the same console style coding, if anything they will be able to wring more out of the hardware this generation.

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^ Yes, a single Titan is by far better than any of the next gen consoles. The NextBox isn't even announced yet and I can tell you 100% that a Titan will trounce it.
I think the console to PC porting will be more taxing to PCs just because of the hardware upgrade of consoles. imHo Crysis 3 is a sign of things to come.
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While that is true in absolute specs, you can't directly compare console hardware to PC hardware. Console hardware is used differently than PC hardware because all a console has to do is just play the game. This is what I am worried about. Will current top-of-the-line PC hardware keep up with next-gen console games.

However, as phillyd stated, these next-gen consoles are basically PCs without Windows and whatnot. I guess that will make it far easier to port games to the PC?
Yep it will and my opinion on it PC hardware will be hit hard.
 

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Hopefully, yes. Still, remember that consoles will likely continue to aim for 30 FPS. When they can significantly increase graphics quality by settling for 30 FPS, they will. Especially later in the consoles lifetimes when graphics are even better than today. If you want 60 FPS, you'll need twice the power.
Sony is aiming for 1080p60 across the board. And why not with a the hardware under its belt and 8GB of GDDR5 ram.

Nintendo's Wii was 60FPS across the board and now the WiiU is up in the air but should achieve it fine.

MS no clue.

We need to remember a console is far lighter than any PC since its main purpose and OS was made to run just that hardware so its optimized, and later on its life with firmware updates become even more. And like you already stated in a consoles life with developers getting better and better at coding for it will have a much better looking game than when it launched.

IE Uncharted Drake's Fortune


The Last of Us
 

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Sony is aiming for 1080p60 across the board. And why not with a the hardware under its belt and 8GB of GDDR5 ram.
Nintendo's Wii was 60FPS across the board and now the WiiU is up in the air but should achieve it fine.

MS no clue.

We need to remember a console is far lighter than any PC since its main purpose and OS was made to run just that hardware so its optimized, and later on its life with firmware updates become even more. And like you already stated in a consoles life with developers getting better and better at coding for it will have a much better looking game than when it launched.

IE Uncharted Drake's Fortune


The Last of Us
Sony gave the developers free reign, 1080p60hz aren't mandated, it's been well documented that the PS4 can acheive those results and still look pretty though.

Alot of people don't realize that the PS4 will be more powerful than most PCs running a GPU under a GTX570/HD6950 (spec wise) and Devs have estimated the graphical fidelity will match what a HD7950 can do.
 

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Sony gave the developers free reign, 1080p60hz aren't mandated, it's been well documented that the PS4 can acheive those results and still look pretty though.

Alot of people don't realize that the PS4 will be more powerful than most PCs running a GPU under a GTX570/HD6950 (spec wise) and Devs have estimated the graphical fidelity will match what a HD7950 can do.
Yup that's true about all consoles. But we all know Sony's 1st party developers will aim for 1080p60 with as little quality lost for its time.
 
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