PS4: Managing Expections

The new Playstation has been announced and featuring a 8 Core CPU and PC like graphics card many people think why they should buy a PS4 when they got a high end PC already.

Here is the thing: the games on a PS4 will look better than on your PC, even if your specs are better on paper. Why?

Because on the PS4 you can fully utilize the graphic cards power without worrying about backwards compatibility or performance for small machines. You can go all in. On the PC this is not possible.

Want proof? Ask yourself why most XBox360 games look better than many of today's PC games although the XBox is now 6 years old. The reason becomes obvious.

Another thing you should not forget is that the hardware of the PS4 won't change much in the next few years so devlopers can fully commit to its features in the their pipeline, something which is not possible on the PC. Besides the development cycle of 2 years fits much better to a stable platform than on a moving one like the PC.

In other words the still-stand of PS4 hardware specs for the next 5+ years becomes an advantage, not a disadvantage.

Here is the funny quote on the link above: "The games looked amazing, but we’re skeptical that everything was gameplay. A lot of the videos seemed like target videos, examples of what the developers have in mind, rather than actual working games"

It was gameplay, real time rendering. 


  1. "It was gameplay, real time rendering."

    I remember Killzone 2, shown during the PS3 presentation, being prerendered...

  2. Most people did agree that it was all real time rendering.

    Except Square-Enix, who has shown the same target video that they did show a few months ago.

    I'm actually excited about all the promises they are making with the PS4, but also a bit skeptical about how the world will keep up to deliver these.

  3. I think the technical differences aren't that important anymore. Sure, the PC has a lot more overhead when calling into the graphis drvier, but in the end it's really about budget, time, and a good team. It's astonishing that there are "big" console games which actually look worse then their predecessors (i.e. RE6 vs. RE5, AC3 vs. AC2, etc...), if this trend continues, the new console hardware doesn't mean anything, except better "technical" image quality, but if your art sucks, a clean image doesn't help.

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  5. I fully misunderstood your meaning, thats why i deleted my comment first. ;-)

  6. "Except Square-Enix, who has shown the same target video that they did show a few months ago"

    FYI that video was rendered real time by a PC similar to the PS4 hardware.