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Old January 28, 2012, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Desiato View Post
How well custom hardware might perform in a commodity Windows PC is irrelevant. The PC can be an awesome general purpose device, but it is always far from efficient. Console hardware is so tightly integrated that there are no reasonable comparisons such as "the Xbox 360 has the same power as a GTX xxx." Statements like that will only be true in vague, very general way and therefore are effectively worthless. How the hardware is utilized is too different.

PC gaming is a topic on its own. I don't believe that consoles "hold back" any PC games. There is no "what if" scenario; if gaming consoles didn't exist today, they'd be invented tomorrow to solve the abundant flaws in developing, supporting and playing games on a PC.

Don't get me wrong: I love PC gaming. But at the heart of PC gaming isn't Giant_Publisher_X, Big_Game_10 or GPU_10000GTXSETi. The heart of PC gaming is the freedom for devs and gamers to be disruptive by trying new things that may not be possible for purpose-built gaming hardware.
Again you completely ignore the fact that consoles are currently holding back many games. Look at Skyrim, it is a DX9 game and while looking good, it could be much better and should have been DX11. Mass Effect 3, is another one. If the consoles were of higher spec then it would be looking better (at least from what I have seen as they have decided to gear it towards the 360 for performance). Now the big issue isn't really that the consoles are lesser performance wise, it is that the developers design the game for the consoles then port to PC. If they went the other way and built for PC then ported to the consoles we could get the graphics that the high end PC is capable of and have it scaled down for lower end systems and consoles.

Our issue here with the rumors regarding the type of chip that the new xbox may use is that even with the low level access it will still be very much low powered and by the time it is released it will not even be competing with low to mid powered PCs. So again if the developers build the games like they are now with building on console and porting to PC, then we will certainly be suffering lower quality games than we should be getting. But then again if they can actually get their **** together and build for the highest end system and port down, we can all be happy.
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