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Consoles Can't Match PC Graphics, Says NVIDIA

How often have we heard this? A lot. Well, now you're gonna hear it again. NVIDIA's Tony Tamasi spoke in a recent interview regarding graphics cards and he made a rather interesting statement, which I'm sure will sound pleasing to PC gamers. He basically said: "It’s no longer possible for a console to be a better or more capable graphics platform than the PC."

One of his main arguments is that console manufacturers simply don't have the financial means to compete in this particular area.

By the time of the Xbox 360 and PS3, the consoles were on par with the PC. If you look inside those boxes, they’re both powered by graphics technology by AMD or NVIDIA, because by that time all the graphics innovation was being done by PC graphics companies. NVIDIA spends 1.5 billion US dollars per year on research and development in graphics, every year, and in the course of a console’s lifecycle we’ll spend over 10 billion dollars into graphics research. Sony and Microsoft simply can’t afford to spend that kind of money. They just don’t have the investment capacity to match the PC guys; we can do it thanks to economy of scale, as we sell hundreds of millions of chips, year after year.

It does makes sense. Now let's hear it for the PC master race.


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Mr. Furious Sep 24 2013, 08:03 am EDT
260077 Sep 24 2013, 08:47 am EDT
The 360 was the last console to actually match or surpass high end gaming pc's in 2005 to mid 2006. And it was the first to use unified shader based gpu on the market. In Nov 2006 the PS3 was released with a gimped G70 based gpu (ie Geforce 7800). However that same time frame as the PS3 Nvidia release the almighty 8800GTX which was nearly 3x faster then the 360 or PS3. Ever since then those consoles have been left in the dust.
Now fast forward to 2013 MS and Sony are playing it smart by using whats available to fit their budgets and not taxing the power and heat limits of the console chassis's. We are not seeing the same performance ratio like we seen the the 360/PS3 this time around. The X1 and PS4 are sporting low tdp based cpu's with entry to mid tier gaming gpu's from last year.
On the AMD front a 5870 can out perform the X1 and is slightly slower then PS4 gpu. And from Nvidia GTX 570 is on par with the PS4 performance wise. Memory usage is a different matter alot of those gpu's able to match or surpass those gpu's wont have enough memory for the assets for future games.
Doomsday. Sep 24 2013, 10:23 am EDT
Avus Sep 24 2013, 10:35 am EDT
Nvidia definitely will NOT say this if nvidia in one of the future console...
barasawa Sep 24 2013, 11:11 am EDT
By the time a console comes out, PCs have access to the same or better graphics chips.
The advantage consoles have is uniformity. Any particular model is the same as all the other of that model, while PCs can vary wildly. Because of that uniformity, the software for the console can be tweaked to get the most it can out of that platform.
PCs aren't as optimized as consoles, but they tend to have a whole lot more raw power and resources to play with.
The end result is that a console game early in the life cycle of that console may be more impressive than the offerings on the PC, but it never lasts. Before long, the PC software easily surpasses the consoles.
This is a generality and there are exceptions, but for the most part, it stands.
  260077: All what you said does not apply to this upcoming gen…
moriwenne: I don't get this uniformity issue, I never did. Most …
Un Om Bun [STAFF] Sep 24 2013, 11:33 am EDT
Damn straight ! I can't take any console gamer seriously. I'd love to, but it's just not possible.
  Vader: You'd love to? No you wouldn't.
DRAVNT Sep 24 2013, 11:36 am EDT
I've always been a PC gamer and (slightly) sneered in the console-tards direction. NOT out of any superiority complex (although there might be cause for such an attitude) but because it takes no complexity of thought to game.

I can't count how many hours I've invested in modding, tweaking, modeling, LAN/PC troubleshooting, building PCs, etc. my PC and/or game files to get maximum results or to alter style of a game.

I ended up getting a job as an IT contractor because of my love of PC gaming and PC experience.

IMNSHO, PC gamers are a "master race" because of what it TAKES to game and what you can do with the platform.

Doomsday. Sep 24 2013, 01:23 pm EDT
Rafal Sep 24 2013, 02:34 pm EDT
I've always only played PC games. Last year my brother convinced me to split a ps3 with him. I figured I don't care for it but if he wants it, I can pay a half because I'm such a nice guy.

Then The Last of Us came out, and I no longer feel like I did him a favour.
  Vader: There you go.
im_stardust Sep 24 2013, 02:51 pm EDT
That's what Nvidia WOULD say.
Vader [STAFF] Sep 24 2013, 03:50 pm EDT
This post was worth it just because of Zero Punctuation's lovely image :)

I've been waiting for an opportunity to post it, and this was perfect.
Whisky Sep 24 2013, 04:21 pm EDT
I wish they made the consoles modular and upgradeable. Give me an "ultra" graphic option and a plug in graphic card upgrade for a console.

Eh having just typed that out, I dunno...
  Vader: If consoles were upgradable they'd be PCs.
Terminator Sep 24 2013, 06:03 pm EDT
Nvidia is just angry that AMD got the contract for BOTH consoles :)

On a serious note, this isn't news at all. The PC will ALWAYS be more powerful than consoles. No need for Nvidia to beat their chests and brag about it....
touretul Sep 24 2013, 11:57 pm EDT
the consoles are just a marketing device. a way to milk more money from customers by creating the illusion that they pay less. they're not paying less. they pay more but in rates with every game they buy.
  Vader: In order to play the latest PC games you need to purc…
Vader [STAFF] Sep 25 2013, 12:47 am EDT
Oh I see. And the PC isn't a marketing device for, I dunno, say, hardware?
  touretul: how many producers you have in a PC? in the case of c…
Morkrul Sep 25 2013, 03:54 am EDT
everything is a marketing device nowadays.
i'm with doomsday on this one
and finally, the image of zero punctuation was masterfully put
(and it reminds me of superastic, it's been quite some time since i saw him around here)
moriwenne Sep 25 2013, 04:31 am EDT
So many people own a pc and a console...I do as well. Most people just don't know how vocalize what they really like and want and we end up with these pc vs console wars.
The reality is quite simple. Good games are the goal. Good story, great gameplay. That comes about no matter what platform they are build for. To that we want to add the best graphics possible and controls. I would like all my console games to have the best graphics, PC graphics, that can't be that hard to understand? I avoid strat and fps games on consoles because I prefer the keyboard and mouse for those types of games.
How is this not everyone's opinion? Silly war.


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