Often times consoler's claim that buying a high end PC hardware will not be worth it as games later on in the console generation will not look or work better than the same game running on the same console years done in the console life cycle. As stated by some in my other thread where I posed the question which one is better investment $400 AMD R9 290 or $400 PS4. So, let's take a look at if the claim that PC Gaming hardware will not be up to snuff 7 years down a consoles life cycle. The 8800 GTX was released in the same month in the same year 7 years ago in November 2006 and they both cost in the $600. Let's see how each one performs 7 years later.
First the specs.
Now, the PS3 runs most of it's game at 720P or lower. Where as the 8800 GTX is running many games released during PS3's console life cycles at 1080P. It could run games such as Left 4 Dead (maxed out) at 1080P, 35+ FPS in Assassins Creed in 1080P. Almost 60 FPS in Bioshock at 1080P. Almost 60 FPS in Mass Effect at 1080P. These are just some of the games that the 8800 GTX can push at 1080P, games that PS3 can only dream of running at 1080P and I am pretty sure there are more.
Even newer games like BF3 it could run it at Ultra High. Far Cry 3 @ 720P while getting nearly 60 FPS. Hitman Absolution at 720P at near 60 FPS. Even the newest Tom Raider at 1680x1050 at Normal Settings and at close to 60 FPS in some cases without FRAPS. The PS3 could only dream of running Tomb Raider at 1050P.
And in the interest of discretion I myself have PS3 80 GB and I think it's a sleek and sexy console, easily the best looking console, this gen as well as last gen. But let's face it the 8800 GTX is all over the PS3 as it could run dozens and dozens of games at 1080P and or higher resolutions that the PS3, same thing applies to the Xbox 360.
I have to give it to nVidia, The 8800 GTX was one stunning piece of engineering, the performance bar it raised was absolutely staggering, I would rate it as one of the 3 best GPU ever released in the history of GPU's in terms of the impact it had along with the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro released in 2002 and along with the 3DFX Voodoo 2 released in 1998.
So, who want's to claim that the AMD R9 290 will not be relevant in 7 years time vs the PS4? I am willing to bet it will especially since it's already pushing 4K graphics RIGHT NOW. A resolution the PS4 can only dream of.