Thankfully, both the new consoles have received beefed-up specifications that will only help to give game visuals a much-needed boost, driving development forward with this being a good thing for both console and gaming PC owners.
However, while the new consoles are significant leaps ahead in terms of raw processing power and design from their predecessors, it may come as a surprise that PCs are already much more powerful and capable of producing even better graphics in games.
So in terms of raw processing power, even comparatively low-end PC processors are actually just as fast or faster than the PS4 and Xbox One, which sports a similar specification. However, it’s the graphics side of things that’s of more interest. AMD has designed custom Radeon GPUs for both new consoles, but both are similar to AMD’s Radeon HD 7870 – a mid-range graphics card that following the release of AMDs latest range of graphics cards such as the R9 290X, is now comparatively old when it comes to the hardware available for the PC.
Then there’s the issue of 4K. PC’s are already gaming happily at 4K – the successor to 1080p or HD, and while you need a pretty pricy PC to do it – easily seven times the price of a PS4, this will come down drastically in future as PC hardware manufactures gear their products to deal with the new ultra-high resolution.
For me though, the PC is still the ultimate gaming platform and thanks to its support for 4K, regular hardware launch cycles and the continuing support of game developers, I can’t see my view changing any time soon, especially as the knock-on effect of the new console launches will mean PC game graphics will get even better in future.
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