Originally Posted by ThumperII
Would you have said the same thing about the PS2 in 2005?
Sure. PS2 was an incredible console. Although, had I not been pretty hardcore into PCs back then, I'd still have liked what I saw in the PS3. However much of an overreach it may have been, and however difficult it may have been for developers, they were absolutely aiming for the sky with the PS3....I respect that, and I'm willing to pay for it. I'd love it if the PS4 packed twice the power that it does and retailed for $800, but thats just me. Still, I ended up primarily playing the 360 for the last few years, all my friends had already jumped on XBL, and the service was so excellent and easy to use (especially in a HT), that it completely won me over.
Also, why did the consoles just start using x86 now if it has been out since the '70s.
Well, these arent the first consoles to use x86....the xbox 1, errr.....first xbox (sigh, thanks for making this confusing MS) used an x86 chip.
A few reasons they're going with x86 now, in no particular order. Thanks to AMD's acquisition of Ati a few years ago, APUs (combined CPU/GPU) are finally a thing, and that combination can really shine on a fixed platform like a console. AMD has made great strides in power efficiency, further making their APU desirable. Intel still beats AMD hands down on that front, but their GPUs cant match AMDs, and as far as I know, IBM has nothing to offer on that front. If IBM could offer as perfect a solution as AMD is offering, Sony very well might have stuck with PPC. MS has a secondary motive in bringing their platforms together, and Windows always has been x86. Not to mention, devs are very comfortable with x86.....if there ever was any consideration to stick with IBM like nintendo did, that alone might have tipped the scales.
Basically, between the low power CPU cores and the industry leading GPU on a single chip, alongside a robust supporting chipset....AMD has a complete solution at a price no one else could match, both MS and Sony could see that plain as day. It just happens to be x86.