Originally Posted by Anthony1
One of the big problems with "going PC", is the fact that you enter into a very expensive game of chicken. PC gamers have had it really, really good the last 4 or 5 years. Unless you were running a triple monitor setup in 3D or something, you could get by with not the greatest hardware, for a LONG TIME.
Unfortunately, those days are now over with. The arrival of Far Cry 3 late December, and now Crysis 3 and Tomb Raider, are showing tons of PC gamers that it's time again to upgrade. I spent about $900 building a gaming PC almost two years ago. I was fine with my rig up until Far Cry 3, Crysis 3 and Tomb Raider. For me to run those games, I would have to drop my settings way lower than I'd prefer. Even then, the games could be kinda choppy unless I jump to a new video card.
Why not just buy a new video card you ask ? Well, the thing is, I know that it's the island of diminishing returns. Sure, I can go get a new video card, for about $380, and it would hold me over for about year. Then, I'd need a new processor, motherboard, memory and another new GPU in a years time. That might hold me another two years, If I'm lucky. Then I'm upgrading again.... It's a never ending cycle, and a very expensive cycle. Basically, you almost have to think of it like this.... Every single year, you will spend almost $1,000 on PC hardware, give or take a few hundred. If you really want to stay cutting edge all the time, that's kinda the way it's going to have to be.
Yep. You can get by with a respectable PC for a while, but if you want performance you need to pay the big bucks for brute force. It's always been the case, and always will.
There's been a few misleading PC articles trying to compare the PS4 specs with a off the shelf parts PC, and they're not really true. they're actually downright shameful coming from websites and mags that know better, but find fueling the fanbois wars beneficial to their site clicks.
Rumors place the PS4 around $400-500, and they claim you can build a like PC for $1000. Well first off thats 2X as much for similar parts.
Then you run into the issue that much of the setup is not
possible on a PC (8 core APU, 8GB GDDR5 unified, offloading OS chipset, different API & coding to metal, ect). Once you actually look at the performance and the not totally unlike, but not actually like parts comparison, things change wildly. Now you're talking a $1500-2000 gaming rig minimum to get the same performance in Fall 2013 as a PS4!
Add to that driver issues, OS issues, minimum requirements, Dev's always adding perks to the highest end GPU's, ect. It becomes a headache for someone more worried about gaming than tinkering all the time.
Chasing Graphics is a fool errand, especially now that we're in good enough HD territory. Personally, it's a waste of money. Battlefield 3 on PC runs the same on a low end PC as a monster rig, and as long as you can get the same gameplay out of it, is it really worth the extra big bucks? If PS4 can do PC BF3 with a full map and 64 players, sign me up. All I want really is 1080P at 60FPS, even if it means some trade offs in fancy particle effects or lens flare.
That should be perfectly fine going by the specs for the PS4 pretty deep into the generation, with room to improve in all other areas of graphical fidelity.