Anecdotal evidence suggests others who were present were as impressed as I was. That room was full of some rather jaded gamers, mostly guys and girls who plan on buying a Steam Box and are just getting paid to be there to report on Sony's desperate attempt to find relevance, or whatever their angle was supposed to be - yet during the demos there were audible gasps at the graphics on display. Just sayin'.
I amended my estimate to $1,200+ because I agree PC graphics are stupendous and there are great video cards and CPUs out there for not too much money that allow you to play games maxed out. Batman Arkham City is a piece of cake for my PC to render and looks completely flawless in 2D and 3D. I'm playing Need for Speed: Most Wanted on PC, it's my favorite game and is definitely the reason I put $600 into my PC a couple months back for a new power supply and video card. Drive Club looked much better that NFS: MW does, even at maximum quality setting, and Drive Club features the exact same cars. To me it was one of the most convincing comparisons that showed the PS4 was going to surpass the PC in sophistication. I was surprised the Watch Dogs demo was so obviously inferior to the PS4 native games. I know what good PC graphics look like, the PS4 was pushing past what most people have ever experienced.
I wonder how far we are from essentially perfect graphics. How many years before it becomes like it is with digital cameras, where the specs don't really mean anything and it's all about design, implementation, and the quality of your display.
Edited by imagic - 2/21/13 at 12:04pm
Originally Posted by T2k
Errr, no, you're wrong about that - playing a game on a dedicated ~$1200-1500 W7 machine is super-freakin' fluent with a single ($500-class) video card and it can already handle multiple 1440p monitors (eg Eyefiniti) which is a LOT more pixel than 4K (about +50%, off the top of my head, I think), not to mention that OpenGL (standard on Sony, I believe) is well behind of DX11.1, at least today.
I'm pretty sure Sony is trying to replicate PS3's Blu-Ray Trojan Horse operation with PS4 and UHD...