With the reveal of the PS4 and next Xbox just around the corner, rumors have been flying around as to how powerful each console will be. While some claim that both will feature ludicrous hardware that will outmatch even current gaming PCs, some have stated that the difference in power between Sony and Microsoft’s current generation will be marginal. Cevat Yerli, president of Crytek, recently stated that the next generation consoles have no chance of competing with gaming PCs when it comes to power alone.
When talking about Crysis 3 (which will be released tomorrow for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3), Yerli stated that the game looks better on a high end PC than next generation titles do on the upcoming consoles. The main reason for this is cost.
It's impossible to package $2000-3000 into a mainstream, let's say, $500 console. I'm not saying they are $500 consoles. They may launch a console at $2000, but the consumer pricing is usually much lower than that. So, given consumer pricing, and given the cost of production of a gamer PC and the amount of watt of power it needs, which is like a fridge, it's impossible.
Either way, Crysis 3 looks great on consoles, but it will be interesting to see how far ahead companies like Crytek and Epic Games push their technology, and what this could mean for the future of dedicated gaming consoles.