According to a report today from VG 24/7, Sony UK managing director Fergal Gara said the advancements in gaming from the PC world doesn’t look like a problem for the next-gen consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Gara, however, did say that Sony’s always keeping an eye out for potential threats, but the only thing the company knows for certain is that initial demand for the PS4 is “almost guaranteed to be exceptionally strong.”
“That’s based on pre-order numbers that we’re delighted with. They’re the best we’ve ever seen, so that gives us huge confidence,” Gara said.
The comments come just a day after Nvidia executive Tony Tamasi said next-gen consoles like the Xbox One and PS4 won’t be able to compete with the graphics capabilities of PC any longer.
Tamasi said Sony and Microsoft can’t afford to invest enough cash to keep up with PCs in terms of graphics, contrasted to Nvidia, which spends $1.5 billion a year on research and development.
By the end of the lifecycles of the Xbox One and the PS4, Tamasi said Nvidia would have spent roughly $10 billion on graphics research.
“Sony and Microsoft simply can’t afford to spend that kind of money,” Tamasi said. “They just don’t have the investment capacity to match the PC guys; we can do it thanks to economy of scale, as we sell hundreds of millions of chips, year after year.”
The PS4 launches in North America on Nov. 15, Europe on Nov. 29 and Japan in February. The Xbox One launches in the U.S. and 12 other –– mostly European –– markets on Nov. 22.