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Is my computer better than the PS4?

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June 23, 2013 6:37:08 PM

Here's my rig:
CPU: Intel i5-4760k
GPU: Radeon HD 7950 3GB
Monitor: 1920 x 1080, 60hz
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz

Can I outperform the PS4? Will I be able to play all the next-gen games in higher resolutions and graphical settings than the PS4?

Please help! I'm worried I didn't future-proof and I really don't want to have to dish out more cash on my PC. If I can't beat the PS4 (or the Xbox One, though I doubt that poses a threat), can you recommend any necessary upgrades.

Thanks!

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June 23, 2013 6:41:16 PM

yes it is better
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June 23, 2013 6:51:10 PM

How much better? Will I be able to run next-gen games a little better than PS4, or like the ultra settings equivalent
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June 23, 2013 6:54:37 PM

How can we know? The PS4 isn't released yet...

We may be damn good at Tom's Hardware, but we can hardly tell the future ;) 
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June 23, 2013 8:44:59 PM

Nick Blouin said:
Here's my rig:
CPU: Intel i5-4760k
GPU: Radeon HD 7950 3GB
Monitor: 1920 x 1080, 60hz
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz

Can I outperform the PS4? Will I be able to play all the next-gen games in higher resolutions and graphical settings than the PS4?

Please help! I'm worried I didn't future-proof and I really don't want to have to dish out more cash on my PC. If I can't beat the PS4 (or the Xbox One, though I doubt that poses a threat), can you recommend any necessary upgrades.

Thanks!


Not sure if youre trolling, but YES; from a hardware perspective, your system is "better" than a PS4. Most notably with the CPU (AMD Jaguar @ 1.6Ghz) and GPU (Most likely 7790 equivalent).

Thank heavens the next gen consoles are essentially mid ranged PCs...which hopefully means some SICK multi-platform titles for PC players. So glad developers wont be shooting for a hardware target made 7 years ago.
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June 24, 2013 1:35:33 PM

Theres no way the ps4 will have more than a 7950 at most they would get a 7850
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June 24, 2013 1:37:14 PM

The PS4 is thought to have the equivalent of a 7850, aiye. :p 
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June 24, 2013 8:16:11 PM

Be aware, that games for the PC will always be pushing the performance envelop. So system requirements will always increase since new hardware is always being released. Compare the system requirements of the average FPS game released this to one released 4 years ago. Since the PS4 and Xbox One will not get any significant hardware upgrade throughout it's lifetime, any game released 5 or 6 years from now for those consoles will be guaranteed to be playable (unless the developer truly messed up). The same cannot be said for PC games. What system did you have 5 or 6 years ago? Do you think it can play Metro Last Light, Crysis 3 or Hitman Absolution very well?

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June 24, 2013 11:25:14 PM

jaguarskx said:
Be aware, that games for the PC will always be pushing the performance envelop. So system requirements will always increase since new hardware is always being released. Compare the system requirements of the average FPS game released this to one released 4 years ago. Since the PS4 and Xbox One will not get any significant hardware upgrade throughout it's lifetime, any game released 5 or 6 years from now for those consoles will be guaranteed to be playable (unless the developer truly messed up). The same cannot be said for PC games. What system did you have 5 or 6 years ago? Do you think it can play Metro Last Light, Crysis 3 or Hitman Absolution very well?




I've never understood this, why is it if you take a high end PC now and a next gen console. Go 7 years later and the console can play games fine but the PC would barely play at low settings if at all? This is the one regret I have of buying a PC instead of next fen is the fact ill have to upgrade a lot :(  I don't want the best just the same performance as consoles is fine. Is that fine?
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June 25, 2013 12:29:14 AM

The hardware for console will never change. For however long the console survives game developers must develop playable for that fixed hardware. Basically a 1.6GHz 8 core AMD Jaguar CPU (not to be confused with Bulldozer or Piledriver) and a graphics card that is basically the equivalent to a Radeon HD 7850. Should the PS4 and Xbox One survive into 2020 they will have the same hardware.

Look back 7 years ago. How much has desktop PC technology has advanced? 7 years ago we still had the Pentium 4 / Pentium D / Athlon 64 X2. Imagine playing game with those machines today. Back then there were the Radeon HD 2xxx and Geforce GTX 8xxx series. They are weak compared to what is available today.

The world turns. Technologies advances. Game develop adopt new technologies to push not only better graphics but an overall better game engine which also allows for better AI. Of course, more powerful CPUs does not automatically mean more advanced AI. Look at Alien: Colonial Marine and Star Trek The Game; both had very buggy AIs.

Compare how games look and play today to games released back in 2006. Do you really think a game like Crysis 3 would look as good as it does back then and also be playable with the available hardware back then? Crysis came out in 2007 it was a game that could bring even the most uber gaming PCs to their knees back in 2007. So demanding and popular was the game that it continued to be to benchmark graphic cards as recent as 2012.

Could game developers create games capable of running on low spec PCs sure if they wanted to I suppose, but that means they are not taking advantage of the latest advances to develop better games from a technical point of view; i.e. graphics, physics, and AI.

In the end, if you do not want to have to upgrade the PC every year or two to play games at the highest settings, or even near high settings and get good performance at the same time, then just stick with the gaming consoles. All games developed for them will be capable of running on the static hardware. If a developer releases a FPS game where everyone will only get 15 FPS, I guarantee that game will not sell very well at all.



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June 25, 2013 7:06:44 AM

It would be great if someone did an experiment keeping a 3 way Titan SLI up to 2020 and see if the latest games can be played there. I believe that your rig will be able to play games 2 years into the future reducing the graphical settings. Besides there's no way a high end system built now will play the latest and greatest games for a whole generation , Here's why:

Take the GTX 295 , top of the line card 4-5 years ago. Still it can't play Crysis 3 since the card does not have Directx 11 support. Now , get a 7750 which is the worst gaming card you can get nowadays. It can play Crysis 3 just fine in 720p because it has Directx11 features.

When DX 12 only games are released 4 - 5 years from now , your 3 Way Titan SLI will be no good even if it has the power of 12 PS4 combined. If you want to make it through a whole generation without upgrading , I suggest waiting 2 years or 2.5 years. That's what I am doing , it sucks but I cant afford loads of hardware. In my opinion there is no point in building or upgrading right now. You will get the best hardware of a standard that will be obsolete in the near future because DDR 4 and GDDR6 are coming in 1.5 years tops.



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