When will PC games require more than 4 gb of Ram?

Do you think that PC games will require more than 4 gb of ram in the next 3-5 years? Seeing how the RAM requirements keep going up with games and ram is limited in 32 bit OS's, this could be a problem for game developers in the next 3-5 years? Sooner?

Could game makers be forced to make their games use less than 4 gb? Or will they require more for the best performance, forcing all PC gamers to upgrade their OS's to 64 bit systems?

I remember a couple years back people were saying that 2 gb of ram was overkill for the games. Now today 2 gb is required. People are now saying 4 gb is overkill. Therefore 2 years from now 4 gb may be needed for the best performance and a couple after even more.

I thought it was interesting and hadn't seen anyone talk about this with 32 and 64 bit OS's when deciding what to choose.
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  1. I'm going to school for VideoGame design and I will tell you now that Game makers will up the requirements and make you get top end systems to hang onto the game "Lifestyle." The game industry last year made more money than movies and music (not combined that I know of) and comes in second to Porn for the most money making industry so i imagine they now think they can do what they want.

    NOW as for requirements yes they will be going up and new game has raised the bar for the industry... Crysis. The games Graphics are great, but to experience the "Great" graphics you need a "Great" system. and in one year games like Crysis (Graphically) will be roaming the planet and frolicking. But as for NEEDING 4GB to run as a requirement it will be a long time Sir. MAYBE it will pop up for a recommended requirement or "IDEAL" requirement in the next 2-4 years

    I have 8gb of memory in my system... Should I? -No. Why do I? -I'm retarded. I also wont go below 4GB simply because my Vista Ult. x64 Idles at 1.24-1.76GB...
  2. Well, let's see... There are already games on the market which are capable of popping the 2GB cherry. So tell you what: I'm going to intentionally, and grossly, mis-apply Moore's Law - (which is about transistor density, not system requirements) - and state that games will be able to pop 4GB's in the next 18 months. So call it mid~late 2009. Alternate guess?? About 2 microseconds after Vista's replacement ("Windows X"!?!?!?) hits the marketplace. Coincedentally - That's late 2009, as well... :o

    Why? Because it's as good a guess as any. Because I can. And because the mis-application of Moore's may well cause a discussion to keep me (us?) at least partially occupied on a workday Friday...
  3. As far as requiring 4GB of RAM. It's going to be a few years. If you're talking about just using or taking advantage of 4GB of RAM, then that is already happening.
  4. I'm more interested in all the people who are recommending getting 32 bit OS's when games will be using more than 4 gb of ram in the near future. Then all these people will be forced to upgrade to a 64 bit system, when they could have gotten a 64 bit system now.

    rgeist554 said:
    As far as requiring 4GB of RAM. It's going to be a few years. If you're talking about just using or taking advantage of 4GB of RAM, then that is already happening.
  5. I don't know how "near" that transition will be. Maybe another 3 or so years, in which it will be time for most people to revamp their systems. So, no big deal imo. I could be wrong though.
  6. I look at the resource usage on Supreme Commander and Crysis and think, well, that horizon is a lot closer than you might think.

    "Lord British expects me to buy a 16k expansion card just to play his game? 48 k should be enough for anybody! And it uses TWO double sided 5 1/4 floppies. That's a whole 580K! He's out of his mind!"
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