EA: PS4, XBox One Are a 'Generation Ahead' of Gaming PCs

Rajat Taneja, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Electronic Arts, conjured up an article on LinkedIn of all places talking about the technology behind Microsoft's new Xbox One console (opens in new tab). He claims that both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are somehow five years ahead of the most extravagant PCs today due to their system-on-chip (SoC) architecture.

"These architectures are a generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market and their unique design of the hardware, the underlying operating system and the live service layer create one of the most compelling platforms to reimagine game mechanics," he states.

Seriously? Did he just say that? He goes on to say that benchmarks on just the video and audio performance alone are 8-10 times superior to the current generation consoles. "The compute capabilities of these platforms and the data transfer speeds we can now bank on, essentially removes any notion of rationing of systems resources for our game engines," he adds.

Of course, he then talks about the company's IGNITE and Frostbite engines, and how they have been tailored to take full advantage of the new console hardware. In a FPS like Battlefield 4, that combination means more detailed gameplay, behavior and awareness for characters and more detailed appearance down to the lighting and clothing on the soldiers. In sports titles, gamers receive a dose of human intelligence that simulate instincts, awareness and unpredictability that’s more like real-life sport.

"These next-gen platforms create dynamic, living worlds," he said. "Your game could change overnight depending on actions by other gamers around the globe. Your player stats and information can be updated in real time with real-world player stats and injury reports. These consoles are also inherently more social – something that didn’t matter much when the last consoles came out eight years ago."

As Destructoid points out, the "hype train is at full speed now the Xbox One and PS4 are both public knowledge, and Electronic Arts is riding first class." The article reads like one big advertisement for the publisher, and may even come across as offensive to those who know consoles will never surpass PC… unless the PC is extinct, of course. Nvidia said there will always be a place for the high-end desktop, and we're right there with them in that opinion.

Why? It should be obvious: the PC market continues to progressively advance whereas new consoles are launched every five or so years. If anything, it's the mobile industry that the PC and console sectors should be worried about, as its advancement slope if by far a lot steeper than the PC segment. That said, until we actually get our hands on both consoles, or at least see the actual full list of specs, we're going to remain highly skeptical of EA's claims regarding next-gen versus PC.

  • spentshells
    oh wait you're serious let me laugh even harder
  • kinggraves
    It's a real shame that the industry of video games has become so corrupted that it's no better than any other US corporate entity. Just spew some trash, customers are just marks for you to trick into buying your product, not someone you need to actually please, right EA? Can't wait until it collapses on itself and the indies can resurrect the industry.
  • thehelix
    Best joke i've heard for some time now.. If gaming consoles are so far ahead, then why use hardware and architecture of a pc then? XBOX1 and PS4 ARE gaming PC's with innate limitations...
  • teaser
    what a load of rubbish.....
  • Noltz
    Hahaha seriously? Haven't had a good laugh for a while, can't wait for those console die hards to start acting tough and superior.
  • cepheid
  • Panamoncreel0
    Insert foot to mouth, wow
  • tntom
    I have a hard time seeing this. Maybe a generation ahead on performance to watt or performance to cycle but even if some genius some how removed all wasted clock cycles for bad code, cache misses, and HW to SW inter-layer overhead and latencies... I can still not imagine this is possible.
    He must be trying to create a push for the lucrative console market over the PC.

    Update. It is possible he is referring to the new consoles in combination with the cloud computing back-end. If so, I wonder if this is the 'Radeon Sky' that AMD was working on. To my knowlege no consumer GPUs are making use of this feature yet.
  • Ranth
    As far as I see the conoles only have kaveri features (Gddr5, Huma.. iirc) as something that is "ahead" of todays computer hardware.
  • Benthon
    What a stupid thing to say. EA is just trying to generate hype. Anyone that knows anything about the hardware and gaming potential of PC's knows this is just blantantly wrong.