For a little over 7 years now, there’s been an intense and imaginary war between the supporters of Sony’s PlayStation 3 against those of Microsoft’s Xbox 360. The Nintendo and PC crowd sort of been the spectators in a sense, watching the action unfold from the sidelines and very rarely get mixed in the fray.
But it seems that Sony’s announcement of the PlayStation 4 on the 20th of February have sent shock waves across the gaming community, setting the internet ablaze and changing the whole dynamics of this ” imaginary war” by bringing in a new foe. In comes the “PC Guys”, a group of guys who knows computers inside and out. They can give you a pretty accurate synopsis of your computer just by using their sense of smell, while using terminologies like “GTX 680, 2560×1600 resolution”. Yes, a pretty rare specimen indeed. But up until February 20, they were a bunch of guys that mostly kept to themselves and never really meddled in this petty thing we call the “console wars”. So you can imagine my surprise when I visited several forums after Sony’s big announcement and finding out that the PC guys were suddenly more animated by the news than the usual suspects, the Xbox 360 fans.
Here are some excerpts of what you can expect to find in most forums that discusses the PS4 graphics, or specs:
From N4G.com, in reference to the new Killzone: Shadow Fall reveal.
“People who say this looks better than crysis3 on ultra are smoking crack. or their only experience with it is from a youtube video (meaning they havent actually seen anything cause yt specializes in taking detail and trashing it)
i love that no one realizes that most of that video is either static or scripted.
crysis 3 is fucking jam packed full of dynamic simulations even the water reflects indirect lighting on the environment when you step in it. “
Please keep in mind that this guy is criticizing people for something he’s doing himself as he’s only ever seen Killzone: Shadow Fall in YouTube Videos.
“So spec wise it doesnt say much.
if the specs are accurate. This means that 2 years after ps4 comes out, pc gamers will be able to afford superior hardware in a period of 2 years.
So just like now, 2 years later the ps3 will be absolute.
So in the end while no one can give a definitive answer since there as so many “ifs” evolved, one thing is sure, pcs will be more powerfull on release and will leave the ps4 behind pretty fast.”
“and the cpu is the real concern of the ps4, followed by the weakish gpu
the ram is great, no doubt, but you can put 32gb ram in a box with a crappy cpu and gpu and it will be crappy build”
“those pics are totally upsampled, i watched the trailer in 1080p fullscreen and it looks like pure BARF, those fake pics look great though, thats what it would look like maxed on pc
console gamers fall for this shit every time
your ps4, xbox whatever will NEVER, EVER be close to pc, while your games are just catching up to our 6 year old 1080p, we are already gaming in 1200p, 1400p, 1600p, 5760×1400, and so on (2560×1600 for me personally)
and while you are finally getting a tiny bit of aa, we are using 16x, txaa, 8x msaa and so on
killzone shadowfall looks like a last gen game to me “
These are just small samples of the bigger picture here. It seems that Sony has made a new enemy by simply stating what will be inside the PS4, and by their fans being simply being happy with the good news. But the reason for all the slandering from the PC crowd still eludes me though. It’s hard to imagine it being something as petty as jealousy, so I’m not ready to jump to that conclusion yet.
So to the PC crowd I ask, what is your gripe with Sony and the PlayStation 4? It seems that the developers who will be making the games are as impressed with the specs as the fans are, so why are you guys so unimpressed and so angry?