Avalanche Studios CTO (chief technical officer) Linus Blomberg, speaking to Gaming Bolt, has said that Sony’s next home console will be more powerful than ‘most’ PCs for years to come.
“It’s always very exciting with a new console cycle, for a number of reasons,” he said. “The consoles desperately need a boost since having been overtaken in terms of performance by PC’s several years ago, and also losing market share to mobile platforms.
Blomberg went on to comment on how the PS4 will lead to new prospects for games developers saying:
“The PS4 will not only be a very powerful gaming machine from a hardware perspective, but it will also be a social tool and integrated marketplace more akin to the successful mobile devices. It’s the best of all worlds in a way; great performance for demanding high-end gaming, good social ecosystem and connectivity, and integrated business marketplace. For Avalanche Studios as an open-world games developer this is super exciting and opens up many new opportunities.
“It’s a perfect fit for the types of games we do, and we are confident that we’ll bring open-world gaming to a whole new level because of it. I’m glad Sony decided to go with 8gb RAM because it means that the PS4 will out-power most PC’s for years to come.
“The off-the-shelf philosophy behind the architecture makes sense from a pricing and heating point of view, but it also means that Sony more easily can make incremental improvements of their system. If that’s actually their plan I don’t know, but it could help preventing the inevitable loss of market shares that the long console cycles entails.”
Arkane Studios, the developer of Dishonored, have also recently spoken out in praise of the PS4, calling the system ‘a joy’.