John Carmack: Still “Lots Of 30hz Games” In Next Gen

VG 24/7 has drawn our attention to a stray comment from ID Software Co-founder John Carmack that, if accurate, should put a damper on hopes that our eyes’ minds will be consistently blown on the next generation of consoles. In response to a random question on twitter, asking Carmack “Do you think next gen we will see more 60fps games on consoles?”, Carmack responded with a resounding ‘sort of’.

“There will still be lots of 30hz games, which I don’t think it is a good trade,” Carmack said. “If TVs didn’t add lag, it would be more clear cut.”

He’s probably right. 60fps is obviously something PC gamers are used to, but televisions aren’t generally custom rigs intended only for gaming. Console games simply don’t have the incentive to invest in 60fps. Not yet, anyway. Probably for the best. I pay a bit too much for my dish package, and I still can’t get HD to function properly 100% of the time. And hey, at least that frame rate isn’t what Carmack really wants to see in the next generation.

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3 Comments on John Carmack: Still “Lots Of 30hz Games” In Next Gen


On May 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

maybe if sony and microsoft didn’t intend to put cheap/low performance hardware in their consoles they would be able to play next gen 1080p@60fps and in 3D too. Least then they can be up to scratch now. 4 years ago they would have been better then pc gaming technology. CONSOLE VS PC…. PC WILL ALWAYS BE TOP LINE NEXT GEN + POWERFUL


On May 25, 2012 at 6:27 am

All the rumored specs so far for “next-gen” consoles have been for hardware that’s already obsolete even by today’s standards, so this isn’t surprising news by any means. Heck, the last 3 “budget” gaming PC’s I’ve built for people had more impressive hardware than the specs the next PlayStation is said to have.


On May 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm

CLOUD GAMING (evolved and embraced)>PC>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>….. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>…. >>>>>> 9th-gen consoles.