Next-Gen Consoles Can’t Compete With PC Specs, Claims Crytek Founder
Crytek’s founder and boss Cevat Yerli has always been outspoken about his involvement in gaming hardware and technology. In an interview today, Yerli told Eurogamer that the next generation of consoles will not be able to compete with high-spec gaming PCs.
“Without breaking NDAs that are in place, realistically, from purely a price point perspective, it is impossible. It’s impossible to package $2000-3000 into a mainstream, let’s say $500 console,” said Yerli, who expressed the logistical impossibility of cramming high-end hardware into an affordable system.
He was quick to clarify that the consoles will not be necessarily priced at $500, but that the likelihood of new consoles coming out with a much higher pricetag would be very unlikely.
“I’m not saying they are $500 consoles,” he said. “They may launch a console at $2000, but the consumer pricing is usually much lower than that. So, given consumer pricing, and given the cost of production of a gamer PC and the amount of watt of power it needs, which is like a fridge, it’s impossible.”
Yerli did not disclose what sort of hardware the new consoles he’s had a chance to play with will contain, but his remarks are sensible, and reflect the reality and futility of expecting too much from console systems—next-gen or otherwise.
Crytek’s new game Crysis 3 is set for release tomorrow on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.