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.

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9 Comments on Next-Gen Consoles Can’t Compete With PC Specs, Claims Crytek Founder

SevenCell

On February 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

I’m pretty sure “People that spend two grand on a gaming PC” is a very slim demographic.
And besides, it’s the content of a game that counts, not polygons and particles.

dale

On February 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

it isn’t just the money or graphics it is the people who own these pc’s tend to be a more mature player base. there just tends to be more respect to go around then the average console gamer.

TheDog

On February 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

You don’t have to spend $2000. I built mine for under a grand, and it smokes every game made. SevenCell. You are right in it’s content that matters most, but having a sweet looks doesn’t hurt. Heck, there are quite a few games I still play that don’t look great by todays standard, but I still love because the content was so good.

TheDog

On February 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

You don’t have to spend $2000. I built mine for under a grand, and it smokes every game made. SevenCell. You are right in it’s content that matters most, but having a sweet looks doesn’t hurt. Heck, there are quite a few games I still play that don’t look great by todays standard, but I still love because the content was so good. Nuff said.

TheDog

On February 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

Sorry about the double post. The stupid thing wouldn’t show it after I pressed leave comment, and the last time it did that it didn’t leave my comment. Oh well. Sorry.

Roy Batty

On February 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

I might spend 2 grand but I build my rigs for 5+ years. I have a core i7 liquid cooled with only a single AMD 5990 and it still kicks a$$. Funny thing is I have an xbox right next to it and the graphics suck in comparison (I was shocked at how bad it was).

Also with a new rig it is possible to play an old game with maxed out graphics. I did that with ME1 when I switched rigs…it was like playing a totally different game.

Tiagonal

On February 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

The year 2020… and the tides change against PC gaming with all cloud-gaming platforms operational…. INCLUDING G-FACE! (With Yerli fully supporting it instead of ‘high-end PC’, hiding it stating ‘It’s just the same very HIGH end PC you once had, but you don’t have to worry about it any more’ )

Kalstrand

On February 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

The thing is a $500 PC will most likely still blow away a next gen console.

Derek

On February 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Take what a heavy console gamer spends on games each year and subject the PC version prices of those titles during on Steam sales. Then factor in the savings from not buying new games because of all the high quality inexpensive or free multi-player online PC games. You got your gaming PCs cost covered right there.