Frank Azor, General Manager at Alienware, said the PS4 and Xbox One are being built with PC architecture but are also adopting desktop gaming ideas.
“A lot of the innovations and things that are proven on the PC are making their ways onto consoles”, said Azor. “The consoles are looking more and more like PCs every day.”
“If you look at what Sony and Microsoft are doing, they’re taking PCs and putting them into the living room. It’s an AMD CPU, it’s an AMD graphics card, it’s a standard desktop hard drive. It’s unbelievable.”
Both the Xbox One and PS4 pack an x86 8-core AMD Jaguar CPU, although Sony’s next-generation console is tipped to have a CPU clocked slightly higher, perhaps at 2GHz in comparison to the Xbox One’s 1.6GHz processor.
Azor claims that the way the Xbox One and PS4 are being built and marketing showcase the merits of gaming with a keyboard and mouse rather than a controller.
“That tells you that the PC is the gaming platform of choice out there, there is nothing there that’s better. You look at what they’re trying to do and they’re becoming more and more like PCs.”
The Xbox One and PS4 both require gamers to install the games rather than play them directly from the disc, which of course is how PC games have worked for years.
A lot of the PC features that draw in gamers are now being introduced into the next-generation consoles.
“You’re installing games now instead of running them off the disc, because that’s the right thing to do; you’re downloading games digitally, which we’ve been doing on PC for years; they’re integrating certain TV aspects and stuff, well, ten years ago we started experimenting with media centre.”
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