Recent comments by Mark Rein of Epic and John Carmack of id Software have added new fuel to a fire that has recently been growing. With current generation consoles pushing six and seven years in the market place respectively, it’s no surprise that they are not advancing the graphical boundaries of modern gaming and seem to be hanging on for dear life when compared to high end PCs.
Mark Rein recently made this point fairly clearly: “We’re at the stage in life of the consoles where the PC has shot by them in terms of capabilities.” Echoing this statement, John Carmack commented on current PC gaming technology as “ten times more powerful” than the 360 or the PS3. Mark Rein added, “With the PC you can simulate the future – you can put enough hardware in a PC to show you what a future console will look like.”
To back up this claim, you don’t have to look further than Epic’s Samaritan Demo unveiled earlier this year at the GDC.
With rumors circulating that both Sony and Microsoft will unveil new consoles next year, gamers are hoping for platforms that can compete with PC hardware and technology. Mark Rein says it best for all of us “We hope the console manufactures look at the that (Samaritan demo) and go, jeez, if we aim for that in our next consoles we’ll be competitive with what you’ll be able to do on a PC in a year, year and half from now.”