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As we're heading into the next generation of consoles the only thing that we seem to be able to discuss right now is the specifications of each console.  For many here on this site, and in the gaming community at large, this can be much ado about nothing, but for many, many folks here at VGC, this stuff seems to be as interesting as the games themselves.

So the question in this thread is how into specs are you, what got you excited about the hardware aspects of systems, and how has this influenced your gaming tastes over the years?  Do you prefer always to go with the best specs (by your opinion) when playing a console, or do you just like to discuss and consider the components in a mathematical and philosophical way.

I'm sure much of this thread, like all of the threads of this nature, will end up going over my head, but I'm very curious in a meta way about the folks here who love to discuss the nuts and bolts behind the magic that is videogames and their respective mechanical systems.



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Specs? Simple. The average gamer needs to forget the teraflop talk. They just do. There's no sense in saying "my 12TF console smashes your 10.3TF console". Here's the point — that is meaningless. As a tech guy with a PC that eats them both for breakfast, I'm excited for both devices, particularly the PS5 as it is doing some things a little differently than even I expected it to. Plus, I expect Sony to push it more than Microsoft pushes the Series X, but the inner workings of both machines are still very comparable and use a series of modern techniques to get things done.

Besides, even though the technical jargon is wonderful to discuss, the games are what will do the real talking. In that regard, I don't expect major differences with multiplats, but there will be HUGE leaps (yes, mark that) with the exclusives.

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super_etecoon said:

So the question in this thread is how into specs are you,

Not a lot, but im still curious with each console's launch. At the end of a console's life I value it based on what games it had that left a mark in me, not so much how powerful it was - so the true value I find is in each individual game's design, not so much on the console specs. At this point in time, specs are easy to ignore  because most games that can (and do) explode a console's potentional/power will look good and perform good either way - and are VERY few because most developers dont fully explode the specs of whichever console is the "most powerful" anyways because games are made to be easily portable across consoles. As such, specs are not a priority for me.  They become a bit more relevant when they involve backwards compatibility tho, because - as of today at least- that is the biggest added value any console can give me personally. Much more so than graphic and processing power, speed, portability, VR or motion controls. 



I do love myself some fap worthy specs since I do like building pcs and such. When it comes to consoles and specs, what interests me is the approaches they take into picking them and what the end result of that ultimately leads to. You have a group of engineers that are well above all of our pay grades spending tons of R&D over the course of few years betting on the fact that their designs will make their systems a success for the next 5-7 years (or however long the generation lasts).

I will say that the next generation seems have some of the more interesting design choices.. From the way they took their approaches to GPU, RAM, SSD, Expandable Storage and etc, it will be interesting to see how it all translates into actual gameplay and performance. I think we are in for one hot and juicy holiday season!

And the end of the day, if FFVIIR works with Ps5 at launch through BC or whatever, it will certainly be on my fap list.



             

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If it has anything to do with VR then I'm in. I really hope Sony doubles down on these projects.



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I need those specs so I can feel better for being part of the #masterrace. Can't wait to buy my new GPU for 1400€ which is gonna be 50% stronger than consoles and will last 3 years tops.



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CGI-Quality said:
Specs? Simple. The average gamer needs to forget the teraflop talk. They just do. There's no sense in saying "my 12TF console smashes your 10.3TF console". Here's the point — that is meaningless. As a tech guy with a PC that eats them both for breakfast, I'm excited for both devices, particularly the PS5 as it is doing some things a little different than even I expected and because I expect Sony to push it more than Microsoft pushes the Series X. The inner workings of both machines is still very comparable and uses a series of modern techniques to get things done.

Besides, even though the technical jargon is wonderful to discuss, the games are what will do the real talking. In that regard, I don't expect major differences with multiplats, but there will be HUGE leaps (yes, mark that) with the exclusives.

Teraflops reminds me of the bit wars of the early to mid 90's. Or Genesis with its blast processing. 



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trunkswd said:
CGI-Quality said:
Specs? Simple. The average gamer needs to forget the teraflop talk. They just do. There's no sense in saying "my 12TF console smashes your 10.3TF console". Here's the point — that is meaningless. As a tech guy with a PC that eats them both for breakfast, I'm excited for both devices, particularly the PS5 as it is doing some things a little different than even I expected and because I expect Sony to push it more than Microsoft pushes the Series X. The inner workings of both machines is still very comparable and uses a series of modern techniques to get things done.

Besides, even though the technical jargon is wonderful to discuss, the games are what will do the real talking. In that regard, I don't expect major differences with multiplats, but there will be HUGE leaps (yes, mark that) with the exclusives.

Teraflops reminds me of the bit wars of the early to mid 90's. Or Genesis with its blast processing. 

Indeed. Just a strand that people can bump their chests about, but meaningless in the grand scheme of things. I'd understand more of the excitement for the things that matter, like a faster proc/GPU in the Series X and the better SSD in the PS5. Both exciting prospects that should make for bigger, more complex worlds and visuals that provide a significant leap over what 's available.



                                                                                                             

CGI-Quality said:
trunkswd said:

Teraflops reminds me of the bit wars of the early to mid 90's. Or Genesis with its blast processing. 

Indeed. Just a strand that people can bump their chests about, but meaningless in the grand scheme of things. I'd understand more of the excitement for the things that matter, like a faster proc/GPU in the Series X and the better SSD in the PS5. Both exciting prospects that should make for bigger, more complex worlds and visuals that provide a significant leap over what 's available.

I'm looking forward to seeing gameplay of games running on the Xbox Series X and PS5. I am most excited to see what 343 Industries can do with Halo Infinite.



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I expect specs won’t matter as much now as they did in 2013 since PS5’s aren’t as impressive.