The key thing to remember is... These consoles are not out yet and by the time they do come out which should be Holiday 2020, PC should have a good answer...
Ryzen 4000 series CPUs are on the horizon. Big Navi GPUs are on the horizon. Nvidia's 3000 GPUs are on the horizon. Samsung's 980 series Nvme SSDs that are rated to run at 6.5GB/s as well as their competitors are on the horizon. Unless they all get delayed which isn't impossible due to the virus, they should all come out at the same time or before the next gen console twins arrive.
Consoles will still have the best value as they always have but there's plenty of things coming out that will shorten the gap.
Yes, but can we really expect a improvement with the next generation of hardware? Last gen a mid-range PC would outclass consoles -- especially in the CPU department, but now Xbox and Playstation are the equivalent of very high-end PCs on basically every level. I shudder what this will mean for system requirements across the board. Most of the components in my current PC are 7+ years old. I've been planning an upgrade for a while, but now that I know an NVME SSD is a necessity I'm looking at a total of around $650 to upgrade most of my components -- that's with an RX 3600 CPU, which might not even meet the minimum requirements for next-gen games, and no GPU. Even if the new consoles launch at $600, PC parts would need something like a 50% drop in price to compete with that sort of value. I know mass-production counts for a lot, but I just don't see how Sony/M$ aren't gonna be taking losses on these systems. They really held nothing back, it's seriously impressive.
I love PC gaming, but judging from the way things are going I'm debating just giving up on it. I haven't even bought a processor yet, and I'm already looking at having to replace it within 2 years time. I'm not even thinking about upgrading my rx480 either because I can't afford it. The only thing that gives me a little bit of hope is that I'll be gaming at 1080-1440p while the consoles are pushing 4k.
Well the main problem is that we won't know until they come out but I would say so. What may seem high end now might not be by the time the new consoles come out to an extent. The problem with the current generation gpus is other than the ultra high end like the 2080 Super/Ti, everything else from Nvidia is essentially 10 series with Ray Tracing when looking at performance numbers which are cards from 2016/2017. For example, 2080 performs very similarly to a 1080Ti while also being priced very similarly. While AMD of course is just playing catch up.
When you compare that to a couple generations before it, 970 performs similarly/beats 780Ti and 1070 performs similarly/beats 980 Ti. And neither the 970 or the 1070 really broke the bank. 970 MSRP: $329, 1070 MSRP: 379... Until 2000 series... 2070 MSRP: $499. Reasons why I skipped this shitastic generation of Nvidia cards...
So the question becomes, is the 3000 series going to be like the 2000 series or the 900/1000 series? Obviously we won't know until it releases. But I want to say that the 3000 series isn't going to be like another 2000 series because it is supposed to be Nvidia's big jump from 12nm to 7nm which AMD has made with Navi. Not to mention, a similar GPU to the XSX is going to come to PC from AMD as well so there's that competition as well. To me, 2000 series felt more like a "We are so ahead, let's just make money cause 7nm ain't ready yet" than anything else. And you obviously have AMD, Intel and the rest doing their own thing. The console twins are based on Zen 2 where as Ryzen 4000 is based on Zen 3 for example.
All of this at the end of the day is speculation until they all hit the shelves but I wouldn't count out PC until all these things launch. I do agree however that the consoles are fap worthy this time around.
Last edited by Captain_Yuri - on 28 March 2020