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Why the next gen consoles failed?
We clearly did not see a hype as big as the old days. The Xbox One and PS4 didn't give enough when it came to performance and especially for the price. Even so, there were a lot of gamers who actually bought the consoles, no matter their performance. We will start comparing the two with each other, then trying to compare them to PC and mobile performance.
First there is the Xbox One. It did sell 1 million of consoles, but it costed 499$. This price didn't really justify the performance it had and it was even bad marketing for its own brand. Looking at the specs, we see that the Xbox has 500GB of memory capacity, 8GB DDR3 where only 5GB are used for games, two quad-core jaguars from AMD and they are both APUs. This leaves a lot to desire since we are talking about consoles here and all it could give out was the same as a 7870HD from AMD would perform. Even so, the 7870HD was released on March 2012 and it seems that we are talking about one and a half years old technology. Xbox truly failed with this, but let's hope that the other competitor will outperform it.
Secondly, the PS4. It does have the exact same APU, maybe with some differences but what is seems true, is that the rumour about Xbox ram was slower is true. PS4 uses 8GB GDDR5, which is a unified memory and it seems very reasonable since we are talking about 5GB is going to games and 3GB stays idle. Another interesting fact to mention is that PS4 has an upgrade option for its 500GB HDD to a faster SSD. Finally, when it came to marketing, PS4 already sold twice more than Xbox, reaching 2.1million of copies at the moment of writting.
The PC is what clearly took the trophy here because a lot of people on the old days bought a console just for the price. Now if you go to the store and buy PC stuff, assemble them and you will get a PS4 or even better running just for you for the same price. Let's talk about the PC parts first. 8GB of ram costs just 60$ or even lower if you can find anything used. Also remember that MHz is not a big deal when it comes to a normal CPU, but it does impact an APU by a great margin. The CPU of our choice is AMD FX6100 for just 110$ brand new and as a motherboard we choose GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2, which costs 48$ and it also has an integrated AMD video card in case you don't want to waste more money. Now we are up to 158$ and all that is left is a case, RAM, PSU, GPU and HDD. I didn't mention a monitor since you would have to buy a monitor for a PS4 or Xbox One too. In case you get to unlock the cpu, that would be a great price for an 8-core cpu. As for the GPU, you will have to find a used one if you want to get to the 100$ price. Since Xbox and PS4 are a little lower than 7870HD in graphics performance, it is suggested that anything between 7850 and 7870 will make your gaming experience really great. So we got our 100$ card, no matter what card we got we could still play every game out there, but not with max settings, this is clear.
We will need a PSU to power up our PC. Recommended wattage would be a 600W which will be enough for this system. You can get a crappy PSU which would cost like 20$ or even less, but make sure that it does have the PCI-E 6-pins and can output enough amperage for your system. I would recommend Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus - 600W since that is what we truly need for this system. Now we are set at 311$, but fortunately the case won't cost much since it won't impact alot on the performance. We can get a 30$ case just for the sake of having this at a low price, and that we can upgrade it later. Finally it is the HDD which is going to cost 60$ Western Digital WD Blue 500GB and the ram can be 4gigs. Since ram has lifetime warranty and its price has gone really high, I would strongly suggest to buy a used one. The computer is going to cost 450$, but if you try to buy all hardware used, you will get the whole system for as low as 300$-350$, which is quite a nice price.
Now the price between the PC and consoles is really outstanding and the best thing is that you can upgrade it. It clearly is the best choice and you can learn a lot more stuff from a PC or develop your own software. What about the mobile market? This is going to be the next big thing. Consoles are going down lately, especially because huge gaming titles are already on the mobile with their own version. Developing tools are also available for consoles, PC and mobile at the same time and none is looking back anymore. It will come a point where the mobile GPU will become the mainstream for gaming and the hugest enemy for consoles right now is the iPhone 5S. This is because it has the most powerful mobile GPU and it features a triple core one. You also have millions of games and applications for your iPhone already and everything is going to be really tough for consoles. The days when they costed 3 or 4 times less than a PC are gone for good.
We will wait and see what happens especially to the tablet market, since they are still selling like hot cakes.Discuss more on the forums