With the Xbox One X coming out, people everywhere are excited to start playing games in true 4K. PlayStation fans are waiting for Sony’s move to combat Microsoft. Will we see a new system from Sony? It’s quite possible, but with all these new components being created to bring power to the computing world, exactly what will we start seeing in consoles that will take them over the top on the graphics end?
PC’s seem to “rule the world” in terms of specs and power when it comes to gaming. Gamers put thousands of dollars into a rig to make 8K gameplay achievable. What exactly would we need to achieve the ease of hitting 4K and 8K graphics on the specs side of consoles? I researched a great deal, and here’s what the Xbox and PlayStation would need to have inside strictly on the Graphics end:
In the GPU department, 8K gaming could be demanding as much as 24gb of VRAM. That’s insane considering the top graphics cards out are around 8gb per card and cost close to $1000 alone. Even in SLI (running dual cards) it’s still not possible to have a playable 8K game.
Playing at 60 fps is almost standard now. 4K has been achieved (even with anti-aliasing on PC) but 8K is lower than 10 fps with current gen equipment. On PC, the 8K that some have achieved is only useable to take screenshots basically. If a console were to have the ability to run games at 60fps in 4k with anti-aliasing, we are looking at a system close to $1500.
My question for gamers out there is this: Would you spend $1200-$2000 on your next Xbox or Playstation? What if inside was an Intel i7 6700k CPU, an Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card, 16gb of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 RAM, and a Samsung EVO 1tb SSD all locked into an Asus ROG Maximus IX Extreme motherboard?
I can’t say that I would, but those types of consoles aren’t going to be making an appearance any time soon. But is that where this battle for the best graphics is going to lead us? Is the future of gaming going to be machines that are so powerful that a payment plan will be the only option of purchase? Only time will tell…