Rumors Say Sony and Microsoft Plan to Use Outdated Graphics Cards for Next-Gen Consoles
Release dates haven’t been set for the new consoles from Microsoft and Sony, but they’re tentatively scheduled for the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014. However, rumor has it that the next-gen consoles are being developed using modified versions of graphics cards that can currently be bought for about $75.
If these rumors are right, then even with custom modifications, they’re still planning on using today’s low-end graphics cards more than a year from now. At the rate graphics technology improves, PC graphics capabilities will be light years ahead by the time the consoles come out. Unfortunately for us, cross-platform development means that PC versions of blockbuster games won’t likely be able to take full advantage of advanced graphics cards.
It’s probably safe to assume that decisions like this stem from a desire to keep production costs down. The nice thing about lower production costs is that manufacturers can sell the consoles for lower prices.
But will it be worth it to buy the newest consoles at launch prices if they don’t offer significant graphical upgrades? What other features might Sony and Microsoft offer in lieu of graphical upgrades to convince us to buy their consoles? With Sony and Microsoft moving away from Nintendo’s choice to remain solely a gaming platform, they may be banking on increased versatility to entice gamers to pull out their wallets.
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