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    Phoenix|Down x4: Next Generation PC

    We're going hardware for the first time in light of the specs reveal for the PS5.

    The specs seem like Sony is aiming as high as they can to give the console a competitive and lasting lifespan just as they accomplished with the fourth generation of the console. However, the PS4 was comparatively dated compared to PC hardware when it launched and that distance grew as time went on. Mid-gen refreshes closed that gap a fair bit but PC hardware is an ever moving river of progression. Currently PC hardware is once again in a bit of a transition period, steps forward are being made but the full strides into full next generation hardware has yet to take place.




    Next Generation PC's

    We know what consoles are targeting and AMD, Nvidia, Intel etc have long been touting their plans. If you were to attempt to spec up a bleeding edge high end gaming PC in the year 2021 once the new generation is underway what would you imagine it would weigh in as being specced?

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    The exact specs I anticipate:

    Game power X: Can maybe run Crysis. Almost
    OS power: can serve up Windows ads and annyone pop up nofications at lightning speed
    Programme awesomeness: all non-game programme needs just bloat to match specs leading to probably no real increase at all

    In all honesty, PC movement has been such a creep so do many really notice a generational leap? It's always leaping, just in little tiny leaps. At least, that's the way it seems to me. I don't notice it at all.

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    One thing I wonder with PC's is that they've come into line with consoles so much, seeing more and more releases come out on all formats, but by the same measure it means that at a base level nearly all new games released on PC are designed to run on 2013 era console tech so PC's are rarely actually pushed hard making it harder for new GPU's to justify themselves.

    With the baseline moved by XB4 and PS5 there should theoretically be a step forward at last as consoles come into line with what current new GPU's are already delivering and they start to look at what's next, like how the RTX series feels like a redundant time killer rather than a worthwhile jump from Nvidia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superman Falls View Post
    but by the same measure it means that at a base level nearly all new games released on PC are designed to run on 2013 era console tech so PC's are rarely actually pushed hard making it harder for new GPU's to justify themselves.
    To be fair, it was similar in the Xbox 360 era. The 360 might not have been "a PC in a box" but it was close enough that by the time it was nearing the end of its life, any contemporary PC could spank most console games. However, this wasn't too big an issue because few console games at that point were aiming for 1080p, and even with those that did, very few of them maintained acceptable framerates (and that isn't the "60fps snob" talking there; Mass Effect 3 on PS3's performance is diabolically poor in the later sections of the game). That meant PC games still had "somewhere to go" with all that extra grunt.

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