Next-gen consoles looking more like PCs, says Alienware
Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles are becoming more similar to each other than its previous generation hardware. Both share internal processing components based on AMD architecture, 8GB of ram and Blu-Ray drives among other things. This means the separation of console and PC gaming are starting to close.
According to a recent interview with PCGamesN, Alienware's general manager Frank Azor told the publication why next-gen consoles are copying PCs technological lead.
"A lot of innovations and things that are proven on the PC are making their ways onto consoles," said Azor. "The consoles are looking more and more like PCs every day."
Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles are simply PCs more adapted for a living room setting according to Azor. "It's an AMD CPU, It's an AMD graphics card, it's a standard desktop hard drive; it's unbelievable," Azor said. " That tells you that the PC is the gaming platform of choice out there, there is nothing out there that's better. You look at what they're trying to do and they're becoming more and more like PCs."
Azor would then list gaming features available on PCs for years that consoles have only recently adopted.
"You're installing games now instead of running them off the disc, because that's the right thing to do; you're downloading games digitally, which we've been doing on PC for years; they're integrating certain TV aspects and stuff, well, ten years ago we started experimenting with media centers," Azor says. "I mean we can tell you how to do that on Alienware with media centre PCs during that whole time. It's a little bit different now because the technology has matured considerably, but a lot of the innovations and things that are proven on the PC are making their ways onto consoles and the consoles are looking more and more like PCs everyday."
Then there are the games, something says are truly becoming multi-platform.
"Look at the most widely played games out there, League of Legends, World of Tanks, I mean these are the most widely played games in terms of hours played in the industry." said Azor. "And up until this week those were exclusive PC titles."
Launching later this year, Microsoft's Xbox One retails at $499 while Sony's Playstation 4 will cost $399.