Back in the day when upgrading computers and getting graphic cards for the PC was an expensive hobby, gamers turned to consoles like the Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation, or Microsoft Xbox to get their gaming fix. The good thing about those consoles is that games created for them would definitely run without a hitch, unlike PC games where one had to meet the minimum requirements, and even then it might not necessarily be the best experience. Now it has evolved to the point where NVIDIA executive, Tony Tamasi, believes that it is no longer possible for consoles to have better graphics than the PC.
Tamasi’s sentiments were shared during an interview wit PC PowerPlay where he believes that companies such as Sony and Microsoft do not have the kind of resources or economies of scale to invest into making better graphic cards, at least not compared to dedicated companies such as NVIDIA. “NVIDIA spends 1.5 billion US dollars per year on research and development in graphics, every year, and in the course of a console’s lifecycle we’ll spend over 10 billion dollars into graphics research […] Sony and Microsoft simply can’t afford to spend that kind of money. They just don’t have the investment capacity to match the PC guys; we can do it thanks to economy of scale, as we sell hundreds of millions of chips, year after year.”
What do you guys think? Will it come to that point in time where consoles such as the PlayStation and Xbox will no longer be needed?