‘PS4 will out-power most PCs for years to come’ – Avalanche Studios CTO

“Most” PCs

Sony revealed the PS4 at an event in New York last month and it managed to impress a lot of industry people. Linus Blomberg, CTO and Co-founder of Avalanche Studios, is one of them.

He told us that due to the competition from mobile platforms, and due to the fact that PCs have overtaken consoles by a large amount when it comes to performance, a new console cycle was needed desperately.

It’s always very exciting with a new console cycle, for a number of reasons,” he said. “The consoles desperately need a boost since having been overtaken in terms of performance by PC’s several years ago, and also losing market share to mobile platforms.

He also revealed that the PS4 will accomplish a lot of things due to the business model behind it and will open up new opportunities.

“The PS4 will not only be a very powerful gaming machine from a hardware perspective, but it will also be a social tool and integrated marketplace more akin to the successful mobile devices. It’s the best of all worlds in a way; great performance for demanding high-end gaming, good social ecosystem and connectivity, and integrated business marketplace. For Avalanche Studios as an open-world games developer this is super exciting and opens up many new opportunities.

“It’s a perfect fit for the types of games we do, and we are confident that we’ll bring open-world gaming to a whole new level because of it. I’m glad Sony decided to go with 8gb RAM because it means that the PS4 will out-power most PC’s for years to come.

“The off-the-shelf philosophy behind the architecture makes sense from a pricing and heating point of view, but it also means that Sony more easily can make incremental improvements of their system. If that’s actually their plan I don’t know, but it could help preventing the inevitable loss of market shares that the long console cycles entails.”

We also talked to the founder of Avalanche Studios and he told us that AionGuard was still in development at the studio, and his views on piracy are something inspiring as well.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Swiftright-Right/100002904084914 Swiftright Right

    Is it a typo that Sony said that 8gigs of memory will out power PCs for years to come? Did he mean 80 gigs? Im typing this on a 6 month old machine with 16 gigs upgradable to 32 with a $55 order to newegg

  • http://www.facebook.com/JoshDicaire Josh Dicaire

    Out-power most PC’s for years to come? Maybe my Grandparents PC. OP is retarded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frank.liu.771 Frank Liu

    that impossible there is no way they are going to be more powerful than a gtx titan pc. by the way guys they said pc, they never said a gaming pc so ya, that is just a pile full of crap.

  • Spartank

    Gaming PC’s are definitely better than the PS4’s specs, this is such a damn lie.

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  • Daniel

    How on Earth are they going to sell this when they’ve been training console players for years to love their shit graphics that are “good enough”? Consoles were about a year behind contemporary PC technology at launch. Console players love obsolete technology and hate good graphics.

  • hatcat123

    just no NO

  • Tyler Arnold

    Are you kidding me? First of all that is such a vauge thing to say you arnt even saying what kind of gaming pc and i can assure you that a high end gaming pc could easily out do the ps4. And i dont know if sony is putting miney in your pocket as you say this or your just plain stupid.

  • William Wallace

    It seems what most of you looking for high performance in the ps4 fail to realize is that you will not he getting a graphics card spec’d gpu. With a platform such as this, the gpu will be a mobile version (same for cpu). It will not outperform most dedicated cards. In fact, you will have to go back a few generations of hardware for it to start beating everything out. However, this means that you will be getting a compact system that does not use much power, and runs fairly quiet.
    While gaming pc’s will always beat consoles spec-wise, you’d be hard-pressed to build a system with the formfactor of a console while maintaining a console-esque pricepoint.
    There are benifits to both pc’s and consoles. Consoles are casual. Plug and play easy fun on the couch or sofa with a tv as a display. Pc’s are media powerhouses for dedicated playtime and multitasking. Pc fanboys need to learn to respect the console for what it is, and console fanboys need to realise that consoles are just mini pc’s.

  • anon

    Console gamers get excited when new consoles are coming out once every 6-7 years. Funny…

    Let’s say you were to go out and spend $120 on a NEW video card of your choice; let’s say that you have a 6 year old quad core computer with around 2-4GB of DDR2 RAM that was around $400 at the time you bought it. All you did was go out and buy that $120 video card; you now have a computer that is 10x more powerful than an Xbox 360 which came out around the same time you bought that computer.

    My point here is upgradability. Sure, you don’t have to upgrade with a console like you do with PC (which, by the way, if you spend $500 on a PC now, you’re looking at less than $100 of upgrades within the next 5 years), but consoles are stuck in whatever time period they came out in.

    What’s sad about console gamers is that they cannot grasp the idea of technology. I don’t think any console gamer truly understands how fast new tech really comes out. Let me put it this way, that $400 playstation that’s coming out in a few months – you’ll be able to get a computer in about a year with twice as good of graphics for the same price or slightly more.

    All in all, computers come with a very small premium ($100 over the course of 3-5 years), and consoles are relatively cheap with no premium. End result? You have a PC – that you can upgrade whenever/however you like – or you have a console that you are stuck with; nothing new for the next 6 years.

    And Jesus people, why do you complain about the cost of a computer? A family computer with a slot for a video card and quad core processor can be found for around $400-500! If you already have one, instead of spending $400 on a console, spend $200 on a video card, put $100 of it in the bank/save it, and save the last $100 for future upgrades! Shut the fuck up already with the comparisons. Most people have computers already!

    You gotta love all the fucktards here who probably have PCIe x16 slots in their computers and don’t even know it trying to brag about how their consoles will beat PCs… And all they have to do is go out and put half of what they’re about to pay for that console down on a video card and they’re already beating the damn thing before it comes out.

  • Fa Ken Masters

    ps4 able to do 4K res. 60fps? nope.

  • Matt

    Out perform my three thousand dollar pc with all the latest hardware? Fat chance…I bet my system is 200% more powerful then the ps4 if not MORE.

  • Sina Madani

    Biggest load of crap I’ve ever read

  • Landon Donavan

    most PC in the world are very cheap old machines running XP, so if he is talking about these then yes, the PS4 will out do it, however, a PC with a half decent dedicated GPU in it then obviously not, this is just marking crap and a play on words to manipulate the lesser educated public

  • Jacob

    Does anyone realise that pcs have about 10-20x more power then a console? Might be expensive but it’s true.

  • cparks1000000

    The idea that a large amount of ram makes a system better than another is ludicrous. There are many factors which boost speed including processor speed, hard drive (or solid state) speed, system bus speeds, optical drive speed, and graphics processor speed. A system with 12 gigs of RAM will never need any more RAM in the the foreseeable future. I have 24 gigs of RAM and the most use I have made of it is 33% with 4 games going at once with many other running background processes. In conclusion, after a system has a certain amount of RAM, adding more benefits the system in no way.

  • Conor Hudson

    yes the ps4 is going to out perform pcs for years to come I mean look 900p 30 frames and lower graphical fidelity is already happening on the system because it is not powerful enough to run NextGen games at the full experience while PC hardware that is older can yes -4/-5 years ago you could have said this and people would believe you but it’s simply not true

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