Originally posted by TSHF
I'm still getting a PS3 and PSP.
Bottom line is consoles are designed to be better in the long-run and that is why you have the high numbers. The games initially aren't designed to use the maximum power of the system. PCs are better for now rather than later, and that is why sometimes PCs need more upgrading.
Suppose in a five year span, you upgrad your gfx three times which is how long a console usually lasts. You also get the middle-high gaming card which average pc gamers get which is what $125 for the 6600GT or call it $140. You're still paying $420 and that is what you would pay for a console at its start, the PS3 is $500+ so that is how i think of pc being cheaper. Secondly, the graphics cards sometimes last you even longer where you may only upgrade twice in a 5-year span.
Desperate response. Seriously guys, If you're going to argue, don't be so lame. And think about what you're saying, because if you don't, I'll make you see it.
The bottom line is that the consoles ARE going to be better in the long run. Yes, you're right on the part that the games won't exactly be 7-threaded games when they come out.
Lets take your 5-year span example. It was a sad sads examply by the way. Upgrading the graphics card only in 5 years? Look at five years ago dude. That was the time of 1.0GHz Pentium IIIs. Hell, a 1.0GHz Pentium III was awesome at the time. I remember I bought a Pentium III system with 256MB RAM for $1600 5 years ago. Now, you're talking about upgrading the graphics 3 times; my question to you is; Are you going to put a 6600GT in a Pentium III processor?
Exactly. You're not. You'll buy a whole new system, a much much better system.
This is just getting sad.
PS3 in mid-2006 = 218 gigaflops.
Athlon 64 in mid-2006 = 7 gigaflops.
218/7 = 31. Meaning the Cell processor will be 31x faster.
Now lets look at Moore's law; "The speed of processors will double every 18 months."
Processor power in mid-2006 = 7 gigaflops x 2 = 14 gigaflops in 2008 (I added 18 months).
14 gigaflops in 2008 x 2 = 28 gigaflops in mid-2009.
28 gigaflops in mid-2009 x 2 = 56 gigaflops in 2011.
I think we can all agree that 2011 is when the PS3 will end its life? No? You think it'll last longer?
56 gigaflops in 2011 x 2 = 112 gigaflops in mid-2012.
Still 1/2 the power of the Cell.
112 gigaflops in mid-2012 x 2 = 224 gigaflops in 2014. NOW it equals the power of the Cell processor.
Basically, you'll have to keep upgrading your PC until 2014 ($$$$$$) if you want it to keep up with the PS3.
Or you could spend $500 and get a PS3...