Carmack On PS4 And Xbox One: "It's Weird How Close They Are"
We've heard some developers say the PlayStation 4 has more potential than the Xbox One.
But not everyone believes that. For instance, id Software co-founder John Carmack has said that both new consoles are "essentially the same" in terms of hardware.
Speaking during his QuakeCon keynote address, Carmack said it's actually pretty surprising that both systems are so close in terms of capability:
"It's almost amazing how close they are in capabilities, how common they are. And that the capabilities that they give are essentially the same."
He admitted that there are differences in memory architecture and other specs but in the end, "it's almost weird how close they are." He also said that in the short-term, this will be a good thing for developers and gamers, and an "excellent thing for AMD." It's certainly true that game makers will be able to tap into more of each console's power right off the bat. But it's interesting that we've heard a lot of designers praising the PS3's composition and we haven't heard quite as much similar praise for the Xbox One. At least, not based on headlines we've seen.
As for Microsoft reversing their online policies, Carmack said that whole snafu was a little blown out of proportion:
"I think the witch hunt was a little bit unjustified there. I personally am extremely fond of having all of my digital purchases in a curated garden. All of my iTunes, all of my Amazon stuff, all of my Steam things. And it's a positive thing."
I'm sorry, but I'm just going to say it: Given Carmack's obviously PC-oriented background and the fact that id Software has always been more closely tied to the Xbox, I'm wondering just how much experience this guy has with PlayStation. However, I'm sure he knows hardware.
8/2/2013 10:45:38 PM Ben Dutka