Linus Blomberg, CTO and Co-founder of Avalanche Studios, has been openly excited and optimistic about Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4since seeing it last month at the New York launch event. Some of his comments in a recent interview on Gaming Bolt got our attention as he talks about the health and status of mobile, console and PC gaming.
“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.
“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.”
How could that be? Is memory really that important and don’t most gaming PCs already have 8GB or more memory? Memory prices have nearly doubled since Q4 2012, but you can still pick up an 8GB (2x4GB) memory kit for around $50 shipped. Linus Blomberg has taken some heat since that interview and has tried to clear the air a bit on twitter. He made it clear that he said ‘most’ PCs and that it isn’t exactly the RAM amount, but that it’s the unified GDDR5 memory being used on the Sony PS4 and the low latencies. Time will tell!
“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.