While developers have praised the PlayStation 4 for its PC hardware architecture, some have criticized it for being “just a PC”. While the PS4 at heart is a PC, we’ve hard from developers some that the console will “outpower most PCs for years to come“.
Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 as a “supercharged PC”, featuring PC components that will eventually be available for PC gamers to purchase — AMD will release the Jaguar CPU later this year, and it will be entirely possible to build a PS4-like PC.
But Sony stresses that despite the PC hardware, the PlayStation 4 is a gaming console. In a recent interview, Sony’s Michael Denny said that the PlayStation 4 “is still a console made for gaming, with gaming at its heart”.
PlayStation 4’s hardware performance is better than the sum of its parts. Compared to a PC, there isn’t a heavy OS layer (e.g. Windows) that takes up a bunch of resources. While the PS4 is technically a PC, it’s tailored and optimized for gaming. Ultimately, we’ll have to wait and see what the developers can get out of the new console. What we’ve seen so far looks compelling.