Nvidia VP on Next-Gen Consoles: “There’s no way a 200W Xbox is going to beat a 1,000W PC”

Nvidia is in the limelight these days. First they announced that they are working with the SteamOS and boasting on how much powerful PCs are as compared to consoles. Given that Nvidia was skipped by both the titans of console manufacturers who opted to go with AMD this time, it is understandable that it is siding with the PC gamers and assuring them each and every way.

During an interview with PC Powerplay, Nvidia’s senior vice president of technology Tomy Tamasi stated that the PCs will leave the consoles behind, again.

By the time of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the consoles were on par with the PC…

If you look inside those boxes, they’re both powered by graphics technology by AMD or NVIDIA, because by that time all the graphics innovation was being done by PC graphics companies.


Of course he’s Nvidia’s senior VP, he’s supposed to say stuff like this for the benefit of the company, shouldn’t he? Well he’s not far off and completely in the wrong here. The current-generation of the consoles ran a lifespan of seven-to-eight years whereas the generation before that had a lifespan of five-to-six years. Sony and Microsoft had both stated that the upcoming next-generation of their consoles may run a lifespan of  ten years. By the time the consoles reach their prime, most of the PCs will be decently upgraded to allow more visually powerful gaming and the consoles will look like power-starved PCs.

“The consoles have power budgets of only 200 or 300 Watts, so they can put them in the living room, using small fans for cooling, yet run quietly and cool…

And that’s always going to be less capable than a PC, where we spend 250W just on the GPU. There’s no way a 200W Xbox is going to be beat a 1000W PC.”

Nvidia has been partnering up with Valve on the new SteamOS by making its drivers available for Linux. Something the PC gamers who prefer more independence have been asking for a long, long time. Recently AMD launched its new lineup of GPUs that rival directly with Nvidia’s top-end GPU lineup, along with the release was an API called ‘Mantle’ that will allow developers to port GCN architecture easily to PC by means of low-level high-performance drivers.

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  • Griffith

    The least common denominator is what nvidia needs to understand that developers do not throw money into 1000 watt pc’s because there’s little revenue back from that they create games based on console graphics and perhaps put a little extra love into the pc version. the pc version has higher res and more frames rates but basically the same developed game and textures its not optimized this is always hows its gonna be.

  • Jason Mounce

    Nvidia’s constant whining has put me off from wanting to invest my money in their GPU’s. Honestly, they’re bloody reacting like butthurt children ever since AMD were the ones to get the deals with X1 and PS4. All I’ve heard ever since is them bitching and moaning about how the consoles will be inferior products and garbage in comparison to them. Nvidia is falling into decline and they’re being sore losers and obnoxious brats about it.

    I don’t want to give them my money, at all. Which is good since the last GPU I bought 2 weeks ago for my new PC was a Gigabyte HD 7970 which of course uses AMD’s chipset. I’m quite content with it since it only cost me $300 and with it I’m at least capable of running games like Metro 2033 on max settings with no stuttering.

    • RL

      I think you got their statement all wrong. They know consoles are not the future. They’ve pulled their support from consoles to work on better options, aka, Linux support, Valve’s new Machine and OS, etc. They’re pushing their BILLION dollar a year research budget on the future. Plus, AMD was a year away from bankruptcy last year, so you know AMD put up the cheapest contract, which is why everyone went with them. Not only that, but why would Nvidia focus again on closed systems, whilst they have better hardware, support, less heat issues, better Day-0 drivers, etc.

      • Jason Mounce

        They did offer a cheaper choice, but Nvidia is still in decline and that is a fact, I wasn’t aware of whether or not AMD was infact close to bankruptcy or not, though interesting if so. Though, it was clear to me that Nvidias offering was clearly in higher-demand because they expected Sony and Microsoft to go with Nvidia and pay them higher royalty than before, Nvidia expected more and it wasn’t so much that Sony and Microsoft were like “Well, we’d lose less money if we go with AMD…” but that Nvidia got greedy, from what I had seen and read. They expected too much and got left aside, who else would they have gone to? Nvidia shot their own foot if all I had seen and read was accurate.

        AMD and Nvidia will support SteamOS too, course.

  • Holyfire

    So how do these uber powered PCs intend to compete with XB1s stereoscopic infra-red tracked Kinect2 fitness titles coming, or WiiUs balance board based fitness games and its fit meter tracking u on the move.
    thats just one petty example. PCs have a place, but they’re yet to utterly oitshine consoles by far.
    nVidias argument also hinges on the assumption that the mass PC population are all affording fairly pricey PC components

    • wertyuio

      PC games are games. There are no gimmicks involved, but when your hardware and quality is good enough, you don’t need any. Take a look at the 10 highest rated games of the last 10 years; how many of them relied on kinect or a balance board? Even the wii’s highest rated games were rather traditional in form.

      Nvidia’s argument does not hinge on the assumption that PC gamers are affording pricey PC parts. It’s simply a comment on how downvoltaging inherently comes at the cost of performance.

      • heavenshitman1

        First of all Wiis most successf7l titles and general success was based on games using the Wii peripherals. i think even Wii fit did a major long term success.
        but nVidia seriously sound like they’re incinuating PC gamed will always be better. which is a horrid fallacy

        • theYETI

          Horrid fallacy? PC games will be better and are better because the technology utilized by devs is incredibly more advanced. AAA titles on PC look better and run better, the only thing that PC games really have in common with consoles is content, and that too may end with PC standalones funded by crowdsourcing begin to emerge due to high demand.

    • Iramohs

      Oculus rift. The kinect will be PC enabled. Also there’s no need for that gimmicky bullshit on PC.

  • Matt

    The power draw of the consoles are the least concerning thing… AMD is going to have a more stable business model going into the future. Games are going to be developed on AMD hardware thus the compatibility and performance will naturally favor their architecture unless Nvidia jump in and pay off the dev. AMD is even developing an API that will make it easier for devs to port over to PC’s using AMD hardware so Nvidia is in a really bad position right now but they’ve done nothing but talk… I’ve yet to see anything from them besides them announcing their involvement in the SteamOS.

    I’m not bashing… I own a 680GTX and I know it’s still has some umph left in it but switching over to AMD with my next upgrade is getting harder and harder to put off.