January 15, 2010
Xbox360 showing it’s age
So it’s been five years since the Xbox was released. This has become ever apparent to me in the last couple of days. I was at a clients house who needed me to set up a Xbox360 on xbox live. I did this and then tried out left for dead 2 on his system. For those who don’t know I own a copy for the PC and when I logged in to play the differences in graphical quality were apparent. My client ran a 52″ 1080p LCD tv running the xbox at 1080p. I run a AMD Phenom 9950, Radeon HD 4890 1gb, 4gb of ddr2 cl3 ram, on a Asus board. I run all settings maxed at 1080p or 1920 x 1080 respectivly.
Some of the major differences I noticed were first and foremost were overall graphical quality. The textures on everything seems much duller and the overall feel was far rougher. It didn’t have that clean, crisp and sharp look that I have been accustomed to on the PC. The weapons did not show near as much detail as the PC version neither did the buildings, tree’s or the characters. The characters were the most obvious graphic quality difference. The faces were rough and under detailed compared to the PC. I also felt the way the gore was presented within the game was far worse on the 360. I noticed that whenever I blew away a zombie… the way they died seemed… unimpressive.
In essence the 360 is a small computer. It has 3.2ghz TriCore xenon processor, with 512gb of ram, 20 — 120gb hard drive and has ATI Xenos graphics card with 16 processor cores running at 500 mhz with 10mb of GDDR3. You can read up on the complete specs here. The graphics card is where the system is starting to show it’s age. It just cant handle graphic capabilities of newer graphics cards. For comparison of specs we will take a look at the ATI radeon 4890 1gb graphics card. The card runs at 800 processing cores at 900mhz a core on GDDR5 memory you can read the complete specs here. The 16 stream processing cores vs the 800 stream processing cores shows how much more powerful newer graphics cards are alone.
Recently Microsoft said that it doesn’t plan to make a new console in the near future within the new 3 — 5 years it plans to release software and “hardware” upgrades for it’s console. So it will be interesting to see how PC vs Console war pans out.