Crytek Exec Says Next-Gen Game Console Requires 8 GB RAM

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Crytek Chief Executive Cervat Yerli laid out his observations during an interview with gaming website Video Gamer. According to him, next-generation consoles will require more RAM—about 8 GB or more—for maximum performance.

The exec added that console memory is “the single most important thing that is always going to be underbalanced.” Although he is referring to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Yerli stated that the reason for the underbalanced console memory is the gaming system’s production stage.

He then suggested that the purported Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 may feature 8 GB RAM or more. Yerli even added that Sony and Microsoft could quadruple their respective console’s memory. That is if they can look for ways to cheapen its production cost.

Although a 32 GB may sound far-fetched, the exec strongly believes that more memory is necessary for console makers to come up with a next-generation cutting-edge gaming system.

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Purported Release for Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4

Industry pundits are expecting that the so-called Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 will be released late next year. However, a recent report from SemiAccurate states that the purported consoles are facing production issues. Thus, their release could be delayed to 2014.

Also dubbed as Xbox Next, Microsoft’s rumored Xbox 720 used to carry the Project Kryptos moniker and reportedly comes with a developer test system chip called Oban. Earlier this year, it was reported on the website that the console’s processor was in the works. There were also about 10,000 initial orders of the Oban wafers being manufactured by IBM primarily.

However, SemiAccurate also reported about a couple of problems in Microsoft, which could cause the production delay of their purported next-gen console. As posted on the website last September:

The chip, which is still referred to as “Oban”, is being run through multiple fabs in very high quantities, too high by more than an order of magnitude to simply be for dev kits…. Given the sheer number of wafers Microsoft contracted for, this seems to be both an anticipated problem, and one they have plans to work through.

As for Sony’s PlayStation 4, the project is called Thebes, and it carries AMD CPU and GPU. Most likely it will be released in the spring of 2014, but it could be postponed until fall of the same year.

However, these things remain as “speculations” until an official statement is released by each gaming system manufacturer.

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