Re: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The Xbox was NEVER the equal statistically of PCs when it came out. It had a hell of a lot less memory and CPU power. The reason consoles seem to exhibit more power (EDIT: Than they actually have) is two-fold:
1. They don't have a huge OS running in the background. Meaning, all the memory is available to the game, and the CPU's context shifting is far less likely to ever bottlenck you.
EDIT: One of my flatmates just called me a goit for posting this bit, because (as he says, correctly I might add) the Xbox runs a modified version of the Win2k Kernel. It IS true that all systems of any kind DO need to run a Kernel, but the nice thing about a console is that that is the ONLY other major thing running. In reality, when you're running a game the Windows process scheduler should have enough sense to not let anything else interrupt it, but that's not always the case. Because games tend to be a heavyweight process, anything else interrupting will probably result in a complete context shift... which is pretty quick in human terms, but pretty slow in CPU terms. Just thought I should qualify that statement, as it's a little misleading when I really think about it.
2. Developers really really work to get every little bit of performance of Console hardware, and can develop for a specific hardware set. Makes things a LOT easier.
As for why would you want an R500, I'd think the answer is pretty clear - it's going to be a lot faster than an NV40 or R420. I'd imagine the XBox2 will either come out just before or just after the NV50/R520... so, truth be known th Xbox 2 will probably at least seem more powerful than its PC contemporaries when it comes out.
Oh, that and it's going to be running an IBM custom designed tri-core Power-PC chip. I mean, ****, that thing is going to be FAST.
Dr Possible: Core 2 Duo E6400 on Gigabyte GA-965P-DS4. Galaxy GeForce 7600GT. 2GB Corsair XMS 2 DDR2-6400 RAM (CL5). ATi Theatre 550 Pro. Windows XP MCE. All stored in Piano black Antec Sonata II, with a broken door.
Mobile: ASUS M2400N, Pentium M 1.5 GHz. 512 MB DDR RAM. Intel EXTREME graphics. Windows XP SP 2 / Ubuntu 5.10.
Ridiculous DOES not have an 'e' in it. It comes from "ridicule" and has less than nothing to do with the colour red.
Last edited by Subtestube; 09-25-04 at 08:52 AM.