Up For Debate - Are You Ready for the Huge Leap in PC Game System Specs When PS5 Launches?

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 1:53 PM

As surely as night follows day, the arrival of a new console generation means a big, big change for PC gamers - a dramatic rise in system requirements. The initial reveal of the PlayStation 5 and its specs will essentially set a new minimum benchmark for AAA gaming. We saw it with Gen 8, Gen 7, and Gen 6, and we’re barreling toward the same situation with Gen 9.

It’s not all doom and gloom for you and your trusty rig though. This sweeping change usually takes around 6-18 months after a new console generation’s launch to really take effect. All those cross-platform titles straddling PS4 and PS5 will mean games are geared towards current hardware just as much as they are next-gen goodness. For the short term at least.

While we don’t have the confirmed specs for the 7nm Navi GPU, many of you with high-end hardware will also no doubt have graphics cards and processors that are already a match for the 2020 console. The very nature of evolving hardware means Sony and Microsoft have to stick a flag in the sand at some point, finalising the specs before mass production can begin. Between then and the console launches, PC gaming tech will advance and leave it behind.

The only problem is if we’re not prepared to advance with it. If we take a look at 2013, before the PS4 launched, for example, all of the biggest AAA titles had reasonable specs. The trusty GeForce 8800 GT was still going strong and could play just about anything you could throw at it, along with a small 2GB stick of DDR3 RAM and a modest dual-core processor. That system could let you play Metro: Last Light without an issue.

Fast forward 18 months to early 2015 and suddenly you have The Witcher 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Dying Light, and, shudder, Batman: Arkham Knight. The system requirements for these games are nearly unrecognisable compared to the likes Bioshock Infinite, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Saints Row IV.

It’s because every 5-7 years in step with the new consoles, we get a major step up in technology. A rising tide lifts all boats, as the old saying goes. PC gaming will leave these consoles in the dust within a few years, but those few years are the shortest, sharpest jolt you can experience as a PC gamer on a budget. Your options are pretty open here, whether that’s splashing out shiny new hardware now, or holding on until a year into the console generation where you can begin to buy far faster GPUs and CPUs than those available in in the consoles, ensuring you stay one step ahead.

The very nature of console generations means that right at the end of a console generation is where PC gaming’s light shines brightest. Right now, at this moment, high-end PC gaming is so far beyond even the mid-step upgrade consoles like the PS4 Pro that it’s a night and day difference. Higher frame rates, stronger graphical fidelity, and more reliable support at high resolutions. Once the hardware ceiling is raised though, in early 2020 or whenever it happens to be, we’ll enter a mad season in terms of PC upgrades. Games will no longer be developed in mind of your GeForce GTX 1060, they’ll be built towards the PS5’s 7nm Navi GPU. Console gaming is still big business for AAA publishers and it’s here where a lot of attention will be focused.

Back in 2014, Felix said the best time to upgrade and overhaul your PC is around one year after a new console generation launches. What do you think though, are you going to plan ahead and get a beefy upgrade now? Or are you going to wait until we’re a bit deeper into the 9th Gen before taking the plunge? Let us know what you think of the situation below!

Will you be upgrading in preparation for next-gen consoles?

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11:35 Apr-26-2019

Pc is Pc.

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12:50 Apr-29-2019

Tomato is tomato

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20:23 Apr-24-2019

Just wonder how long my PC will hold up.

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14:36 Apr-24-2019

I iust hope me wife won't nag me when upgrading GPU.

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14:40 Apr-24-2019

She doesn't have to know

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22:46 Apr-22-2019

I think so, but not sure, what do you guys think? (:)

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22:14 Apr-22-2019

And here I am with my 1060, hoping it'll last me years, what a fool I am. Honestly though, I am more worried about the state of games we get these days like,what use is there for a good gaming platform if the games themselves are lazy cash-grabs?, Id rather play a good game on the lowest settings than a mediocre one at the highest possible settings.

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12:53 Apr-23-2019

There you go, the specs are on the rise as the quality is falling, it's a paradox and I don't see anything coming that'll be worth of some serious upgrade.

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17:41 Apr-22-2019

just wait for the 30 series

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04:35 Apr-21-2019

wtf are they talking about? my rig is above average and it still kills 'ps5' theory also no one ever mentions the monitor. my asus monitor is miles ahead of any tv

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06:18 Apr-21-2019

no matter how our hardware is powerfull console will always have optimisation on theyr side

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09:57 Apr-21-2019

i disagree if u have a good enough setup. ps4 is a lot easier. but then im not spending money on games am i im also not changing anything for 10 years. apart from new gpus in 5 years. pc will always be ahead, how can it not?

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19:10 Apr-24-2019

You disagree that console games are better optimized? It's not really a matter of agreeing lol it's just true. Of course with good enough hardware it's not noticible.

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22:32 Apr-20-2019

Xbox 2s/ps51080p =
Ryzen 1700 + rx590 oc 8gb + 12gbram


Xbox 2/ Ps5 pro 4k =
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720p med high til 2025
I5 3570k 4.6ghz+rx570 8gb+12gbram


Thats how mafia works,

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19:48 Apr-20-2019

A console can never bit a PC gaming in terms of quality and pictures sharpness.

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20:00 Apr-20-2019

They will once photorealism becomes a thing. :P

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22:35 Apr-20-2019

and you, seriously everyone knows by now that console is like a little brother prototype to the a pc and will always be and even if console does surpass PC, we probably have super pcs by then

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23:25 Apr-20-2019

Technically speaking, game consoles are PCs they are just far more dedicated to a single task, gaming.


They have processors, graphics card, ram, and operating systems. You can even use a mouse and keyboard with them.

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04:36 Apr-21-2019

Consoles are like the equivalent to 5 year old PCs.

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18:45 Apr-21-2019

Only when they are close to the end of their lifespan. These upcoming ones will send give most PCs a run for their money. I'm talking mid-range PCs.

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22:34 Apr-20-2019

careful my guy that these haters dont down vote, to the dark side ( we have cake lol )

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16:52 Apr-24-2019

You guys are probably too young to remember but once upon a time consoles used to be more powerful than PCs for gaming having custom built gpu's that far outclassed the latest PC's that all changed after the mid 90s though when PC's took it

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15:04 Apr-20-2019

Barely touched my PS4 since i finished RD2 2 months ago,my old rig is still performing pretty well so playing most games on pc now until Days gone comes out..If games will really be unplayable with my specs i guess i'll consider uprgading,or maybe get the PS5 if the lanch titles are interesting. Too soon to decide,guess we'll wait and see.

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04:54 Apr-21-2019

we are totally jealous of RD2 dont worry about that, agree tho only a handful of games we want to play ps4

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16:54 Apr-24-2019

You will need a completely new PC by 2021 as the PS5 will make 8 cores 16 threads a minimum due to it using 8 core Ryzen your PC can only support the i7-3770k 4 core 8 thread chip at most.

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11:46 Apr-20-2019

If I get the top Navi GPU this year when it launches (assuming the price is reasonable), how long do you expect I'll be safe? Or would it be wiser to wait until 2020? I've already been with my current GPU for over 4 years.

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14:26 Apr-20-2019

It depends on your resolution and refresh rate. Do you plan to stick to 1080p/60Hz or you wanna go higher in resolution and Hz. We don't know how powerful NAVI will be but 1080p/1440p 144Hz is a safe assumption.

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18:18 Apr-20-2019

I'll probably remain at 1080p for a while, at most I might upgrade to 1440p, but probably still at 60Hz

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11:37 Apr-20-2019

I already anticipated on this event happening by upgrading my pc last year (march, cpu, mobo, ram) and this year (gpu)
So im already settled for when this happens :D

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16:56 Apr-24-2019

Well you changed your motherboard so it's technically a new PC and not an upgrade however you are indeed set for next gen and that PC should last you another 5-7 years.

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08:26 Apr-20-2019

I should be fine till 2021 and after that all i need to do i lower my Processor load down, but to be honest i doubt we'll see a game that truly stresses out a TRUE 8 Core prosessor unless it has some crazy PHYSICS simulation or like a 1000

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08:29 Apr-20-2019

on screen NPC's or such unless the game comes with some really insane Ai implementation of enemies with Machine learning similar to what moto GP i belive is doing. pritier graphics are all i think we might get bombarded with atleat at start

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07:54 Apr-20-2019

i think i will be fine for the next 2 years :)

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16:57 Apr-24-2019

Yes you will keep that PC then build a totally new machine at the end of 2021 and you will be golden.

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04:42 Apr-20-2019

My specs will be the new minimum system requirement standard for next gen PC titles.

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04:59 Apr-20-2019

i feel you

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03:54 Apr-20-2019

We'll see when we get there

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00:14 Apr-20-2019

Unless CrossfireX makes a comeback my PC will struggle a lot (oof)

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05:06 Apr-20-2019

That 2gb vram limit would cause more issues. Even with crossfire an upgrade would be much more worth it.

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15:10 Apr-20-2019

Crossfire is a thing of the past,one single good gpu is much better than 2 mainstream ones it's a known fact, so sell your 270 when you can and get a more powerful card,your cpu too like mine needs an upgrade i'm afraid.

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18:40 Apr-20-2019

That is an opinion.

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16:59 Apr-24-2019

You will be in need of an entirely new machine when next gen starts properly in 2020/2021.

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23:39 Apr-19-2019

My entire computer will be neglected once I upgrade my graphics card... question is how many weeks will it take to research for a new computer.

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22:26 Apr-19-2019

GPU will blaze through the games but I think my CPU could be a problem in some games

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00:38 Apr-20-2019

Stick a x5675 in there oc it to kingdom come make sure you're running triple channel should still run fine in modern games :P

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08:35 Apr-25-2019

The Xeon I use now only runs @4GHz but with 1.3V lmao seems like I just have to be lucky to get a good one

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02:41 Apr-20-2019

How is my GPU listed as 100% better than 2070 with 20% OC? :|

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03:15 Apr-20-2019

Weird, comparison says my GPU is 100% better than yours... that does not sound right.

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05:38 Apr-20-2019

Says mine is 100% better as well. Oh well looks like AMD is beating Nvidia ;)

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13:58 Apr-20-2019

I brought this up with one of the admins, he said it's because the GPU that Timtheshock has in his profile has not yet been rated.

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22:20 Apr-19-2019

Am I safe here guys?

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22:25 Apr-19-2019

Yeah pretty sure

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