Originally Posted by extralife
I said a modest off the shelf PC today would compete with if not outstrip a PS4/Xbone. A modest PC today could not make Crysis look like that, much less in 2007. When Crysis was released there was not a single consumer grade PC in existence that could run it at full settings in 1080p at even 30 FPS. In most ways, Crysis is still the most technically impressive game in existence from a raw power perspective. Only Crysis 3 and Metro Last Light can really compete. Of course, Crysis is also the least optimized video game ever developed.
As for the "myth" of console power, when the original Playstation came out consumer computers were barely capable running 3D video games in the slightest. It was not until 1996 (the PS launched in late 94) that PCs could reasonably compete. The PS2, and particularly the Xbox and Gamecube all outstripped mainstream PC 3D performance in 2000 and 2001. Prior to 3D, consoles were far more adept at gaming than comparable computers.
You use the words "mainstream" and "modestly priced" interchangeably. Sorry, but that's just not the case. A mainstream Personal Computer can barely run the Sims.
As for "modestly priced" gaming computer - what is the price, is it assembled by your self, is it purchased at retail?
Here's some reference points:
The comparably more powerful 7series gfx card to the PS3's RSX was available for roughly ~$200 during the launch of the system.
A very popular PC game that sold very well at the same time as when the original Xbox was released was Battlefield 1942. The best visuals on the Xbox at the time belonged to the launch title: Halo Combat Evolved.
Visuals of the two games are highly comparable with the PC's BF1942 having the inclusion of large levels, better draw distance and 64 player vehicle based battles.
What is your definition of "consumer grade"? And Crysis does not have to be run at "full settings" to outstrip what was available on the consoles at the time. Not to mention, consoles don't run games at 1080p, contrary to what the makers might have you believe.