PS4 and Xbox 720 RAM debate continues

RAM or memory will be the most important part in the upcoming next gen consoles and the way games are advancing nowadays, we understand that this element is a deciding factor in developing better graphics, physics and AI as well as other things. However, RAMs are very expensive and this will mean some decisions will have to be made by console makers on whether they can make these systems affordable to the consumer.

Using a simple equation it is easy to see the higher the RAM the more powerful the console is, amounting to a higher overall expense, so reports that the PS4 and Xbox 720 are set to have 8GB of RAM may seem to be less than what is required for the evolution of gaming. In an article on Info Barrel they suggest that both consoles will require at least 16GB of RAM to be relevant, accommodating the sort of ideas and foresight that developers like Epic games and Crytek would need to show off their visions, otherwise the upgrade would not be warranted.

4-8GB of RAM may be alright for the time being but we are looking at the evolution of gaming in years to come, and according to Crytek’s CEO the next gen console will need to have a minimum of 32GB for their future ideas, which seems much more than we expected. We are now under the impression that console makers should take these points of view on board, and maybe a happy medium of 16GB may be worth contemplating, although the rise in mobile gaming is also something the likes of Sony and Microsoft should be considering.

If some developers are suggesting that 32GB of RAM is required, we feel that this should be met at least by half, even if the overall expense could be compromised, but 8 seems to be the word on the street. Some gamers feel that consoles having more than 16GB of RAM would be an expensive exercise, therefore, 8GB seems more plausible. Others believe we will end up with only 4GB as not many games nowadays require more than this, but if we want to see the same kind of staying power that the current consoles have, so would it not be wiser to have more than not enough.

Overall many believe that 16GB is nice but they cannot see this happening, and a large majority expect only a quarter, as anything more will make these consoles too expensive. In relation to this, last month we spoke about the possibility PS4 hardware could be dictated by the Xbox 720, as news of 4GB of memory is becoming more prominent, although this could be bumped up to 8 depending on what Microsoft is offering.

This is where competition from the two companies could be beneficial for gamers, although many feel that 4GB will be the eventual outcome, yet some suggest that 6MB is not out of the question. Would you rather see a more expensive console on the market that contains a higher RAM?

  • Hardik

    It is 6GB not 6MB

  • Boz

    In future, try writing an article that actually states where you’re getting these opinions from and use sources. Saying “some feel” and “others believe” is incredibly vague and makes your writing seem unreliable and amateur. Just a tip!

  • kidcody

    Video memory needs to be at least 1gb . Current consoles only use 256mb ram. I think 4gb is enough .

  • spigzone

    “However, RAMs are very expensive …”

    I can get a 4GB memory module delivered to my door for $20. What will it cost Microsoft buying chips in bulk? … a fraction of that. They could put 8GB in their console for under $20 for dead certain.

    Far from being ‘very expensive’, RAM in fact is dirt cheap. I plan to put 32GB in my next build because … why not?