Crytek Next Gen 8GB RAM

Published on April 16th, 2011

German studio Crytek has become the latest developer to start discussing what it would like to see from the next-generation of consoles, saying that 8GBs of RAM should be "a minimum" for the next-gen.

"My finger-pointing at Microsoft/Sony would really be on the memory side," said Crytek’s principal graphics engineer Tiago Sousa while discussing with Eurogamer the problems the team encountered when developing for console.

"It’s way too low, and the biggest crippling factor from a visual perspective. I would really like to see next-gen console platforms with a minimum of 8GB."

Current generation consoles, of course, have significantly less.

Xbox 360 only has 512MB of DDR3 RAM, and while PlayStation 3 has the same, only 256MB is allocated towards video memory. The remaining is put towards system resources.

To put that into perspective, the PC version of Crysis 2 requires at least 2GB of RAM, and 3GB if you’re running it on Windows Vista.

Both Avalanche Studios and Battlefield 3 developer DICE have discussed next-generation consoles in recent interviews, with the latter saying that it is "desperate" to see a new generation.

A successor to the Wii is heavily rumoured to be unveiled at this year’s E3. But with Sony and Microsoft hoping to extend the life of their current consoles via recently released motion controllers, we wouldn’t bet on seeing a new Xbox or PlayStation any time soon.

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