January 15, 2010

Xbox360 showing it’s age

So it’s been five years since the Xbox was released.  This has become ever apparent to me in the last couple of days.  I was at a clients house who needed me to set up a Xbox360 on xbox live.  I did this and then tried out left for dead 2 on his system.  For those who don’t know I own a copy for the PC and when I logged in to play the differences in graphical quality were apparent.  My client ran a 52″ 1080p LCD tv running the xbox at 1080p.  I run a AMD Phenom 9950, Radeon HD 4890 1gb, 4gb of ddr2 cl3 ram, on a Asus board.  I run all settings maxed at 1080p or 1920 x 1080 respectivly.

Some of the major differences I noticed were first and foremost were overall graphical quality.  The textures on everything seems much duller and the overall feel was far rougher. It didn’t have that clean, crisp and sharp look that I have been accustomed to on the PC.  The weapons did not show near as much detail as the PC version neither did the buildings, tree’s or the characters.  The characters were the most obvious graphic quality difference.   The faces were rough and under detailed compared to the PC.  I also felt the way the gore was presented within the game was far worse on the 360.  I noticed that whenever I blew away a zombie… the way they died seemed… unimpressive.

In essence the 360 is a small computer.  It has 3.2ghz TriCore xenon processor, with 512gb of ram, 20 – 120gb hard drive and has ATI Xenos graphics card with 16 processor cores running at 500 mhz with 10mb of GDDR3.  You can read up on the complete specs here.   The graphics card is where the system is starting to show it’s age.  It just cant handle graphic capabilities of newer graphics cards.   For comparison of specs we will take a look at the ATI radeon 4890 1gb graphics card.  The card runs at 800 processing cores at 900mhz a core on GDDR5 memory you can read the complete specs here.  The 16 stream processing cores vs the 800 stream processing cores shows how much more powerful newer graphics cards are alone.

Recently Microsoft said that it doesn’t plan to make a new console in the near future within the new 3 – 5 years it plans to release software and “hardware” upgrades for it’s console. So it will be interesting to see how PC vs Console war pans out.


  1. T8 - November 24, 2010 4:49 pm

    @RustNuts, im so glad you are balls deep in pussy due to your xbox skills.

    There is no “nerd factor” for PC gaming. What you consider the “nerd factor” is what we would call enlightened, and what you would also call “far superior gaming machine”, we would call baby’s first video game 🙂

  2. Protokiller - November 22, 2010 5:28 pm

    Actually the 360 has 48 stream processors that aren’t comparable to the stream processors on the newer ATI cards.

    The 8600GTS beats the 2600xt and thats a 120 vs 32 stream processor comparison, ATI has said that the Xenos chip is comparable to an X1900 which beats the 2600XT with it’s 120 stream processors.

    The area the 360 is showing it’s age is in the Ram (512mb) and memory bandwidth which prevents them from doing native 1080P

  3. RustNut - January 24, 2010 9:35 pm

    WRONG! The 360 is a far superior gaming machine..It doesnt carry that “nerd factor” that the pc has. And chicks love guys who play on the 360 over the pc……its all about the chick man.

  4. Crazieman_47 - January 20, 2010 7:29 am

    I just love the PC for gaming for one factoid. I can Edit and modify the Data for a PC game! Making my own textures, and 3d models is what PC is all about to me, and without the ability to make semi nude dancers in GTA nude is just boring to me. Don’t get me wrong I love my PS3, but I want to Browse the File structures, I want to be able to change code, do some IDA Hex editing… wait.. you didnt read that last part right? go back and read it again, and then tell me you didnt, it would make me feel so much better.

  5. DeathProof - January 17, 2010 3:34 pm

    For the majority of gamers, one huge advantage to consoles is the ability to go into any game store in the country and head to the 360 or PS3 section and for sure, 100% any game bought for your console will work. And it will work the way its supposed to. Even though the way its supposed to is not as cool as a PC, console is more user friendly and most likely will become more and more the platform of choice of the majority. That’s not to say the majority are always right : )

  6. PimpmasterF - January 17, 2010 5:46 am

    Good point but computers can also be the same way, granted not as high of a failure rate and easier to replace parts but you get my point. Also Microsoft did us all a solid and extended the warranty for the 360 out 3 more yrs. due to the RROD issue. Also the need to upgrade a PC every couple years or so to keep up with tech. advancement compares to the RROD issue. They both have pros and cons and honestly I think it comes down to personal preference, for me PC is my fav. with the PS3 next. But bottom line it comes down to which cost is worth it to you, PC build + upgrades vs. Console + console repair 🙂

  7. thsoundman - January 16, 2010 10:08 am

    You also have to remember they aren’t error free systems. I have had 2 xobx RROD on me since i bought them. You figure that the standard warranty on an xbox is 1 year so if they both fell out of warranty before then I would of had to spend 400 + 300 + 300 *this is the order i bought them in*. Thats $1000 I can build a awesome gaming rig for far less then 1000 dollars. Including a monitor. Not to mention that I constantly get “This disc is unreadable” on many NEW games. People have this notion that PC gaming is far more expensive. You can shove a midline ATI Radeon 4890 in any midrange PC you buy at the store today and you can game on it. So you figure you spend $170 for the video card and $50 for the memory and thats only $220 for a system that now plays every game on the market. Not to mention all the money I spent on a new DLP 61″ DLP 1080p tv plus all the $50 controllers i had to buy.

  8. PimpmasterF - January 15, 2010 11:35 pm

    This is why the PC has been and will always be the platform of choice for enthusiest gamers and people who just plain pay attention to detail. Granted the console is a cheap alternative to PC gaming but for those with the budget and know how consoled just dont compare. The thing is consoles are designed to play any game smoothly without upgrading and without a performance hit, therefore they have to have restrictions, less AA/AF, low filtering, low effects, etc. Now the 360 and PS3 have come a long way in performance and both offer an amazing gaming experience but they do leave a bit to be desired. PC FTW!!!!!


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