I have completely updated my page on system requirements
Now I use an embedded worksheet so if I need to tweak the machine specs it is easier
I use the console as the era for games for want of a metric
The new gen 9 will be very demanding so it will be slow to be adopted due to the cost
No, frankly, I do not go agree with you to say there is something on the 9th generation of game console. The reason is obvious that Xbox One S and PS4 Pro are the only updated version, rather than the next generation!
given the move to 4k UHD from HDTV I consider it a new generation with bumped up system requirements etc
consoles have become more PC like over time which now leaves Nintendo on their own
No, they are not the criterions for the 9th generation of game console. And both consoles mentioned are only the updated versions rather than another generation. Sorry!
Streaming from server, well, that is a common thing. Such as the NTVDM to use an emulator to emulate the real mode instruction set, Rosetta in Mac OS X to emulate PowerPC applications. But they are none the case with the 9th generation.
For the 7th generation of game consoles, all are based on the PowerPC architecture, including the Xbox 360. But Playstation 3 is an innovated design for its Cell processor or APU, star architecture. But there are distinct differences between the 7th and 8th. The 8th generation seems more or less the general purpose computer specified for games, rather than the game console like previous generations, no matter Xbox One or Sony Playstation 4. The Xbox One S and PS4 Pro only bring the improvements to its previous products. There is no revolutionary change at all, so they are still on the 8th generation.
The PS3 was a developers joke so 90% of games used a single thread game design. The CPU in the 360 was dramatically easier to use.
Streaming is simply another way of saying remote desktop or terminal services with windows 98
PS3 is an excellent game console, and for very specialised developers. The main cell processor has only a traditional core with two threads and 6 assistant cores utilised by the game applications and one for operating system. The real power is not that traditional core, but those assistant cores. Fine programmed, the Cell processor would easily defeat the processor in Xbox 360, which is just a triple core processor. Yeah, Streaming is a service provided by the remote servers. Emulate the Xbox 360 on AMD APU is a little bit effort, if the frequency is high enough. But emulating the PS3 games on AMD APU, it would more efforts!
The problem with the Cell processor is the compilers available were not able to leverage the auxiliary cores
This is mainly due to games being offered to PC, Xbox and PS so the least path of resistance is what most ended up doing.
Now that 8th gen consoles are low end PC games will improve as now development tools are much more consistent
My HD 7870 has more GCN cores than 8th gen consoles so it is still viable. I am looking at more powerful cards but I am not sure what I I am going to get next.
Cell processor is merely an APU, no GPU inside. Yeah, AMD HD 7870 is excellent, but it is merely a GPU. Even though the games for PS3 is not that excellent than for PS4 and/or Xbox One, coding at the bare metal (involved in machine coding or assembly) is much more charming. That is the thing which the 8th gen consoles could never replace it.