Back in May, we informed you about John Carmack’s beliefs regarding next-generation consoles. As Carmack said back then, a lot of games that will be released on next-generation consoles will still run at 30fps and not at 60s. Today, Carmack reconfirmed those beliefs, despite the recent rumors about the hardware that will power both X720 and PS4.
As Carmack said when he was asked about the framerate of next-generation games:
“Unfortunately, I can pretty much guarantee that a lot of next gen games will still target 30 fps.”
It will be interesting to see what developers will be able to deliver on the next Playstation and Xbox. It will also be interesting to see whether id Software will be able to release a 60fps game on next-gen consoles without the limitations that were present in RAGE.
Still, this claim from this programmer guru (even if you hate him, he’s still one of the best programmers out there) is not good news for all console gamers. On the other hand, this is good news for PC gamers as they won’t have to constantly upgrade their machines.
Let’s not forget that a single GTX680 can run a tech demo like Agni’s Philosophy at 1080p and with 60fps. Question is though; will developers be able to achieve something like that on consoles at 30fps?
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards."