Both NVidia Corp. and Microsoft Corp. are reportedly saying that PCs will not be able to compete with Xbox game console speed for some time. The reason, according to a Wired writer, is that NVidia’s 3-D graphics chip and audio and I/O controller work together directly. The XGPU and CPU will share 64MB of 200MHz DDR memory with no buses to slow down transfer rates.
Some analysts, however, say Microsoft is erring by raising expectation of quantum leaps in gaming, as Sony Corp. did with the PlayStation 2. If the system delivers less than hyped, consumers may see the system as a failure.
The source article is at wired.com.