Posted on January 28, 2008,

Is PC Gaming Dead?

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Many people thought PC gaming was on the way out and would be dead soon. Apparently, that’s not the case at all. The hay day of PC gaming may be in the past as far as sales go, but it’s still doing just fine. According to 1Up, PC games made up 14% of 2007 game sales. Only one PC game cracked a million in sales during 2007, but I don’t think we should worry too much about this format going away anytime soon.

Check out the 1Up article below that explores the sales figures and discusses how piracy may have something to do with the lower sales for some PC games. Personally, I believe that PC gaming will be around and going strong as long as they have titles like World of Warcraft. I doubt we’ll ever see PC gaming with sales on the same levels as consoles ever again, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for them.

Via 1Up

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31 Comments on Is PC Gaming Dead?

Heru-Ur

On January 28, 2008 at 12:49 pm

“Personally, I believe that PC gaming will be around and going strong as long as they have titles like World of Warcraft”

Yeah, because more WoW clones are exactly what PC gaming needs… right. Its because of games like WoW, Call of Duty, and a few other mega popular games that PC gaming is stagnating. Publishers see a forumla that works and for at least a year after that first groundbreaking game we get almost nothing but crappy clones. Not to say that this dont happen with consoles too, but there are a ton more high quality games for consoles to pick from than for the PC (i’m looking at you Mass Effect). So to sum up my rant, less clones, more innovation.

William

On January 28, 2008 at 1:27 pm

I completely agree that consoles have more to offer.

Shawn Sines

On January 28, 2008 at 2:02 pm

And I completely disagree with you William,

The Console is a specifically designed appliance that can not easily be expanded upon. A Pc is by its very nature a versatile product that can be changed, upgraded and modified to suit the need. The reason we see so many console attaches these days is the ease of use, call me elitist but I actually remember fondly the days of playing computer games and not being overwhelmed by pre-pubescent foul mouthed 13 year olds, even when I was 13.

I still see PCs as the gaming platform of educated adults and professionals, unlike the console. The lowest common denominator brings console gamers down and unfortunately that will take some time since the console is the new babysitter technology, fast outpacing the DVD and VCR before it.

Daniel

On January 28, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Another reason why consoles are more popular is because they’re harder to run pirated games this generation than previously. Any game that comes out on PC always gets pirated and people would much rather play a game if it’s pirated than if it isn’t pirated. The recent report from Infinity Ward proves that more people are playing a pirated version of Call of Duty 4 than legitimate copies. I’m sure that’s true for most PC games as well.

Developers want to make money for all of their hard work, and the way PC games get pirated, they see consoles as more of a guaranteed sell.

William

On January 28, 2008 at 2:58 pm

@Shawn: I’m not sure what you have to disagree about here. I commented that I agreed that consoles had more to offer (and that was talking about games). I wasn’t talking about the systems or how versatile the hardware is. I was talking about games and there are and there are more quality games being released on consoles. So I don’t see your point.

William

On January 28, 2008 at 3:01 pm

I also don’t see how the console relates to education. I know many highly educated people who are console gamers and I know some that are PC gamers. Education level has very little to do with the platform choice.

Ron Whitaker

On January 28, 2008 at 3:06 pm

PC gaming isn’t dead. The problem is that from a development standpoint, consoles are far easier to develop for than PC’s. With a console, you have a fixed set of hardware variables. With a PC, the hardware varies by manufacturer, speed, power, etc…

For game developers, the prospect of developing for a fixed platform is far more attractive, since, you only have to test one hardware configuration, therefore saving yourself a ton of time and effort on the testing side. It also means less tweaking and patching as unforeseen issues pop up after release.

The downside to consoles is that they always lag behind PC’s in power, graphics, and other areas. The most recent console released, the PS3, is a year old. That means it’s a year behind the curve in a market where video cards and processors are outdated in a matter of weeks.

Heru-Ur makes a good point in saying that PC’s need more innovative titles. Unfortunately, publishers are less likely to float money on an unproven idea. It was less prevalent in the past, but with the increased production costs of video games, sequels to the last big seller are becoming more and more prevalent.

One thing the PC offers that consoles do not is the community of gamers available. Sure, you can get on Live, but no one on Live is making a mod to your favorite game. No one is creating an awesome new multiplayer map for you to download for free. PSN is trying to get there with content for UT3 from users, but the method for getting it from the internet to the PS3 is still kind of clunky.

I tend to agree with Shawn in that PC gaming communities tend to be more mature than those on consoles, and it is a function of the ease of entry into that community.

I don’t buy the argument about piracy. Copy protection is more intrusive than ever. If Infinity Ward wants people to buy CoD4, I don’t know why they aren’t banning those pirated keys. Just like hacked consoles are banned from Live, this method insures that those people playing online are paying for the privilege. People who pirate a game and like it soon find out they can’t play online, and many of them will purchase a valid copy for the privilege.

Piracy is always a topic that has been poorly addressed by developers and publishers. Complaining about the problem won’t make it go away. Taking steps to address it will.

Ron Whitaker

On January 28, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Oops. I forgot to mention that the theory of consoles having more good games than PC is fallacious at best. There are many quality games on both platforms, no more on one than the other. Sure there’s no Halo on PC, but how is that a bad thing? I can play Crysis, or Battlefield, or ET: Quake Wars and get an equal or better experience.

Quality of games is a non-issue.

Daniel

On January 28, 2008 at 3:09 pm

“I still see PCs as the gaming platform of educated adults and professionals, unlike the console.”

That really isn’t one of the greatest comments you’ve ever said Shawn. I hate to start a debate here over PC vs. Console because, quite frankly, those kinds of debates never end pleasantly because if I start a debate, some unknown commenter will chime in with “PC pwnez @ll! Consnorez R teh suckz!” and that won’t add anything at all.

PC Gamers & Console gamers may diagree with their medium of choice, but one thing that brings us all together is our love and passion for games no matter where we play them on. As long as we can be enriched by the medium of our choice by the experiences the development team offers in their games. I honestly prefer consoles because when I play games, I like to kick back in my recliner or sofa and enjoy my experience. I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for an uber awesome computer chair when I already have a pleasurable experience in my living room. BUT, if a game is exclusive on the PC and worth my time, I’ll go ahead and play on that too (i.e. Hellgate: London)

Now does this explanation sound like it’s from someone who isn’t educated? :wink:

William

On January 28, 2008 at 3:23 pm

I will agree that modding is something I’d really like to see make it to the console world. UT3 was a definite start. I’m definitely not against PC games, considering I have a PC. I have so many random ways to play games, I can literally play a game in any room of the house. I still think PC gaming will always retain a portion of the market and do not think it will die off like some people claim. There will always be a market share for PC gaming.

ManOfTeal

On January 28, 2008 at 3:51 pm

It is very easy to plug a console into your TV and start playing a game. There are no restrictions, no complications so long as you get the right media to play on the right console. PC’s are much more complicated. Joe Blow off the street cannot simply configure a normal PC online and expect it to be able to play Crysis……That is why PC gaming is dying…….it’s become way to complicated to keep up with.

The Twin

On January 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I both agree and disagree. PC’s have more interface options, more versatility, and more customization. Consoles can have more firepower, are easier to set up/maintain, and are gaining popular features that used to be unique to PC’s.

Kevin

On January 28, 2008 at 5:56 pm

PC gaming isnt dead and will never die, everyone owns a PC. Not everyone owns a console…

Stupidly idoitic article.

C0M3T

On January 28, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Hey Kevin!

How about reading the article properly instead of making “Stupidly idoitic” comments.

weclock

On January 28, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Weclocks View:

Console gaming is dead. All current consoles have OTHER functions than just playing games.
It’s really the home entertainment business now.
If you release a console, it better have A. a hard drive and B. online services.
The traditional view of console gaming is gone. Hell I don’t even need to buy a game in a store, to play my new home entertainment device.

The future, as I see it, will have computers that will all be far too similar to judge one from another (like a console) but will be used for every day needs. The line between console and PC is becoming so blurred that there will be a day when there is no difference.

Shadowmancer

On January 28, 2008 at 7:58 pm

consoles are wannabe pcs, i mean look at the differnet configuration atm with the ps3 and xbox 360 its pissing ppl off at least nintendo only release 1 console in 1 configuaration, the reason why ppl say pc gaming is dead is cause of the fact that the average pc gamer spends $6000 dollars annually for games, software and hardware, wheras you could spend $500 on a console and games, i m a pc gamer myself i’d say it is more rewarding really cos after years i know all kinds of technical and cool stuff on computers, the pc is good for multi-tasking such as talking to a bunch of friends and playing a game while downloading a patch, the community is also huge full of modders and mappers i say that side of the community will neva see consoles mainly because of joysticks (u cant map with that) and other hardware limitations, overall the pc is the top underarted dog in gaming but it is an expensive hobby which disuades ppl but it is ultimately the most rewarding.

erathoniel

On January 28, 2008 at 8:30 pm

PC games are no doubt the most common. Also, PC gaming will survive as long as open source, freeware, modding, and various other communities exist. When do you get a free game for a console? When do you get one you can mod? Not very often.

Joeshie

On January 29, 2008 at 2:39 am

I don’t know why either console or PC gamers should be happy with one section of gaming dying. Isn’t that something that ever gamer wishes to avoid? Doesn’t every gamer want to keep options and different kinds of gaming alive and well, even if he/she doesn’t necessarily follow all of them? Lets not forget that many successful video game franchises and genres were introduced on the PC first, along with many services that consoles would later copy. Mods and user-created content would virtually become non-existant (even if Epic made mod tools for the PS3, don’t expect many, if any, console developers to care if their customers also have access to mod tools).

Overall, I think that you should all be happy, PC and console gamers alike, that we have two different venues of gaming available, both with their respective strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes I like hopping on a console with some hassle-free gaming, and other times I like hopping on my PC for some awesome mods like Garry’s Mod or the precision controls of a mouse. Losing one of them would not only hurt the industry financially, but most important of all, creatively.

havoc of smeg

On January 29, 2008 at 7:59 am

got to agree with erathoniel on this one. as long as there is some obsessive die hard fan of some PC game creating some new mod and playing the single player campaign or against the games multiplayer A.I in their parents house, PC gaming will never be dead.

also, why is not being able to beef up your console a bad thing?
thats one thing i love about consoles, because if you want to buy a console game you can just pick it up, pay for it, go home and just play it, but not with a PC.

007

On February 15, 2008 at 11:53 am

Please, Please don’t kill the games!!! :shock:
:sad:

Ken

On May 4, 2008 at 2:48 am

What many don’t take into consideration is they are basing this solely on retail sales. So PC gaming software only sold 14% of the retail software sold last year. The study does not include the games purchased by download. Take a company like STEAM. How many copies of COD4 or The Orange box were sold over STEAM and not accounted for in the article? Or take a company like Pop Cap games. Does retail sales even account for 1% of their game sales?

phil

On May 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm

hi forum, just to add to this.
I am a PC and console lover, both have various different types of game to offer.
However, when u compair a cross platform game, im affraid a state of the art PC wins hands down! I played call of duty4 on all 3 platforms, with the 360 worse, followed by PS3. The PC wins hands down, console version graphics are very poor, look flat, lack what a 8800gtx card can do on a PC!

Consoles are easier to crack! oh yes they are, get it chipped, download and burn a dvd and away u go. Although the wii are attempting to up its protection on DVD’s including chip detectors, it has still failed to stop the pirates.
Pc games often require several types of .exe files, and serial keys are blocked online.

I think it comes down to $$$$ :-
More kids buy consoles, therefore there are more out there on the streets. It takes half the time to develope a game on a console, 1 because it is set hardware and does not require code after code for different spec machines, and 2 software houses charge well over the odds for console games compaired to that of PC.

So when it comes down to it, which system is best? PC because the dam games are made on it in the first place! doh.

wfer

On June 30, 2008 at 10:15 am

PC gaming IS dead nobodys playing online why? because most pc gamers have moved onto console gaming as far as online RPGS and all that goes sure its still booming but where are all the Quake War Players? UT 3 Players? if you linger round there forum theyre wondering why nobodys playing anymore

Consoles already got all the PC hits UT 3 Quake Wars etc..and thats not gonna change,right now console gamers are having a ball playing Battlefield Bad Company which totaly pwnz! where is there PC version lol!!

wafer

On June 30, 2008 at 11:45 am

PC and Console are no diffrent in price it takes about a thousand to build a nice rig with a couple hundred on games with legit keys the rest being pirated games,and it doesnt take a small fortune to run todays hits video card prices are at an ALL TIME low why? because nobodys buying them anymore.

When you buy a console itll add up overtime at $60 dollars a game plus console add ons live service your looking at roughly the same price as a gaming rig only diffrence is youll HAVE to upgrade your pc is you wanna play ridiculously resource hungry games like Assasins Creed an Crysis now thats just nonsense when you play it just as well on PS3-360

I built a budget rig at $600 and im playing most games at high settings but come to find out NOBODYS Playing online I thought what a big waste until downloading games for free made up for the lack of online playability lol

Consoles are at the forefront of online/offline gaming.consoles are getting blockbuster hits nearly every month while PC will if there get a few ported to PC “lucky” and that wont be changing anytime soon the way PC is heading the future of gaming lies in consoles

PC will continue to struggle as it always has and it wont be what it was when consoles barely started to catch up in early 2000

VIPER

On July 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm

just stumbled on you page. i have been gaming for many years have had all the games consoles and i do mean all it wasent till bout 7 years ago i got into pc gaming as i get older and so does my thirst for better games i feel that the pc has so much more to offer us yes consoles are easy to use and hastle free but pc offers a much varied aproach to gaming with games to suit all needs and budgets the typical price of a new release 360/wii/ps3 game is bout 40 quid where as pc its much less and with deals like 3 for a tenner you cant go wrong even with a lower spec machine there is something for everyone and u cant beat a good strategy game .i feel consoles are basic and simple with no deph as pc its endless from server building ie running cod servers clans and guilds also its free in most cases to download maps and content as with xbox live u are stung in the ass with paying all the time which is i feel bad the basic person dosent really know much about a pc so in somerespects can understand why they turn to consoles but with forums and online tuturoils in anything now days its becoming easier and eaiser to get what u need from a pc u have the world at ur fingertips as with consoles it much more restricted and confined which in time will fade out at least with the older generation of gamers .thanks for reading

Tacol33tman

On July 17, 2008 at 12:12 am

don’t forget theres user created content/mods on the PC :roll:

Mogmoogle

On December 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm

1.)PC game pirating has decreased 28% in the last 10 years, so I’m kinda sick of the excuses the software company’s place on piracy, as its shown at a steady decline since the late 80′s,

2.)it makes sense that most people purchase consoles, as they are easy to understand and don’t require any knowledge to operate, like a PC.

3.) First person shooter games have always been one of the most popular genre’s also, because its easy to play and understand, and theres no complexity to them at all. you can just turn them on, kill things. its a point and click game. Not that I’ve never played them, but I’m just saying compared to other games First person shooters are not that complex. so easy to play, easy to use consoles win again since most the genre moved to XBOX or PS3

4.) America is a violent country, think about it thats why sales are up on consoles in north America, I played fall out 3, that game is excessively violent.

5.) Each area of the world has a specific area of popularity in games, in japan its RPG driven games, which is why PS3 sales are higher there. its even made fun of that theres only a dozen XBOX owners there. In America, First person shooters reign supreme because violence is popular, In Europe, Strategy game’s are popular, which mostly debut on PC.

Think PC, is better suited for more complex games like Strategy games, as it requires more time to play as well as more interaction.

And let console be the easy fast action type games, that are quick to play and easier to understand, for those who are not comfortable with the use of a computer.

Duddee

On December 18, 2008 at 6:21 pm

To wafer: You are an ignorant fool and please, for the sake of those that are intellectual, never post on this thread again.

As for consoles vs PC. I have always been a PC gamer, but I have also owned every console that has been released in the last 8 years. Personally I will never move to console gaming because it can’t offer what PC gaming can. A computer has no boundaries for creation and modding. The graphics possibilities are endless, ie. Crysis. You will start to see consoles adding more and more features to their consoles that make them that much closer to PC’s and as Weclock said, eventually there will be no difference. Console gaming is an extremely restricted user PC… Console makes know this fully and are slowly releasing the limitless boundaries onto the consoles and personally I think consoles will seize to exist but there will be some type of standard that PC games are created on hardware wise.

Side note: Controllers suck for everything but sports games and racing games. FPS or RTS on consoles fail… The most recent example is Endwar, biggest disgrace to the RTS name and I feel bad for those console gamers who have never touched an RTS then went and played it… To sum it up consoles seem to give a low grade, novice form of what some types of gaming are really like and what they should look like. When somebody says Gears of War is the best looking game they have ever seen, it makes me want to cry. When they say its the best game ever, i still want to cry, but because thats opinionated I don’t like to argue that point. CS for life.

PC gaming is better on quality, customization, experience, and hardcore gaming.

Console gaming is better for cost, availability, plug and play gaming, and entry level gaming.

J-Rzez

On January 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm

William is a console

Matt

On August 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm

LOL 2 years later console s PC PwNz YOU!!

Matt

On August 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm

and console versions of all games are weak and limited