PC has a good 10 years on it before I would even think of it wavering.
Hardware is a pain but there is too many plus's for PC. As long as PC Gamer Magazine is still in business I'll survive.
Someone needs to find these so called experts and slap them with a fish. Perferably trout. The idea of PC gaming dying out is pretty far off, if it ever happens.
Take a look at RTS for example. Playing a console RTS is very difficult due to the limited amount of buttons, but on a PC it can be a blast.
Just hook your pc up to your tv = console! :Pimp:
Pc's wont die, they will go along with consoles for a long, long time to come.
if anything i think consoles will eventually die, they cant offer near the gaming diversity that a PC can, nor can they handle the larger enviroments that PC's can. and to make them as powerful and diverse as PC's would bump up the prices to the same as a PC, so why would i buy a console that costs near the same as a PC, but doesnt do anything except play CD/DVD software. PC's have way to many advantages over a console system to ever die. case in point, i've had a PC since 286's hit the market, i've yet to buy a console. i rented a nintendo64 once, and played a friends PS2 once and hated both, the controls sucked, and the games were all linear and way smaller. they dont even come close to PC games even today!
I didn't make it!
The N64 is great. Some of the greatest games ever made have come out for it including Golden Eye 007, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire.
Consoles dying? There's way too much of a market with the casual gaming crowd for that to happen.
Most people don't care to put 2,000+ into a gaming machine that they'll only play off and on and do spreadsheets on. Ya can't throw a couple of controlers on a console and play multiplayer madden, the staple of any college students social gaming diet. And as always, saying "I have a Dell XPS with an AMD athlon X2 Dual-core precessor, 4 gigs of ram, 2-200 gig hardrives, and a Geforce 7900 GTX" will always get you called "nerd" as a oppsed to "I have a Ps3" which will get you alot of visitors.(not always a good thing:uhm:)
Personally I'm waiting for the next big atari-style game collaspe brought on by every friggin game being completely like every other game in it's genre.
pc's are coming down in price all the time. 360 at my local store is $425+tax min bf2 able PC at my local store $700+tax ya its a bare bones PC, but its good enough to play the current PC games, which are far superior in scope then console games. prices arent that far apart anymore, and the prices of min-able PC's will only continue to drop. the real money is in getting more people using them, and PC makers know this, and lowering the price is a good way. and more and more people are starting to get PC's. i know people who 6-7 years ago swore they would never get a PC "it was to complicated" etc., that have one now. more and more gamers will move to PC's i feel. ok i admit consoles wont completely die, but i think they will eventually fall into the "beginner gamers" catagory. as PC gaming will only continue to grow, which inturn will cause more and more people to become involved.
Maybe it's me, but according to Game Over EA made the same mistake most of you guys are making today; back in the eighties when EA was a small company making computer games they thought consoles would eventually be dropped for the superior power of PCs. They were nearly bankrupt when Trip Hawkins finally gave in and commenced development of NES cartridges. EA thus became the monster they are today. Consoles are here to stay; it's all part of the consumer mentality. PC gamers tend to be more wise toward technology, while to the average (albeit, ignorant) person a computer is a symbol of work. When the average person thinks "free time" upon returning from work or school, they think "TV." That's where the consoles' advantages lie. Consoles are here to stay, but on the same token I highly doubt that computers are going to be threatened by them any time soon. The markets for both gaming types are both very strong. I for one am an avid Nintendo fanboy aside from my shooter escapades. I can't stand the controller configurations for first person shooters on consoles. Admittedly, I'm very excited about the Wii. That controller would be perfect for first person shooters (and strategy games) and will help bridge the gap between the computer and consoles. The only thing standing in the way would be online and graphical capabilities (and graphics wise, my PC already looks worse than my Gamecube).
I'm with Johannes (Free France? With 2 proofs of purchase? :-) about controller configs for shooters--in fact, I can't stand console controllers at all.
I can actually see consoles doing in PCs as game platforms, when a few conditions are met:
-Players have more flexibility with controllers & configurations (i.e. mouse & keyboard) -Consoles rely more on local HDD space, allowing greater interaction with game content (i.e. mods, patches, updates, etc.) -Consoles can run non-game applications built for commonly used operating systems -Consoles can be more easily hardware-modded (individual component upgrades, etc.)
What this means, effectively, ties in with what R-BS said; PCs are cheaper and cheaper and eventually the two will be the same thing. That's right, I predict that within 5-10 years, you will have XBox 1080s or PlayStation 17s or whatever that actually have a real OS, albeit a slightly crippled one, where players have pretty much the same functionality as with a cheap PC--the "conditions" I described above sort of sound a lot like a PC, don't they?