Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
PC games will never die, important reasons being custamisation (oof your rig but also of the game itself). Games *need* mods. Not to mention the awful controls for most consoles. As soon as they stop making PC games I can't see mysef gaming anymore (or atleast not as fanaticaly as I do now).
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?
Perhaps, but it would mean the whole principle behind consoles (plug an play, its only good for one thing, gaming) would be gone.
Großadmiral DönitzPerhaps, but it would mean the whole principle behind consoles (plug an play, its only good for one thing, gaming) would be gone.
No, not necessarily. Today you already see PC manufacturers putting out ready-to-go gamer systems--Dell's high-end boxes, plus their purchase of Alienware, are good examples of this.
I predict you'll see a lot of PC-based systems that are "good-to-go"--already, consoles are slowly moving in the direction of PCs, with hard drives, more controller choice, memory expansions, etc.) while a lot of PCs are becoming more game-ready off the shelf.
I think that in the end, you'll see much greater convergence between the two, where the "game platform" will basically be a PC that's ready to go as a home entertainment system, game console, whatever; much easier to use out of the box than today's PC, but with higher-end options for "us" more serious gamers, including hardware expansion, etc.
NighthawkIf people stop making PC games I will simply stop playing video-games.
I would hate it, but i'd live.. games like the zelda series, race games, splinter cell, metal gear solid.. play fine on consoles.