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Could the PC Pose a Real Threat to Steep Priced Next-Gen Consoles?

ZG writes: I concede that the ‘gaming rig’ is a more powerful gaming platform, with superior capabilities in the specification department and with numerous other advantages.

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GreenRanger1423d ago

The prices of PC's will go up too, you know.

exsturminator011423d ago

They won't; as hardware gets older, it drops in price. That means last year's $1000 gaming PC is likely half that price today. I think the article is more stressing the fact that more expensive hardware in a console equals a more expensive console. One of the biggest perks of console gaming is the cheap hardware, but if platform developers decide to compete with current gen PC's, they'd have to raise the price point on the consoles significantly to put the necessary parts in it.

decrypt1423d ago (Edited 1423d ago )

PC prices wont go up.. just because new consoles are coming out.

What will happen, you will have 500-600usd PCs beating consoles in performance. While consoles will cost 400usd.

The catch here is the same 500-600usd PC will be able to run every game bought on your last PC. Yet with consoles u will lose your entire library. In those terms id say PC easily wins in terms of costing, not to mention every new game bought on PC will be cheaper. Hell some of us probably wont need to upgrade to beat the next consoles in terms of performance.

@knight_crawler

Upgradable consoles aren't going to happen. The reason why it happen because consoles use proprietary parts, which dont fit normal PCs. Hence the demand for those parts will be no where close to their PC counterparts example Ram, CPUs, motherboards etc. All these parts on the PC arent just used for gaming PCs, they are also used for normal office PCs. Hence The cost goes down. Since the console versions will be just built for the consoles. Demand will be much less. Hence due to low production levels the cost will be too much, it will cost more than PC counterparts. Hence you might as well get a PC in the end.

R6ex1423d ago

Don't forget you get to save a tonne of money from all the great discounts and offers from games sold on Steam & GOG. If you can wait a while and not buy day-1 games, your savings on PC games far outweighs the initial extra cost of buying a PC compared to a console. Furthermore, the visuals on PC puts consoles to shame.

Knight_Crawler1423d ago

In a nut shell NO.

If rumors are true that the 720 will be a mix between a console and a PC then I have to say the oppoiste where PC gaming might be in jepordy.

Think abount MS brining out a console with PC specs and the ability to add hardware to your console to improve graphics and performance?

DudeJets1423d ago

MS wouldn't be able to do that would severely damage the console division and developers would hate it

WiiUalpha1423d ago

bringing out a console with PC specs and upgradable to boot? What you are saying or suggesting is that MS is going to go the old Apple route and release PC's using custom parts... You do see how well that worked out for Apple right? And MS has a bout the same presence as Apple did int he PC gaming market.

They gave away any advantage they had in the PC gaming market when they abandoned it and I seriously doubt they have enough pull left to have any kind of impact ont he PC market regardless of what they release.

Knight_Crawler1423d ago

@Wii and Dude - You both have a points.

@Dude - Not if Sony also decides to adapt the same method, then developers will have to do it.

@Wii - When you think about it MS is already doing selling cutome parts for the 360, you have to use MS hard drives in order to upgrade memory.

The 720 is guranteed to have PC software heavly integrated into it as MS want the 720 to be your one stop media device for your every day use, the question is how similiar will the hardware be to a PC.

Norrison1423d ago

Not really, a good gaming rig has always costed 500-1200$ if you know where to look, people are stuck in a mentality that gaming PCs are 3k+ because of the overpriced alienwares and what most ignorant people say. And also people think building a PC is hard when it will take you little time.

You're my favorite ranger btw.

Dude4201423d ago (Edited 1423d ago )

Come on, you know that's not entirely true. You're average joe is not going to know what kind of processor and RAM is compatible with a certain motherboard, or finding the power consumption on full load to determine your PSU. Not only that but you have to make sure the parts you buy comes from a solid company. You don't want to buy a rocketfish PSU from Best Buy do you? There are so many different variations out there.

Building the PC itself doesn't take long, what's time consuming is the amount of research involved in making sure you have the right pieces for the kind of computer you want. Some people just don't want to do that so they save time and purchase a pre-built PC or a console.

Pain_Killer1422d ago

AMD FX-8150 (8 Core Flagship Bulldozer)

Launch Price - $245
Current Price - $189

AMD FX-8350 (8 Core Flagship Vishera)

Current Price - $195

AMD Radeon HD 7950

Launch Price - $449
Current Price - $329

NVIDIA GTX 670 Overclocked models

Launch Price - $399
Current Price - $359

So much for PC price's going up. And not to mention how cheap SSD's have become overtime.

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I_am_Batman1423d ago

I don't think so. If you look at PC exclusives vs. Console exclusives you have totally different games. On PC you have League of Legends, Diablo and RTS games. On Colsoles you have God of War, Little Big Planet, Party games like Mario Party and so on. They are aiming for different target groups so I wouldn't really say they are even competing.

exsturminator011423d ago

If exclusives like the ones you listed were the deciding factor, wouldn't that imply PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii aren't competing? PC is competition for consoles because it gets most of the same multiplat titles. XCOM, Dishonored, Borderlands 2, Black Ops 2, and most of the other big titles this season are on PC as well as console.

Pain_Killer1422d ago

This time it surely will.

Fishy Fingers1423d ago (Edited 1423d ago )

My current PC probably has double the GPU performance of the next gen consoles (based on leaked specs) yet will be lucky to yield similar results due to consoles unified hardware allowing much greater software optimisation.

PC will always give you more, but at a premier, it's only later into each console cycle will the PC offer better results at a reasonable cost.

That's ignoring the myriad of other uses for a PC mind you which often make that extra investment worthwhile.

attilayavuzer1423d ago

I feel like the people that want to spend the time putting together a custom gaming PC already have. Not that it's that big of a hassle, but most people don't want to be bothered.

DudeJets1423d ago

Because most people seem to think it's harder and more costly than it actually is. And seem to be stuck in the mindset that it has to be at a desk etc.

Pc gaming is so simple and easy now days and reasonably cheap, games are alot cheaper and you get very good support from developers.

Problem is people have this old image in there head about pc gaming and don't realise its very different now days

attilayavuzer1423d ago (Edited 1423d ago )

Yeah I agree, I have my computer plugged straight into my receiver and am using a 360 controller. To be honest I didn't realize how easy and seamless it was til putting everything together.

R6ex1423d ago

Exactly!

Steam games are often sold at 50-75% discount.

I just bought over 20 games from Steam with their ridiculous 75% off promotions.

This amount of money saved justifies paying more for a PC compared to a console. I get better visuals too.

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