GameBlurb writes, "While the PC is getting a lot more love than it used to, it doesn’t mean that not everyone is putting their full effort to it."
while this is true for AAA titles, I think that the burgeoning indie scene is breathing a lot of new life into the PC as a gaming platform. Indies will keep the PC relevant.
Yeah, the only exclusive that I've heard of for the PC was the game that Epic is developing for it. Wish more devs would show the PC gamers love. They tend to get the short end of the stick almost all of the time.
what about Sony? http://www.youtube.com/watc... 2000 players on a continent! Battles last for days not an hour. Only possible on a pc. with these graphics anyway. If most pc games sold like skyrim then this wouldn't be much of a problem. http://www.vgchartz.com/gam... & that is boxed copies.
@GamingPerson It sold well, but it was still only about 20% of consoles sales. The real money makers on PC today are social media games. PC gamers in five years will be defined by middle-aged women who watch soap operas.
@DeadIIIRed Yes, just like the 10 year olds playing with motion controls will dominate the console market in 5 years... durrrr 20% compared to console sales on retail means nothing considering the majority of PC games are bought digitally. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Skyrim moved 3-4x as many copies in the digital market as it did in physical, which could pretty easily mean it sold as many or more copies as the individual consoles did.
indeed! Consoles won't hold back pc indies from trying new things! http://www.youtube.com/watc...
The indie game devs love the PC and gamers really love indie games. And you know what? That's cool. Much better than shitty iPap apps, that's for sure.
i don't mind consoles holing back the PC, games still look better and saves me from upgrading.
RTS games will also keep the PC relevant.
pc went a full generation past consoles in 2007 with crysis 1 now its 2 gens past, metro2033, the witcher 2, arma 2, hard reset, bf3, crysis 2 on pc all those games make uncharted 3, gow3, killzone 2 and 3 look beyond last gen! nothing holds pc's back, look at bf3 on console lowest possible settings, sub-hd 704p, no anti aliasing jaggies everywhere and framerate at best 20-28 per second and still, STILL only able to have smaller maps and lowly 12v12 or less players, lag spikes, framerate dropping to the teens with smoke and explosions on screen on pc, ultra settings, 1080p, 1200p, 1440p, 1600p, 16x anti aliasing, not a jaggie in sight, 60-120 frames HUGE maps 32v32 64v64 players BF3 on pc is 2 generations ahead of bf3 on consoles with 5 times the players, way better performance and bigger maps pc does everything better and always will @bitby a LEAP in graphics over the current standard current consoles standard = sub hd or 720p at best, jaggies, 20-30 frames or less, pop-in, screen tear, low res textures those things do not exist on my pc i am two gens beyond, so is everyone with a gaming pc from the last few years
"now its 2 gens past" Lolwut? What does a generation mean to you? @theeg, how can PC leap over itself to form the second jump? Pretty sure consoles will always hold the standard and PC will always be above them as having upgradeable parts which seperates them from the pack. The "Standard" should always be whats normal/average. Which rules out the high-end. (PC) Your definition sounds like you are trying to predict the next lot of consoles in thinking they will not match/beat what is currently in existance. They may not match/beat current high-end pc's when nextgen comes but as of now it is unknown and even then the new consoles will form the new standard.
PC generations are defined by... what, exactly? New GPUs? New CPUs? Advances in hard drive tech? New monitors? PC evolution is so segmented that you can't place a generation on it. What generation is this for PC, by the way? It's probably in the 20s or 30s, based on technological advancements, but it could be even higher than that. Trying to categorize it the way consoles are categorized is impossible. Your graphics card can be "next-gen" in that it's the most advanced thing out there for PC. But it'll still only and always be current gen while it's in use. Oh, and all this: "sub hd or 720p at best, jaggies, 20-30 frames or less, pop-in, screen tear, low res textures" is completely possible on your PC, ergo it DOES exist. Just because you can go above that doesn't stop it from being present. Or does 5MPH no longer exist because a car can go 200? Edit: I figured you'd not be able to understand, and you didn't disappoint. The entire point of bringing up speeds was in reference to your ignorance in stating "those things do not exist on my pc." In other words: they do exist, but you can surpass them. It had nothing to do with my "Pinto" (which should really just be a Ford, or a generally slower brand, like, say, Citroen) versus your "Ferrari"(which, if you were to match the use of "Pinto," should have been an Enzo or a 458 Italia- though I prefer the Scuderia, myself). The rest of the tech you spout is irrelevant, as it does absolutely nothing to dispute or negate what I said: PC does not have generations in the same sense as consoles. Do you even know how console generations are defined? I'll bet you don't. You should probably look it up. Yes, PCs of mid to high-end capacity will always be superior to current generation consoles. So what? Consoles aren't competing with PCs; they're consoles, they compete with each other. I think it's sad that the best you can do is talk about how much more advanced your PC with current parts is than something that was originally designed nearly ten years ago.
just beacuase your pinto goes 5mph and my ferrari also can go 5mp doesnt make it valid to speak of it when comparing the two most people who game on pc, (probably over 300 million of them) considering things like this are so common; http://www.engadget.com/201... http://www.tomshardware.com... most people now have dx10 or better gpus, dual core- quad cores, 4-8 gb ram in other words the majority of gamers on pc are WAY beyond anything on console, GENERATIONS beyond when next gen consoles come out, they will already be last gen compared to pc many on pc have moved on to 1440p and 1600p with 16x anti aliasing think new consoles will support that?? lol.....no, they will start at 1080p, then a few years into them the resolutions will shrink like this gen as devs try to do more, by the end of the next console generation people will be gaming in grubby 720p again with jaggies.....lol
Devs are realizing that PC-market has many advantages over console market. Just to name few, digital distribution. Almost all games are sold digitally these days at PC-market, used games sales have been almost totally vanished, and from those the devs/publishers get nothing. You can sell the games by your own, without any "second hands", yes, Sony and MS, who take theyr share for everything that gets published on theyr consoles. Or to use numerous services like Steam, which is much better deal for the devs than it's console counterpants. This also leads to long-term sales, it's not rare sight to see almost 20 years old games in top 10 sales at Steam, they are still sold with sales, and the devs/publishers don't need to do anything. On retail market the game comes to the shelfs, sells something, ends up in bargain bins, and to used game market, where in the last two devs/publishers get nothing. Just look for example new Rayman game, it flopped bad on consoles, and ended pretty soon at bargain bins. After they released the DRM free (Ubi, thank you) version on PC, the game started to sell, and in services like Steam, will continue to do so steadilly over the time. I could go on, but you get the picture. PC-market is doing better than ever, and is growing, and publishers/devs are starting to realize that. If you do proper PC version, people will buy your game, it's simple as that, Rayman is good example. As Gearbox stated, not all realize this (they did pretty bad port of BL1 on PC), but apparently they have now with BL2, kudos to them.
Hmmm, I really don't see how someone could disagree with what I wrote, since these are things you really can't argue about. People shouldn't underestimate the PC-community, we are talking about players, who some are willing to spend thousands of € to gaming rigs. Good examples are Kickstarters, you ask what they are? Games that are getting starting funding from gamers, to get the support of others. These are games that these days are cliche, risky investments, like Takedown (a hardcore tactical shooter)that was succesfully funded. People are tired of current offering of simplified games that make the work for you, and are willing to pay to get the content they desire. We want hardcore gaming back. Other good example; Wasteland 2, a sequel to to game from the 80's, goal was to get kickstarter of 900000 dollars, now the game has 6 days still to go, and it has collected 2260000 dollars! Yes, people will pay if you give them the products they are willing to pay. Just look at the names behind the game (old Fall-out team), and it will be done becouse PC-players are willing to pay for it: "For Wasteland 2, we’re getting the band back together again!. Brian Fargo who Executive Produced both Wasteland and Fallout will be heading the team. Alan Pavlish and Mike Stackpole—the original game’s primary designers—are coming back to put the project together, and we’re rounding up as many of the other designers, like Ken St. Andre, as we can. On top of that, we’ll have music by Mark Morgan of Fallout 1 and 2 fame. The storyline for Wasteland 2 was written by Jason Anderson who was the co-creator of Fallout. We have also enlisted the help of the amazing concept artist, Andree Wallin to help craft the Wasteland 2 world." Check the web-site: http://www.kickstarter.com/... PC is way more ideal market for everybody, except for Sony and MS ofcourse, who do not want you to play with PC, since they get nothing from it. MS has Windows-Live yes, but it's terrible system on PC, PC-players don't like crap like that, and MS know it themselves too, they can't control PC-platform, and that's bad for them.
In multi plat games maybe but the amount of exclusives on PC blows everything out of the water. Look at Ravaged on kickstarter the game looks amazing and has no publisher. The team are a bunch of guys who left places like DICE to be free of a publisher. The freedom of the PC platform in my opinion is the best part of it. I can choose not to play any multi plat games and still have a huge amount to play. Im looking forward to Guild Wars 2 Planetside 2 FireFall Starcraft HoTS End of Nations
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