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The Gaming PC and the Console: Confluence

How do you play your video games?

PC vs Console – The Facts:
For years PC gaming and console gaming have been insanely different. The PC always had the power, customization, data manipulation, and mods that consoles didn’t have. Consoles were more portable and a much lower price point, along with standard hardware and games that worked right out of the box without needing tweaking or tinkering. Consoles have been gaining more power and customization each year, so for quite some time now those in the industry have predicted the death of the PC as a gaming platform.

My Two Cents:
I don’t think that the PC or the console will “win” the gaming “war.”..

Neither platform will simply cease to exist because it has been “beaten out.” I believe that the technologies are converging, and we have seen examples of this time and time again. Consoles are gaining more and more capabilities such as support for voice and other communication, downloadable content, larger and larger storage space/hard drives, and games that have persistent worlds and/or are able to be played with or against opponents on the PC. Consoles have also become relatively more expensive.

Today I came across an article written by Rahul Sood, the founder of Voodoo PC (makers of custom gaming PCs): In this article he predicts the death of the gaming PC “as we know it,” asserting that the cutting-edge PC, the extreme high-end, will no longer be made. This is not the same as predicting that the PC will die altogether, and to me is an example of convergence from the PC end.


PCs are slowly losing much of the proprietary tech that makes it so difficult to develop games and applications cheaply. There are still a great variety of options available, but less so than in the past, and standards have become more prevalent. Their form factors are shrinking as parts become smaller and smaller. The cost of games has dropped significantly to the point where games on the PC are often cheaper today than the same games released on consoles.

The operating systems that run PCs are now running some consoles. We have already seen keyboards made available as accessories for certain consoles. With the dominance of USB we are seeing peripherals that are shared cross-platform. Technologies are allowing the platforms to communicate and work together in new and interesting ways. This goes hand-in-hand with both PCs and consoles taking a greater role in the overall home – from home theater PCs to the Xbox 360 acting as a media center providing streaming audio and video to your television.

The Possible Future:
In ten years you may be hard pressed to make a distinction between the “PC” and the “console,” and even the “smart phone.” I think that software developers and hardware manufacturers see the writing on the wall; that soon all of these technologies will look more alike than different. PCs will shrink and become more standardized, consoles and mobile devices will gain more capabilities, until one day the need to develop for multiple platforms will all but disappear.

What does this mean to you, the gamer? It simply makes all the arguments moot around what is “better” and what will “win” in the end. Consoles and PCs will continue to survive serving different portions of the gaming market, and mobile devices will continue to emerge as gaming platforms. Like most industries, greater choice will mean better products available to us, the consumers. However we might lose some of the uniqueness that make the different platforms special.

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There will come a day when all of us have somewhat similar devices in our hands that do all of the things that our consoles, PCs, and mobile phones do separately today, powered by a combination of our bodies’ movements captured by electronics in our clothing and the sun, all connected together wirelessly.

So celebrate and enjoy the differences between your console and your PC – pretty soon they won’t be all that different, and that might not be such a good thing.

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  • Frank Brebbin

    Damn consolers stifling creativity and dumbing down my PC style games! Consoles are for Mario and hedgehogs!

    Thats my PC elitist rant, enjoy.

  • Shiro-Nuba

    I cant really see PC games and consoles merging to much, I see it to a degree but Ithink PC will always have that enthusiast niche of crazy people like me and my friends who are poor yet save to spend crazy amounts of money on hardware to not only run the latest games but emulate all the consoles (still waitin for 360 and ps3 emulators, but for now I got everything till wii) XD….Im not really understanding what dreamhunk is getting at here? AMD and Nvidia arent goin down any time soon from what I see, especially with AMD/ATI the recent success of the phenom II and the radeon 5000 series, they gained alot, nvidia even gained.

  • I have to say PC’s will always out-perform consoles for years to come. The way I see it is that the Console companies (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo) will create something every 2-4 years that matches current Tech/Hardware then by a couple of months PCs will have better hardware. Also in my experience Consoles normally are for the user friendly person, if PCs worked in the same way then Consoles will seize to exist, imo…. 😀

  • Fatman

    I’ve been playing lot’s of different games from xbox ps123 also pc and i must say the best graphics would go to the pc at this generation have you seen that game on maxed quality? It’s epic
    I honestly love all of them but pc’s over-all wins since it can do most of the stuff i want easily.
    but there are differences between a console game and a pc game since a console game would be something like Gta 4 , prototype , dead rising , Crackdown 2 , Demons soul , assasins creed 2 . resident evil 4-5 , red dead redemption 2
    While a pc game would be something like left 4 dead , oblivion , fallout 3 , crysis , bioshock . call of duty
    If you notice fps games work best with a pc game other then that the feels of playing a console game on a pc feels wrong horrible controls.. yes i am a gamer i love gaming but i got taste i’ve played it all i know it all. i used to hate pc gaming but when i tried it i love it i remember i used to hate the keyboard and i would try to use the arrows keys instead of using w a s d .
    playing a console game as on fps like call of duty would suck because the aiming doesn’t feel good at all as on a pc it’s way smoother and feels right .
    over-all getting to the point consoles get outdated quickly while pc’s keep getting better ram hardware motherboards processors graphic card few months like 3 on average.
    they all have their pro’s and con’s i go for everything i would want.

  • Asmodean

    One thing I will disagree with you on, Nixie.

    When I look at my desk, my rig, I say to myself on a nearly subconscious level, full of pride: “I built that.” I made sure that every piece was to my liking. I did the research that made sure that every piece worked together. I hand picked every component. Later, when I wanted another video card, I installed one. When I wanted to double my ram; I did. And when I said to myself that my compy could smoke any console that you put it next to; I wasn’t lying.

    Okay, you can download games on a console. So can I. You can chat with your friends online, so can I. You can hook your console up to a 60 inch HD screen. So can I. You can put a skin on your console; I have a case the size of a mini-van sitting on my desk that when you turn off all the lights in my house – you can boot up my computer and see through the whole house. I have 2 portable drives and innumerable thumb drives, each with a separate persistent OS. If I don’t like my proc, I put a i7 870 (4x 2.93) in there and watch my lights dim. 😉 Mr. Gates think that people want a bigger hard drive: well, here’s the 4 you can choose from. You want a controller? Would you like white or grey? And don’t even get me started on controller vs. mouse and keyboard.

    Perhaps it’s just an aesthetic thing for me. I don’t want anything thats mine to be like what anyone has. This beast is of my creation, and it is mine to control.

    Asmo

  • inolle

    me console gaming all the way the only thing my pc is used for as gaming goes is roms of said consoles so i dont have to switch out my wii or 360 for the nes in the closet and games like super tux and secret maryo

  • Personally I hate it when people get into the big arguments over PC, 360, or ps3, they are all great in their own way and that’s all there is to it, none of them are superior, and none ever will be. Sure the tech of one may surpass another for a short amount of time, but the others will catch up. Eventually our electronics will stop advancing, as you could learn in any basic computer structure class we can only make the components faster and stronger up to a point until they start to become a burden on themselves, take for example RAM, most people go oh my PC is slow, must need more memory, not necessarily, having more ram then you need will slow you down, because its more memory you PC has to look through before it finds what its looking for. So I think your completely right, consoles and PC will eventually be almost the same.

  • My nerdy mind has always considered that PC and consoles are same things which would tend to become only one with years, because basically both are a machine with a processor (or several), some RAM and I/O signals… But I think the most obvious link nowadays begins with the fact that computer screens and TVs are more and more…the same device, due to HD technologies etc