The lights are on
The future is looking bright for PC gaming, according to
graphics card producer Nvidia. In a recent conference call, the company stated
that it believes PC game sales will surpass that of consoles by 2014. Put on
your rose-tinted glasses and keep reading to hear the company's
has a comprehensive breakdown of Nvidia's claims, but the thought process goes
something like this: the longer the lifespan of each console generation gets,
the more attractive PC gaming will become to consumers. Why, you ask? Because
while the technology in the console on your entertainment stand will remain the
same for 5+ years, PC technology is constantly evolving - you could upgrade
your graphics card with something newer and better every year, if you are so
inclined (and have the cash to do so).
While I can see some logic in the argument (being able to
adapt quickly to new technology is never a bad thing), it also assumes that graphical
processing power is the most important selling point to consumers (Nintendo
Wii?), and overlooks the fact that most gamers are happy that the lifespan of consoles are increasing. After all, PC
games have always looked better - some gamers just don't want to pay an arm and
a leg for cutting edge technology when they can sit back on their couch, grab a
controller, and play something that still looks pretty darn good.
That didn't stop Nvidia from putting together this nifty
graph that predicts gaming sales out to 2015:
The rest of the article posits some other interesting ideas,
including the importance of digital distribution and free-to-play games, so
even if you doubt Nvidia's prophetic claims, it's worth checking out.
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