Project Scorpio And PS Neo Prove That PC Has Won ‘Gaming War’ With Consoles
One of the biggest announcements that Microsoft made during its E3 2016 media briefing was Project Scorpio – an upcoming console which will be capable of running games at upto 4K.
Commenting on Project Scorpio announcement and Microsoft’s stance on PC gaming, AlienWare CEO Frank Azor said that PC has won the gaming ‘war’ with consoles.
The PC has won. To continue to fight that, I think, will severely limit, if not negatively impact, the traditional [console] model’s ability to survive and succeed. Microsoft is aware of that. They’re demonstrating their awareness and their foresight in the announcements they’ve been making, like Scorpio and UWP and bringing content to both Windows and Xbox.
Recognizing a console’s selling-point, Azor said that console makers should continue to focus on what makes them special – games, franchises, and stories they tell. He also said that the hardware space is an opportunity for least differentiation when it comes to what an average user can build for $300/$400.
I encourage the rest of the console makers out there to focus on what makes them special, which is the games, the franchises, the stories they tell, the characters they’ve built. The hardware space is an opportunity for less and less differentiation when it comes to what you can build for $300 or $400. That’s okay. Moving forward, we have an opportunity to do incredible differentiation when you have $600, $700, $800 to invest.
Reiterating the fact that there always be consoles offering gaming experiences at a lower price point, Azor said that he wishes the best of both worlds to be available everywhere. How about Uncharted on PCs and XCOM 2 on consoles.
In the future there will still be appliances, still room for guys to go out and build these subsidized boxes at lower price points with limited scalability and limited feature sets, as compared to what some of these more premium, scalable PC architectures have been delivering and will continue to be able to deliver. But the content should be ubiquitous across everything, in my opinion. As much as I want console-exclusive franchises to come to the PC, I want PC-exclusive franchises to go over to consoles as well. It’s not a one-way street. Gamers are going to benefit from that.
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