PC’s a “very powerful platform and it’s very flexible,” says Pitchford

Wednesday, 7 October 2009 21:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford was on a roll during a discussion with Maximum PC on piracy, Steam, and the like while touching on the “current health” of PC gaming.

“It’s a very powerful platform and it’s very flexible. The longer the generation goes with the consoles, the more the extreme side of the PC will have an advantage, from a technology perspective.

“The other thing is that the PC is a very flexible platform, we can build PCs of a lot of different types. Another angle to that is that it’s a very accessible platform, it invites a lot of different development activities. However, the biggest games in the world are very costly to produce.

“How healthy is the PC platform? I believe the PC has a hard time being a dominant gaming platform, because of the advantages it has. Because it’s such a powerful, flexible platform, it’s also less accessible, to ordinary folks.

“It can be expensive, but you can amortize your investment in a PC in a lot of different ways. You’re not just buying a PC as a gaming platform. You can rationalize that cost in a bunch of different ways. Ultimately though, that versatility of the platform means the PC won’t be the dominant platform, but it also means it will never go away.

“Games will change, but we’re always going to amuse ourselves with whatever tools we have.”

We paraphrased it a bit to cut the length, but the whole thing is through here.