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Star Citizen dev predicts PC to overtake consoles

Thursday, 31 January 2013 23:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Star Citizen and Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts has said the next generation of consoles won’t be as important as this one, thanks to the PC’s continuous ascent to glory.

“I think consoles will be there and they’ll do decent business but I don’t think that the next generation of consoles will be as big as the last generation,” Roberts told NowGamer in an extensive feature about Kickstarter.

“Essentially, I can build a high-end PC now that’s much more powerful than the new consoles that will be announced this year.”

Roberts said that PC pricing for consumers is always coming down, while hardware prices for console manufacturers are on the rise, so that the end cost of console or a PC of similar schematics will eventually equilibrate.

“So they’re going to be on an even footing with everyone else, whether it’s Steam Box or whatever, and then what’s the best platform?” he added.

“Is it a closed platform, which is controlled and curated like Microsoft, Apple and Sony, or is it an open platform that isn’t controlled? There are good and bad things about both sides but that’s basically the PC platform?”

Roberts also raised objections to the “walled garden” model of consoles to date and the cost of updates.

Historically, whether industry insiders are calling the death of the PC or the death of consoles depends largely on what point of the console cycle we are in, but the increasing ubiquity of PC tech in the living room, growing power of portable devices, and increasing cost of console development has brought about an unusually high number of console detractors this cycle. Valve’s Gabe Newell said he expects Apple and PC hardware manufacturers to battle it out in the end, with consoles fading into obscurity.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.

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18 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    “Essentially, I can build a high-end PC now that’s much more powerful than the new consoles that will be announced this year.”

    you could do that last year already.

    but when these consoles will be out, they will be outdated since it’s release.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Sini

    They should do a reality show where console peasant gets a high end pc. We get to observe the ratio of console to pc playing, and what happens after a month when the pc is taken away.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Fin

    How about a reality show where we take all the PC master race, put them on an island and leave them there.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Kabby

    That’s not something a self titled master race would object to, is it?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Arysse

    Chris Roberts has always been an idiot. His ego is so desperate for attention he is just spouting off. PC elitists are even more pathetic.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. _LarZen_

    A console is a PC but it’s a closed system and not a open OS that is on other PC’s.

    I don’t believe that a PC with a open OS like Windows or Linux is ever going to replace closed gaming systems like PlayStation or Xbox.

    People want their consoles to be multimedia hubs where they can use services like Netflix and play games with ease. The only people that believe consoles will disappear and that PC’s with open OS is going to replace them is the core of geeks.

    Don’t misunderstand me, nothing wrong with that but they do not represent the big picture. They are a little tiny fraction and they ofc want this to happen so they can do all kinds of stuff that 90% don’t care about.

    Consoles or modular machines with closed OS is the future. What developer in their right mind would want to use millions to develop a game for a system that will just copy their product like crazy?

    That is what open OS is, nothing more then a excuse for a playground to do all kinds of nasty stuff you isn’t supposed to be doing.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    @6 Doom and gloom is generally a pretty bad bet. Most things die slow deaths.

    But what exactly is stopping a cheap PC from adopting an interface that is every bit as functional and easy to use as a console, if not more so?

    It’s really just a question of making it easier to use, and cheaper to buy. The PC is already a decade ahead when it comes to the design and delivery it offers.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. loki

    Just facepalm
    this hypocrite has not said anything new that would help PC become leading platform from crap platform. PC was powerful, open 5 and 10 years ago. And nothing changed. This idiot just advertises its shitty PC game.
    PS VG247 better be published articles about games, not PC’lovers delusional dreams

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Samoan Spider

    MS vs Sony, PC vs Consoles, PC vs Mac, ios vs Android and so on. It is a cycle that will continue because we as consumers feel a misguided loyalty to a particular piece of hardware/software. I forget the term for it now but I know in psychology it has a name.
    Its good for competition and its good for banter, but fanatical fanboi’ism is not healthy for anyone.
    Shame this guy had to stoke the fire, but I’ll forgive him because I’m properly looking forward to Star Citizen.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OwnedWhenStoned

    Divide and conquer!

    I’ve got a PS3 and a PC. Driving and FIFA games on the PS3, everything else on the PC.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. CyberMarco

    “Divide and conquer!” +1

    Problem is that the “divide and conquer” solution is applied in much more critical situation, like health-care, education etc.

    I find it ludicrous to say at least that some people tend to argue over a hobby. I wonder what level of “fanboism” the said people will have if they were supposed to have a more serious conversation about politics etc…

    On topic.
    “Essentially, I can build a high-end PC now that’s much more powerful than the new consoles that will be announced this year.”

    True, but you would spend 1000$+, but with consoles in the other hand you get a decent experience of gaming with 1/3 of the money invested in a PC.

    As I said before, PC goes beyond consoles. It’s like a all-in-one tool/solution.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. stevenhiggster

    Right, here’s my thoughts. I have been a PC gamer since… well my first PC was a 286 with a 12mb hdd! I think a lot of the current PC gamers are new to the PC this “gen” and thus have had it fairly easy. The current consoles are ancient and have given PC gamers a fairly easy time, even relatively old systems can run games better than the current consoles.
    When the new consoles come out, thanks to optimization they’re games will look as good as a half decent PC. What this will do is give devs more room for awesomeness. This will in turn make PC games even better again.
    This is where the cracks will begin to appear, as people who bought PC’s in the last couple of years will suddenly find that they can’t run anything at “1080 60fps ultra” anymore and they’ll have to start monkeying about with menus and .ini files to get games to run smoothly. This I feel is where a lot of the new PC noobs will fall off and just go back to console gaming.

    Just my opinion on the matter.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Samoan Spider

    @12 Agreed there, and most current PC players wont have had the deep joy of having to write a boot floppy specifically to free up some of that 640k of ram to allow a game to run. But that is the turn off right there for any new PC players. That inherent tinkering just isn’t fun for a lot of people. Consoles make things easier and more accessible and have propelled gaming from a backroom geek hobby to mainstream media.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. roadkill

    Wait, when did the consoles overtake the PC?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. viralshag

    Everyone can build a high-end PC, nothing has stopped people from doing that other than, oh wait, building it, paying for it and maintaining it…

    Not everyone wants a personal project in order to play games. I don’t understand why most PC gamers don’t get that. I built my PC, it’s pretty good, I offer to build them for my friends because to me it’s a hobby, to them it’s something they a) don’t have time for and b) don’t care to do.

    Consoles solve all the problems regular non-enthusiast gamers have. It’s not that hard to build a table but I’ll probably still buy one from IKEA.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. sh4dow

    “Essentially, I can build a high-end PC now that’s much more powerful than the new consoles that will be announced this year.”

    When has that ever not been possible at least in the past 10 years or so?
    The more important question used to be: Will games be optimized enough to actually look better with that power advantage?
    And of course also: Is that bit more of visual fidelity worth five times the price?

    But the answers to those questions will probably look drastically different this upcoming generation. Because buying a PC that is going to deliver the same visual fidelity as consoles probably not going to cost more. And possibly even less.
    So the price argument is done with.
    It’s now more of a question of how many multiplatform games there will be, how good the ports will be and good PC exclusives will be.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DSB

    @15 But that’s exactly what that guy is talking about. Making it both accessible and competitive on price.

    Whether that actually works or not remains to be seen, but if someone can make a better product and sell it for less, then I think adoption is a natural result of that.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. viralshag

    @17, I agree with that. I just don’t think the “end of console gaming” naturally means PC gaming will completely fill the gap. Obviously there will be some people who will want to continue gaming no matter what and so will use the option of the Steambox or whatever is to come.

    #18 2 years ago

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    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]