PS4 and Xbox One are further proof that consoles are becoming more like PCs, Alienware’s general manager Frank Azor has suggested. The shift towards PC components over the years has resulted in PC becoming the gaming format of choice, they say.
Speaking with PCGamesN, Azor said, “If you look at what Sony and Microsoft are doing, they’re taking PCs and putting them into the living room. It’s an AMD CPU, it’s an AMD graphics card, it’s a standard desktop hard drive. It’s unbelievable.
“That tells you that the PC is the gaming platform of choice out there, there is nothing out there that’s better. You look at what they’re trying to do and they’re becoming more and more like PCs.”
Azor continued to list the similarities between next-gen consoles and traits that have been common to PC for years. “You’re installing games now instead of running them off the disc, because that’s the right thing to do; you’re downloading games digitally, which we’ve been doing on PC for years; they’re integrating certain TV aspects and stuff, well, ten years ago we started experimenting with media centre.
“I mean we can tell you how to do that on Alienware with media centre PCs during that whole time. It’s a little bit different now because the technology has matured considerably, but a lot of the innovations and things that are proven on the PC are making their ways onto consoles and the consoles are looking more and more like PCs every day.”
Azor cited the PS4 and Xbox One’s AMD tech as key evidence of a shift towards the PC mind-set, and added that the PC format’s biggest games underline its dominance in the industry. “Look at the most widely played games out there, League of Legends, World of Tanks,” he said. “I mean these are the most widely played games in terms of hours played in the industry. And up until this week those were exclusive PC titles.”
Is PC influencing console gaming in a big way? Is it the dominant platform seeing as most of us have one? Let us know what you think of Azor’s comments below.