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I am a loyal PC gamer. I make my own machines. I have a degree in computer science. I know my way around these puppies inside and out.
I keep seeing these arguements by console gamers saying the PC is on the way out and by PC gamers saying that they are not. I just want to take some time and talk about that from a technical standpoint.
Consoles are computers. Just let that settle for a moment. Ok, breathe. Consoles have always been computers. It doesn't have an ATX tower w/ mouse and keyboard. But it does have a CPU, RAM, a hard drive, a DVD ROM ( or blueray depending on your preference ). It's all there. The ps3 even lets you install other operating systems on it natively. To say PC's are on the way is not entirely correct. Shifting might be a better word. PC's will always have a place, and a loyal following. Add a mouse "controller" and a keyboard "controller" and you have a computer ready to go. You would think most would know this by now looking at some of the games ported directly from PC to gaming consoles.
I am going to look at it the other way now. Time for PC users to hear some reality too.
The market is shifting. Breath now. There are several reasons for this. Unified development kits for consoles means easier development and faster production. A console is 1 system. They don't have to add support for X number of GFX cards, Y number of OS's, and 2 CPU's. Everything is set on a console. Another major factor is piracy. Yes it happens on consoles, but it is RAMPANT on PC's. I could write an entire forum about my hatred for software pirates. All it would get are some lame excuses why they are entitled to free stuff. It is stealing, end of story. The risk of piracy on a console is minimal, at best. All these factors are contributing to a shift into the console markets.
Now the last part. The consoles guys are screaming glory.
It won't last forever. It will even out and shift. Just as, if the mac gets more popular it will see more viruses, so to will the consoles have more pirating tools as they get more popular. Then people will demand options for their consoles. Sony and Microsoft will want to be the first to offer optional configurations of hardware. Then the development time, piracy, it all catches up to PC's.
In conclusion, the shift to consoles is happening. Anyone can see it. However, it will not last forever. Thoughts?