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Sweeney: PCs Good for Anything... But Games

Unreal creator: Tim Sweeney PCs are good for anything, just not games” on TG Daily is a Q&A with the Epic CEO which, as the title of the article suggests, features some negative comments about the PC as a gaming platform. This is actually just the age-old complaint about PCs with integrated graphics, as he says that mainstream PCs are not suited to gaming:

Retail stores like Best Buy are selling PC games and PCs with integrated graphics at the same time and they are not talking about the difference [to more capable gaming PCs]. Those machines are good for e-mail, web browsing, watching video. But as far as games go, those machines are just not adequate. It is no surprise that retail PC sales suffer from that. Online is different, because people who go and buy games online already have PCs that can play games. The biggest problem in this space right now is that you cannot go and design a game for a high end PC and downscale it to mainstream PCs. The performance difference between high-end and low-end PC is something like 100x.

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58. Re: Read the article Mar 12, 2008, 21:19 MattyC
But somehow it's now Intel's fault? What benefit is it to Intel if they make an onboard integrated graphics controller that the equivalent of, say, a Geforce 7900? Great, their motherboards now cost a hundred bucks extra. Which gets them how many extra customers?

Intel joined the PC Gaming Alliance, what does fault have to do with it? They just want to pretend to get involved, that is fine with me, but either way I have no idea what you are trying to say with that. Obviously they think at least pretending to be involved benefits them, or they wouldn't have done so.

Stating that weak graphic solutions exist in a large number of systems owned by those unlikely to upgrade isn't saying "GO BUY A 360 AND GEARS2 K?". It is just the way it is. A lot of people with PCs don't want to game. Some game, but are happy with or whatever, but it can only help sales to increase the number of systems capable of running games. Like it or not, game companies are businesses, so they want to see the potential market increase.

Also an integrated graphics solution doesn't have to be included on every board, nor does it need to be on par with a 7900. He was talking about things more like old school software rendering in HL and Unreal, though that was wretched imo and I don't think if they create similar solutions it will end up being worth the effort. I think they should do it right or not at all.

Or let's say that Intel decides to offer high end integrated video in addition to keeping the low end. How many gamers are going to buy integrated video, even if it's supposedly on par with Nvidia/ATI's latest offerings? Would you?

We are talking better here... not high end. I don't think anyone was suggesting near top of the line video on a mobo. What WAS being discussed was providing higher quality so that Joe Consumer's Best Buy PC might run a few more games than it can now, not be the official computer of the CPL or whatever...

As I mentioned, Intel joined the silly thing not me, I don't understand why you insist on telling me what they want. I would imagine they know better than either of us. The newer laptop video chipset they put out is a modest improvement so I think they are putting at least some effort into this, though I can't say for sure if we will see more of that or not.

Attempting to improve the PC gaming market is fine with me. Just because something can be made better doesn't mean that every developer is running up a console flag and ditching the platform and calling it dead, as much as the whining around the community would imply at any rate.

This comment was edited on Mar 12, 21:34.
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