WaltC wrote on Jul 6, 2015, 21:48:
...and a new xBone that exceeds the PS4 in GPU/CPU horsepower and ram bandwidth! That's what the people who buy consoles want, and that's exactly why Microsoft is so far behind Sony in unit sales!
For some strange reason I'm going to not assume that you're just trolling or having some kind of aneurism and have to say "Nonsense, utter nonsense".
First of all they can't simply release a faster Xbone or PS4, it would fracture the market leaving everyone who already purchased one very pissed off, that fracture would also mean a smaller market for the games unless released and optimised for both the older/slower and newer/faster consoles (costing more money, a lot more than one would first think going beyond just simple dev time), it could/would also fracture the multiplayer player bases.
If one side started this race there's nothing to stop the other side joining in "IF" for some god knows why reason it is accepted by the consumer, meaning whoever makes that move first has nothing to gain and everything to lose.
Also hardware upgrading or regular refreshes is not what console gamers want or what console gaming is about, infact its virtually always been about NOT that. Not having to worry about upgrading, not having to worry about system requirements, not having to worry about changing settings to get a game to run well enough, not worrying about driver, update tweaks... It's sit your butt down on a big couch, plug in and play. There are examples of console upgrades, see how well they did, just ask Sega's hardware division.
People who play games and care about upgrading hardware, care about more pretty pictures, shiny new things to plug in and make more eye-candy, buy PCs, I'd even dare say many of them build or at least choose parts for said PC.
Looking at that quote again I don't know how you can't be trolling, god please let that be a troll, because the alternative...
I will add I agree with your sentiment that PC sales will increase, but make a very important distinction that gaming PC sales will increase (note PC sales not!= Gaming PC sales, not by the most remote stretch of the imagination).
The reason I personally would give for this is because consoles aren't living up to expectations and the "PC Master Race" has more than ever to show off. Ironically this is at least partly the fault of console makers who over-hyped the new/current console hardware. 1080p @ 60FPS preview here, amazing graphics preview there and what do they end up getting, 720p @ 30FPS with lowered settings a lot of the time, console players probably wouldn't have cared at all if they weren't hyped up for numbers they aren't getting.
Meanwhile on the PC side Steam is finally getting a touch of competition and Steam even did something, shock, customer friendly (not of their own free will necessarily but anyway) with starting at least some kind of refund policy. Not to mention game sales everywhere, all round, I'd be surprised if there's even a single place selling PC games that doesn't have a number of worthwhile things on sale right now and this before considering the total list of games on PC, dating back and back and back, a list that only ever gets bigger and better.
There seems to be more people, gamers, journalists, websites than before waking up to the fact that PCs have superior hardware and eye candy (it's no longer a debate, not that it was ever a worthwhile
debate), the eye candy the consoles promised and failed to deliver. The current consoles won't be replaced for a lone time and the appeal of PC power will only increase. More people will see a modded game like Skyrim and go "what game is that?", more will see screenshots in insane resolutions wondering "how" since it bigger than their TV from a smaller monitor.
Then there's the 3D craze (maybe I should say fad, we'll see), Occulus Rift etc which is getting a lot of publicity, current PC hardware would struggle to push that with high fidelity so current consoles don't have a hope in hell there on the graphics side.
Right now PC is on a high and consoles are in a low of sorts so it wouldn't be at all surprising if PC gained ground. The only thing that could hurt PC now is if AMD imploded, though that would also effect the next console cycle.