Mark Rein - Consoles "Stealing" Hardcore PC Gamers

The Mark Rein interview on the Guardian Unlimited (thanks BeyondUnreal) offers a conversation with the Epic executive, discussing the company, its games, the Unreal engine, and PCs versus consoles, offering this outlook: "I'm a real fan of the PC, but yes, consoles are definitely stealing a lot of hardcore gamers from the PC. When Call of Duty 4 came out, I heard some of our guys sitting around talking about the great game they'd had last night and I'm like, 'Hey guys, what server are you playing on? I'd love to come and join you,' and they said, 'Just send us a friends request,' It was at that point I realized they were all playing it on console. Plus, the sales of the console versions are something like ten times the sales of the PC versions."
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I'm not exaggerating on the price. Google A-computers in Edmonton and look for yourself. They also offer "bare bones" system for very good prices.

The CPU was $180, P/S $35, board $70, RAM is dirt cheap, $100 right now for 2Gigs 800mhz. We have GST (5%) and we don't have other sales tax, but you have that on everything. I don't u/g every part of my machine. I still have SB Audigy/5.1 speaker system/DVD burner/CDROM/case that work great; why would I replace them? Up until a couple years ago when it died, I still had the floppy drive from my 386 ($20 to replace).

Why would I need to have an SLI rig? As I said, the one I have can pretty much run everything at 16x12 with max detail. Much like a/v equipment, if you want the (b)leading edge, you're going to pay for it.

The X800 is still a good card BTW. Compare the fill rate of an X800XT to some of the newer, albeit lower end, DX10 cards. The only games it won't run are ones that absolutely require DX10 (Bioshock atm) and that was only momentary as it didn't take long for the community to come out with a patch to do so (which in turn smells of shennanigans re: DX10 req's.). Will that change? Of course, but by then DX10 and Vista will be more mature and I'll finally make the leap. Until then, I don't need to u/g my o/s either.

I'm not saying PCs are absoultely cheaper. I am saying if you shop around, you can get great parts for relatively cheap, and you certainly don't need to spend $2k a year to keep your rig at a point where you can play modern games with high details settings. I actually spent more than I planned to by getting the GTX card, but I had the extra dough. Plus, as others have mentioned, you can do a whole lot of other things with a PC. K+M is just one example of controllers that are superior on the PC. Last time I checked, I can't hook up my Joystick/throttle/rudder pedal setup on any console, and I can't see myself being able to get out of a spin with a gamepad (if there are even any flight sims with a realistic flight model on consoles).


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