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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This is an iffy time to be making such statements about ridiculously priced hardware... With so many different brands of 8800GT 512Mb cards available in the 250-300 dollar range (and the ever-so-slightly lesser-performing but even cheaper 9600GT cards just hitting the market), for someone who already has a decent PCI-E based PC, the choice between tossing in one (or even two) of these cards in vs buying an X-box or PS3 gets a little harder, especially when you have to settle for those crappy-assed gamepads as controllers.

I've got two BFG 8800GT OC 512Mb cards in SLI mode that cost me prolly around the same as a PS3 kit, and after finishing Crysis on HIGH dx9 settings at framerates averaging in the 30s (never complained about stuttering for a change) and seeing COD4 with the details maxed out at 1440x900 with over 100fps, Bioshock maxed out and smooth as silk, I can safely conclude that my money was better spent on the PC cards than it would have on a PS3 or 360.

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