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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They need to make it easy for the average person to upgrade their computer without assistance. Why not have a cartridge like system at the back (or even the front) of the computer that can be used to upgrade graphics, memory and even processors? PCMCIA does a similar thing for laptops - you'd just need to expand the scope quite considerably. That way EVERY computer would be upgradeable, instead of not knowing whether a computer has PCIe slots for upgrading.

Also, it's stupid that everything is moving to dual-core / quad-core processors at the expensve of other parts when all most people are going to do is use Word and Internet Explorer. Graphics should scale parallel to processors so that machines are good all-round. What use is Excel loading 0.03 seconds faster if little Jimmy can't play the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean game? Not only that but people that want to upgrade later often find their compact PC doesn't have any PCIe slots to upgrade with.

The current situation is appalling for the average user and they are impacting us advanced users. We need to improve the situation for everyone.

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