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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I think the real issue that Tim is making here is that Intel have saturated the PC market with absolutely terrible graphics chips - it's not even about discreet vs. integrated graphics hardware, it's all about the Intel Extreme(ly bad) graphics architecture that is so frustratingly pervasive.
I have had no end of problems with these chips - quite often, they are as Tim suggests, just plain broken. Doing even simple tasks, such as drawing quads for a pixel-perfect sprite engine fails on some intel chips I've had the misfortune of working with. When they do stick to the standards, they're too slow to be useful. You'd get better performance from a generations old Geforce (which you could put on a tiny form factor using very little energy and generating very little heat using modern chip fabs) than from the latest 'extreme' graphics chip.
By flooding the market with this crap, they are making the job of us graphics programmers insanely hard and are preventing games developers from accessing a wider audience on the PC (which is a huge audience!). It's almost as if they're doing it on purpose!

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