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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No disrespect to Sins, it looks like a great game and I'm looking forward too trying it out but lets face it - space is easier to render quickly than a lot of other things due to the large amount of reasonably uniform black. Not all games can be space based RTS games - for many titles we now rightly expect a certain visual fidelity to convey immersion, just as 1930s special effects wouldn't go down too well with movie goers.
You can achieve a scalable engine with most hardware out there (I could enjoy oblivion on my 64mb laptop ATI card), except most Intel chips. Maybe the latest ones will run some games but I've had such a bad experience trying to get even the simplest of graphics to render quickly on their chips that I'm afraid I have a bit of an Intel prejudice - I'm happy to be proved wrong but any newer, better chips won't cause all the extant rubbish out there to spontaneously combust.
This wouldn't matter if they were a minor player but they are not - their damn chips are ubiquitous.

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