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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It doesn't sound like they want it to survive at all-they'd rather put out Gears of War 2009/2010 etc. and buy more sports cars.

It doesn't sound like you actually read anything but the title - and you'd rather whine than actually bother to understand what he is talking about.

This is in line with the PC alliance thing they joined, he is talking about the problems of the platform. Integrated video sucks and a pretty reasonable number of PCs are running them. Most of the people running them can't figure out how to install current drivers much less a new video card (assuming the rig even has a slot for one). He is spot on about this being something that is holding PC gaming back. People can rant and rave about how it isn't piracy and how they can build a gaming PC for cheap and 9000 other things, but they have nothing to do with what he is talking about; increasing the quality of integrated video to up the potential market for more serious games on the PC.

But hey, you rock on with your GMA 3100!

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