Consoles’ glory days are over

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This is the first generations of consoles I can recall where right at launch, they’re objectively weaker and less impressive than most meat gaming PCs. It’s the beginning of the end of the glory days of consoles, says Nvidia’s CEO Jen Hsun.

Speaking in an investor call, the Nvidia boss said that there are so many ways to enjoy games these days, that consoles are no longer the bastion of great gaming.

“But my sense is that the game console platform is not likely to enjoy the hay days when it was really unambiguously the only and the best game platform to enjoy games. It’s just not true anymore. There are just too many other ways to enjoy games,” he said.

Where once upon a time, consoles were the undisputed champions of gaming – particularly around the advent of the 16 bit giants, and later PlayStation 1 and N64 – that has been changing, and continues to change.  It’s now the Pc that’s the best, and indeed most prolific, place to play games.

“The PC has become the world’s largest game platform. China, the developing countries around the world, PC is a piece of platform they already own. They can upgrade it two, three, four times without having to change the basic platform. So the total of cost of ownership of a game PC is quite attractive.  And so I think that there’s too many other ways to enjoy games now, for the game console to enjoy the hay days of the past. But we’ll see. The thing that I do know is this, without any question is that the PC is continuing to expand the number of titles. Great titles are coming to the PC. It’s is continuing to grow and the quality of titles is growing up ever so fast.”

Of course, this is exactly the sort of thing a company without any vested interest in the new consoles would say – even if he is right. That of course, doesn’t mean that consoles are dying; just the opposite. Sales of the PlayStation 4 hurtle towards 15 million, a number it looks like Sony will reach before year’s end. The Xbox One and Wii U each approach 8 million unit sales, and all together they paint quite a rosy future for console gaming.

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Last Updated: November 10, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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