Millions of people play video games on all kinds of devices, such as the PlayStation 3, the PC, and the cell phone. But while millions of consoles are being sold and tons of games are in development for these consoles, the grandfather of video games is being nudged to the side. Why is this happening? I’ll take a look at why the game developers are leaving the PC market.
Video games are for amusement, thrill, honor, or simply killing time. Regardless of the reason a person is playing a game, there are millions of people that own gaming consoles. Some of the earliest video games were played on a computer, and many may argue that today’s consoles are nothing more than glorified computers. The original Xbox is a great example; it was quickly thrown together at Microsoft headquarters and then shipped off with very little change to the hardware. This made it a prime target for hackers. PlayStations have this flavor as well; the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 both have their own version of Linux that can be installed on the console.
Epic Halting PC Game Development
Recently, Epic’s president said that the company was going to halt their development of PC games and focus on console games for a while. He said that the PC gaming market was in “disarray.” When you compare a game, such as Gears of War, in the console and PC versions, the Xbox 360 sold 4.5 Million compared to the PC, which sold under a million.
If this wasn’t a good enough reason (which it is), the PC game market is being dominated by The Sims and World of Warcraft. PC games seem to be moving online, where you can plug in a URL or click on a shortcut and be playing the game before you know it. Games usually take a few more steps, such as loading and configuring for your system.
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