The recent announcements of the latest next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony have stirred up a lot of renewed fanboy wars, but Alienware general manager Frank Azor says that consoles are simply "becoming more and more like PCs," proving that the PC is the ultimate gaming machine, and Microsoft and Sony are simply taking that concept and putting it in the living room.
He says that "consoles are looking more and more like PCs every day," and console makers are taking innovations that made PC gaming great and are simply implementing them into gaming consoles for the living room. When talking about the new consoles, Azor says that the console have PC internals, such an AMD CPU, an AMD graphics card, and even a standard desktop hard drive.
Because of this, Azor believes that "the PC is the gaming platform of choice out there...there is nothing out there that's better." Essentially, the influence that PC gaming has on console gaming is quite tremendous. Ideas like digital downloads and TV and movie streaming on the Xbox One and PS4 are ideas taken from the PC that were originally implemented several years ago.
Azor even says that the most-played games in the world were PC exclusives, including League of Legends, World of Tanks, etc. Even World of Warcraft is one of the most-played games out there. Azor argues that PC leads the way with games. In general, it's always a great time to be a PC gamer.
However, one of the biggest factors with the argument between PC gaming and console gaming is price. Console gaming has become extremely popular, while PC gaming remains a niche platform. This is mostly due to the fact that consoles only cost a few hundred dollars, while a decent gaming PC can cost you at least $600 to play moderate games. More graphic-intense games usually require a more-robust machine costing at least $800 to $1,000.