Consoles are dead and PC games killed them – reader features

Is this really the last generation console? (Photo: Metro)

One reader suggests that if this is the last generation console, it’s not just streaming, but the rise of PC games.

Pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X seem healthy to Sony and Microsoft game monoliths, but the preparations for this console generation have been tamed in terms of fan fierceness.

Since the rivalry between Sega and Nintendo in the 90’s, the console war has intensified among enthusiastic gamers, and since then consumers have been speaking out about the divisional aspects of consoles.

But this year I feel different. It’s as if the stubborn defenders of their favorite machine have been obscured. The lack of ardent voice can indicate a major change in the gaming environment. It’s a transition to the vague world of cloud computing, regardless of platform.

Although not yet firmly established, the industry is heading in the direction that consoles are no longer the king. Google has Stadia, Microsoft has xCloud, Sony has PS Now, and even e-commerce giant Amazon is jumping into the ring with Luna, to name a few. None of these services are currently very successful, but they are a good indicator of where the tech giants are stacking their chips.

The cloud is probably the biggest bell that the console is currently making the last fuss. But there are some other small signs underneath our television that indicate the end of the proud beloved box.

Gaming PCs have grown in popularity over the last few years and are becoming more popular. This is due primarily to platforms like Twitch where streamers broadcast gameplay live from their PCs. Streaming megastars like Ninja have urged a new generation of young gamers to abandon their controllers because of the hardcore appeal of mice and keyboards.

Interestingly, Microsoft seems to be accepting this by offering an Xbox Game Pass subscription service on the PC and making the Xbox exclusive … well, not so exclusive. Who knows what if this isn’t Microsoft’s push for the Netflix model?

Even Sony, which has never let a historically exclusive game get out of their ecosystem, has released a big title from its first-party studio (Horizon Zero Dawn) on PC. Similarly, its own cloud gaming service, PS Now, hosts a large, exclusive back catalog that can be streamed to a number of devices that are not PlayStation consoles.

Sony has had great success with the PlayStation 4 and its exclusive products, but at the end of the current console cycle, the importance of the console big boy market depends more on branding and developer curation than hardware. Seems to be doing.

If anything, this all shows the potential period of purgatory when it comes to consoles. Proven true models of proprietary game consoles are declining, and their successors are not yet perfect and are widely adopted.

Will the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X be the last consoles we know in this vague era? Are they even worth the money? Does it make more sense to divert that cash to a gaming PC? Will the game be streamed directly to the brain and all of us will be immediately connected to the Matrix of VR units? Do you know? What is certain is that this is a strange and exciting time for the game.

TG Clark by Reader

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