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Alienware: "Consoles Are Looking More And More Like PCs Every Day"

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Matt Gardner
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Alienware: "Consoles Are Looking More And More Like PCs Every Day"

Alienware’s general manager Frank Azor has delivered a frank assessment of the games industry heding into the next genertion of video game consoles, saying that consoles are copying more and more traits from the PC sector, and stating that the PC is the gaming platform of choice.

“A lot of the innovations and things that are proven on the PC are making their ways onto consoles,” Azor told PCGamesN. “The consoles are looking more and more like PCs every day.”

“If you look at what Sony and Microsoft are doing, they're taking PCs and putting them into the living room. It's an AMD CPU, it's an AMD graphics card, it's a standard desktop hard drive. It's unbelievable. That tells you that the PC is the gaming platform of choice out there, there is nothing out there that's better. You look at what they're trying to do and they're becoming more and more like PCs."

Azor has a vested interest in the PC market; after all, Alienware are one of the biggest names in terms of gaming PCs. But he makes a good point, and with x86 architecture for easy development on both Xbox One and PS4, installation practices, and the expansion of digital distribution, it's easy to make the connection.

“You're installing games now instead of running them off the disc, because that's the right thing to do; you're downloading games digitally, which we've been doing on PC for years; they're integrating certain TV aspects and stuff, well, ten years ago we started experimenting with media centre. I mean we can tell you how to do that on Alienware with media centre PCs during that whole time. It's a little bit different now because the technology has matured considerably, but a lot of the innovations and things that are proven on the PC are making their ways onto consoles and the consoles are looking more and more like PCs every day.”

Of course, the next step should be to burst open the financial opportunities of the digital space on console to match the competitive digital market on PC, but given the sway that retailers hold over the console sector, not to mention Microsoft's 180, that's unlikely to happen any time soon.

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Tsung  Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:28

I'd say that PC looks more like a console to me.
But on a more serious note this isn't news, console have always been like a PC. I don't understand is he upset by this? does he think we should all go buy alienware pc's to put under our TV's?. I doubt that will happen.

The benefit of a console over a PC is you know that the game & experience you purchase will just work. Everybody your playing with is getting the same experience,no amount of money they throw at the device isn't going to give them any advantage. There is a very good chance the people your playing against are not cheating / hacking or using console commands to universally light a level. No hardware worries, no need to worry about having the right drivers. The developers can optimize the game for the console knowing full well it will work for all of them. The list goes on.

Maybe PC's will one day have a system that "just works" (steam big picture) and then we will see them coming into the living room as a "gaming" machine.

Last edited by Tsung, Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:29
Late  Jun. 27, 2013 at 13:04

Fully agree with Tsung.
Consoles are just a certain model of pc, put into a prettier box than usual, and without real upgrade capabilities. That's how they've always been, and that's probably how they'll always be.

And this is from a guy whose company makes a living from putting pc components into prettier boxes?

DivideByZero  Jun. 27, 2013 at 13:09

"The benefit of a console over a PC is you know that the game & experience you purchase will just work."

I know that already on my PC. Buy a half decent PC and it will run anything and look much better than the consoles do. For years.

Buying better parts will not make you a better gamer and doesn't give you an edge on PC. However, on consoles people pay £100 so they can get a mouse to work for FPS games and have a massive advantage.

On Black Ops 2 (for instance) I have not seen a single hacker and usually on a lot of PC games you get dedicated servers where hackers just get kicked. Call of Duty MW2 / MW3 was hacked to f***, but that is entirely because they tried to take it away from PC gaming with dedicated servers and introduce the xbox console ethos of connecting to one console to host the game - thus leaving it open for hackers on any platform.

Steam big picture will not make PCs "just work". PC's already just work, unless you are trying to run on out of date hardware or trying to run a 10+ year old game (try doing that on a 360!).

This view of PCs being difficult, complicated and hard work really is not the case, especially since Windows 7. Back in the day this was the case, but things have certainly moved on since then.

If you want to tweak, tinker and adjust PC settings you can - but it's not mandatory.

It's true PCs cost more than consoles. But you get more for your money (better graphics and experience) but games are also cheaper as you do not have to bribe Sony or MS to release.

RiKx  Jun. 27, 2013 at 16:26

Tsung/Late I respect you guys but I have to disagree and re-iterate /0. Get with the times man ;) PC are no longer the exclusive domain of spotty geniuses spending hours experimenting with settings and hardware to just get stuff to run. Sure there still ARE these guys but you don't have to be ;).

I don't think he mean't consoles are LITERALLY looking like PC's, although in the Xbones case....;)

Now most laptop's and GPU's have HDMI out plugging your PC into your TV or Home ent system is as easy as a console. Big picture works just like Xbox360 interface used to but better (and worse) and its easy to use and navigate. You can spend as little or as much as you want/afford to improve your PC game experience. Even if you don't use steam (and pretty much everyone does these days I'm sure) its still simple as click n go. You can use controllers if you prefer the same as a console or a keyboard and mouse or a combination.

The days have gone where you had to check the specs on the side of the box and then you still couldn't be sure it would work. You can buy a small form factor PC that balances form and function and cost or you can build a all encompassing beast you can tweak and upgrade the hardware to hearts content. Or get a Laptop that fills middle ground of all these points and you can take away with you.

You can invest as much time and money into a PC as your see fit in relation to desired outcome. They do everything and if they don't right now you can bet there will be a choice of add ons somewhere sometime that will do what you want.

I agree consoles have their place but that area is losing real estate fast. Maybe M$ will slow this down with Win8 but once they gets their heads round making a decent OS with an overlay for simplistic functionality (like big picture with steam) that is easy to swap between depending on device and use, they are going to be onto a massive winner. When you can choose your PC to work like a console then like a pc then back with button presses with cross device (tablet) functionality they will have it perfected. 'Course it M$ so that will be here after someone else has already done it and ironed out the kinks. Why hello there Gabe...

Drunkensquirrel  Jun. 28, 2013 at 23:55

Except consoles have brought all the pc problems with them.

Bugs, updates, long load times.

Nintendo are the only ones doing it properly to make an easy gaming experience.

Pc has always been better i.e. modable, more user control. But at a price of slower performance on older pc's maybe not even being able to run the bloody game!

So consoles are supposed to be plug and play no messing no thinking pop the game in and go.

Nowadays i have to turn my ps3 on the day before to get all the bleeding updates sorted!

DivideByZero  Jul. 2, 2013 at 23:52

Yeah PS3 updates are balls.

Switch PS3 on, oh there has been a firmware update, lets apply that. Now that's done, lets have a look in the store... that needs an update too. Nothing I want so lets play a game... that also needs and update... and now I have to go out.

Sigh...

RiKx  Jul. 3, 2013 at 09:29

Yeah PS3 updates are balls.

Switch PS3 on, oh there has been a firmware update, lets apply that. Now that's done, lets have a look in the store... that needs an update too. Nothing I want so lets play a game... that also needs and update... and now I have to go out.

Sigh...


exactly why my PS3 mostly just play's blu-rays....

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