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.