John Romero: ‘PC is decimating consoles’
According to former id developer John Romero, PC gaming is decimating the console market, even with the impressive sales of the PS4 and Xbox One. The newest generation of consoles are selling at record paces, but that hasn’t stopped Romero from making some tough comments. His comments have already ruffled a few feathers among the console gamers, but you still have to take some of his comments with some merit.
“With PC you have free-to-play and Steam games for five bucks,” he told Games Industry. The PC is decimating console, just through price. Free-to-play has killed a hundred AAA studios.
“The problem with console is that it takes a long time for a full cycle. With PCs, it’s a continually evolving platform, and one that supports backward compatibility, and you can use a controller if you want; if I want to play a game that’s [made] in DOS from the ’80s I can, it’s not a problem. You can’t do that on a console. Consoles aren’t good at playing everything. With PCs if you want a faster system you can just plug in some new video cards, put faster memory in it, and you’ll always have the best machine that blows away PS4 or Xbox One.”