PC gaming master race amirite?
Nvidia has a huge stake in PC gaming. AMD and Nvidia share nearly the entire video card market. However, the main difference between AMD and Nvidia is that AMD also manufactures the video cards inside most consoles, including the Xbox One and PS4.
Nvidia, on the other hand, relies mainly on PC gaming (and, of course, its mobile processors). The point is: Nvidia needs to do whatever it can to promote PC gaming.
That’s why Matt Wright, the consumer sales manager at Nvidia trolled the console industry this week by saying:
“The PC platform is far superior to any console when it comes to gaming.”
Controversial? Yes. Correct? Probably. Most gaming PCs technically have more power than either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 – even though both consoles are just a few weeks old.
PC gamers also enjoy access to mods, texture packs, and all sorts of cool software tools that console gamers will never experience.
With his statement, Wright’s goal was to convince people that they don’t have to choose between PS4 and Xbox One. Instead, they can avoid sitting on that fence all together and simply buy a gaming PC. Buying a gaming PC isn’t a compromise: it’s a decision that leads to a superior gaming experience.
Wright didn’t just issue one statement. Here are some other tidbits he dropped during his interview with MCV UK:
-“Steam now has more users than Xbox Live. There is a whole new generation who grew up playing on PC with titles like Minecraft or World of Tanks. There’s a huge community who love playing their games on PC.”
-“We are proposing small form-factor PCs to be a viable alternative to the next-gen consoles. Enthusiast players want the ultimate games system and that is the PC. We want to make PC gaming as simple as possible and we think that it’s already becoming much more relevant and appealing to casual gamers.”
Some people say buying a PC and playing PC games is too complicated. Clearly, Nvidia wants to address this issue by making smaller PCs that simply play games.
So what advantages do consoles have over a gaming PC?
-You can rent games on console
-You can buy, sell, and trade used games on console
-Some games come out for consoles before they come out for PC, or just never come out on PC (GTA V, Dead Rising 3)
-Developers can optimize games on Xbox One and PS4 more easily because of a single hardware platform, leading to similar graphics and performance to PCs, even if the PC has significantly more resources
I feel like most of these advantages are defeated by one simple thing: Steam sales that take place four times per year.
Are you a member of the PC gaming master race alliance? Or do you own a console? Or, like some lucky people, you could own both or all three.