San Francisco (CA) – Prior to Microsoft’s “Big Picture” gaming showcase held today in San Francisco, corporate vice president John Schappert reminded us that, despite what you may have heard, the Windows PC is the world’s dominant gaming platform. Expect another big push from Microsoft to defend the Windows PC against game consoles.
We have to be realistic about the fact that PC gaming is threatened by hugely popular game consoles. And if you look at media coverage alone, it sometimes appears that high-end PC gaming is already being reduced to benchmarking CPUs and GPUs. Subjectively, the lion’s share of gaming talk these days appears to be focused on consoles.
However, this scenario can be deceiving, as the PC remains the largest gaming platform in terms of its installed base. In an open letter published today, Microsoft corporate vice president John Schappert said that he can “report that Microsoft and a growing community of the gaming industry’s leading publishers, hardware manufacturers and retailers have made the Windows-based PC the largest gaming platform in the world.”
“While the challenges we face as an industry are many, PC gaming has never been stronger, and we’re confident this trend will continue in the years to come,” he wrote.
Schappert said that PC game titles exclusive to Windows including “World in Conflict,” “Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar” and “Sins of a Solar Empire.” Other popular titles such as “Crysis” and “Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures” have sold and shipped more than 1 million copies, respectively. “Hellgate: London” now has more than 1 million active subscribers.
Microsoft organized a showcase event, scheduled to be held throughout today, which will give a glimpse of 16 upcoming games. Activision will premiere upcoming title Call of Duty: World at War. Also on display are Ghostbusters: The Videogame (Sierra Entertainment), Crysis: Warhead, (EA Partners), and Zoo Tycoon 2: Ultimate Collection (Microsoft Game Studios).