It seems as if those lame console gamers just can’t keep up with their vastly superior PC counterparts.
Well, you really shouldn’t be, at least, according to Voodoo PC (now owned by HP) founder Rahul Sood.
“Those of us who have been in the gaming business for over a decade know the real deal. You simply don’t get the same level of detail or control as you do with a PC over a console,” Sood opined in a recent blog post.
“Rumor has it that there was a project many many months ago at Microsoft that was under wraps. The goal was to bridge Xbox gamers with PC gamers so they could play against one another in games like Unreal, or Gears of War.”
Perhaps not unexpectedly, the fluffy console players were “destroyed” every time by their superior PC rivals – so much so that it would be “embarrassing” for the Xbox team had Microsoft launched its clandestine initiative.
“I’ve heard from reliable sources that during the development they brought together the best console gamers to play mediocre PC gamers at the same game…and guess what happened?
“They pitted console gamers with their ‘console’ controller, against PC gamers with their keyboard and mouse. Is this why the project was killed? Who knows…Personally, I wish it would have stayed the course.”
However, Sood emphasized that PC gaming wasn’t like it “used to be” in the golden days of yore.
“The PC is shifting [and] the need for multiple high performance graphics cards is all but dead. You can play any PC Game on an HP Envy at high resolution with high detail, for example.
“PCs are becoming more mobile, form factors are shifting, touch is being embraced as well as other technologies. [Yes], the audience for games has never been larger, but only the great titles will stand out in a soon to be highly competitive environment.”
Predictably, Sood added that game developers should “follow the money” and look to the future by coding for HP’s WebOS – which is likely to boast “tremendous” scale and reach.
“You might even think about developing titles exclusively for webOS in the future, but for now perhaps you should look at taking some of your best titles – and don’t think port – think about taking full advantage of our hardware, cameras, sensors, etc.
“The possibilities are endless – and while it may take time for new devices to start showing up, you can rest assured that the wait will be worth it.”