According to Doom co-creator, John Romero, the PC platform is currently “decimating” consoles and the free to play games market has already killed off as many as 100 triple A studios. In an interview with Games Industry, Romero said:
“With PC you have free-to-play and Steam games for five bucks. The PC is decimating console, just through price. Free-to-play has killed a hundred AAA studios. It’s a different form of monetization than Doom or Wolfenstein or Quake where that’s free-to-play as shareware.”
Romero went on to explain what gives the PC the edge over consoles: “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,”
However, Romero wasn’t quite as positive when talking about the future of Virtual Reality, although he does admit that he enjoyed using the Oculus Rift:
“Before using Oculus, I heard lots of vets in the industry saying this is not like anything we’ve seen before.” Romero Said. “I was just blown away by just how amazing it was to just be in an environment and moving my head was just like mouse-look. I thought that was really great but when I kind of step back and look at it, I just don’t see a real good future for the way VR is right now. It encloses you and keeps you in one spot.”
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KitGuru Says: It’s always interesting to see an Industry veteran’s views on the state of gaming and the latest technologies. What do you guys agree with Romero’s views? Are there any points he made that you disagree with?