When console gamers debate over which platform is better (PlayStation or Xbox), PC users simply sit back and watch them rip each other apart.
I often feel that PC gamers somewhat suffer from god complex (not all of them but may be most of them), they refuse to admit that consoles are a massive competition, aren’t inferior and no matter how good the graphics are on their side, most of the games they are playing simply exist because of consoles.
If there were no consoles, PC will be stuck with F2P online shooters and MOBAs and something tells me that wouldn’t be enough, will it?
No doubt, some of the biggest franchises we know today, including Call of Duty and Halo, first began on PC. However, the amount of money and opportunities to generate revenue are brought-in by consoles, helped these franchises expand.
Imagine a world where AAA games are only made for PC, can franchises like GTA, Call of Duty, Battlefield and many more justify their development cost? No!
Can anyone imagine Ubisoft spending a plethora of money on Assassin’s Creed or EA making Star Wars Battlefront if it was a PC exclusive?
Developers simply wouldn’t be able to make ends-meet. PC is alive and flourishing because of the console market. Otherwise, PC gaming would exist on a much different scale.
On the other hand, AAA games don’t need to be released on PC in order for them to do well.
For example, GTA V managed to sell around 45 million units before it was released on PC.
PC sales were just icing on a massive console sales cake.
Another example is The Division, Ubisoft was only planning to release the game on consoles so obviously they thought they can make enough money without PC, it was only after fan uproar that they announced it for PC.
PC may get the best version of almost every game in terms of graphics, but the fact of the matter is, it is possible that a version might only exist BECAUSE of PlayStation and Xbox.
You don’t have to take my word for it, recently The Witcher 3 came out and developer CD Projekt RED made a similar comment, no consoles mean no Witcher 3.
If the consoles are not involved there is no Witcher 3 as it is. We can lay it out that simply. We just cannot afford it, because consoles allow us to go higher in terms of the possible or achievable sales; have a higher budget for the game, and invest it all into developing this huge, gigantic world.
Developing only for the PC: yes, probably we could get more [in terms of graphics] as there would be nothing else…
Whether it’s GTA, Assassin’s Creed, Battlefield, The Witcher or any other big budget title, it would never have been what it is today if consoles were not involved.
So those PC gamers who think consoles are inferior and their games are being held back? Guys! these franchises are here because of consoles and that is something to be thankful for.
It’s a very long shot that we will ever live in a world where there are no arguments over PlayStation vs Xbox vs PC, but since that is too much to ask for, we should at least know the facts before calling any platform superior or inferior.