Non-revelation: “PC far superior to next-gen consoles” says Nvidia


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With the PS4 launching last night Nvidia want to be heard. Nvidia’s  consumer sales manager at Nvidia Matt Wright has afternoon commented on the brilliance of the PC.

To take on the mighty playboxes, Nvidia is reminding everyone of their “small-form factor” PCs which is their suggested alternative.  Wright commented on MCV:

“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. The PC platform is far superior to any console when it comes to gaming, plus you get all the extra functionality that a computer brings. We want to make PC gaming as simple as possible and we think that it already becoming much more relevant and appealing to casual gamers”

Well no shit Sherlock. PCs are known to be better for gaming by gamers but it’s the mainstream audience that need educating and that’s incredibly hard to achieve without a unified brand.

Live Valve, Nvidia sound keen to break down the barrier and tell the public about the wonders of the PC. Valve are on the right track with the Steam Box, it looks like a console which the general public understand. It also the “Steam Box” brand so it’s easier to push out there to the masses if the marketing is done right.

Nvidia rely on third-party PC builders and the systems on offer are not exactly “small” and some can be expensive depending in how you configure it, and that’s half the battle for someone who knows nothing about hardware.

Looking at a system builder’s configuration page by someone who knows nothing about components is a nightmare, it may as well be written is some alien language.

At least Nvidia are trying to get the message out there. The bottom line is, if you want a gaming machine that’s powerful and ultra-versatile it has to be a PC.

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  • DavidTheSlayer

    I agree with PC trumping console power any day but I think the problem is that the compression of packing all that hardware into a smaller box like a console has made the price go up compared to traditional full-tower systems which you can custom build yourself for around £300-800.

  • sorudo

    i always find big towers better in general, you have allot more space to place your hardware and you don’t need to compromise just because there is no space.
    i currently have 4.5TB 3.5″ shared by 3 HDD and plenty of space to spare, a small PC can only handle one 2.5″ HDD and you have to transfer everything to an external HDD when you want more space.
    the same can be said about a vid card, you always need to find a small edition in order to fit it in the case, big towers never have this problem and even have space for 1-2 more when using SLI.

  • FlareKnight

    The problem is it isn’t that simple. Are PCs more powerful and able to give you amazing graphics? Yeah. Does that make them the base gaming experience? Not necessarily.

    Some of my favorite games period have never and probably never will show up on the PC. Thus it doesn’t make the PC the best gaming experience for me. Exclusives carry the day. A lot of good games end up on the PC but it’s always questionable if there are enough to warrant building a good PC. I’ve got a PC decent enough to play the PC games I like, but not top tier by any measure.

    Curious to see how the status quo shifts over time, but for now I don’t see the console strangehold on gaming being lost. Ease of entry and up-front affordability is powerful and until that hold is weakened all the games that people want to play aren’t ending up on the PC.