Originally Posted by PhantomTaco
I think you should look at this differently:
A SMALL AMOUNT OF PEOPLE will pay $600 for a flagship video card
THE MAJORITY WILL NOT pay that much.
Just because SOME people will pay very high prices for something top of the line doesn't mean everyone or event he majority feels that way. Some people will pay 500 for a tablet, but now they've had their focused shifted to 7 inch tablets which cost less than that. And people spend 1000 plus on a TV because TVs have always been around that price. Here take a look at this
And for the sake of normalization here's adjusted for inflation
Notice, the most popular consoles of all time (PS2, NES, SNES, Genesis, PS1, 64, and I guess Wii) have been lower than $450.
This. Even 'enthusiasts' only pick up a flagship card as their budget allows. If the idea that no one has a problem with it was right, you wouldn't see people on this site running around with 7870s and 660tis. Ironicly, that is only part of it.
Perhaps some of the people thinking this way are too young to remember the PS3 release, when everyone cried about the cost. A large amount of console gamers do so because it is far more budget appropriate than buying a low end gaming rig. To many people, games look better and are much more hassle free on a console.
In addition, underage gamers are a huge part of that segment. Few kids under the age of 18 can justify a $1000 computer to their parents for gaming. In fact, if console A comes out costing $350, and console B comes out costing $600, which do you think will be a better sale to the parents? As a parent myself, I could honestly say that if I were not a gamer myself, it would be console A, or nothing at all.
Another trend I see for that same young age group is that they already have smart phones. Most are getting tablets now. Simple logic tells you the majority don't have a use for a PC, and in many cases, a laptop either. Consoles offer things for the wider market that only tech-savy people know can be done on a PC. The next generation, IMO, will put consoles into more of an HTPC role. This is a good thing for everyone, IMO.Edited by Purger - 1/30/13 at 6:37am