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Why do some games get released on ps3 and xbox but not pc?

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So I'm curious why some games get released on ps3 and xbox but not pc? I was thinking of red dead redemption and how it would be great on pc. I figure it wouldn't cost too much to port and would definitely sell, piracy aside they would still make a nice profit I would think. Anyone know why? Please don't devolve into console bashing.
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Lazy programming, no large profits, no interests, and a large etc
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Hmm very interesting topic, I have always wondered myself why this is so... I will definitely keep watching this thread to see where it goes...

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Originally Posted by Bestuck View Post

Lazy programming, no large profits, no interests, and a large etc
pretty much this.
+ take into account that it's much harder to convince a PC gamer to buy your product.
If consoles didn't exist Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed would have been dead and gone years ago...

There are many examples of successful ports to the PC (like Alan Wake which sold so well that within 24 hours they already recovered their spendings).
But the sad truth is that porting a game takes time and money which publishers would rather spend on making a new game rather than troubleshooting PC hardware based glitches for days on end.

All consoles are the same so it's easy to optimise for 1 system.
PC gamess have to be optimised for Nvidia, AMD, single and multi-GPU, etc.
And every time there are a bunch of people who are having horrible problems the developers can't replicate properly.
Edited by amputate - 6/11/13 at 9:38am
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Piracy.
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PC is the smallest gaming platform, population wise. It is also the hardest to code for, and the most frequently pirated. Lastly, PC gamers are the most likely to throw a fit over a shoddy port.

A lot of developers/publishers just don't see much value in taking the time and money to port the game to PC just go get tons of bad press about it because it doesn't live up to PC gamer standards.

There is also the fact that a lot of specific-console exclusive titles get free marketing by the owner of the console the game is for, etc.
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I would assume also that most pc owners also have a console, if they ported every game to PC and they had better graphics and such then the people would wait for the PC version rather than paying extra for console, Though that may not be a bad thing as console sales reduce they may do more pc and only a few get ported to console death of consoles better PC games
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I would assume also that most pc owners also have a console, if they ported every game to PC and they had better graphics and such then the people would wait for the PC version rather than paying extra for console, Though that may not be a bad thing as console sales reduce they may do more pc and only a few get ported to console death of consoles better PC games

This is one I thought of, I also think this is partially why some pc ports come alot later. I have an xbox 360 but if a game was coming to pc and xbox I'd get the pc version no question!
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