Originally Posted by Rob27shred
Of course consoles hold back what a multi platform game can be due to their ever diminishing performance compared to PC. Although the thing nobody ever thinks about is the fact that we would not have such grandiose games jammed with tons of content without consoles. The consoles even though as of this gen truly becoming under powered gaming PCs do bring a huge amount of consumers to the gaming market. Without those extra consumers & the money they spend on gaming we would not have games on the level that we do today. At the end of the day the gaming industry is a just that, an industry that needs to keep being profitable to survive, expand, & improve. Without the money that console gamers bring into the industry we would be far behind on a technical scale where we are today with games. So I posit that consoles actually do more to push gaming as whole forward than they do to hold it back in the big picture. If gaming would've never left the PC we would be looking at a far different much less advanced version of video games & gaming right now IMHO.
That's a good point, you can't force most people to use a PC for gaming, so without the consoles gaming never would have really been a big thing, & the quality of PC titles would probably have been less. PC games now have to at least be a bit more convenient & bug free to compete with consoles.
I think the newer consoles help PC games as well since the APIs are starting to be similar, the hardware is pretty similar in architecture now as well. So all the work that goes into optimizing a title for lower end "console" hardware seems to be scaling better these days to PC with much better hardware. Look at Destiny 2 for example, it runs amazing on a 1080 Ti, maximizing utilization, while still scaling down to consoles quite well.