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Well, this is refreshing. At a time when apparently everyone in the industry is saying that the PC is no longer viable as a games machine because of rampant piracy, Alex St. John takes the argument in exactly the opposite direction.

Speaking in an ION keynote, the creator of the original DirectX technology and CEO of Wildtangent said that the future of consoles is uncertain according to Gamasutra.

“Nobody needs a console when a game's value and DRM is defined by community or an input device. Consoles just serve to keep you from playing a game you didn't pay for,†said St. John in what Gamesutra described as just "one of several brazen claims."

“What's Sony and Microsoft's motivation to make another console? It's been so rocky, and it's not about the pretty graphics anymore,†continued St. John, playing no doubt on the news that Sony is losing $260 on every PlayStation 3 sold.

St. John went on to talk about how graphics have become the main commodity of games and how the platform is no longer important for a game as long as the input device is good. Obviously, St. John prefers the feel of keyboard than a game pad, though he did discuss the Wii briefly as well.

“The Wii is the exception that proves the rule — it's not about the graphics, it's about the input device."
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In my dreams... I wish this was true however, on paper its looks good but in reality its not the case. Its all about profit

Ah? marin you better be careful about posting such a sensitive issue. It could trigger a flaming war.
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Here's an idea: neither consoles nor PCs are dead
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Here's an idea: neither consoles nor PCs are dead
LOL, true!

Consoles are just 'dead to me'.
    
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LOL, true!

Consoles are just 'dead to me'.
Yea me too
I just can't go back to them.....
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if your idea of a console is a media hub (PS3 & 360) then yes, as far as i'm concerned, its dead.

However, judging by Wii sales, and provided Nintendo keep with the console tradition. then it certainly isn't.
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if your idea of a console is a media hub (PS3 & 360) then yes, as far as i'm concerned, its dead.

However, judging by Wii sales, and provided Nintendo keep with the console tradition. then it certainly isn't.
Whilst I'll never own a console, heres my reasons why consoles arent dead:

The majority of folk aren't interested in performing every possible task on their PC. They don't want a PC in their living room. They want a "do it all" PS3 or XBOX. It's neat, it's simple, and most importantly its not a PC. As shocking as it is to hear, some people come home from work and don't want to even look at a PC.
    
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Whilst I'll never own a console, heres my reasons why consoles arent dead:

The majority of folk aren't interested in performing every possible task on their PC. They don't want a PC in their living room. They want a "do it all" PS3 or XBOX. It's neat, it's simple, and most importantly its not a PC. As shocking as it is to hear, some people come home from work and don't want to even look at a PC.
blasphemy!

I personally dont even touch consoles anymore [unless I wanna play a fighting game] because I find it easier to use a keyboard / mouse combo than a game controller. but thats just my opinion. buth consoles and PC's have their advantages and disadvantages, and this war will only end if PC's die [which they wont. ever.] or if Consoles die [which might one day happen].
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PC and Console sales are good. Neither is dead!

EOS

(but consoles are 'dead to me' as well)
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