Originally Posted by Gunderman456
Is it the game industry mirroring the hardware industry or is the hardware industry mirroring the game industry?
People excuse high prices and shenanigans with it's still one of the "cheapest hobbies".
I ask you, in this day and age, who would want to buy a low end video card priced at a higher tier, to play dumbed down/wallet violators like live service games?
It's over, this hobby is a horror show and to avoid a knife in your back, don't entertain this movie!
It's pretty bad, with plenty of triple-A game developers reaching the end of the greed and cynicism scale, but it's not the end of the story. If anything, it made me change my habits over the years. I went from old school gaming where there were no game clients, to seeing what Steam was all about and enjoy it for a moment in time and then see it slowly devolve into a hat factory that robbed Valve of its aura of game developer and unfortunately spilled over to other developers who now imbue their ecosystem with micro transaction philosophy from top to bottom, to switching over to GOG and almost never looking back. The last game I bought on Steam was Doom (2016). And I make it a principle to download everything from GOG without the optional game client, I only do the off-line backup install downloads, it's the only way to ensure that DRM-free stays as more than just an ideal without practical consequence.
As to hardware, it's never been better (overall speaking) now with AMD on the CPU scene. The other day I was checking prices, and even the Ryzen 7 2700 is now below 180 € and you can buy a first gen Ryzen 5 1600 for ~ 100 €, a second gen 2600 for ~140 € and heck, a quad core Ryzen 3 1200 for an unbelievable ~ 50 €. You can build a pretty good system right now. With SLI and CrossFire dead, the end result in the price of a high end gaming rig compared to ten years ago is actually not that different, it's still thousands of dollars / euros for a complete super enthusiast gaming rig. That's not to say that the prices on GPUs are ideal right now, they absolutely aren't, hence why I'm skipping all the 12nm / 7nm gens. I'm also hoping that next gens will come with AV1 hardware acceleration. I sure hope that GPU makers capitalize on the cost reductions of using 7nm EUV and return GPU prices to some sanity.