For years people have been saying game consoles will become extinct and PC gaming is the future, but I’m starting to think the opposite could come true. Microsoft officially bringing keyboard and mouse support to the Xbox is part of this, it really is a game changer (we probably won’t see/feel the full effects of this move until the next-gen Xbox though). And about sales: in November in the US, for the first time in history, all 3 ‘home’ consoles sold over 1.3 million units each, which is especially impressive when you consider the Xbox One and PS4 aren’t new anymore. People want game consoles more than ever, they’re not fading away at all. Personally, if the next Elder Scrolls has keyboard and mouse support on the next-gen Xbox, why would I bother playing it on a PC?
<p>I think for the mainstream market you're probably right. The Switch has been a big success even though it doesn't use bleeding edge technology. I doubt that PC gaming will go away altogether but it's diminished in importance.</p><p><br></p><p>IMO, there's another lesson here: dedicated devices have advantages over "do everything" devices. I doubt that smartphones will ever displace consoles for the same reasons that PCs won't displace them.</p>
<p>"<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> if the next Elder Scrolls has keyboard and mouse support on the next-gen Xbox, why would I bother playing it on a PC?"</span></p><p><br></p><p>mods, a lot of which are not compatible with Xbox because they limit the access mods have.</p><p><br></p><p>The future isnt console. It's streaming, which will give total control to the companies and destroy pirating for the most part. But I am totally against it. Today, your twitch account is banned. In the future, it will be your Xbox account and access to your games. It will happen. These companies are bowing to the SJW mob left and right. And before people knee jerk on that comment …. In the future, it might be a different type of mob, perhaps Christian, perhaps some new movement. I don't care which mob it is … I dont want any of them to have any power to use their fake "outrage" as a weapon to restrict my gaming ability or freedoms in an attempt to censor me because they cannot compete in the battleground of ideas. </p><p><br></p><p>Also, remember that we would no longer own our games, like we no longer own our movies on Itunes, where previously bought Disney movies suddenly disappeared and Apple said "You never owned them" when people complained. </p><p><br></p><p>Basically, we will be paying for a subcription to game, along with inflated internet costs to allow gaming speeds. $$$$$. Internet goes out …. sorry. Make a passing comment about a THOT on twitch that is 100% accurate …. banned. Lose your job and cant pay for either your internet or gaming pass …. adios gaming. </p><p><br></p><p>Luckily, the infrastructure isnt in place (on either end) for totally streamed games anytime in the future.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#392653">In reply to jimchamplin:</a></em></blockquote><p>Unfortunately people who are capable of setting up what you describe are in short supply, so the fortunes of PC games won't rise or fall based on people with your capabilities. </p>
<p>People expressing the views of the OP clearly don't play a lot of games from different genres. I am BOTH an avid console gamer and a PC gamer. I play FIFA and NFS on the console, Cities: Skylines and Civilization on the PC. I would never play FIFA on the PC, or Cities: Skylines on the console. I have a properly specced gaming PC and a XBOX One X. </p>