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PC gaming being 'held back' by consoles says Crytek man. 360s and PS3s everywhere have a cry

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Batten down the hatches. We can smell a shit storm in the distance. The boss of Crysis developer Crytek has claimed its work is being ‘limited’ by the PS3 and 360 dominating the video game market. He also claims PC gaming is being “held back” by current consoles. If you’re a PC gamer, head inside to gloat. If you play primarily on consoles, prepare for an aneurism. If you’re a fan of both… well, you’ve clearly reached spiritual enlightenment.

In an interview with Edge, Cervat Yerli states: “As long as the current console generation exists and as long as we keep pushing the PC as well, the more difficult it will be to really get the benefit of both.”


Above: Just look at those inconsiderate consoles holding back the pioneering PC. Assholes

He goes on to say developers’ ability to express themselves creatively is being “limited” by Sony and Microsoft’s game boxes dominating the market. Further noteworthy nuggets from Yerli include saying the PC is “easily a generation ahead”, while future games will struggle to get any extra performance from our current ageing consoles.


Above: 360s and PS3s are clearly past it. Best you just ship yours off to the console retirement castle now

Finally, he claims developers don’t see PC versions of titles as a “big issue.” “Until the PC market creates comparable revenues, companies are not going to spend enough on the PC SKU of a game.”

That’s us all told, then. Are you a frustrated PC gamer who feels they’re not getting everything they could from there platform because of consoles holding games development back? Or perhaps you're a console gamer now filled with unspeakable, nuclear-powered rage? Either way, why not share your thoughts in the comments section.

Nov 26, 2010

Source: PCR 


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112 comments

  • civver - December 2, 2010 4:07 a.m.

    Sorry, I don't feel like dishing out a few hundred dollars for PC upgrades every time there's a new game with higher system requirements.
  • Sharkbot - November 30, 2010 6:32 p.m.

    @Soulmantle you need to stuff it back down your throat. Consoles are the reason Black Ops isn't that good for a PC. If we didn't have those damn things PC would be better off.
  • Sharkbot - November 30, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    As a PC gamer i do agree that consoles hold back PCs. For example Black Ops. They failed to port it over properly to the PC and therefor making the multiplayer unbearably bad and laggy due to your CPUs (every single one of them) running at max and BO was draining all the power out of whatever it could and it wanted more after that. But if we wouldn't have consoles (and all my friends complain of bad and blurry graphics and i laugh when i run that Sh!t at 1900x1600) there would be no problem when they made that game.
  • BurntToShreds - November 29, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    Computers have been getting newer and newer hardware, while current-generation consoles are running off of 5-year-old technology. Of course PC games will have prettier graphics. But as always, graphics do not make the game. Did people stop playing WoW because the graphics were outdated? No, they did not. Hell, people(including myself) are still playing Diablo II! Crytek just needs to shut up.
  • Pruman - November 29, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    Hate to say it but piracy is probably the biggest reason why developers are favoring consoles. With them, you don't have to worry about thousands of ingrates stealing your game should you do something to offend the tender sensibilities of PC gamers. I'm a PC gamer and am as guilty of this as anyone, but it needs to stop if we want our platform to be the vanguard of innovation again.
  • Soulmantle - November 29, 2010 9 a.m.

    He has a point. Please all note the Beta release for PC of COD: Black Ops. 2 Patches down and it still has issues. To all the reviewer's who gave the PC version a high score...hope you are enjoying your bribes.
  • festerblatz82 - November 29, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    I love how anyone who defends the PC are snobs.
  • iamcare - November 28, 2010 10:56 p.m.

    In the end it's the PC manufacturers money grabbing tendancies that will shoot them in the foot. PC manufacturers have created this situation through their policy of stuttering their tech upgrades in order to make the most money, despite how far ahead their technology is, we are still stuck purchasing ever smaller and more meaningless tiny upgrades of the tech they developed years ago. In the face of this, People have chosen consoles because they're happier to have lesser tech than to be constantly raped into buying graphics card 1.5+ or whatever. People have voted with their money, PC manufacturers can either go with the trend or struggle aimlessly against it
  • etherealshadow - November 28, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    Coming from someone with a good gaming rig and an xbox360 who plays regularly on both, it is complete BS that the console market restricts the creativity of pc developers. Look at companies like Blizzard and Valve who are both primarily pc game developers who both make great games and great profits. The only thing the console market restricts for pc developers is hardware which, as of now, only effects the graphics of the games, and does not, in any way, restrict the creativity or even the profitability of pc games. If YOU choose to put restrictions on your own game so that YOU can make it multiplatform, that's YOUR problem.
  • manicman96 - November 28, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    @ tiben36 here here. Just shut up and make your stupid game that will noy compare to COD.
  • superrey19 - November 28, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    I own a gaming pc and a PS3 (sold my 360 a while ago) and I have to agree with this guy. I build my PC 2 years ago using parts that were "mid range" back then and I can still max out all multi-platform games without breaking a sweat. I needed a computer anyways so spending $1000 on everything including the monitor, speakers, keyboard, and mouse felt like a bargain imo. As for consoles, I look at the current state of games and it just seems to me like we wont see the graphical leap we saw from last gen to this gen. Maybe thats why this generation is lasting so long. Most games can't run at 720p at a constant 60 frames and that just saddens me.
  • Jack_Burton - November 28, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    Exclusive pc gamers and exclusive console gamers are two completely different people. Like a guy who built his own car and a guy who bought his own car. One dude takes it to the mechanic and one dude IS the mechanic. The only difference is long term cost. When the 360 launched in 2005 I was a gen behind so in 2006 I spent 300 for upgrades to my pc and it could play any 360/pc multiplatform game. Games that were 10 bucks cheaper. Now its 2010 and there is no real urgency to upgrade unless I go to an insane resolution. I think where development is held back is the number of systems that they can implement. With 6 core systems and 8 gigs of ram we still have limited design. All they can think of to do for the pc is push the graphics but the graphics are good enough.
  • lomaxgnome - November 28, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    Except for the fact that the PC that is generations ahead costs 5 times as much (or more), and you can't just walk into walmart and buy it and some games and be at home playing it in a few minutes.
  • S32X - November 28, 2010 5:32 p.m.

    The lack of progress in the console market is restricting the technological advancement of PC gaming, but its also means that is now cheaper than ever to be able to buy a decent gaming rig thanks to this lack of advancement. I'm expecting a massive jump in a couple of years when MS releases is rumoured follow up to the 360.
  • TwentyBearAsses - November 28, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    Crytek don't make games, they make tech demos. Their whole shtick is to use advanced graphics to cover up the mediocrity of their gameplay, lackluster art design and laughable writing. I mean, sh--, Half-Life 2 looks like dog's bollocks next to Crysis, but we all know which is the superior game.
  • jmcgrotty - November 28, 2010 7:27 a.m.

    As others have said, who doesn't already know this? It's obvious. And what else is obvious is that no one but *I'm too lazy to look up the guys name at Crytek* cares. Yay. Gold star for you.
  • Inthedistrict - November 28, 2010 7:14 a.m.

    I like how Crytek complains about the console market, yet they're making a game for the...console? Continue to bitch and sell your soul Crytek.
  • Inthedistrict - November 28, 2010 7:12 a.m.

    @DeEss Lack of cartridge price variation and fluctuation is a side effect of the console market. If the PC gaming market was where the 360/PS3 is today, you wouldn't see top end computer games at $20.00 after 6 months. This is the same reason you usually see a PC game at $10.00 cheaper than a 360/PS3 game on sites like Amazon, Bestbuy, etc.
  • JangoFettN7 - November 28, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    PC gaming isn't dead- consoles are just A LOT more popular and accessible. It's good that they have options for everyone to choose from. If the gaming market continues to grow as it has, everyone wins. I still wish Crytek would stop crying about not being able to crash %80 of the computers there games run on...
  • fullmetallegend - November 28, 2010 4:10 a.m.

    Hooray for spiritual enlightenment!

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