said by LucasLee:
could you please repeat yourself a few more times within one post?
we get it, you don't like an all in one multimedia and entertainment device.
that said, you clearly didn't follow the advertising for the 360 before or during the launch back in 2005. even the name, "Xbox 360" was an attempt by Microsoft to be at "the center" of the living room for all entertainment possibilities. 360, as in it is surrounded by entertainment options of all kinds. tv and direct download of video services was always part of the promotion.
personally, i dig the integration.
i'd love to see the source for your "most estimates have PC gaming outdoing console gaming in sales and users altogether" by 2015. perhaps if you're counting flash games and other disposable web content and mobile smart phone games. by 2015 there will be a new set of consoles out and they'll be selling like crazy again pushing serious PC gaming into a niche corner for technically minded enthusiasts. consoles will always fair better with the general market. mark my word.
yeah i got a bit carried away lol, please excuse my passion.
As for my source about sales for consoles and PC,
Dan Stapleton, editor-in-chief at GameSpy.com, says PC gaming is indeed on the upswing, and he thinks theres even proof in the numbers.
If were talking about raw numbers, how about 30 million active Steam accounts, 15 million League of Legends accounts, more than 10 million World of Warcraft players, and 4 million Minecraft sales? Stapleton says. Those are huge numbers, and each is representative of the things that are really driving modern PC gaming: aggressive digital distribution, free-to-play gaming, MMOs, and unfettered indie developers.
Stapleton says the performance gulf between the PC and console is so big right now that he suspects console players are envious.
You cant look at the visual difference between Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, or Battlefield 3 running on a console next to the PC and not be at least a little jealous, Stapleton says. Were also getting amazing deals from Steam sales, and entire genres like real-time strategy that just dont work well on consoles. I dont want to paint all console gamers with one brush, but PC gaming is pretty compelling right now.
As you can see from the chart above, PC gaming has risen considerably from 2008 to 2012 much moreso then consoles.
This is not to mention how many accounts Steam has added in that time frame.
My neighbors son who is 13 just sold his Xbox, built a PC and installed steam...you can't beat the prices...games are 10-15 dollars cheaper on Steam. Console ports are even cheaper.
IMO the Xbox and PS are in trouble...i won't be surprised if the next gen is the last....I do think Valve will release a Steam Console and it will be upgradeable, and will be the only viable console moving forward simply due to the cheap price Valve can deliver games compared to the others.
again just my take.