The closed structure of consoles and openness of PCs debate comes up again.
Chris Roberts, creator of the Wing Commander franchise and now working on the crowd-funded Star Citizen, recently spoke to NowGamer about whether the next generation of consoles would take away from some of the enthusiasm that Kickstarter projects have been seeing recently.
“I think consoles will be there and they’ll do decent business but I don’t think that the next generation of consoles will be as big as the last generation. Essentially, I can build a high-end PC now that’s much more powerful than the new consoles that will be announced this year.”
All of this goes back to the openness of the platform, of course, and its benefits over a closed architecture.
“So they’re going to be on an even footing with everyone else, whether it’s Steam Box or whatever, and then what’s the best platform? Is it a closed platform, which is controlled and curated like Microsoft, Apple and Sony, or is it an open platform that isn’t controlled? There are good and bad things about both sides but that’s basically the PC platform.”