Inspired by the medicore press conferences of the next-gen consoles with a lack of kickass exclusives I’m of the opinion that the PC is the real winner so far.
True: There are not many new PC games announced yet but around 90% of the games coming to Sony and MS consoles will have a PC version as well. Nintendo goes to ultra-casual “gamers” mostly so they are not competing with the PC.
My prediction still stands: Less and less exclusives and more and more games that will cater to all 3 platforms (PC, Xbox, PS3) due to not large enough install base of any of them. Ports will have to have a certain quality since none can afford to miss a platform due to a sloppy port job anymore. Unless there are major price cuts there won’t be a lot of PS3 or Xbox 360 sold. The hardcore crowd has them already and the rest is still happy with their PS2s.
So the main difference between a Xbox 360 and a PC is if you can afford to play the “hardware upgrading game on the pc” or not. If you can’t an Xbox 360 is the system for you. If you can there is no reason to get a PS3 or Xbox 360 for the time being. Same applies for the PS3.
As a PC gamer by heart that is excellent news!
Note: I do have a PS2 and a Gamecube so I’m not a console hater.
As a developer I would really have some issues right now when deciding to develop for what platform(s) and whether to go exclusive or not.
This all might change in Leipzig if tons of console games will be announced but I think that isn’t very likely unless major publishers are holding back right now.