Do you think we’ll still have rigs and towers in 15 years? Will streaming ever make hardware – PC or console – obsolete for the masses? Will form factor make the tower a relic or will we still be modding fat cases?

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23 thoughts on “What do you think the future of PC gaming looks like?”

  1. I just see it growing and growing. I mean the PC population. That’s probably all. Everything else will probably stay same.

  2. Depends on how you want to game imo. If you wanna go VR then i’m assuming it will go one extreme or another. Really big to handle the processing power or it will fit in a back pack like thing so you can walk freely. As far as desk top, I don’t know. It hasn’t really changed too much as far as physically, it’s roughly about the same. Power supply, Mb, ram, processor, video card, Case. What are you thinking it will be?

  3. Nothing is changing. Shitty Consoles will still be holding PC back and AAA-Games will become more and more unplayable Pay2Win Garbage made for 5 Year old Casualscrubs.

  4. For something to be *”Abandoned”* (like your assumption), it needs to be replaced by something `Superior` (like 5.25 < 3.5 < CD < DVD < BluRay < PenDrive for transporting files). You’re portraying a dark future for PC but not providing a single decent thing or argument to replace PCs with so your worries become *pointless*.

    If you’re worried about Stream-Gaming, it will just be another method for those who seek such service as it’s **not** Superior to PC (only an *alternative*) to make PCs relic of the past.

  5. Consoles will always be behind a pc in a variety of ways. Streaming falls in the middle where you’re graduating from a console but want decent quality on a shitty laptop or something. The top of the top will still be with custom hardware and raw power

  6. Streaming could never fill that gap until the tech and infrastructure around it overcame the latency chained to the experience, and then you’d still never corner the market of people that demand a certain level of control over the software they use. It would take nothing short of a global reformation of societal values surrounding ownership before streaming could hope to be anything more than an alternative.

  7. People will still use 100l metal warehouses four times the size required to house motherboards twice the size they need to be, because manufacturers are well aware that PC gamers don’t like to change with the times, unless they are getting a bigger number like GPU model number, RAM speed, and volume is just another number so I want the biggest case pls.

    And I’ll take a 1200 PSU to power my 300w components, because you can’t be too safe.

    480hz monitors will be the new 60fps, and monitors will emit light at wavelengths humans cannot possibly percieve but we will all swear you can obviously tell the difference because the lag is totally noticeable on normal monitors, now ay I could ever go back to the visible spectrum.

  8. if you analize past and present games, 99% of games will be garbage.

    The next big leap must be A.I. ( I was about to wite “better A.I. but no game has A.I. )

  9. I think streaming will absolutely make other forms of gaming obsolete. It won’t happen right away, but you can’t beat 0 hardware cost. Issues with input lag and performance will get better and better in time as infrastructure improves and more and more data centers open. Consumer hardware will become more and more expensive as the consumer base shrinks, and eventually new games will just stop getting releases on hardware.

    I see hardware gamers becoming a tiny eccentric fandom, like Ham Radio operators or Civil War reenactors. An old fashioned hobby that your crazy uncle takes up.

  10. 1. Platform fragmentation: Whether epic wins or fails the days of steam being the only place for pc games are done

    2. Subcription models: I think things like Origin access and gamepass are likely to be the future, provided it doesnt get too fragmented this could potentially save us money for example: pay £15 for a £60 game for one month, finish that game in the month and then cancel subscription

    3. Drastic uptake in high speed SSDs due to the consoles using them

    4. Games as a service: without regulation it is clear this works seriously well so I do not see it going anywhere

    5. rpg lite mechanics taking over: Pairs very well with GaaS, people love loot and ever increasing numbers.

    6. Toning down of sexiness in japanese games due to Sony’s policies, they are the market leader for japanese games so those devs will definitely change to follow their rules.

    7. PC marketshare decreasing with the PS5 and next XBOX. Due to fragmentation, launchers and all that silliness and without massive gpu improvements with skyrocketing costs for a beast of a machine those next gen consoles have the potential to seriously blow current PCs in terms of bang for buck out of the water.

    8. THQ being a big player: They have 80 games in development, year on year exponential success and buying a unbelievable amount of studios and IPs many of which have potential and a following.

    9. Many kids get diagnosed with gaming disorder even though some of them are perfectly functional, im not sure what the repercussions of that are just yet though.

    10. Traditional HDDs are going to be bottlenecks, with high speed storage expected to take over I do not believe a traditional HDD will be quick enough to handle the obscene amount of detail.

    11. Steam redesign will come out and people probably will not like it, like reddit it will look more modern but show less information.

    12. China will become a much larger entity in the types of games we play, it is only a matter of time before they start trying to enter our market

  11. Even today if internet doesn’t work you don’t know what to do, so at least you can fall back playing some offline game. If your processing power is a server somewhere and you need to stream your game, you have non plan b for when shit hit the fan.

  12. I see more DRM, more launchers, more always online, more subscriptions, and eventually I see someone like Epic trying to charge for online. Also 200gb games will become the standard.

    Still better than buying a console though

  13. Well with Steam being more open in it’s age restrictions and VR becoming increasingly popular. I’m expecting a lot of people to be much less shameless in the games they are playin’ in the future.

  14. Many things will be introduced to the market but I think ‘puters are the most efficient.

    Just because people want more mobilized hardware doesn’t make it much more of a threat.

  15. I think the tech will get smaller, that’s generally how it works, so more compact. DRM is just going to continue increasing, all games will eventually end up as always online and as live services.

  16. >Do you think we’ll still have rigs and towers in 15 years?

    If it ain’t broke..

    >Will streaming ever make hardware – PC or console – obsolete for the masses?

    Not while c is 0.66 through glass. Even if LEO satellites don’t have to push through glass, I’m not buying into the total loss of control for streamed games. I dont even do that for streaming video.

    >Will form factor make the tower a relic or will we still be modding fat cases?

    Its harder to work in smaller cases, so unless our hands magically get smaller, the cases will remain this size. About the only thing I want to see change in the future is our control inputs; an upgrade from the keyboard and mouse that is cheap and is bundled with consoles. Something like a neural link. No more shitty console UI and dumbed down design to get it to work with controllers limited buttons and terrible camera control.

  17. In terms of hardware? I think PCs will keep getting smaller until mATX is the norm outside of enthusiast liquid cooling builds or just odd ball builds. Plus us moving into a future where GDDR and DDR will be similar in performance.

    In terms of streaming I don’t ever see that taking off until the US, Australia and other countries can get 21st century internet standards

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