Chris Roberts has triumphantly entered the gaming sphere with Star Citizen, something of a spiritual successor to the classic Wing Commander. The Kickstarted game was part of a new generation of PC titles that got most of their money from crowdfunding and Roberts doesn’t think that new consoles are going to detract from this new market.
“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,” said Roberts. “But obviously, they’re selling the consoles for $400 and what you’re going to see of the console is it become much more of a media hub in the living room. It won’t just be playing games, it will be playing your movies, streaming your movies and they’re essentially turning them into set-top boxes combined with gaming and media players and I think we’ll definitely see a lot of people who have that there.”
“There will also be a lot of people, because the tech’s kind of similar, on the PC side that will stream into the living room and the price-points of those are coming down, too,” he continued. “I don’t think the console manufacturers are going to have the same advantage, before they were willing to lose millions of dollars on the hardware and making it up on the backend and Sony can’t afford to do that and I don’t think Microsoft is going to support it that much either. 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.”