November 22, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Today, the highly anticipated Xbox 360, Microsoft's second-generation gaming machine, finally hits the streets. While I'm not one of the people in stores picking one up right now, it's definitely on my Want It list, though I haven't decided on its worthiness. If you're like me and are on the fence with this gaming console, I highly recommend checking out CNET's newest feature destination: Xbox 360 central, where you can get the latest scoops on the Xbox 360 and, more importantly, how it will stack up to Sony's forthcoming PlayStation 3. Which brings me to this week's hot topic: With all these sophisticated and powerful gaming consoles being unveiled, will PC gaming become a thing of the past?
While I'm just a casual gamer and still prefer to play on my PC, I think there might come a point when I'm better off gaming on consoles rather than my PC. Right now, to keep up with and get the most out of today's power-hungry PC games, I have to upgrade to a faster processor, get a much more powerful video card, and add RAM to my PC. With all these new upgrades, wouldn't it be much more cost effective to buy a gaming console, let it do its thing, and not bother upgrading my PC? This is my thinking, but what about yours? Do you think console gaming will eventually take over to the point where PC gaming will become extinct? Many others have chimed in with their opinions; now it's your turn to tell us what you think of PC gaming's fate. We're all ears.
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This week's hot topic:
Is it game over for
With the ultimate combination of gaming, digital media hub, and online communications, will new gaming consoles such as the Xbox 360 put PC gaming in the grave? That's the question we asked in a recent Game On discussion, and you had plenty of opinions
In many ways, yes
CNET member anth77 says PC gaming isn't dead, but it has become a niche for specific types of games. What kind of games do you still play on PC, if any?
Read anth77's full post in Game On
CNET member tm0054 believes the PC is now only for hard-core gamers, and most people continue migrating to the consoles. One reason for this: the comfort of a couch vs. a desk chair.
Read tm0054's full post in Game On
Not dead yet--or ever
Offering a different point of view, CNET member harlequin115 says PC gaming will never die. He says that while consoles are better for some games, there are too many advantages offered by the PC to dismiss it entirely.
Read harlequin115's full post in Game On
With all these high-power gaming consoles available to us today, is it game over for PC gaming? Check out the Game On discussion, and share your opinion with us.
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