iD Loves X360 - PS3 Not Yet

Todd Hollenshead, iD software CEO, gave an interview to Game Informer during QuakeCon 2005 in which, among other things, he explained the reasons behind iD's current preference for XBox 360.

In the interview Mr. Hollenshead tried to explain how the company views development on the two major next-generation consoles and tried to explain how Mr.Carmack views the process of programming on both the XBox 360 and PS3.

I'm not really one to put words in John's mouth but what I do know is we've had 360 stuff for a while and it was relatively easy to bring our internal project onto 360. We just got the PS3 stuff recently and it was relatively more difficult to bring that up on the PS3. So John's first impressions are, "360 great, PS3 - pain in my ass."

I think the more we work with it - I don't know if John himself will be doing the primary PS3 work or not - but we'll have to see about that stuff. Also, 360 is further along in their process as well. They have more final hardware, and they have better drivers, and the SDK has been more refined and revised. I think the PS3 stuff, in all fairness to Sony is a little bit more raw. I think we'll have to wait and see, but I don't think that's going to ultimately change the way we're going to approach developing on PS3. He knows from a technology horsepower standpoint that it'll do everything that we want it to do, so we're committed to it.

Considering iD software is firmly embracing the next-generation console format, the interview also discussed the future of PC gaming as viewed by iD and the future doesn't seem too bright for PC gaming.

here are some interesting trends in the industry. Whenever the next generation consoles come out they predict the demise of the PC gaming industry. They do it every single time it comes around. I don't think we're at all there. While the console market continues to grow, the PC market over the last three years has been down. You still have the hit titles that sell lots of copies. But really the middle and the bottom of the market have fallen off. So we've got double digit percentage decline in the PC market year after year, so far 2005 over 2004, and 2004 over 2003. We've taken note of that, as well.

We start looking at the difficulty of combating piracy, and how much more of an issue it is on the PC versus on the console, and the fact that game development budgets are so much bigger now than they were 10 years ago, that even if you're a PC-centric developer you have to take a more serious look and approach to how you're going to do on the consoles. For a long time consoles weren't thought of as the right way to play first person shooters, and people struggled with how the control was going to work. But now with the dual analog sticks on the controllers, and the fact that Halo has sold a ton - you're still not going to have the precision of a mouse and a keyboard, but first person shooters sell great and have huge fans on the consoles.

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iD Loves X360 - PS3 Not Yet

(((((((Anonymousat 13:26 18/8/2005CONSOLE IS STEALING AWAY PC GAMES! THEY STOLE AWAY RACING AND SPORTS GAMES! NOW THEY ARE TRYING TO STEAL FPS AND RTS AWAY FROM PC!!!!!Anonymousat 3:48 18/8/2005YES...CONSOLES SUCK... ))))))Even if consol stole PC sh%$# wouldnt fken matter!!! PC WILL BE THE FATHER OF ALL CONSOL!!!! THINK ABOUT!!! U DUMB @SS !!!!! look at the processor! GPU! MEMORY!! its all HIT PC FORST BEFORE IT HIT CONSOLE!!PC = THE GRAND DADDY OF ALL CONSOLES

iD Loves X360 - PS3 Not Yet

Pc businness dead? Sooner or later everything dies. So why dont you fanboys whipe away those tears, put your black suits on and say good-buy to this pc bulls**t once and for all and start believing in something different, like the fact that games are made for consoles not pc's. Originaly the first games were made for consoles. remember pong anyone? now a console u buy every 3-4 years lets say. a pc in order to play games at decent speed needs consistant upgrades which means loss of money for u dear customer and gain of money for big fat conglomerates like ati, nvidia, seagate so on and so forth. get it now, u asswhipes?

iD Loves X360 - PS3 Not Yet

"The pc gaming future doesnt seem so bright"- thats a good one.But lets consider for a second the idea of making strategy (one of the fastest growing segments in pc game development) exclusively for consoles- won't happen in the near future. Why because strategy on a console is down right retarded primarily because of the lack of keyboard and mouse for the nex-gen consoles. Another thing is immersive single player RPGs and MMORPGS, I've tried playing Morrowind on XBOX and hated it, then I tried it on PC and liked it.Reason for limited gameplay experience-limited input devices. Oh and the new microkeyboard attached to 360 controller is down right stupid (way too small).

iD Loves X360 - PS3 Not Yet

your basing your opinions on consoles lacking a mouse, and a keyboard and that in itself is pretty retarded. You dont need a keyboard and a mouse to have simple fun. Your obviously a retard pc fanboy, have fun being dumb. XD

iD Loves X360 - PS3 Not Yet

Halo is a n00b no-skill game, check your facts. While SP was merely ok, nothing extraordinary, onlike blows bull's ass. This will probably make console and Halo fanboys upset and go crying but that's true. CS is quite frankly the best skill game and yes, you absolutely and undoubthfully need a keyboard and mouse for it. That's one of the reasons XB CS was sheer crap and same goes for the rest of console FPS games, such a small thing as a decent input device does indeed make a monumental difference.Speaking of that nice 360 photo, is their game proudly making 80fps as the menu screen? Wow, that's a huge achievement. So far all the 360 screens while looking much better than XB still looks considerably worse than even mid-budget PC games. That's a sad thing considering all the buff these consoles got. I know that we'll have to wait and see but so far I'm not so impress by that new technology.That's my 2 cents boys and girls. Pls no fanboy s**t, all the forums already overflow with it anyway.

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