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Are PC Gamers Too Good for Console Gamers?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 152 comments

Controller vs. mouse and keyboard? Not a fair match.

With gaming technologies so similar these days, as games use the same engine technologies, it would seem like a logical step for different platforms to be able to play with each other online. After all, Macs and PCs have been harmoniously getting along with each other online. So what about consoles?

Microsoft controls what goes on its Xbox 360 platform, so through its Games for Windows initiative, one would assume that Microsoft at one point must have contemplated getting its console gamers online with PC gamers. According to VoodooPC founder and HP CTO Rahul Sood, Microsoft tested it and then canned it.

Why? Because console gamers were no match for PC gamers.

"There was a project that got killed at Microsoft. This project was designed to allow console gamers and PC gamers to interact and battle over a connected environment," Sood wrote on his personal blog. "I've heard from reliable sources that during the development they brought together the best console gamers to play mediocre PC gamers at the same game... and guess what happened? They pitted console gamers with their 'console' controller, against PC gamers with their keyboard and mouse."

The results shouldn't be too surprising.

"The console players got destroyed every time," Sood added. "So much so that it would be embarrassing to the XBOX team in general had Microsoft launched this initiative. Is this why the project was killed Who knows, but I'd love to hear from anyone involved --- what happened?"

Sood then continued expressing his belief that cross platform play with the Xbox 360 would promoted the PC as a superior gaming platform, with a little nudge to developers to consider looking at making games for HP's newly acquired Palm webOS.

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    JeanLuc , July 23, 2010 12:20 PM
    I'm pulling the biggest smuggest grin you ever did see after reading that.
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    dan117 , July 23, 2010 12:23 PM
    "Are PC Gamers Too Good for Console Gamers?"
    Yes.
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    TomTomz , July 23, 2010 12:10 PM
    Wow all I can say is Xbox got owned
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  • 37 Hide
    TomTomz , July 23, 2010 12:10 PM
    Wow all I can say is Xbox got owned
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    excalibur1814 , July 23, 2010 12:11 PM
    It's also down to how good the player is. I've had friends that spent 5 minutes looking up and then down while running around in a fps before now.

    As it stands, I use both a 360 controller and Mouse+key combo on my pc. Mouse and keyboard cannot be beaten for fps. This has been talked about for the last 8+ years and this keeps going on and on.

    But, as I first stated, if you're rubbish then no controller will help (But extreme auto aim might :)  )
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    tapnick , July 23, 2010 12:11 PM
    I dont think every game should be cross platform but it would fun for a few of them to at least have the option.
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    JeanLuc , July 23, 2010 12:20 PM
    I'm pulling the biggest smuggest grin you ever did see after reading that.
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    Anonymous , July 23, 2010 12:21 PM
    I LOL'd. :) 
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    jesman1985 , July 23, 2010 12:22 PM
    after reading this i couldnt help but to feel a sense of pride.. :)  thats right.. pc gamers ARE better than console gamers.. UGHHH!!!!
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    dan117 , July 23, 2010 12:23 PM
    "Are PC Gamers Too Good for Console Gamers?"
    Yes.
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    nicodemus_mm , July 23, 2010 12:31 PM
    Quote:
    Are PC Gamers Too Good for Console Gamers?


    If you have to ask... it's best if you just keep playing your console.
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    rohitbaran , July 23, 2010 12:32 PM
    PC as well as PC gamers are better than consoles. So it seems. :) 
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    rohitbaran , July 23, 2010 12:32 PM
    Oops! I meant consoles and console gamers.
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    g00fysmiley , July 23, 2010 12:33 PM
    yea, i played a lan a few months back where a few guys were using xbox 360 ocntrolers on thier pc's cause "We're better at consoles than on pc's" ... it worked out about the same :D 

    i think it'd be great for xbox live to work with pc games though, could open up revenue for microsoft in mroe xbox live subscriptions and in turn it could result in less hacking in pc gaming durring online play; now i'm not sayign only allow it via live, just an option and merging players would make for some interesting chatter... you could tell the xbox users by the slew of F bombs and thier voices periodically cracking due to having just hit puberty... you could tell the pc gamers by looking at leaderboards ;) 
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    domenic , July 23, 2010 12:35 PM
    Yes, OK. PC gamers are better
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    jsrudd , July 23, 2010 12:43 PM
    I think the point of this article is not that PC players are more skilled, but that the keyboard+plus mouse allows for greater control then dual analogue sticks. It should be "mouse + keyboard > console controller".
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    lradunovic77 , July 23, 2010 12:44 PM
    I do have more fun playing on my PC connected to 27" LCD more fun then any other console player in this world will ever have...
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    randomroger , July 23, 2010 12:48 PM
    By it's very nature, the mouse will always win. The reason console games have aim assist (the "sandpaper" kind not the lock on kind), is because a thumbstick just can't do what a mouse can and it can be pretty hard to use without any help.

    Also, I'm feeling this implied idea (from the post) that PC gamers are simply better. That would depend on the the INDIVIDUAL, not what they play on. Seems like food just to start a flame war in the comments. They are different things with different gameplay (even in the same multiplatform game).

    If they really took the "best" console players and made them play "mediocre" PC players, if it was a NEW game none of them had ever played, the PC gamers could win by advantage, but if they were playing, say, Halo 2, I still think the console players would win because they'd just know what to do better (teamwork, tactics, yada yada). Aim is not everything.

    Meh, you get the idea and no, I'm not a console fanboy. I don't like this brand of news.
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    TunaSoda , July 23, 2010 12:53 PM
    Cross-platform gaming should always be offered, with the choice to filter out platforms you wish to play against, leave it up to the people
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