Let me preface this post with a little history of my background in PC gaming, if you're not at all interested then skip to the next paragraph. I started PC gaming in the early 1980's, in fact I learned how to read on the computer using Reader Rabbit software. I grew up in and witnessed the golden age of gaming. Back then PC gaming was headed in the path of innovation and discovery. Quake brought us the first truly immersing 3-D game. StarCraft brought S.Korea a new national sport. Times were really good.
Fast forward to 2000 and there we see a major shift in gaming whereby developers desire more control over the software and hardware environments. In other words they wanted players to leave PC gaming and move to consoles. This is when Microsoft jumped into the industry with the Xbox, after Sony had managed to produce a near PC-like console for a fraction of the cost, the PlayStation.
During this time between 2000-2007 PC gaming suffered serious losses, both in quality of games and the loss of customizability. Many modern games denied the users the ability to mod them, and were generally designed to run on console hardware first and foremost, dumbing it down and deteriorating the gameplay. This trend has been progressively getting worse, today resulting in a full lock down via Draconic DRM schemes designed to gut the customers of any rights they have to the software.
So where is all of this heading? What's the next big step for PC gaming? Enter stage left, the Oculus Rift. This is going to change the shape of PC gaming forever, but not necessarily in a good way. Anyone who has been paying attention to this key piece of technology has seen that Facebook snatched them up and began developing a virtual reality mega-multiplayer online environment, that is ambitiously attempting to bring over 1 billion users into the new 'Metaverse.' This will probably require a decent PC, but not a GTX Titan or anything outrageous.
I believe that these 1 billion people will be the new PC gamers, entering immersing virtual worlds that they become very attached to. Microtransactions are the future of business. People are throwing real money away at pixels, literally 0's and 1's transported over fiber-optic computer networks. There's going to be massive developments in this area.
What are your thoughts on the future of PC gaming?