What is the sense of releasing games on the PC 5 months later?

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#1 Posted by Jd1680a (5956 posts) -

There have been plenty of times in the past where game publishers will put out a video game on the consoles and then the PC version will come out five months later. Capcom did this with Devil May Cry 4 way back, when it did came out on the PC everyone would have bought it got it for their console and all its left were a few who dont have a console.  They apparently expected to sell millions more until it sold badly and then blamed piracy. Skyrim, Far Cry 3, Dead Space 2 and other games all came out at the same time on all platforms, they all have done very well.

What is the sense of continuing this practice of releasing video games months apart on the PC?

#2 Posted by wis3boi (32070 posts) -

Makes people buy it on consoles first where it costs more usually and nets sony/MS more profits, then wait later and release the superior PC versions where some people will by it again

#3 Posted by Falconoffury (1717 posts) -

Sometimes it gives developers a chance to add more content to the game for the PC version. I like seeing that.

#4 Posted by k2theswiss (16599 posts) -

a: more people most likely game on 360/ps3 so why not put your resources there?

#5 Posted by Gladestone1 (5581 posts) -

Some times there differnt codes for the pc an the xbox..So they have to make it pc ready i think any how..Also some developers actually make the pc version better some not many..If the coding is different they have to port it over to make it work on the pc..

#6 Posted by _SKatEDiRt_ (2638 posts) -

Sometimes it gives developers a chance to add more content to the game for the PC version. I like seeing that.

Falconoffury

especially when you have to pay for it right? :P

#7 Posted by James00715 (2484 posts) -

A few possible reasons:

Backlash for a bad PC port is worse than delaying the release. PC sales are lower than console sales, so they feel it won't hurt their overall sales much by delaying it. Also, the release can be better timed to be outside the release window of another competitive game.

Get more people to play it on console to improve the publisher/developer relations with console makers (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo). A long term positive relationship = discounted rates to get future games on the consoles.

#8 Posted by pelvist (5292 posts) -

Makes people buy it on consoles first where it costs more usually and nets sony/MS more profits, then wait later and release the superior PC versions where some people will by it again

wis3boi

 

This.  If they release the console version alongside the superior and cheaper PC version then more people would buy the PC version. Instead they delay the PC version, act like they are optimising it or adding new features and release it months later after everyone has already played it on consoles with 45 FOV poorly implemented controls, a console UI and press start to play. Then they whine about low sales on PC and blame piracy.

#9 Posted by _SKatEDiRt_ (2638 posts) -

[QUOTE="wis3boi"]

Makes people buy it on consoles first where it costs more usually and nets sony/MS more profits, then wait later and release the superior PC versions where some people will by it again

pelvist

 

This.  If they release the console version alongside the superior and cheaper PC version then more people would buy the PC version. Instead they delay the PC version, act like they are optimising it or adding new features and release it months later after everyone has already played it on consoles with 45 FOV poorly implemented controls, a console UI and press start to play. Then they whine about low sales on PC and blame piracy.

i don't understand. People that like console will play it on console. People that like PC will buy it for PC. Would make sense to release both at same time for same price right? I mean if you want the game you going to get the game. But by releasing it on both platforms at same time would logically make bigger sales. Maybe they derps?
#10 Posted by lawlessx (47342 posts) -

[QUOTE="pelvist"]

[QUOTE="wis3boi"]

Makes people buy it on consoles first where it costs more usually and nets sony/MS more profits, then wait later and release the superior PC versions where some people will by it again

_SKatEDiRt_

 

This.  If they release the console version alongside the superior and cheaper PC version then more people would buy the PC version. Instead they delay the PC version, act like they are optimising it or adding new features and release it months later after everyone has already played it on consoles with 45 FOV poorly implemented controls, a console UI and press start to play. Then they whine about low sales on PC and blame piracy.

i don't understand. People that like console will play it on console. People that like PC will buy it for PC. Would make sense to release both at same time for same price right? I mean if you want the game you going to get the game. But by releasing it on both platforms at same time would logically make bigger sales. Maybe they derps?

 

They sometimes don't want gamers to have a choice. sometime they want as much money as possible for the 360/ps3 versions and are willing to hold back the PC version to do it. when GTA5 comes out those who have a Gaming PC and console(s) might feel the need to cave in and buy it on the consoles rather then wait for the PC version.

 

i plan on getting both versions anyway,but for different reasons.

#11 Posted by badlalo59 (901 posts) -

Hows that saying go? "Better late than never...? I mean look at Halo3. That games been out for years and only recently was it announced it was coming to Steam. 1st day buy for me.

#12 Posted by Elann2008 (33028 posts) -

Hows that saying go? "Better late than never...? I mean look at Halo3. That games been out for years and only recently was it announced it was coming to Steam. 1st day buy for me.

badlalo59

What???

Just googled it.  Holy hell.  I played all Halo games up to Halo Reach except Halo 4, but I'd never expect this, if true.. 

#13 Posted by James161324 (8315 posts) -

Larger markets, Plus at times devs are buddy buddy with consoles manufractors. Plus concern by investors on piracy on pc 

#14 Posted by JohnF111 (14125 posts) -
More time to port them and polish them.
#15 Posted by Starshine_M2A2 (4104 posts) -

I'm just glad they get released at all. Although I've had to wait far longer than 5 months for some games. Alan Wake for example.

#16 Posted by topgunmv (10408 posts) -

[QUOTE="badlalo59"]

Hows that saying go? "Better late than never...? I mean look at Halo3. That games been out for years and only recently was it announced it was coming to Steam. 1st day buy for me.

Elann2008

What???

Just googled it.  Holy hell.  I played all Halo games up to Halo Reach except Halo 4, but I'd never expect this, if true.. 

Hopefully they release mod tools with it so people can replace the fugly character models.

#17 Posted by ChubbyGuy40 (26273 posts) -

Capcom's PC releases have been god-like. They run maxed out on toasters. DMC4 and RE5 were amazing, despite being released later. Not to mention PC games sell over time, not instantly.

#18 Posted by N3xus9 (560 posts) -

I am going to go ahead and say the P word ... Piracy

Publishers won't release the PC game at the same time as consoles because they believe that PC Piracy being so prevalent will cannibalize console sales.

Now don't get me wrong, I think that is all just a big crock, and that good games sell regardless of piracy.

But apart from console manufacturers paying for exclusivity - it would be more advantageous for them to release a game on PC's at the same time as consoles from a sales point of view while the marketing hype is high. The optimisation excuse can be taken care of through patch and driver updates. 

They are worried about losing more sales than they already do to piracy and PC's being the easiest platform to pirate for means that it is treated like the red headed step child when it comes to timed releases.  

#19 Posted by Born_Lucky (1649 posts) -
Unfortunately, developers have to do something to combat the little sissies that call themselves "pirates". Pretending there aren't millions of lazy punks out there who steal whatever they can get their hands on, is just silly. Of course there are. If these bozos would get a job and pay for what they want, DRM and delays would eventually go away.