This is something I ask myself whenever someone says that consoles are basically holding gaming back and such (which might be somewhat true).
So, let's consider the following hypothetical situation:
- All consoles disappear, puff, gone. Sony, Nintendo and the Xbox branch dedicate to something else and no other company releases a home console ever again.
- You're given back some of the money you spent to buy the consoles and physical games that you own, but not what you've spent on subscriptions and such (think of it as selling your console collection to go full PC gaming).
- Streaming services such as Stadia are cancelled. Gamepass and PS Now disappear. No new ones can be announced for a while (think of this as gaming some years ago).
- First party studios magically go independent or close, with the option to be bought by EA, Ubi, etc.
- No pre-built low-cost "console like" PCs are allowed.
- All current first party console exclusives disappear. 3rd party console exclusives are released on PC.
What do you think current console owners would do? Would most people move to PC or just quit gaming altogether? Would gaming grow faster? Slower? Die? Would games look a lot better than they do now? Worse? Would some studios close? Would more open?
Also, consider the following:
- United gaming community.
- You get everything, always.
- Everything gaming related is obviously centered on PC and not mobile.
- Ex-first party studios games' quality drops considerably, since there is no more incentive or money invested in selling hardware (only the game itself).
- No fixed specs studios can work on.
- Less people.