July 6th, 2010
You know what would make PC gaming better? Ease of use with the living room. At least that’s what Activision CEO Bobby Kotick told the Financial Times this week.
While calling consoles "walled gardens," the Times reports that Kotick is pushing both Dell and HP to make "new gamer-friendly PCs, designed to be plugged into the television." In other words, consoles without costly or restricted software licenses -- aka the "DRM machines" made by Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony.
"We have always been platform agnostic," Kotick explained. "[Consoles] do a very good job of supporting the gamer," he added, referring to how easy it is to connect and play consoles on televisions, when compared to more complicated (but open) PCs.
"PCs have long been used for online play," he added. "But PC gaming remains niche when the games industry needs to widen its appeal."
If Kotick gets his way, however, it would seem he would turn those "gamer-friendly PCs" into subscription-required machines.
"We've heard that 60 per cent of [paying] subscribers are on Xbox Live because of Call of Duty," Kotick seemingly said with envy. "We would really like to be able to provide much more value to those millions of players playing on Live [read: charge them], but it's not our network."
How long before Call of Duty requires a World of Warcraft-like subscription?
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