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tech question from a console gamer

#1foundryGodPosted 2/25/2014 10:48:33 PM
Putting aside the fact that the game companies would never do it, is there any technical reason that console gamers can't play with pc gamers? Aren't the new consoles built with pc architecture? I'm not very tech savvy, so please don't rip me apart or get too complicated with answers. Thanks guys.
#2SlaynPosted 2/25/2014 10:54:00 PM
Pretty close, but not close enough. Needs Windows, among other things.
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#3hellmasterpPosted 2/25/2014 10:57:12 PM
Its not just because they need windows, the devs could develop cross platform play, but you would hear all the console gamers complain about the pc gamers "cheating" because of how accurate the mouse is in FPS. The only real thing that is stopping that is devs not programming for that to happen.
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#4robert022614Posted 2/25/2014 10:58:57 PM
FFXIV and portal 2 are some examples that let you do this.
#5LordOfLegaciesPosted 2/25/2014 11:02:28 PM
Not sure what you mean by consoles with PC architecture. Consoles are computers. Severely limited in their capabilities compared to a traditional computer, but computers nonetheless. They have hard drives, video cards, RAM, processors, operating systems, etc.
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#6TimePharaohPosted 2/25/2014 11:03:50 PM(edited)
Because you peasants would get slaughtered like has happened every single time.

There's also the fact that we don't want to play with you, or associate with you at all.
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#7PsythikPosted 2/25/2014 11:28:28 PM
Last game that attempted PC vs Console play was Shadowrun and we all know how much of a massive success that game was.

Fact of the matter is that PC players will dominate in any game that requires precise aiming. Now why other genres like racing and fighter games don't allow cross-platform play is beyond me.
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#8CatToyPosted 2/25/2014 11:32:54 PM
There's no technical reason, in fact it's been done before on a handful of occasions. Microsoft and Sony don't want their consoles to interact so that will never happen.
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#9AsellusPosted 2/26/2014 2:00:20 AM
Putting aside the fact that the game companies would never do it, is there any technical reason that console gamers can't play with pc gamers?

No reason and it has happened occasionally. Quake 3 on Dreamcast allowed cross-platform player (albeit only on maps created specifically for the Dreamcast version of the game since it couldn't handle larger maps). More recently Shadowrun on the 360 was probably the last high-profile game to have that as a feature.

Play balance is usually a bit of a problem since a mouse offers much finer control than thumbsticks. Shadowrun for example "solved" that problem by giving auto-aim to controller users and inflicting mouse players with severe accuracy penalties following any rapid turn.

There was also Portal 2 which permitted ps3 and Steam players to play together. Plus as a co-op game it's not as if competitive play balancing is ever a thing you need worry about.
#10CloneTheHeroPosted 2/26/2014 2:21:31 AM
TimePharaoh posted...
Because you peasants would get slaughtered like has happened every single time.

There's also the fact that we don't want to play with you, or associate with you at all.


lolololol
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