Mark Rein: Consoles killing the PC market

Written by Joe Martin

February 1, 2008 // 9:43 a.m.

Tags: #cod4 #consoles #epic #gears-of-war #gow #interview #mark #rein #tournament-3 #unreal #ut3

Mark Rein, one of the top men at Epic Games and co-founder of the company responsible for both Unreal Tournament 3 and Gears of War has spoken about how he feels the PC market is being overtaken by the console market.

In an interview with The Guardian, Mark discussed the future of Unreal Tournament 3 and how he feels the series will progress on consoles and, in particular, what the future is for the PlayStation 3 version.

Asked whether he thought the PC market was able to keep up with the rapidly growing console market, Mark was a little dubious of the PC's future - which is a different tune to be singing than when we last spoke to him!

"I'm a real fan of the PC, but yes, consoles are definitely stealing a lot of hardcore gamers from the PC," said Mark, going on to outline an especially eye-watering story.

"When Call of Duty 4 came out, I heard some of our guys sitting around talking about the great game they'd had last night and I'm like, 'Hey guys, what server are you playing on? I'd love to come and join you,' and they said, 'Just send us a friends request,' It was at that point I realized they were all playing it on console."

"Plus, the sales of the console versions are something like ten times the sales of the PC versions."

It's pretty fashionable to talk about the death of the PC gaming industry at the moment, but what do you think about the future of the PC medium? Is the personal computer about to go belly up in terms of games, or is this all melodramaic lies? Let us know what you think in the forums.
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