Sorry to say it, but keyboard and mouse are losing the FPS market

Tagged: Console, first-person shooter, FPS, gaming mouse, Keyboards, Computer Hardware, Gaming, Technology
Source: Ars Technica - Read the full article
Posted: 3 years 34 weeks ago

"Considering that the PC is the platform that birthed both the first-person shooter and the MMO, many PC game fans are a bit perturbed that Activision and Bungie have yet to confirm a PC version of its recently unveiled FPS-meets-MMO Destiny. Bungie co-founder Jason Jones threw a bit more fuel on the fire of perceived PC gaming disrespect, though, by telling Destructoid that, in essence, Halo made keyboard and mouse controls obsolete: We did a bunch of ambitious things on Halo deliberately to reach out to people. We limited players to two weapons, we gave them recharging health, we automatically saved and restored the game—almost heretical things to first-person shooters at the time. We made the game run without a mouse and keyboard. And now nobody plays shooters the way they used to play them before Halo 'cause nobody wants to. [emphasis added] Taken literally, this statement is inaccurate on its face. There are obviously still millions of people playing first-person shooters on their PCs with a mouse and keyboard (and more than a few games that don't have recharging health, automatic saves, and the like). But Jones' general point is clear: keyboard-and-mouse players are getting less and less important, from a business perspective, in the console-dominated first-person shooter market that Halo spawned. On this point, it's really hard to argue with Jones..." -Read More


3dGameMan's picture
Joined: 12/31/2000
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Yea, it's the keyboard and mouse for me as well, but that's not the trend.

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Razear's picture
Joined: 12/30/2008
Posts: 1127

I guess the majority of 'mainstream' gamers still prefer the conventional couch experience with controller in hand.

Tivon's picture
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I'll take on the added difficulty of hard core PC players in Battlefield 3 with a keyboard and mouse over a console version with aim assistance any day.

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