Consoles, PCs to converge, says Blizzard VP

— 2:00 PM on February 6, 2007

Gamers and press alike have boldly announced the death of PC gaming after each new console generation for years now, but Blizzard Entertainment's Vice President of Business Development Itzik Ben Bassat has a radically different view. According to Ben Bassat, game consoles won't replace PCs as gaming platforms—instead, the two will eventually converge.

"The PC is becoming an entertainment hub - you use it to watch videos and TV, play games, listen to music... With wireless, you can send your content from your PC to anywhere in the house, to your TV, something I already do. You can play PC on your TV because it's an LCD screen.

"Consoles are becoming sophisticated PCs which sit in the living room... We'll have to see how all this develops. Maybe in five years you won't need a console because you'll have one PC which delivers content all over your house."

Indeed, as PCs are pushed into the living room and consoles become more and more PC-like, an eventual convergence would make sense. For the time being, however, Ben Bassat says Blizzard will focus on the PC with its online games. "Online console gaming is still in its very early stages, and it needs to be developed further to provide opportunities of a scale which will be interesting to us," he said, adding that Blizzard has no plans to port World of Warcraft to consoles. (Thanks to Joystiq for the tip.)
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