In this week’s installment of Executives Say the Darndest Things, Xbox Kinect creator Kudo Tsunoda surprisingly claimed that “hardly anyone plays first person shooters on the PC anymore.” Say what? I could understand if Tsunoda was talking about games in general or even about other genres, but first-person shooters have been a staple of the PC gaming scene in part because console controllers are a poor substitute for the precision and flexibility of a keyboard-and-mouse combo.
I’ve been playing FPS games on the PC since the original Wolfenstein 3D, so maybe I’m out of touch. To find out, I’ve whipped up a new poll asking whether you play first-person shooters primarily on consoles or the PC. You can cast your vote over on the right column on the front page or after clicking on the comment link below.
In last week’s poll, we tackled the subject of graphics upgrades—more specifically, how much your next one will cost. Nearly half of all voters expect to spend between $150 and $250, with 23% sticking to the $150-$199 range and 22% willing to spend up to $50 more. That’s the sweet spot, folks. For the next tier in our Bell curve, we have 12% of voters looking to drop $100-$149 and 11% budgeting for $250-$299. We’re down into the single digits after that, and it’s interesting to note that 6% think their next upgrade will have integrated graphics. On the other hand, 5% plan to shell out over $500 on their next GPU refresh.