I was playing Battlefield 3 last night and there's just so much detail that it makes it really hard to see anybody if you're not ultra familiar with the map, which I'm not as I haven't played in a long while. The prospect of even greater levels of detail in this kind of game don't appeal to me. I have hardly even played the maps available to me (having the full map extension pack now) and there's hardly anybody playing so I'm not like to get my money's worth. EA want a minimum of £45 for the PC version from Origin
and preferably £55 for all the digital deluxe suckers.
Nothing wrong with cheap games, Timey. Fair price for a decent game is all I ask. That takes into account development costs so the game creators are rewarded for their efforts, which they are in the main, I imagine. The beauty of cheaper games is less risk for more originality and an appeal to a wider audience. However, I'm not sure playing low resolution mobile market games on a 50" plasma telly is really where the demand's at, though nVidia's Shield looked quite cool (in comparison to the Ouya, which looked pants). The two things nVidia have going for them is 1) the controller as touchscreen isn't really optimal for most types of game and 2) the notion of streaming to the device itself (from a more powerful nVidia server farm thing over the net). Streaming games to dumb devices (without massive processing grunt) may well be the future of gaming one day, as they say.
Personally, at $350 I'd rather just buy a suitable controller for my android devices - I've got both available GTA games on them (3 and VC) but it's a devil to control them so I don't bother despite both games looking superb taking their age into account. 350 dollars is way too much. Just give me some buttons and a controller and let me attach my phone/tablet thank you very much.
The Ouya system is of no interest to me at all. I hate most of the game types demoed on it and don't see myself playing many mobile developed games for any extended session over 10 minutes - half an hour really. It's just a complete waste hooking one of these things up to a decent telly. Criminal.
The Valve Piston thing looks really cool and I get where Steam are going with it but again, they may be a bit dated in performance stakes unless they're gonna feature game streaming tech of some sort perhaps? Lovely engineering but they're going to be pretty limited as hardcore gaming devices once the new generation of consoles gets going and pushes the new graphical potential forward to where it should have been 4 years or more ago. Many PC owners are gonna need to upgrade now in order to keep up.