Death Of PC Gaming Scheduled To Be Disproven On August 26

We've heard it said time and time again, PC gaming is not dead, but sometime just saying something isn't enough. This Friday, PC peripheral maker Razer plans to prove it.

As one of the world's top manufacturers of high quality PC gaming gear, Razer has a vested interest in the future of PC gaming. One might expect them to be standing on the sidelines, cheering PC gaming on vigorously while the game makers handle the heavy lifting, but no; apparently their on the front lines of the battle, and their secret weapon will be revealed on Friday, August 26.

What is this secret weapon? I'm thinking it has something to do with the Razer Switchblade, a micro notebook with customisable LED keys that puts PC gaming in the palm of players' hands. The attractive device made a splash at CES back in January, and I wouldn't be surprised if Razer is ready to bring it to the masses.

Whatever the surprise is, Razer is confident about it. The company even bought a full-page ad in the global edition of the Wall Street Journal, boasting its triumph over the death of PC gaming.

Here's the full text of the Wall Street Journal ad, which can also be found in spoken form at the PC Gaming is Not Dead website:

We have all heard the rhetoric about the demise of PC Gaming - the stories that console gaming will take over all gaming and that PC gamers will be left with shoddy ports of console titles.

The rumours of our untimely demise have been greatly exaggerated. We are more than 300 million PC gamers worldwide and this legion is growing every day. Today there are more PC gamers than all console gamers combined and we have been silent in the face of the closed gaming systems that have been propagated.

We, the PC Gamers, have been here since the beginning and have seen the industry grow to surpass movies and music, and we look forward to an open world where console and PC gamers will stand side by side as gamers in arms.

We are here today to tell you, that on the 26th of August, we will seek to end the silence and bring a new age of openness and innovation to all gaming. Together we shall remind you - that PC Gaming is NOT dead.

GLHF, Razer

I was pretty sure we'd gotten past the supposed death of PC gaming awhile back. Still confirmation is always welcome, especially when it comes with sexy new technology in tow. Be sure to stop by Friday to find out what Razer has up its sleeves at PAX 2011.


    Am actually amazed they have not delved into pc cases yet. Considering generally their designs are quite nice it would make sense.

    At this time in a consoles life cycle PC gaming will fire up again. Current consoles are long in the tooth. And with the likes of games such as BF3 about to be released a lot of people will jump back to PC gaming. . . that is until the next generation of consoles is released in a couple of years. . . which is about how long current PCs will last as gaming machines.
    When its time to upgrade PCs in a couple of years buyers will have to choose between a PC or new console.
    Im willing to bet a lot of people will return to consoles.

    Oh how I hope it's the switchblade. I want one sooo bad.

    "Death Of PC Gaming Scheduled To Be Disproven On August 26"

    I do not mean to be rude, but the death of PC gaming has only been one thing - exagerated.

    PC Gaming is not dead. Never has been. It is just one of many avenues for gaming, consoles being the other, hand held devices another.

    Still, it will be nice to see what comes of this. Like Adam Ruch, I cannot decide what it falls into either. I'm devided between a handheld and a console.

    Whatever they release i'm sure it will be hugely overpriced and only last a month before breaking. Every razer product i've ever owned was either broken right out of the box or dead within a month.

    I'm....happy to game on my PC & my PS3. Can't we all just live in harmony? :P

      Harmony????? When our beloved game franchises that were made what they are today by Pc gamers get turned into shitty console ports. When Microsoft bribes activision to make PC gamers wait an extra month for expansion packs. (even though you would think microsoft would have a vested interest in computer gaming since it owns windows)
      Harmony??? When the vast power of the PC is ignored and games dumbed down to the xbox standards.
      In fact to all the people that say that consoles when new are more powerful then PCs this is not true yes the older pcs are beaten then but not the new. Google what card the consoles are running and you will see it was outdated on release....

      No there shall be no Hamony until consoles learn to come up with their own games and stop holding back the might of the gaming industry...

    I don't think dying is the correct term for PC gaming, maybe slowly eroding.

    When you look at the industry as a whole, and the major manufacturer of PC's Hewlett-Packard are going to stop making them and focus on software within the next 12 months. And PC darlings from indie, like Minecraft, to the behemoth like Diablo 3, both coming to consoles, it doesn't look good.

    PC gaming will never compeltely go away, but it will never be as relevant as it was back when kids were begging their parents to upgrade from 486 to a PC with a Pentium. It'll never has as big a marketshare as Console and mobile gaming has seized.

      "It’ll never has as big a marketshare as Console and mobile gaming has seized."

      "Today there are more PC gamers than all console gamers combined and we have been silent in the face of the closed gaming systems that have been propagated."


    So, I'm going to have to get one of these if I want to keep PC gaming? Or go console?

    Well shit, both options suck.

    Razor, please start boxing your ego and selling it, you certainly have enough.

      How on earth did you arrive to that conclusion?

        +1. I keep re-reading it hoping to make some connection I may have missed, but nothing.

        I think he is talking about the way they are marketing it. Saying this is the product that proves pc gaming isn't dead. Though mistakenly Bait has come to the conclusion that if you don't have this then you can't play pc games, maybe? lol

    I'm primarily console myself, but I do play the odd pc game (i've got a terrible PC at the moment so i'm very limited), and even I would say that PC gaming will not die.

    I'll never buy another Razer product again. Less than a year ago I bought both a Lycosa keyboard and a Lachesis mouse. Both of them no longer function properly. The right mouse button nearly needs a hammer blow to get it to register a click, and on the keyboard random keys will fail at random moments. Usually always in the WASD cluster, and usually while online gaming.

    Their products LOOK cool, but a turd with an awesome paint job and neato lights is still a turd.

    Sounds familiar.


    Yep, definitely. Hype, hype, hype.

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