Gaming PCs just snatched ‘best hardware’ award from PlayStation and Nintendo

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It’s official – the gaming PC has a Golden Joystick on its shelf for ‘best gaming hardware of all time’, a title that exists to have a good time the gaming business’s 50 years of existence. Better nonetheless, Valve’s CEO, Gabe Newall, stepped as much as settle for the award on behalf of PCs all over the place, which probably means he’s now formally the platform’s father or mother/guardian?

During his acceptance speech on the Golden Joystick Awards 2021, Newall says that “gamers and developers have benefited enormously from the relentless innovation in PC gaming hardware.” While this assertion feels a bit tongue in cheek, it’s backed up by the truth that fashionable consoles just like the Xbox Series X have gotten extra like gaming PCs.

It’s unusual to see the PC platform classed as a singular {hardware} kind, as right now’s monstrous RTX 3080 armed machines are worlds from their Eighties IBM ancestors  – particularly after we package them out in a go well with of armour. In truth, you might argue that the Amiga 500 and Commodore 64 are additionally technically private computer systems, however they’re truly listed as separate award nominees. Nevertheless, the award kind of celebrates the significance of the platform and the contribution it has made to the video game business all through the years.

The shortlist for greatest gaming {hardware} included the likes of the Super Nintendo, Sega Mega Drive, and PlayStation 2, so it’s secure to say that the competitors was stiff. With that stated, right here’s a listing of each gaming gadget nominee and their place beneath:

  • PC
  • PlayStation 2
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation
  • Xbox 360
  • Wii
  • Dreamcast
  • Nintendo 64
  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
  • Nintendo GameDice
  • Sega Genesis (Mega Drive)
  • Game Boy
  • Game Boy Advance
  • Amiga 500
  • Sega Saturn
  • ZX Spectrum
  • Commodore 64
  • Atari 2600

If one factor is definite, it’s that PC and greatest graphics card tech will doubtless proceed to form the gaming business as a complete. While firms like PlayStation nonetheless cater to the console market, new initiatives like PlayStation PC and the success of Xbox Game Pass for PC counsel a multiplatform future that blurs the gaming {hardware} strains even additional.