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Old March 25, 2008, 09:10 PM
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This is kind of the beginning of incremental platform changes for PC's. Imagine, instead of random technologies emerging at random times creating thousands of possible system configs, imagine an annual or bi-annual hardware spec revision. PC 1.0, PC 2.0, PC 3.0, etc etc equivalent to (eg) playstation 1, ps2, ps3, etc etc. So the games would be created to run on PC 2.0, and they would be guaranteed to run, so long as your hardware 'brand' has stuck to the PC 2.0 spec. You could still have a better 'PC 2.0' than your buddy, and you would just get higher framerates, but you will both see the same game with the same features because you are on the same 'spec'. This would work well with current DirectX development, which seems to be every 1.5 to 2 years between versions.

This would also help new technology innovations 'line up', so users could take advantage of new tech sooner rather than waiting for all the supporting tech to follow. Like in 2008 the big leaps would be DX10, Blu-ray, Quad-core, multi-gpu cards, and the supporting tech (mobos etc). If these had been grouped together into a spec package, then games could be designed that spec instead of for "thousands of random systems cobbled together from new and old parts". Games would run much better and more predictably, and more time could be spent coming up with creative content instead of wasted on trying to get the last game to play correctly on xx hardware config.

Some say this would slow down hardware development, I say the opposite, because pc's would be so much less mystical and a much better alternative to consoles. Consoles don't evolve often enough, computers too often, this would be like a happy medium. And since PC 3 would not have to be compatible with PC 2, the new motherboards would not have to work with the old parts, thus there is much less time spent integrating and troubleshooting, and much more time to work on PC4, etc. By having everyone working towards a common platform, we could eliminate so much compatibility bullshit and concentrate on making the hardware and software better for the next revision.

The only problem is getting these competing companies to work together on a common platform... and well, hasn't that been the problem with computers since the 70's?

Good for Acer, if they get the right partners, I think so far its not a bad idea at all.
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