Maybe this is stupid thinking, but I hear time and time again how pc's totally destroy consoles in gaming So it got me thinking about the differences, 1) Consoles are not upgradeable which are why pc's eclipse them performance wise) 2) Consoles offer a pop in disk and play method...no installing and no big time os needed 3) Can be used in a living room much easier than pcs 4) Let's face it, some of us like using controllers over keyboards and mice by 1000000% Although my method would still allow for keyboards and mice My idea and tell me if it's stupid 1) Build a box like they do currently but put in a capable cpu that is seen in computers. (like a core2quad or core2duo, etc) *I realize that the "cell" and such are optimized for gaming but when pc's with general cpu's kill consoles in a few months time, how is it so outlandish? If anything, developers can still optimize the game for this cpu correct? 2) Put in top of line video card, or up there card, like an 8800gt or such. No variants or such as seen in today's consoles, but the card as is * One arguement I can hear about this is that these cards and even cpus can run retail much higher than consoles today. However, if this were feasible why not explore this idea? Surely R&D would be cut down as you would not have to redesign a graphics card and what not correct? I would also assume that deals could be made to supply the cards at cheaper rates and then have nvidea or whatnot get a cut from games....just an idea 3) When developing an os for the system, like the ps3 os or 360's or any console's for that matter, have the necessary code to recognize the devices like the cpu and video card 4) Put in a regular old hard drive and optical player. Interface it all with basic motherboard that supports all these What is preventing them from doing this? The os would handle everything as it does now on consoles yet using components that are common and hence cheaper I would assume in the design/R&D phase of console. The video cards would support resolutions higher than 1080p and would be dependeant on the game for what resolution would be used. This would be nice as even now, the PS3 can only go to 720p on my 1680x1050 monitor yet my 8800gt can support that resolution as well as many others. In addition, I would think that this hypothetical system would perform better than an equally equipped pc for the following reasons 1) not running inside a big time os like xp, vista, or osx but instead from one designed specifically for the system 2) developers would be able to optimize the games for one configuration of hardware as opposed to the multitude of configs with pc's, even though the console would be using pc parts if you follow Plus, another possibility lies in the fact that since you have pc parts in the console, why not enable the option to use it as a computer by installing other os's like how the PS3 allows for it Pretty much, the difference from today's gaming PC's would be to have PC gaming modified to support only ONE configuration in the form of a console which would lead to better optimized games not running through a big os, yet be used as a computer as a secondary purpose and not a primary ( as opposed to gaming pc's which are the other way around for the most part) What are your thoughts? Is this crazy?