Quake Champions Is PC Exclusive Because No Console Is Powerful Enough Says Bethesda

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 4:00 PM
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There were plenty of eyebrows raised in console-land when it was revealed Quake Champions would be a PC exclusive. It’s not often a first-person shooter doesn’t come to console at all these days, but there’s a simple answer according to Bethesda - the consoles just can’t handle Quake Champions.

When Quake Champions was originally announced during Bethesda’s E3 2016 press conference there was a big deal made about its 120Hz refresh rate and unlocked frame rate. Id Software is making a PC game for PC gamers, and dropping it down to 60 FPS for consoles just wasn’t an option.

"There is not a console that supports our vision for Quake Champions,” said Bethesda’s vice-president Pete Hines, during an interview at QuakeCon. “You know, with Quake Champions, maybe anybody else would've been like, 'No, you have to do it, and it's got to work on every platform.' We were like, 'No, it's a PC-only thing. It's this kind of game. It's got to have this kind of performance, and it's going to be on PC full stop.' We feel very comfortable in making those calls".

"I guess theoretically there's a chance it could come to consoles, continued Hines. Who knows what future consoles look like? But this is full stop a PC product: 120Hz, unlocked frame rate. That's the experience we want folks to have".

This could all change with the arrival of PlayStation Neo and Xbox Scorpio next year, although there’s little that can be done out the majority of TVs which console players are gaming on. These are 60Hz as standard and therefore not even capable of displaying 120 fps, regardless of the power of the hardware.

Do you believe 120Hz is important enough that a 60Hz version of Quake Champions shouldn’t be made? Are your hopes raised by the knowledge that Quake Champions is a purely PC exclusive? Let us know!

Source: Gamespot

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00:43 Aug-20-2016

This is such a stupid reason. You CAN play games at 30 fps but its better at higher. That's just a fact.

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06:04 Aug-14-2016

It'll be on consoles within a year of release, guaranteed.


This is just bait to attract the PCMR crowd, and make the console gamers want it more to throw it in their faces.

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06:10 Aug-14-2016

This game would be horrible on a console.

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13:37 Aug-13-2016

Oh boy i cant wait for those microtransactions!
by the way is it free or nah?

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18:32 Aug-13-2016

you will have to buy it of course.

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10:44 Aug-12-2016

i see this as a game for hardcore gamers that are just that competetive,cause if theres something i know i can probably have more fun with fallout 4 at 30 fps,even though i tried 60,and play at 40.

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10:00 Aug-12-2016

"No Console Is Powerful Enough"


That is old news..


We already knew that..


#PCMasterRace!!!!

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13:34 Aug-13-2016

ALL HAIL PCMasterRace!!!!

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03:47 Aug-12-2016

Well that's awesome news!

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12:52 Aug-11-2016

I am actually more suprised that PC is getting an exclusive that requires an actual gaming PC to run. It's kind of refreshing.


BTW, I know someone is going to take this comment way to serious, and all I have to say to that is: you're just salty.

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09:04 Aug-13-2016

Yeah I couldn't agree more. Looking forward to it

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09:40 Aug-11-2016

Oh boy, can't wait to max this game out!

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10:48 Aug-11-2016

I'll tell ya what, if u can pull that off, I'm gonna give u, let's say, a thousand bucks. And only if you use that Pentium Dual Core 2030M and HD2500M GPU :D

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10:59 Aug-11-2016

LoL

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12:03 Aug-11-2016

He can run it by passing the "shadermodel x required" error by using swiftshader and then turn everything to ulta (u didnt say anything about da fps)

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12:27 Aug-11-2016

Daymn :P

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12:41 Aug-11-2016

mate don't blame me if your laptop explode.

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12:29 Aug-11-2016

In fact you can test your PC's might even now, just submerge it in water, if it can survive that your PC will run it just fine m/

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09:05 Aug-13-2016

Hahaha, well ;)

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09:34 Aug-11-2016

well, they cannot admit that consoles suck, weak performance and extremely limited control options, so I'd say excuse of framerate makes less harm overall

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09:41 Aug-11-2016

Haha true story

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09:43 Aug-11-2016

actually it's quite sad, because many devs cannot simply afford to say fck off to consoles :|
remember how CDPR admitted consoles set the limitations for Witcher 3 development right in the early stages!

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09:49 Aug-11-2016

Yeah I remember. Wasn't TW3 supposed to be even more awesome looking in the early stages?

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10:00 Aug-11-2016

maybe a downgrade?

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12:20 Aug-11-2016

I guess it may sound stupid, but I'd say it was most likely due to much smaller demo level not being stressed by huge world - just remember there are practically no loading screens in TW3, so obviously more stuff is loaded although you may not even see it on screen yet

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06:24 Aug-11-2016

Well most pc gamers don´t even got a 120 hz monitor anyway.

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09:03 Aug-11-2016

If 120hz is a must then what about the rest of us that have 60hz monitors?

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13:34 Aug-11-2016

Then you'll just have 60 FPS, it's not like the game won't work.

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05:47 Aug-11-2016

Oh get the i7 10770k and GTX 5080 ti and plug your PC to a nearby generator

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03:39 Aug-11-2016

Well you "full stop" have my attention :)

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01:43 Aug-11-2016

Good news, PC master race! Bad news, do your rig powerful enough for this game?

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01:46 Aug-11-2016

Yours? Probably... Mine? Maybe not... ;)

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02:25 Aug-11-2016

oh come now... your lappy is pretty monster. You will be able to rock 1080 60fps but 120 fps? maybe not.

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03:50 Aug-11-2016

If it is optimized as well as Battlefront then I will have no problem. If not well...

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10:25 Aug-11-2016

Imagine SWBF with Vulkan :p
That's how games must be optimised...

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03:12 Aug-11-2016

Mine maybe. But I speak in general. If bethesda push the limit the max, not all people can enjoy the game. Unless they just teasing us like how CDProjekt teased us about TW3. I hate when they do that but love it when the game is 110% optimized for PC.

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10:00 Aug-11-2016

Unless they finally understand the meaning of the graphical presets. Sure Ultra can look stunning and be playable on a 1080 only, but why can Low settings be run on a 750Ti? Its great if they push the limits, but please.. Make it a little flexible.

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09:36 Aug-11-2016

I'm pretty sure I don't meet disk requirements, my 4.5TB are almost full xD

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13:11 Aug-11-2016

lol. **** u, mate xD

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19:19 Aug-11-2016

Pretty sure I can run this game on low when it comes out :D

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06:53 Aug-12-2016

MAybe.. If its optimised properly, u can expect 30 fps on lowest setting :P

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01:40 Aug-11-2016

Finally, Developers have decided not to make a game look bad on PC with poor optimization ... For 30fps on a console!

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00:58 Aug-11-2016

Boom Baby! PC Master Race!

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22:15 Aug-10-2016

PC >>>>>>>>> consoles

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22:13 Aug-10-2016

Well...How the heck are you supposed to play a game like quake on consoles????

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22:15 Aug-10-2016

Simple, you dumb it down to console level. Lots of good series died that way.

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22:22 Aug-10-2016

True Story.
Though I do wonder how DOOM managed to stay good. Seems like PC and consoles have different AI, from what I've seen. The demons were very slow to react and stayed in place on the "hard" difficulty on consoles xD

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01:19 Aug-11-2016

Well do you honestly believe consoles have the kind of juice it takes to run a game AND AI at the same time? They already struggle with the first one so... xD

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21:58 Aug-10-2016

Off-topic: Quantum Break is comming to steam! (Windows 7 supported)

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22:57 Aug-10-2016

Really?

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23:44 Aug-10-2016

woaw he is right, a special edition is coming to steam.

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08:49 Aug-11-2016

I really wanted that game but the "Windows store" always put me of purchasing it so i know what i'm buying next

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21:42 Aug-10-2016

Yeah!!


PC Master Race FTW!!

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