Though this isn’t strictly hardware news, it’s hard to argue that PC hardware and PC gaming aren’t inexorably linked, especially in the case of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

The video gaming industry’s biggest press event of the year, E3 is home to a number of major video gaming announcements. Along with being a major games showcase, E3 is also a major game console and platform showcase, with the show being the traditional backdrop for major console launches and updates. In fact between the publisher game presentations and the console manufacturer presentations, the only platform not specifically represented is the PC. PC games get covered at publisher presentations, and in better years even Microsoft will pitch in, but the PC doesn’t get the equivalent of a platform press event similar to those held for Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo’s game consoles. Or at least it didn’t, until this year.

AMD and PC Gamer have announced today that the two of them are coming together to host the PC Gaming Show, an E3 press conference specifically focused on the PC. This marks the first time in many years that a PC-centric press conference has been held at E3, and comes of the heels of previous, lower key efforts by groups such as the Open Gaming Alliance to drum up additional attention for the PC at E3. Right now this doesn’t appear to be a very broad show from a hardware/OS standpoint – the only hardware vendor sponsoring the show is AMD, and Windows/DirectX developer Microsoft is not participating either – but this is with any luck the start of a larger, regular PC platform conference for E3.

As for the more immediate and important future however, the show’s organizers have announced that they have already lined up a number of PC software developers and publishers for the event. The PC Gaming Show “will feature appearances by Dean Hall of DayZ fame, Cliff Bleszinski of Boss Key Productions, and developers from studios including Blizzard, Bohemia Interactive, Cloud Imperium Games, Tripwire Interactive, Square Enix, Obsidian, Paradox, Devolver Digital and the Humble Bundlers, with more to be announced.” At this time the show’s website indicates that they’re still interested in hearing from additional participants, so we may yet see additional developers and publishers sign on.

Finally, today’s announcement also confirms the date and time of the show, along with its availability. The show will be held at 5pm on Tuesday, June 16th at the Belasco Theater. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have not yet announced when their respective conferences will be, but those conferences are traditionally held on Monday or early Tuesday, so I expect that those shows will occur before the PC Gaming Show, making it the last platform conference of E3. In any case, home viewers will be able to catch the show live via Twitch, who is also listed as one of the show’s sponsors.

Source: PC Gaming Show

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  • Oxford Guy - Sunday, May 3, 2015 - link

    "One of the more surprising things from these tests is that we used an AMD CPU and still saw some huge results at 4K. Most people, and I would dare say 80% or more, would go Intel when building a new performance or gaming system. These days, any mid-range CPU (whether it's Intel, or AMD) will do the job just fine."
  • Margalus - Sunday, May 3, 2015 - link

    whether some games perform well on amd cpu's isn't the question. The op is stating that if you use an AMD gpu with an Intel cpu you have crippled the gpu and get lousy performance.. He is stating that you have to use AMD gpu's with an AMD cpu if you want to get maximum performance, and this is utter bs. Intel cpu's do not cripple AMD gpu's
  • D. Lister - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - link

    Dammit if only AMD was being competitive in its primary markets of CPU/GPU, Intel and Nvidia would be all over this. They aren't there because they know that anyone new converting to PC gaming is most likely going to have to go through them anyway.

    Consoles are a dying business model, thanks to the mobile gaming revolution, and the simplicity, adaptability, superior yet cheaper connectivity and hardware power of modern PC gaming. Plus all the online retailers like Steam, Origin, GoG, etc. making games cheaper for consumers while at the same time giving developers a much bigger cut of the profits. It is somewhat likely that we may see a PS5/XB2, but it is extremely unlikely that there would be another generation after that.

    All that flood of new users is inevitably coming the way of PC gaming, and the PC hardware makers know that. AMD is just rushing out the gate to greet the newcomers because their rather unfortunate market position demands it.

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