That’s clearly a fuckton of power.
I suppose when it comes down to it, I’m thinking about the economics of the decision to subscribe.
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, a vaaaaguely competitive desktop comes in at 1200 quid. Naturally, someone immediately thinks they can make a better PC for tuppence and a couple pieces of fudge, and someone else thinks that a competitive PC would require a fusion reactor. Still, let’s pretend.
So, if we take the infinite PC, that’s 40 quid per month. 400 per 10 months, ‘equivalent’ PC paid off after 30 months or 2 and a half years.
Now, I’d argue that the turnaround on a seriously quality PC is approximately four years. Now, some components can last far longer - RAM generally remains respectable much longer, hard drives are comparatively stagnant outside of huge tech renewals like affordable desktop flash drives - but I think you can say that when you spent enough for an ‘all the best’ experience, you’ve moved out of that segment within four years into ‘good but not great’. Not to say you’re not still receiving value for your investment, but it’s not necessarily the experience you sold your kidney for.
So, 1200 for two and a half years versus four years. It seems like a pretty strong argument in favour of the home desktop. Then again, your streaming desktop guarantees a top-level of performance. You’re not buying a GTX-fuckingAmazing, you’re buying a GTX-fuckingAmazing and GTX-fuckingEvenBetter and GTX-fuckingOhMyGodFuckMeWithYourPixels and whatever else comes out in the meanwhile. You’re not just getting the best performance at the beginning, you’re getting it throughout.
You’re also secure from the outlier experiences, like components frying after a year or some stupid amazing hardware advancement happening two years in and rendering your massive shiny investment about as useful as dynamite in a dildo.
That said, a home desktop secures you a level of performance in the sense of not being at the mercy of network connections, ISPs, servers out of your control…all the fuckery of a cloud computing set-up. Still, as computer environments become ever-more-connected, I’m less and less convinced of this argument. Our games are subject to it, our operating systems are, we are at the mercy at a hundred in-betweens on most of the things we do. I think pretending our computer is our own is probably a salve for our monkey brains. The fruit doesn’t belong to us any more, the fruit belongs to everyone. The communists won, and it’s making them a lot of money. Suck on that dick, Lenin.
I think, overall, things like Shadow PC are the future. For example, environmentally it inarguably makes more sense. Giant computing providers recycle rare earth materials better, they utilize regenerative temperature control, they take advantage of all of the advantages of scale and ensure our rapacious appetites for transistors switching off/forward-active/saturation come at the minimal cost to the Earth.
My point? Thank you for assuming I had one. I’ve forgotten.