That would be the PC then, since it takes both Playstation and Xbox together (and that's between 2 hardware Generations) for them to get past PC, which had been rising again since 2013. So, all but irrelevant, especially in mainland europe, where PC gaming always stayed strong.
Games doe sell alot more on consoles, even if not combined. Witcher 3 sold 2,5mio on Ps4 but 1,3mio on pc.
Looking at Star Citizen's 100 Million $ PC only development, not sure this is true anymore. Also PC only series like Total War, Civilizations, Hearts of Iron and their high production values prove they could do without the consoles, it just would be more risky. And since publishers have become so awfully risk-averse...
Star Citizen was crowd funded. Thatsy why it has this budget. I already said something about it. A star citizen player/backer paid 300+$ in average as far as im informed. On Normal Multiplats (Witcher 3, GTA V, Batman, COD...) they are paying 10-30$
Most of them are strategy titles, where graphics are much less valued than on your typical console game. Their high amount of units stress hardware in different ways, however: High CPU power is needed for their AI routines and things like pathfinding, and their sheer numbers of units and size of maps tend to stress RAM, both the standard one and the video RAM. Games like Star Citizen, on the other hand, while rare, leave consoles in the dust.
At the moment star citizen is very very buggy. Graphics is good but not better as a game like order 1886. Star citizen looks incredible good for the game it is though.
I also pay such low prices on my consoles, believe it or not. In both cases, I just wait for sales or buy used copies.. I do agree however that I'm in the minority on console gamers which do so, but it's still possible
Witcher 3 was already avaibale for 8€ last week (keystore). It was 25€ on the cheapest keystores at launch. Even CDProjektRed worried about those low prieces. Dont compare them to 60€ retail or 70€ digital on console. Even used witcher 3 is still 40-45€. Take off 10€ for licensing, transport, package and disc, but still way more expensive.
Now that would make the games an incredibly tough sell on PCs. The prices for games on PC at launch is roughly the same as on consoles, with all the royalties and other fees on consoles deduced (if they even deduce them, not always the case at launch), so they are not actually earning any less money for the same amount of sold games. Also, pc games have an advantage in sales consoles have not: Older games keep on selling for a long time (ie years, not just weeks or month like on consoles) if their quality is good. downgrading them from the get-go would kill those sales right away.
I never said it should get worse. I think it fair and ok how is it handeld at the moment (arkham knight was obviusly not ok). But games like Witcher 3, GTA V and co are good enough on pc. But many PC gamers do still complain.
PC already gets screwed over when it comes to quality, just check the PC ports of most "AAA" titles released in last 2 years. PC versions are more buggy naturally because of the staggering amount of different possible configurations, but quality control has still gone worse over the last couple of years., resulting in such barely playable ports like Arkham Knight or Assassin's Creed Unity
Assassins Creed Unity was buggy on all plattforms. Games like Witcher 3 run 20 fps on console, the pc version is even better (on similar hardware). Still, many pc gamers do complain about "bad graphics".
But more to the point, asking a PC gamer to play multiplat games at console standard would be like asking a PS4 gamer to be content with PS2 or 3 graphics. Try justifying that to the consumer.
No. Your comparison is completly off. The differences between 6th or 7th gen and 8th gen is alot bigger as the differences between 8th gen and high end gaming pcs.
The Ps4 is about 100x as strong as the ps2 and 10x as strong as the ps3.
The ps4 do have 1850 Gflops, ps3 ~150 Gflops and ps2 ~12 Gflops.
Even high end graphics card like the Nvidia Titan X does "only" have 6000 Gflops and are "only" 3x as strong as the ps4 graphics power.
+ The titan X is for sure not the "standart". The Average GPU used in Gaming pcs (780, 970, 980) do have between 3k and 4k Gflops and are only 2x as strong as the Ps4.