Looking at NBA 2K15 PC, I think we can conclude a few things about basketball gaming on the PC.
- First of all, people do want to play basketball games on the PC. The interest is definitely there, though again, we're a smaller group compared to the console gamers.
- People do have the systems to run a port of a PS4/X1 game, or are willing to upgrade. Optimisation is another issue altogether, but thankfully, it doesn't seem like we have too many people wanting to run the game on Pentium 3 1.1 GHz rigs or anything like that.
- PC gamers will still buy a digital-only release, even if they aren't particularly thrilled about a 40-50 GB download. I think most would agree that it's better than a previous gen port, a stripped down release, or indeed, no PC version at all.
So if a time comes where a PC version of NBA Live is feasible, what does everyone think about the possibility of it being digital-only, with Origin integration? Unless EA has scrapped Origin by that point, I'd suggest that a Steam release is not going to happen.
For my part, it wouldn't be ideal - I prefer Steam, and a disc version would be nice for those whose connections/download limits would struggle with such a large download - but if that's what it took to have a PC release, then so be it. With my interest in seeing a PC release of NBA Live again, I would prefer that situation to no release at all. I could get on board with it.