While we are at a point now where consoles have actually caught up with, and in some situations, surpassed, the average gaming PC
i quite strongly disagree with this...
No, it doesn't. Not at all. the only difference would be control mechanisms, and D3 was clearly designed for PC controls (keyboard + mouse) so I don't see ANY choices designed for console.
there were many hints the game would be moving to console ( or at least a more generic console like audience ) :
Changes in D3's skills, systems etc are reflective of a shift from the accessible complexity of D2 to streamlined linear progession in D3 that a console gamer target base would appreciate more..
no way to create characters that could not hit end game and upset a crowd who expects to finish every game ( unlike 10 years ago where you could hit a brick wall in a PC game for earlier mistakes)
map design and the linear dungeons are also typical of a console environment that guide players where they need to go..
Obvious directional guides ( arrows on minimap ) and floating, talking bosses to guide gamers through environments.. these were not part of the previous installments and their omission was a critical part of the diablo atmosphere but the lack of direction is not typical for console crowd.
"tight " environtments that will allow 4 players on 1 tv to follow the same screen with their characters on it.. D3's environments remind me of the old gauntlet style arcade games...
controls actually clearly designed for gamepad.. count the skills and then buttons on an xbox controller.. characters will be moved with directional pad .. bam.. works flawlessly.. D2 had more keybind options and controls ( though not heaps ) that were reduced to fit this control scheme.
EDIT: deleted a paragraph by mistake
graphics.. made more colorful and accessible with strong visual indicators, swipes etc as to what is going on which makes MUCH easier to follow on a TV screen while sitting on the couch.
blurred, low res textures and low visual fidelity is not an issue when on TV screen but helps with the consoles lack of memory .
EDIT: just want to add i think D3 will be GREAT on console.. i can't stand the PC version because of all it should have been but wasn't but i can see it being great fun on a couch... shame its keeping diablo name though... will be a completely different game from the other 2 when the transition is complete.