PC Gaming vs Console Gaming
Every gamer is faced with a tough choice in their life. Whether to choose PC or console. PC Gaming has been around for a long time and the way it has advanced throughout time is incredible. From just a normal keyboard to play Max Payne, you now need such a high-end graphic card and so many more accessories to even play Need for Speed now. It has really developed in a perfect way.
On the other hand, console gaming came in the 1970s. Though it wasn’t as good but people still bought it and enjoyed it. The market of both console and PC developers really increased in recent times. Because there is so much competition, both are trying to get an edge over the other.
Someone said, PC is dead. But, it’s never happened. Indeed, if it’s true that once, console were the medium through we saw the best technological innovations, now the opposite is true, all the new technologies such as 4K and virtual reality, or phenomena as retro-gaming and affirmation of indie games and developers, are all things born and raised on the PC ecosystem. Let’s see some of the pros and cons of both and you decide for yourself, which is better.
Pros and Cons
One of the biggest advantages that PC’s have is the ability to customize your system to your exact needs. Graphically, PC’s dominate. Their horsepower is too good in front of a console. You can easily pirate games on PC, games release much earlier on PC as compared to consoles. You can easily upgrade your PC, without any worries.
But as that is an advantage, it is also a disadvantage, the constant need to upgrade your hardware isn’t only because there’s a new upgrade in town but also you need your PC to look as good as it can, better than most people, which will cost a lot of money. The maintenance of the PC’s alone cost more than what a console would cost in a year. With PC’s, you keep searching for better resolution and graphics. Games on PC can play with graphics settings set to higher levels, as well as play at higher, smoother frame rates, than that on a console. With that said, gaming PCs that would outperform consoles come at a highly different expense rate.
Let’s talk about Steam. It is a platform where you can buy and launch your games, better than the stores on Xbox One and Ps4. For one, the sales Steam offers gives you the opportunity to buy the older games at a comparatively lower rate as compare to the same game’s price on Ps4, which would be double. You don’t have to pay to play multiplayer on PC, which saves you a lot of money in the long run, as compared to consoles where you can’t play multiplayer without paying for it.
That money you spend on getting the membership on consoles, imagine saving that and upgrading your graphic cards every once in a while. Of course, there are far more games on PC than consoles. You can easily add “mods” for your games, which give new effects and more creativity in the game. You have the freedom to choose how you want to play on your PC. But with consoles, you don’t have any choice and play the way the company chooses.
Consoles have advantages over PC’s, they are much more easier to use, don’t require any upgrades and are generally cheaper. They use wireless controllers that allow the user to have a more active experience. The only expense with consoles is that of the games. You buy them, you keep playing until the next one comes, just like the console. You won’t be needing to upgrade it for years unlike your PC, which you need to be upgrading every six months or so.
Console does have its problems, the graphics of consoles are not as good as PC. In fact, they are only now getting close to that of PC’s. Also, if your consoles need to get repaired, it’ll cost you more money than when you go to buy a new PC. On consoles, the games with high frame rates, like 60 fps, have less impressive graphics. It’s like, games on consoles are frame rate locked so you cannot get higher than 60 fps. The higher the frame rate, the more CPU processing. Games on consoles can easily just lower their resolution or graphical settings in order to increase fps. One of the common factors that drive fans to consoles, are obviously exclusive games. Many people still think that PC has fewer exclusives, when actually is exactly the opposite, but that’s not the point. But exclusive games are immoral and should not be taken into account to decide the best platform.
Everyone has their own view about it but most people choose PC gaming, as it is faster, got better graphics and PC’s can be of more help than just gaming, while with consoles, you can only play games and that too after spending loads of money on the CDs. Of course, there are people that would prefer the console as it can give a much active experience but after asking 150 people, 95 chose PC gaming over consoles.
All the recent data suggests, in addition to the growing affirmation of mobile gaming market, that PC has once again become the worldwide market leader for gaming, both in hardware and software sales. That means if you decide to invest in a gaming PC, the investment is going to resist over time and will be certainly durable and full of satisfactions.
I’d honestly suggest you to go for PC gaming, as it is much better, more of a fun experience and even though you may need to upgrade it from time to time, it will be the best gaming experience, which console could never give you. But at the end of the day, it is your choice. Choose wisely!