Gaming PC vs Console, Which is better?
As long as most can remember there has been a discrepancy between PC and console gamers, a war if you will. Thus the epic battle of the Gaming PC vs Console was born. It is alive and well with us still to this day but, is one or the other actually better? On both sides of the fence there are casuals, zealots, elitists and everything in between. Lots and lots of opinions drifting around out there. Lets dive in and take a look at what each system has going for it and then ultimately decide once and for all who the winner is. Read the entire article to find out which one I think is truly King.
The front runners in our video game console story are the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U. I’d say typically when people are thinking of the console vs PC topic they are referring to the Xbox and PS because they are the most PC like. So we will keep those in mind as the comparisons for the rest of the article.
To get this straight, all platforms have exclusives, but depending on your taste you may be more inclined to buy a certain one due to the games developed specifically and ONLY for that particular platform.
With the Xbox One you have games such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fable Legends, Gears of War and Halo 5: Guardians. Where as on the PS4 side we have Until Dawn, The Order: 1886, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Alienation. It is worth to probably mention that Call of Duty’s Black Ops 3 isn’t exclusive to any platform but the PS4 struck the deal this time to get all the downloadable content (extra maps, guns, whatever) at an earlier date then the Xbox guys. These kinds of things are what you will want to look at when buying a console or PC.
OK, OK this isn’t a console vs console battle I just wanted to point out some titles you won’t be seeing on the PC unfortunately. Back to the benefits of a console.
I’d say the number one advantage of a console is the ease of use. What I mean by this is you go to the store, buy it, take it home, hook it up to the TV you likely already have in your living room and you’re off to the races! It’s easier for parents to pick up one of these for a Xmas or birthday present in the sense that they don’t need any knowledge about it before hand, because there is only one current PlayStation or Xbox to choose from. Where as with the PC you have a lot to choose from.
I’m not going to cut the modern consoles short by saying you can not get a good overall gaming experience on a big AAA title. You can get some great gaming out of them but i’m going to cut that a bit short here and end with something that makes them a LOT different then a PC.
Another big distinction would be the social games highlighted by Guitar Hero, Just Dance and singing games for instance. These are best played with friends and family around the TV and you are unlikely to see people crowding around a computer to do this.
I’d start off with listing PC game exclusives but what you need to know is that there are way too many to list comfortably here. A pretty decent reference to future games being released exclusively to the PC can be found here. As you can see there are more exclusives for the PC then any console ever thought of. I suppose this is neither here nor there but comes down to what games you want to play and your personal taste.
A pretty big advantage of the PC is the fact that it’s open. When you have a PS4 there will be games you can’t play that are only available on the Xbox and vice versa. The PC community is one big happy family that can be split by no man. Well it’s not that simple but we can all play the same games without restrictions.
The next benefit of a PC is the complete backwards compatibility of all games due to DirectX and PC’s can also play pretty much all the old console games as well. This is a benefit only really enjoyed by the PC. On your PS4 you will be able to play some of the predecessor games but don’t expect to be playing a lot of PS3 and PS2 games.
It is free to play computer games online and there are no gaming and social services to pay for. A couple examples of these are Steam and Desura. Yes of course you still buy a lot of games but you certainly don’t have to pay for the right to play online.
Moving on the the performance side of things, this is really where the PC shines. Not only do you get a lot more bang for your framerate buck out of a PC but you can build an awesome gaming PC for under $500 that will straight up SLAY a console. I am talking 60fps at 1080p all day long for similar cost with the potential for way higher (provided you shell out the bucks), where as a Xbox One you are looking at 30fps at 720p static and unupgradeable. The best part is 2 years down the road you can upgrade your computer, get a new graphics card and continue evolving with the times.
The bottom line with PC’s is that they are flexible. Yes you can build your own PC or buy a pre-built. You can spend $500 or $5,000 on your system… or $30,000 if you really wanted to. You can upgrade them tomorrow or wait a few years. You can game, design, create, edit, write, work, whatever… you get the point. A PC can do everything a console can do and more …AND they are the best at it.
Gaming PC vs Console…But but but… PCMasterRace…
Amidst the battle there is one elite regiment named PCMasterRace. You can find them over on reddit at /r/pcmasterrace. They are a rough and tumble bunch that is dedicated to the “ascension” of peasants. A.k.a converting console gamers to PC gaming. I find it quite comical but I could see where some console gamers wouldn’t. Their main point is that the PC itself is better for gaming then a console, not the person sitting behind the machine. So with that in mind know that if you currently do not play games on the PC or haven’t been to that sub reddit before I would certainly check it out. It’s not nearly as elitist as it sounds and you will find some great content there as well as redditors.
I personally own a gaming PC and console. While I can see the benefits to having a console I truly just prefer to play games on the PC hands down. I think this is because of the entire experience that comes with your computer. The keyboard and mouse just feel at home in my hands. Heck I only turn my PS4 on to watch Netflix and play Blue-rays these days.
Don’t get me wrong I think console gaming is alright and want to make it clear that no one group of people is better then the other. It is the machines that have their differences. For me specifically the PC makes a more powerful and diverse experience and it is where I prefer to spend my time.
So with all that being said I will crown the PC as King of Gaming.
Thanks for reading this far. Tell me in the comments below which platform you prefer to game on and if you want to add any benefits of that system go for it! Please share, like and +1 if you enjoyed the article and if there is anything I can help you with just let me know.