With the release of every new console, I always have to ask myself: is this the year I return to PC gaming and stop buying consoles? The answer, every time, is a resounding no. Here's why.
This is one of our point/counterpoint articles, where two Lifehacker writers duke it out in two articles over a specific topic. If you want to see the counterpoint to this post, check out Why I'm a PC Gamer.
I used to be a PC gamer. Back in the '90s, I spent the bulk of my time talking with my friend Andy about PC builds and LucasArts games and not talking to girls. We'd get into heated, long debates about different Warcraft build orders, but I'd barely be able to finish my maths homework. But at some point, that changed, and I switched over to consoles exclusively midway through university. There are a lot of myths out there about console games -- whether it's our absurd fanboyism or that we're all a little dumber than our PC master race counterparts -- so I'd like to lay down why I prefer a console, even when I know why PC gaming is so often better.
Console games work out of the box, every time
Let's start with some honesty: I'm too lazy these days to be a PC gamer. I realise that things have likely improved since the '90s, but that doesn't mean I want to spend any time whatsoever setting up a game to play it. What I like about console gaming is that you don't need to worry about resolution, colours, vsync or -- if we were time-travelling back to the '90s -- which Sound Blaster driver to use.
I realise this comes at the sacrifice of customisation, but I'm not the type to really customise anyway. I'd prefer my entertainment to come out of the box ready to go so I don't have to spend time worrying about how I can make it work. I'd also rather upgrade my system once every six or seven years with a single bulk purchase than worry about and waste time shopping for individual parts every two years.
Consoles aren't computers, and that's a good thing
I spend 40-50 hours a week in front of a computer for work, and I'm sure most of you do too. The last thing I want to do is spend my leisure hours there as well. Console gaming gets me away from my PC, out of my computer chair (or in the case of mobile gaming, out of my house completely) and away from work. Plus you get to kick back on the couch, which is a great way to take a load off at the end of a long day.
Console games are made for controllers
Here's the thing about the controller versus keyboard-and-mouse debate: I'm not huge into twitchy first person shooters, so I couldn't care less about precision. I'll play (and enjoy) the occasional slow shooter like the upcoming Fallout 4, but you typically won't find me playing Battlefield or Call of Duty. So, that whole "mouse and keyboard is the best and most precise control scheme" just doesn't do it for me.
For as many keyboard-centric games there are on PC, there are just as many games that are best played with a controller because they're made that way. Dark Souls sounds horrible with a keyboard and mouse, as does Batman, Dead Space or Hotline Miami. I actually like the loose analogue controls of the twin sticks and pressure-sensitive buttons more than the precision of a keyboard-and-mouse. Hell, I've dumped 100 hours into XCOM on a console and you'd think that game wouldn't even work on anything but a PC.
Consoles get more exclusives
It's pretty rare that a big-name PC game is released exclusively for PC. At some point, many of them come to consoles (strategy games are usually an exception, as are many indie games). But console exclusives stay exclusive, and when it boils down to it, the games are the only thing that matter. That's why we're even having this discussion, right?
Nintendo is still one of the best developers out there, and they make games exclusively for their own systems. Naughty Dog has released some of the best action-adventure games of the last 10 years, and they're exclusive to PlayStation. You can't play Demon's Souls, Mario Galaxy, Last of Us, Trials HD, Valkyria Chronicles or Journey on a PC. Some of those are my favourite games, and they keep me coming back. Unless you're huge into strategy games, PC games don't even come close with quality exclusives.
They're different beasts
Let's face it: PC gaming and console game are two different things. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Honestly, I'd argue they're so different that they're almost impossible to compare. Both attract a different kind of person entirely, but that doesn't make one better than the other. Sure, maybe us console gamers are a bit lazy, but that doesn't make us stupid. We crave intelligent, hard, and complicated gaming experiences. You just have to trust us more.
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This story has been revised and updated since its original publication.
This is the Era of Technology. Technology has made everything super-fast. Now, everything is at our fingertips. Whatever you want, you can get it with a swipe. In this article, we are talking about PC vs. Consoles. The essential and general information that you should know what the difference between them is and what is preferred by gamers. Let’s Start.
What are the different types of Computers?
Everyone knows that computer is one of the blessings of technology for everyone. Most of the people when hearing the word computer, usually they think about desktop and laptops. There are many shapes and size available, but all of them performed same work in our daily life. Here is the list of some different types of computers.
- Desktop Computers
- Tablet Computers
Did You Know What’s The Difference Between Normal Computer And A Gaming Computer?
Normal Computer serves primary functions, such as browsing the internet, doing simple tasks of office work, watching movies and play simple games. These machines are not powerful enough. They have the built-in graphics card which is only enough for regular use, but Gaming PC is much more customize and such examples can be found easily on the internet. Best Gaming PCs have the high-end graphics card, suitable processors and more than enough RAM. These are essential components which required for the enhanced gaming environment. Graphics card is the main difference between a standard PC and a Gaming PC. The history of Graphic Cards starts from 1940 which has evolved immensely since after that.
What are the different types of Gaming Consoles?
Gaming consoles are also one of the best options for the gamers. In gaming console, there are many manufacturers available in the market some are listed down
From the above list two competitors, Sony and Microsoft, are most famous and preferred by the users. PlayStation from Sony and Xbox from Microsoft are two products which are highly used around the world. In 2013 both competitors launched their latest products Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But recently Microsoft Lunch Xbox One X on 7th November 2017. Is it possible that Microsoft launch a product and Sony sit silently and not introduced something more advanced? According to The Express Sony will introduce new PlayStation 5 in the year 2018.
PC Gaming Vs. Console:
It’s all about personal preferences. There are two types of gamer’s one played on the console, and the other one chooses Gaming PC. It is not possible to be dragged into the debate of PC gaming vs. console. When you enter the world of gaming, the console gamers think if the entire machine is dedicated to the gaming purpose, it’s best and superior to that of Gaming PC. But the PC gamers argue that PCs have higher computing power than the consoles. So what’s the better option Gaming PC or Console? Have a Look at some comparison.
When it comes to hardware customization gaming PC wins. Gaming PC component can be easily upgraded. It allows you to incorporate the latest technology while the console is not upgradable.
Graphics are the main feature of the console or gaming PC. While you were updating your PC hardware, the graphics will also keep on improving. However, in this case with the consoles, you can improve graphics in only one way. You will have to buy the new console.
As mentioned above, the disadvantage of a console is that hardware is not upgradable. A lot of gamers believe that gaming PCs can outshine consoles when it comes to the performance.
Gaming PCs are more powerful, smoother high resolutions, and faster load time compare to the consoles.
Gaming PC is cheaper than a console. A console comes at an expense, it starts at low cost, but if there’s hype in demand, the price can be increased.
Gaming PCs have the more extensive library and versatility than the consoles. But some games are blessed for consoles only. Gaming PC has free modification and enhancements. In the case of the console, this feature is not available.
Overall, you can play games with better graphics on Gaming PC than the console. A quality Pc is more affordable and last longer than the console. Gamers can keep gaming PCs up-to-date and free from malware. In short, Gamer can enjoy gaming on both Machines.