PC Gaming vs. Console Gaming
For decades now, video gamers have been debating over the ultimate gaming console. In the last few years, Xbox and PlayStation have lead the way with consoles – but many people, including myself, claim that PC gaming is far superior to any console (and it always will be). Here are a few reasons to explain why PC is the “master race” for video gaming.
Why PC Gaming is Superior to Game Consoles
Graphics. Unless you’re a retro gamer, the better the graphics, the better the gaming platform. Obviously the more clear and realistic looking the game is the better the overall gaming experience. When a console is made, it cannot use technology that is newer than the release date of that console. In other words, if a console (such as the Xbox One) comes out on November of 2013, it is limited to the technology that was available on that date. Even if it used the highest performing parts of that time period, within a few months (if not less) the parts used for the console are obsolete. Compare this to a PC, which you can always customize and upgrade. You can update the graphics, the processor, the memory, hard drive space and many other variables that effect the graphics as well as the performance of the device. It is impossible for a console to have better parts than a PC.
PC Gaming Offers High Quality
Performance. Besides graphics, it’s also important to have smooth performance. Consistency and a high rate of frames per second or FPS are major factors in the gaming experience. As discussed in the previous section, PCs are always superior to consoles and if they are not, they have the ability to be improved or upgraded. The only way a console could have a higher FPS than a PC, is if the graphics or other settings are diminished. However when comparing the FPS of a game when a console has low settings while a PC has high settings is a biased argument. You are not comparing the two with all other variables being the same. When all things are equal, PC will almost always outperform any console.
Unique User Experience
Exclusive Content. Xbox and PlayStation often try to differentiate from each other and secure brand loyalty by offering games that are exclusive to the console. If you are a Halo fan, you are generally more loyal to Xbox, while if you’re a Destiny fan, you will probably have a PlayStation at your house. Although both consoles have a handful of exclusives, nothing could compare to the overwhelming amount of exclusives, offered by PC. Aside from almost 5,000 titles that exist exclusively on the PC, there are tons of browser games which cannot and do not exist on the consoles. It’s safe and easy to say that PC has over 100 if not 1000 times more exclusive content than its console competitors.
Customizations and Flexibility
Mods. Another amazing factor that makes PC gaming superior is making modifications to games. Although sometimes PC games are hacked in most cases game developers give gamers some ability to make modifications and customizations to their games. This not only improves the gaming experience, but also allows users to invent their own games, further increasing the level and amount of exclusive content offered.
Controller Flexibility. Xbox uses Xbox controllers. PlayStation uses a PlayStation controller. A PC can use both plus many other variations of controllers including custom ones, joysticks and controllers for systems that are obsolete. Furthermore you can add emulators to a PC, giving you the ability to play any console game in the history of games. In fact, you can play multiplayer games where one user uses a PlayStation controller, one person uses an Xbox controller, on person uses a joystick and another person uses a keyboard and mouse. There’s no debate, the versatility of a computer is much greater than its counterparts.
Larger Gamer Network on PCs
Player Base / Internet Connectivity. Xbox One has sold approximately 20 million consoles worldwide. PlayStation 3 has sold about 30 million copies worldwide. There are over 1.2 BILLION PC’s with gaming capabilities. Out of these 1.2 billion, 700 million play video games online. This means that there are 14 times more online PC gamers than there are Xbox and PlayStation gamers irrespective of online or not. Furthermore, consoles can charge an additional fee to play games online and have more issues.
Cost Effective Gaming
Price. Prices take much longer to drop for consoles than they do for PCs. This can be attributed to battling piracy and more frequent sales. Also PC games can be sold directly by the game manufacturer instead of going through a retail gadgets store. In addition to that, gaming platforms like Steam offer sales 4 of more times a year where discounts for games could be as high as 95% off. In many cases it takes console games more than 5 years to be prices below $20 dollars.
To sum it up, it shouldn’t be difficult to understand the facts – PCs offer options that game consoles simply do not (and never will).