Always a hot topic in gaming, the PC vs Console debate has raged on for decades, however I believe there is no reason to buy a console as a main gaming platform as PC component prices have plummeted, you can run Windows 10 for free*, a better PC can be built for the same price or less of a new console, and PC has more games and exclusives for less money.
When the 6th and 7th generation gaming consoles (XBOX, PS2 and XBOX 360, PS3) released they had hardware, features, and graphics that modern PC’s of the time couldn’t match for even double the price for up to 2 years.
However, the 8th generation of consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U) and their slight updates (PS4 pro) came out woefully underpowered compared to an average gaming PC. To make the problem even worse, for the original price ($400-$500) the PS4, Xbox One, and PS4 pro could be easily be outmatched hardware-wise by buying used PC parts or matched with new PC parts. The promise of 1920X1080 60 fps gameplay was a pipedream as more and more titles were released being up scaled from a 1600X900 or a lower rendered image up to 1080p to achieve a playable framerate and titles that were released at native 1080p ran poorly leaving a lot of fans unhappy with the results. A lot of console gamers make the argument when poor console performance is pointed out that gaming PC’s are too expensive then cited overpriced pre-built brands such as Alienware, Razer, and iBUYPOWER as examples when the fact of the matter is you can build a comparable PC around the same price as a new console and achieve better graphics and performance in most cases.
Another major point of contention is exclusive game titles. In previous generations of consoles there were lots of console exclusive games that were very popular and console sellers such as Uncharted, Little Big Planet, Halo, and for 2 years Grand Theft Auto V, however since the new consoles have been released there have been fewer exclusives compared to previous generations with a mass majority of the most popular games on console also being available on the PC at much higher graphical settings and framerates. While console fanboys boast about their exclusives PC has enjoyed exclusive titles for decades such as Civilization, Age of Empires, Counterstrike, Overwatch, DOTA 2, Planetside, Diablo, and the Sims. If we don’t count exclusives and just talk about average game prices, PC games are almost always less expensive and on sale. Every summer and winter the online game platform Steam has its Summer and Winter sales where you can buy AAA games for less than $10 and occasionally Steam will have a free weekend if a game is on sale that lets you try before buying it. In addition to Steam there is Humblebundle where you can pay what you want from $1 and can get multiple games and their DLC for less than the cost of just one. There is also the Humblestore where games are often 50% off. So even though people might say a gaming capable PC costs more, the games on PC are much cheaper on average compared to the $20, $40, $60, $80 game price model that consoles use. On top of the cost of games you need to use PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live to play games online or use services such as Netflix if using a console costing $70/year.
Because of the lacking hardware of new consoles compared to previous generations and lack of exclusive and affordable games, I consider gaming consoles to be no longer a viable gaming platform if the end user wants the best value or experience when compared to previous console generations and current computer hardware. While I understand not everyone has the knowledge to build a computer, but if you buy your PC parts from ncix.com they will build it for you with a 1 year warranty for $50 and you can price match parts from other websites. So, there is no excuse to buy a console if you are looking for the best experience or value.
*Windows 10 will have an opaque watermark telling you to activate Windows, this does not affect functionality.
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