As someone who plays both I think both have their pros and cons. Like as much as I love pc gaming it ain't perfect. If I had a nickel for each time I had to look up how to solve a problem for PC because the game has no audio or has screen tearing or etc. I'd have enough to buy my antidepressant medicine. Also sometimes PC games are sometimes worse than their console counterparts because of crappy optimization. I see consoles as an easy pick up and play. Their not always the best looking, but sometimes that doesn't matter as long as your having a good time. Also PC doesn't have the boppin exclusives that the PS4 has.
@delsinrowedent, I agree with all of this, and as a counterpoint, there are some kinds of games on PC, namely small/early access, strategy, FPS, and graphics intensive games, that never make it to consoles in their original forms. I keep both for that reason, as there are some franchises I love that I can’t play on console, but there’s also sometimes I just want to hop on, play with some friends and not spend an hour troubleshooting before I even get to start the game.
@delsinrowedent, my man with the PS4 drop 👉👉
@delsinrowedent, to be fair though each console has exclusive games and you can play most of them on a PC while you will never play halo on a playstation you can play them on a PC. While you cant play infamous on an xbox you can on a PC. The biggest drawback for me is the lack of games that you can play on a single PC with two controllers which is very irritating.
@Runnin with scissors, I'm pretty sure infamous is still a ps4 exclusive rn. And I think the PS4 usually has the better exclusives since Sony really doubled down on them which paid off. Although I love what they're doing with realeasing exclusives on steam after a while because it let's other people experience amazing games and also makes them crave to have a ps5 so they can play their sequels.
@delsinrowedent, the things i hate most about PCs, a graphics card can cost more then a new console and the hackers in online multiplayer.
@Runnin with scissors, Exclusives are kinda a shïtty reason for consoles to exist though. It seems like console makers do that to artificially make their consoles "better" than others. If people get your console for the exclusives only, its likely a pretty shítty console.
Also, Halo used to be Xbox exclusive...
@AussiePatrick, A graphics card CAN cost as much as a console, but if you wanted to build a PC with similar specs to a current-gen console, you could do it for at or below the cost of the console. It would take some careful research, but it can be done.
For example: a PS4's graphics card is roughly equivalent in processing power to a RX 480 or a GTX 1060, both of which can be had for ~$120. If you don't care about VR (sorta still a gimmick), you could go lower than $100 (550 lite or GTX 1030/50/50Ti).
All-in-all, in my opinion, consoles are basically budget gaming PCs with homebrew software instead of Windows. Some people argue the "plug-and-play" aspect of consoles, but with the modern trend of waiting for hours for the game to update right on a console, that argument hasn't really been relevant ever since developers figured out they could just fix their shítty games later.
@delsinrowedent, I agree with everything, except the word "sometimes." It doesn't have to look pretty, and in this era of amazing graphics, I'd rather take second place if it means affordability or console competency.
@delsinrowedent, "if I had a nickel for...has screen tearing or etc." What then?
@Spetsnaz , but also mods
@delsinrowedent, almost any multiplatform fps game using a mouse and keyboard is better than with a controller. You can download an emulator and play infamous, if you want a how to it's an easy google. Just need a desktop worth around $1k but you can then play any game on any system down to the first atari game pong.
@Runnin with scissors, yeah but then PC fps games are always full of sweats. Also I mean infamous second son.
@delsinrowedent, i play multiple systems but lets be honest pc is the only system that allows any game to be played and pretty easily.
@delsinrowedent, name one system with more cross compatible games.
@Runnin with scissors, as I said in my original post sometimes it's "pretty easy" sometimes it takes an hour of troubleshooting. There's a reason why there's so many forums about PC game troubleshooting. And that's not even counting if the developer properly optimised it. There's alot of great things about PC, and there's also some bad. The argument isn't about how many games are on PC, everyone knows it has alot of games, no one is saying otherwise. But until recently playing something like cod or battlefield or any other fps has usually been a better all around experience on consoles due to the wide variety of players and low barrier of entry. Yeah, mouse and keyboard are better for aiming, but what use is that when you have to play every game while snorting gfuel and putting your heatset on high to hear every little footstep. I like to play casually sometimes, and consoles with their wide player base has provided for that. It's about the experience you have.
@Runnin with scissors, also the PS4 has great exclusives that you can get only on PS4 or coming to ps5. Theres alot of high quality first party games only on PlayStation. And tbh... I never got into halo but I still would rather play any other PlayStation exclusive than touch the master chief collection.
@delsinrowedent, FFVII remake and that robot dinosaur redhead chick game 😭😭 I WANT THOSE!
@delsinrowedent, theres trouble shooting sure but I've played my xbox 1 and had dark souls crash mid way through a boss fight and disks no longer be playable.
Like I said above PC is more versatile. You can find a way to play most if not all console games. Might require a little tech know how but that's why the forums exist. I still play mostly with a controller because it's what I like but there really arent any games that i want to play I can think of that I cant play on my PC.
@delsinrowedent, exclusives are a poor excuse to support consoles.
I play PC because there's so many games where a mouse and keyboard are either the only way(RTS) to play or it's just how it was meant to be played(CS, or any fps in general) and at the end of the day I can still plug in a controller for games that are better with a pad(monster hunter world), it's more expensive up front for equivalent performance but I don't have to deal with psn a subscription or expensive as hell games which ends up being it out honestly
Destiny 2 on my Xbox took a solid 30 seconds longer to load anything than my pc
The reason I’m a PC dude is game selection. I tend not to like huge triple A titles, and the literal thousands of great games by smaller dev studios PC gamers have access to just aren’t on console. I had a ps3 back in the day, but I just never used it, so I didn’t bother with any further consoles.
I prefer PC for certain games. I like modding Fallout and Elder Scrolls. Lots of games on Steam I can't get on consoles, controls are easier for me (personal opinion), especially for FPS. Plus a really good mouse with LED is just gaming sexy
Yeah every 3 minutes. A buddy was playing skyrim and every load screen for him was like 15 seconds when he just was checking out buildings in white run. My times were under 3 seconds. Now extrapolate that across 100 hours of gameplay. My experience was just more enjoyable
Pc gamers can always beat console gamer with the Win-key.
Depends on how long it takes the console to load 30 sec vs 25 sec, 5.5 vs .5, that is a big diff.
I moved from Xbox to PC and I love the PC, it's much more versatile and there are just so many more options in games/game stores. I don't make fun of people for using console, and I didn't move for loading times, I just got tired of the limited choices and being restricted by the software of the consoles. Yeah I spent about $1200 as opposed to $500 but I don't have to worry about weather the games that come out in 2 years will be compatible with the system I bought. I can also upgrade parts instead of having to buy a new system. And also cheaper games because steam sales.
While most the time I’d agree, I’ve tried playing some AAA titles on Xbox, and it just wasn’t fun, but on PC it was a blast. For instance playing borderlands 3 with friends on Xbox is a laggy disaster. Playing with friends on PC had a minimal amount of lag and was still fun
If you built a $400 pc, you wouldn’t come CLOSE to console specs lol. That being said, I prefer pc for competitive gaming.
@SacState, I disagree. You totally can come in under $400 if you know what you're doing. (i3/Ryzen 3 + RX 480/1060). Hell you could skimp a lil more on the GPU if you don't care about VR (a gimmick, really). Hell, you could even skip a CD-ROM reader/writer (kinda obsolete) or a WiFi/Bluetooth hookup and get a dongle. It'd be tight, but you could technically pull it off for that price if you want a machine with similar specs to a PS4 for example.
Still though, I'd argue that the much larger pool of games available to a PC gamer (especially niche games, indie games, strategy, simulation) are well worth an extra $100 or so that the $500 budget build could get you.