PC vs. Consoles: Which Has Better Value?

The age old of debate of PC vs. Consoles isn’t going to end any time soon. There are fanatical fanboys on both sides of the fence. The problem is that many of these fans are unwilling to take an objective, analytical look at the conflict. There are many facets to this argument, but for this particular article we will be focusing on the importance of “Value”. It’s important to keep in mind the difference between “Value” and “Price” when reading this article. Price is the number written on a sticker. Value is the culmination of many variables regarding enjoyment. So, without further ado, please enjoy the Armless Octopus match up of PC vs. Console “Value”.

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NastyLeftHook02306d ago

both have there ups and downs

i prefer consoles because of exclusive games (i prefer)

i understand pc has tons and tons of exclusives but they don't interest me as much as i would like, and vice versa, one guy may love starcraft and hate killzone, its all an opinion.

Morrigan-Aensland2306d ago

Consoles now have the better value over pc due to the exclusive games and consoles not requiring newer parts to experience newer games.

Gaming on the pc is awesome but it lack a lot of quality games that are available for consoles. PCs are upgradable which leads to better performance of certain games but it is costly

rufusman912306d ago

Ya but PC has mods and the steam sales. Though I still prefer playstation.

CaptCalvin2306d ago

You don't need newer parts to experience newer games. Most games on PC nowadays are made with consoles in mind anyways. System requirements became pretty much stagnant for the past 4 years or so.

ShinMaster2306d ago (Edited 2306d ago )

Every time a new PC game is released, especially multiplatform games like BF3, Skyrim, Max Payne 3, etc, they're all priced at a full $60 in stores and even on Steam.

But sure, some downloads are cheaper, just like on consoles.

On the plus side, you can play enhanced versions/ports of multiplatform games, given that you have the hardware for it....

dark-hollow2306d ago

"Consoles now have the better value over pc due to the exclusive games"

and PCs have their own share of great exclusives, in fact, no standalone console compare to the amount of exclusive games on pc (that due to the almost infinite backward compatibility on pc)

"consoles not requiring newer parts to experience newer games"

what? same for consoles! after a period of time, a new console will launch and you HAVE to upgrade of you want to play the new games on next gen consoles.

" PCs are upgradable which leads to better performance of certain games but it is costly"

again with the cost myth!
read this, you dont need a $2000 PC (and upgrade it frequently) to play 99% of pc games.

am not saying one is better than the other, but your argument is just false.

GrandTheftZamboni2306d ago

PC gaming = Carpal tunnel syndrome.

SilentNegotiator2306d ago

*Steam Sales
*Cheaper games in general

I really don't think more needs to be said.

Autodidactdystopia2306d ago

The only value console has over pc is convenience.

trust me if you know what your doing... which isnt very convienient, you can do SO much more than a console can that it is not even funny, and im only talking in relation to games.

you may like exclusives for your chosen platform, hell i loved killzone 2-3 when i owned a ps3, but when it comes to value PC is so far ahead its not even funny.

but if convenience (not having to know what your doing) is more important to you then consoles have that hands down. Im actually gonna go make a video about the pc i made for my girls who definitely dont know what they're doing but the way i designed it they have all of the convenience of a console and all of the value of a pc in one convenient box.

..... wait im gonna go make it. :)....

andyboy132306d ago (Edited 2306d ago )

I mean my 2 year old pc plays max Payne 3 at 200 fps on max with aa at 1080 p. that being said, it was closer to 2k. You don't need the latest tech for a long time.

STONEY42306d ago (Edited 2306d ago )

"Every time a new PC game is released, especially multiplatform games like BF3, Skyrim, Max Payne 3, etc, they're all priced at a full $60 in stores and even on Steam."

Steam sales. And Amazon sales. Spec Ops: The Line was $30 the week after it came out. Max Payne 3 was $30 after a month. Dead Space 2 was $5 only 8 or 9 months after release. Even Battlefield 3 from anti-sale EA had a sale where the game + premium was $70, and the game alone was $30.

You make up the higher upfront money so fast with how ridiculously cheap games get. For the price of a $60 console game, you could build a pretty good sized Steam catalog that would have cost over $200 at the current console prices.

Morrigan-Aensland2305d ago (Edited 2305d ago )

Silly pc fanboys love pretending and ignore logic.

Pc is way more expensive and isn't as convenient as a console like a ps3. Pc can be cheap if you don't spend additional money upon the initial cost of the pc but then you'll be running a lot of games worst than console ports. To have a pc and not upgrade things like graphics card every 2-3 year's is ridiculous because most new games won't look or run to its optimum.

Gaming on the pc can be amazing but people need to have newer hardware parts such as graphics card to experience games the way they were made to be experienced. Why game on the pc with compromise where you cant play at the best resolution or everything on high. People love to brag about how computer gaming is amazing and cheaper but they can't play newer games with everything on high.

Ps3 is better than gaming on the ps3 if you're a gamer who wants to play Hugh quality games without spending a lot of money. If I wanted to play most quality exclusive titles available today I can't get them on the pc.

Ps. I wash my dishes with Palmolive dish washing liquid

MarkusMcNugen2305d ago (Edited 2305d ago )

Silly Morrigan-Aensland loves pretending and ignoring logic.

PCs are not that much more expensive. The only people who will say they are, are people who dont know what they are talking about. You dont have to upgrade every 2-3 years. My old PC is going on 5 years old in a couple of months and it still rocks most games maxed at, and at a much higher resolution than the 360 or PS3.

Im assuming you must think all PC gamers have to have the latest and greatest or its not worth playing. You do realize that there are multiple settings that can be changed on a PC to make it run better while still looking amazing on older computers. Interestingly enough, you must hate consoles. After all, all those multi-plats have more features/options on PCs, so you must not be experiencing the game the way it was made to be experienced.

You do realize that there are more titles on PCs, and those console games youre playing are not on "High" settings. You must not pay attention to AA, Shadows, Lighting, etc... when playing console titles. Or resolution for that matter, seeing as how almost no console titles support true 1080p.

I think consoles have their uses. While I support consoles, and have owned and still own plenty of them, I cant believe anyone would try to make a direct comparison about graphics or sheer amount of games to the PC.

Autodidactdystopia2305d ago (Edited 2305d ago )


I am not playing games at worse settings than the consoles. I am Playing games firstly at the highest settings graphically available, and then the resolution is lowered if performance is an issue. however most games are running a 1080P with the exception of the beastly games.

I can sit on my couch. and I dont want to hear about how much bigger your screen is with a console


everything is accessible from the controller.

and this is a FULL tour. Keep in mind this video is long but if you want to see it all i have edited it for time but its still like 20 mins after editing.

what else do people say about pc.... I dunno but their pc has all of the console exclusives ever released for previous consoles with the exception of Xbox

Like I said

IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING... then the value of a pc far outstreches a console.

3GB ddr3
amd phenom 2 x2 dual core unlocked to quad core. half the price

amd 6670 rumored to be in the next xbox although i doubt it.

750 gb hdd
blu ray drive
wifi N / gigabit ethernet.
wireless 360 dongle used to be mounted inside pc.


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Psycho_PS3Truthh2306d ago ShowReplies(4)
StayStatic2306d ago

Someone's after a bubble ? :D most rational comment I have seen all day lol +1

adorie2306d ago

I think the majority of people that visit this site are biased towards consoles.
I have only been commenting for awhile, but have been lurking for a few years now.

In my unbiased opinion the PC has the the edge in value.
You could potentially have all software for free on the PC, while that's not exactly good it is value, none-the-less. Also, I don't have to circumvent the restrictions on the hardware to access certain things.

I don't need to "hack" my PC because it is an a multi-faceted machine that is open and ready to be taken advantage of.

With consoles, the hardware is closed, walled-in, etc.

In the end, I buy consoles for the simplicity of putting in a disc and playing.

Technology is converging on itself,little-by-little.
There will probably be a place in time where PC's will become so small and be able to do it all... even be as simplistic as a console and able to do the same thing in the same way.

With all that said... I want to ask a question..
Does anyone think, in our foreseeable future, that we will have devices that truly do it all?

Phones are starting to head that way.
Currently, I can stream from and to my phone, hook it up to my TV and use the Blue Tooth with my PS3 remote and play emulated games there, play movies in native res, stream documents to my printer, act as a remote for my TV/PC.

I think phones and or tablets/smart devices that pack a large amount of productivity, features and multiple technologies under one hood, will be the wave of the future, I have said it before and received so many disagree, yet it won't change anything.

We're seeing it already, it's just people too blind, biased and pessimistic to realize or want to realize it.

Intel is pushing for it, AMD realizes it your favorite 3rd party dev probably has it on their roadmaps, if not already partaking, Microsoft even realizes this and Sony's strengthened approach towards mobile is a clear sign of the times as well.

MarkusMcNugen2305d ago

Bubs for you for this response. Very well thought out and intelligent.

To answer your question. No. I dont think we will have devices that will do it all. Perhaps be able to process more information, better UIs, etc. However there are too many different technologies, screen sizes, controls, competition, and more that will make this impossible.

Plus we are seeing the patent wars just starting to heat up, I would imagine its going to get worse unless someone can unify these companies on sharing patents reasonably.

There will always be devices built for certain demographics, or for a certain purpose that it will excel at over other devices.

Just my two cents :)

Oh_Yeah2306d ago (Edited 2306d ago )

is this a serious

its not an opinion, its a fact pc has better value. im primarily a console gamer myself...but this is seriously the dumbest technological question ive ever heard.

pc is used to keep track of criminals, your bills/money, to record music, important documents, create/edit some movies etc etc etc etc THEY'RE USED TO DESIGN DAMN CITIES! where do you think they design buildings from, an etcher sketch?

on the gaming side its also cheaper, just because it costs more than a console to build a decent gaming rig doesnt mean it isnt cheaper in the long run, plus a graphics upgrade is going to be cheaper than a new 500$ console with less power.

pc has endless amounts of free games and the same multiplatform games are cheaper on pc. you dont need a monitor anymore either, most pcs come with hdmi out so you can plop that ass on the couch hook it to your tv, hook up your ps3 or 360 controller and your ready to go.

pcs can do ANYTHING a console can plus more. consoles are a jailed version of a pc...only the manufacturer has a say of what goes on it.

xwabbit2305d ago (Edited 2305d ago )

I love how some people here know about pc gaming and type in comments that are just retarded.

First: You don't need to upgrade constantly. The 8800 series came out in 2006, you can buy the card and it will play every game till this day and it will look better than on consoles.

Second: Some games may start at 60 when they release, but If you had steam, you would know they lower the games value really quick.

Third: Some 1 said better value ? I mean how stupid does that sound ? Consoles have been getting add-ons like Skype and Netflix when PC has had it since... they first began ? because they where made for PC in the first place. Everything they are adding to consoles come from the pc already.

Fourth: PC gets tons and tons of games, just because you don't see adds on them don't mean they don't exist, If you had steam you would know a lot of games arrive every time.

Fifth: You don't need m/k to play on pc or on a monitor. You can add controllers made for Pc or even ps3 and 360 controllers. You can connect you PC to a Tv too, its not just consoles.

It all comes down to opinion when you pick, but don't submit comments that are so stupid when you don't even game or know anything in PC

"Morrigan-Aensland" is so far off, it would leave anyone stupid. Go to toms hardware site and look at benchmarks kid, learn something before talking about it.

Bobby Kotex2305d ago

I guess I should mention PC game revenue is greater than consoles. Fanboys don't like to believe this.

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Shok2306d ago (Edited 2306d ago )

Dem Steam sales.......

Though I agree with the above, I enjoy console exclusives much more than PC ones, although, as I said, dem Steam sales......

ChickeyCantor2305d ago

People often forget that a PC does so much more than just gaming.

It has far more value than a console.

Dlacy13g2306d ago

I did have to laugh at how they gave pc the win on price because in the end PC games were cheaper. "The PC makes up for this barrier to entry with a very simple premise; cheaper games. While console games have climbed to a whopping $60 at launch, many of the same games are available for $50 or cheaper on PC. Sales also offer considerable value on top of the already cheaper games." I guess this person missed some of the recent $60 pc games... I find the cheaper game argument pretty weak anyway as both PC and Consoles seem to be having game sales and discounts all the time lately.

Does PC gaming trump console? Sure, it wins out overall in a head to head but does that mean consoles are not a good choice? Nope.

shackdaddy2306d ago

I've bought 8 full games for $10 on Steam once. I could never do that on consoles.

Hell, I even have 1 or 2 games in my library that Steam gave me for free.

Dlacy13g2306d ago

PSN+ you would get far more than that offered at no additional cost to you in a year time frame. So $50 nets you in this week alone 12 "free" games you can download. XBL had a 75% sale a few weeks back on a ton of games. My point being...the console boys are catching on and the disparity of price and deals on offer isn't as big as it once was.

Yes, Steam sales question. But you can find tons of good deals on both sides of the fence these days.

ShinMaster2306d ago

Except for new/multiplatform games like:

On the plus side, you can play enhanced versions of those multiplatform games, given you have the hardware for it.

Dlacy13g2306d ago

Oh look...Amazon sale on PS3 exclusives...

As I get sales on games all the time no matter what platform now so trying to claim PC game costs are far cheaper doesn't feel as strong a claim as say 3 years back.

Laika2306d ago

Lol are you talking about the indie bundles on steam? Those are Crap usually. steam sales were good the first time I experienced them. After that they discount the same games over and over and over. The latest summer Sale I bought arkham city and that was it. Either because the rest of the games ducked or a already previously bought them a different sale. point is valve recycles most of the games they put on sale.

STONEY42306d ago

"Oh look...Amazon sale on PS3 exclusives..."

And the majority of those are over 2 years old, plus they're still $20 and over. Games on Steam will hit $15 within a couple of months on sale. And you pretty much never see a game over a year old that doesn't hit $5.

"Lol are you talking about the indie bundles on steam? Those are Crap usually."

Indie games... crap?

Lilioups2304d ago

i get quality AAA sony exclusives for free via psn
and your point is? ???????

i get quality AAA sony exclusives games for 14 bucks

i get free ps1-ps2 games or 4-9 bucks

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Farsendor12306d ago

initial launch is high but just a month or 2 after they go on sale from 20% to 50%.

according to when the game launches it might take longer to go on sale.

pr0digyZA2306d ago

Also depends country to country. Where I live console games are literally double the price of PC games at launch, so PC games are the better choice if you have a console and PC.

Captain_Tom2305d ago

I'm sorry Dlacy13g, you have got no idea how great the July Steam sales are.

I got Mirror's Edge $5, Fallout: NV $5, Far Cry 2: Complete Edition $2.50, the Witcher: Enhanced $2.50, the Witcher 2: GOTY $16, Portal 2 $5, and STALKER:CoP $5.

Oh but look "Eye Pet and Friends" is $18!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ken222306d ago

To each his own people jeez just play what you enjoy and stfu!

kevnb2306d ago

Depends on how much time you put into gaming. For people who game lots PC is king, for those that just want to play call of duty and uncharted type games every now and then go console.

WeskerChildReborned2306d ago

I'm a gamer and i'm saving up for a PC but for now, i gotta stick with my console but i really have no problem with it.