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The gaming platform you should be buying for Christmas is...

The question: “What console should I buy?” raises its head fairly often and I tend to get put into the hot seat for my opinion. Depending on who is present at the time, when this question comes up it would often spark healthy debate as both of the major consoles have pros & cons

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HanCilliers1725d ago

I'm totally with him on the PC as the king. Great read!

T9001724d ago

I would go PC, specially now that new consoles are coming next year. No point investing in hardware that will lose support in the next year or so. At least with the PC, generations dont effect it, its not like games will stop releasing for it as soon as next gen consoles arrive.

Hence dropping 300usd on a PS3 or Xbox 360 seems irrational at the moment. I wouldnt invest on the Wii U either because it looks so underpowered that it may as well be outdated next year when new consoles are out, no developer will be supporting the Wii U.

ikkokucrisis1724d ago

This is an easy recommendation to make:

Galaxy Note 2

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League_of_Draven1724d ago

So in other words get a PS3 or PC.

Agheil1724d ago

Just as @League_of_Draven stated don't forget how long sony supported the PS2. The PS3 will follow in its footsteps in terms of future software support.

vickers5001724d ago

"Hence dropping 300usd on a PS3 or Xbox 360 seems irrational at the moment."

How so? There are a ton of amazing games for both systems that will last you a very long time. How would deciding to go with those over PC be "irrational"?

bozebo1724d ago (Edited 1724d ago )

"no developer will be supporting the Wii U."
This just isn't true. It'll have a similar market position to the Wii, which had plenty of great exclusives. Actually, it's probably the most open for small and indie developers, I hear patches can go through instantly and they can do what they want with DLC, unlike MS and Sony at the moment.

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g-nome1724d ago

PC'S are for excel and word...

T9001724d ago

If all of us kept that attitude, companies like Nvidia and AMD wouldnt exist, I guess you can imagine what that would mean for the gaming industry.

PC tech helps the entire gaming ecosystem.

Jazz41081724d ago

Surface tablet works great for that right now.

Panthers1724d ago

My favorite games are on PC. SC2, GW2, SWTOR, ect. I love my consoles, but PCs have games that just dont work on consoles.

Oh_Yeah1724d ago

Pcs are for games, movies, porn, socializing, business, music, work, pretty much everything except cooking.

Sarcasm1724d ago (Edited 1724d ago )

Really? PC's are for Excel and word?

Quick, someone e-mail the entire engineering industry, arts industry, manufacturing industry, science industry, U.S. Government, Samsung, Sony, Adobe, Autodesk, Intel, AMD, ARM, MSi, Apple, Nvidia, pretty much every single company in the entire world that relies on PC's to do their work, that PC's... ARE FOR EXCEL... AND WORD...! Because this 12 year old kid on N4G says so.

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MariaHelFutura1724d ago

Personal the next platform I'll be buying is the PS Vita followed by the Wii U.

ATi_Elite1724d ago

1. I watched the video and at 1:29 I started cracking up laughing cause that's EXACTLY how it always goes.....and then they RAGE and take away your bubbles!

anyway.......The gaming platform you should be buying for Christmas is...

If you don't have one by now I suggest just saving your cash to buy a Next Gen Console in 2013/2014 and continue playing on your friends consoles like you been doing! They don't mind you coming over to game...your cool, just bring chips every now and then!

but if you finally saved up all your pennies and you love those awesome Sony Exclusives then get a PS3

if your just a General gamer looking to play Call of Duty and multiplats then get a Xbox360 (cause Activision kinda screwed the PS3 version)

or if your looking to take the next step and view Gaming as a Serious Hobby and wanna Customize the BEST Gaming experience to YOUR needs then build yourself a kick butt PC and join the Master Race in the Glorious realm of PC Gaming and it's never ending list of Exclusives, Mods, and Customizations!

Basically decide what Games you really like, decide your budget, and buy what YOU think will serve you BEST and never mind what a Fanboy tells you!

Persistantthug1724d ago (Edited 1724d ago )

The AAA video gaming industry routinely treats PC gaming like it's second class.
AAA developers and publishers bring games late ( Assassin's Creed 3), and at other times not at all (Red Dead Redemption).

You can't be King & Master and be SECOND CLASS.

That's an oxymoron, sir.

vortis1724d ago

@PersistentThug

Witcher 2 says "Hi."
Hard Reset says "Hi."
Path-tracing gameplay demos says "Hi"
(also I doubt we'll be seeing path-tracing games playable on consoles until the generation after the next one)
16x AT says "Hi."
8x AA says "Hi."

And all things ENB series says "Hi."

Consolitis may run deep for the PC Master Race but the best versions of games, visually and mod-wise, are still available on PC.

MAJ0R1724d ago

Do you really think PC gamers care about a couple of console games like RDR that never made their way to PC? Sure they do, luckily a lot of them own a console (hopefully an Xbox 360 so they don't get the shaft on multiplats).

RDR would also be miles better on the PC. A great example of this is Dark Souls. The game was never coming to PC. PC gamers petitioned and got Namco Bandai to tap into the golden Steam market. PC gamers are constantly treated as first class, along with getting the best of the best (graphics, performance, ease of use etc.) plus Eyefinity/Surround for multi-monitor setup allowing for an ultra immersive setting.

stage881724d ago

PS Vita for me, I have Plus on my PS3 so it's an absolute no brainer to pick one up. Double the content at no extra cost.

JC_Denton1724d ago

If the PC had anything to offer other than tons of great multiplayer experiences and graphics, I would totally be on board to buy a better one than I have. There isn't much in the way of single player games that are close to as good as the ones available on the PS3.

darkziosj1724d ago (Edited 1724d ago )

Even if pc has the best graphics, the exclusive games doesn't even come near ps3/360 ones, it just has mmos,srpgs,and shooters on the other had the consoles have Reddead,uncharted,heavy rain,gears of war, MGS, infamous, little big planet, god of war and alot more.

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yeahokchief1724d ago (Edited 1724d ago )

PS3 is the clear winner.

$2oo system comes with 5 full games
$50 gets you an instant game collection
handful of $10 TRILOGY collections on black friday
handful of dlc loaded games like granturimo xl edition for $10
free cross buy vita games with ps3 games

agent, god of war ascension, beyond 2 souls, and the last of us are Exclusives on the way

gta v will launch on ps3 and 360 consoles. this alone will mean you want either a 360 or a ps3. all other games will not matter in 2013 when you see gta v! gta v is king mofos.

Ps3 is where the best value is hands down my friends.

That said, I am also buying a new PC specifically for work (CAD + inventor + solidworks) and DotA2 for around $2000-2500. So if you have money to piss on and burn then PC is the best option (or mommys money to piss on and burn for many of you). Personally I prefer investing my earnings as I do not plan on working past retirement age to support an addiction to technology and paying more for moderate graphical improvements.

the reason your rigs are holding up is because games are still being developed around the consoles. now is a terrible time to buy a new pc because the games in development right now are for the ps4 and 720. buy a new rig now and it wont play games in 2013. it'll play all of 2012 games really smooth though.

i also enjoy how there are drastically less cheaters on ps3 than on pc.

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TheLyonKing1725d ago

I would say what one you don't have, I have the know how to build a gaming pc but I really can't be bothered setting one up and buying one that is a decent spec I don't think is worth it.

But anyone who wants a good gaming experience does need to try a pc out.

DesVader1725d ago

LOL, Schmoe. You said it. PC gaming is not dead and people need to stop saying it. If you can keep your PC up-to-date, it offers a much richer gameplay experience than console for sound, graphics and more.

That-Guy1725d ago

Of course it isn't. PC gaming's a better investment for the long term anyway.

Rainstorm811724d ago

I agree on long term investment, I plan on building a gaming PC before the PS4 and x720 are released

I'll always be a console gamer but you gotta be blind if you dont see the benefits of PC gaming, Steam alone makes it worth it let alone Emulation..

DesVader1724d ago

Nope, not played with Win 8 yet. Any good / better?

SkullBlade1691724d ago

No - It sucks.

Totally useless unless you want a smartphone OS on your PC.

Feralkitsune1724d ago

I had windows 8 on my Pc for a while, but it would randomly Blue Screen on me, and I had no idea why since they changed the fucking blue screen!

It would randomly stop detecting my Wireless adapter, and was a hassle to use on a PC when I also own Windows 7 which works a hell of a lot better for gaming, and casting.

MRMagoo1231724d ago

Win8 is the exact same OS as win7 it just looks different on the surface, I know this for a fact because the pc repair shop i work at fixes them and the diagnostic programs i use for win7 work perfectly with win8 and they arent updated for it.

bozebo1724d ago

It has better ASLR, so you are (a lot) less likely to randomly have malware mess with your shit (especially the kind that normally gets through antivirus type software with ease)

Other than that, it hasn't got any significant technical improvements. Actually, MS could update Win7 to have it too but then business customers would have no reason to upgrade to 8 (you know, so their info doesn't randomly get stolen because they had 1 windows machine on the network)