Forget Xbox 720 and PS4, go next-gen in your living room now with a small form factor PC

The PS4 will arrive by Christmas this year and you can bet your bottom dollar that the Xbox 720 will as well. But that is a long time to wait and every trailer or confirmed title shown on YouTube makes that wait just a little bit harder.

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2069d ago Replies(22)
ATi_Elite2069d ago

Just make a custom build case for the living room. It's not hard and it's very fun.

My HTPC is in a wooden Jewelry Box and most people do not even know it's a PC until the flash drive on the side lights up.

My Level 10 GT or my Haf X look good no matter where they sit.

ZoyosJD2069d ago

LOL, a wooden box...use any special heat resistant materials or coatings in between the mobo and wood?

A Haf X would be too big for the living room, would stick out like a sore thumb...or it would need a custom paint job.

Level 10 just looks to segmented for my tastes.

SilentNegotiator2069d ago (Edited 2069d ago )

Wood? Pfft. I'll stick to my custom-made used-oil can rig lined with rags, thank you very much.

Why not just a smaller tower? Nothing negative about the look of a regular desktop.

Aceman182069d ago

yea no i'll stick to my consoles. much easier and comfortable for me.

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fr0sty2068d ago

I would, but if I bought a PC that small for the same price as a PS4, it wouldn't be anywhere near as powerful. Nowhere near the bandwidth, not in a closed environment (having much more OS overhead and such), and it probably would still consume more power.

Plus I'd miss out on all those amazing SCEWWS exclusives.

Baylex2068d ago (Edited 2068d ago )

Basically they want a 1800$ compact pc (not so compact) just to play crysis 3?
For them (author) money doesn't matter... but you see.. you're just 0.0000000001% of the world population that thinks like that..

wsoutlaw872068d ago

Lol the authors reccomending i buy a 1,800 pc over a 400-600$ console. Console vs Pc for me comes down to the fact that consoles are gaming machines from the ground up. I like a real gaming controler that works on every game and is comfortable to sit back and hold. The games are optimized and i will be able to be play any games that come out on the system. It has a gaming dedicated os and a universal network and store for games. Honestly the only thing i like better about pc gaming is mods (and the total war series), so spending more on a pc is just pointless.

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ShugaCane2069d ago

"Keep it small" but the picture shows a thing at least 5 times bigger than the 360. Please someone helps me, I'm stupid.

wsoutlaw872068d ago

I was laughing at that picture. He said its only 2x the thickness and a little bit taller i believe but then you see the picture and its way bigger.

TheSauce2069d ago

That thing looks more like a radio than a PC.

mushroomwig2069d ago

It's funny how some people just can't grasp the concept that not everybody cares about the power behind a system. I own a console because of the ease of use and the exclusive titles.

It's a shame that storytelling and game-play seems to have taken a back seat to "oh my god, look at that the detail of the grass!" visuals.

Capodastaro2069d ago

It's funny how some people just can't grasp the concept that some people care about the power behind a system. I own a PC because of the ease of use, the exclusive titles and its wide range of uses.

mushroomwig2069d ago

Well done for completing missing the point I was trying to make.

die_fiend2069d ago

PC isn't exactly great for sitting on a couch and relaxing whilst you game though

ChickeyCantor2069d ago

"PC isn't exactly great for sitting on a couch and relaxing whilst you game though"

What is this ? 1995?

Do you even know the possibilities?

Oh_Yeah2069d ago

@die_fiend you can use your 360 or ps3 controller for games you know...Also there are wireless keyboards and mouse.

McScroggz2069d ago

No offense, but if you are actually a PC gamer "ease of use" is not something you can hold over a console gamer.

N0S3LFESTEEM2068d ago (Edited 2068d ago )

McScroggs - and everyone else for that matter.

On both PS3 and 360 you still have to install some of the games to the hard drive to be able to play them. 360 players will argue that it's not the case with them and that it's completely optional excluding a few titles... well you still have to worry about how much space you have on your proprietary hard drives that are still overpriced to this day 3/21/12... 6 years later. You also have to get up and swap disks if it's a larger game like LA Noire or Max Payne... that alone puts the 360 at the bottom of the list in terms of "Ease of use" for consoles.

PS3 has it a little easier simply because you can upgrade the harddrive to anything up to 1tb so that alleviates the space problems... Unlike 360 though your stuck installing mostly all the games before you can even play them which can take anywhere from 2mins-1hour maybe longer in some rare cases.(MGS 4 Multiplayer for starters)

WII would by far wipe the floor with PS3/360/PC when it comes to ease of use... my grandparents can use it without any help.

I don't know why people say PC is hard to use... sure you have drivers and what not but there's this little thing called automatic updates. My asus board prompts me when there's a driver update and with 1 or 2 clicks it installed... same for my Nvidia drivers. On the gaming side the most grueling part is waiting for the games to download and that's completely reliant on your internet speeds. Once it's downloaded though installation is a simple process... and then I'm playing it.

rainslacker2068d ago


PC gaming has become much simpler for sure. However it still has issues which many people can have problems with. They can be rare, but when they arise they are frustrating. It may not be that way for a lot of people on here since we tend to be more tech minded, but PC's still have a ways to go to match the ease of consoles. Even with all that stuff you mentioned about installs or updates, on a console they are simple and require just a button press. God forbid you get a new game on the PC and there is some driver that isn't compatible with whatever current version of windows you have. Not a problem for the tech minded, but how many "regular" people do you know that can go find the proper driver online, or know that there is even a compatibility mode.

PC gaming isn't for everyone...and it doesn't help that the majority of games that appeal to the more casual tend to screw up a PC system's efficiency making it seem like it only gets slower over time...because again, people don't know how to maintain their PC's.

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AngelicIceDiamond2069d ago

@Mushroom exactly. "The grass looks more green and the sky looks more blue." ___<<<< Insert next gen title here "GOTY!"

I fear for next gen now, is it gonna be about how things look, or about how to tell a story or how innovative the gameplay is.

If its only about graphics next gen then its gonna be a short next gen for me.

I'm not buying a game for graphics, I'm buying it for the whole entire package.

rainslacker2068d ago

GOTY is a pretty subjective thing. Looking at last year the one that received a lot was Journey, and it wasn't a graphics powerhouse. It was up against a lot of really great looking titles. It was unique and innovative in it's own way though, so to me that bodes well for gaming.

Some people are graphics whores but unique and innovative titles will always be in the mix due to the nature of development. If people want pretty graphics instead of game play, then I say to each their own.

chukamachine2069d ago

I do like the way Apple's mac mini looks.