PC vs Console Gaming - Why I Choose Consoles

Why would anyone choose a console over a PC? This is a question that comes up a lot with PC gamers. In this commentary, Red discusses why consoles are so popular.

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ATiElite1081d ago (Edited 1081d ago )

Because you like console games
You like the console Gaming experience
you like the simplicity and ease of use
you like a complete Gaming package for a low price
Plus ALL your friends have a console so you want to play with them

I'm sure I got it all right but if I left out something please let me know.

Insomnia_841081d ago

I predict, once Microsoft leaves the console business after the XBone, this will be the new gaming war. PS Vs PC!!

lol hilarious!!

XisThatKid1081d ago

This articles comment section in by morning(EST)...3-4 pages in without replies past 2nd page. I'll get popcorn as soon as I wake up.

decrypt1081d ago (Edited 1081d ago )

"you like the simplicity and ease of use"

I find it funny when people say that, My smaller bro who is now 13, started gaming on PC when he was 10 years old.

Before this he used to game on console. Well as a kid he would scratch disks, lose them (60usd game lost ouch).

After going PC its all about buying games on Steam or GMG on discounts. Its all about Install click play now. No need to care for disks, or look for them when swapping a game lol.

"you like a complete Gaming package for a low price"

That is console maker paid media propaganda at best. Consoles gaming is way more expensive in the long run, and isnt much cheaper by the hardware to being with. Too many hidden costs on console gaming.

N7KIRK1081d ago (Edited 1081d ago )

Yeap, that's why I'm sure many people prefer PC. My parent's taught me how to be responsible and care for my disks, boy did they waste their 5 minutes. Someone should have told them Steam was available so they didn't have to teach me such a useless thing.

Cuzzo631081d ago

Well over the generations console gaming has become expensive. But clearly you cant play at the value of consoles even now. Console gaming has always been cheaper. Every few months new upgrades for pc comes. Every few months games become more demanding on hardware. Over a 8-10 year period. How many upgrades do you have to go thru jus to game on pc. Surely you dont have the same parts from 8 years ago. I dont think BF4 would run on a 10uear old pc. At the same time consoles get better at what they do. So no I also dont think pc gaming is cheaper. Virus programs have to be renewed yearly. That would be the consoles online service. Consoles dnt have to worry about viruses, hacks to some extent.

webeblazing1081d ago

my pc I just built will out last this whole gen and when games become more demanding I still wont have to(see that) upgrade. just pick setting I want which will be features that will come out that will not be present on consoles.

everything is going towards click and play now even updating drivers take one click now.

MasterCornholio1081d ago

Wow you really nailed them.

Nexus 7 2013

ShinMaster1081d ago (Edited 1081d ago )

There's also a certain identity and familiarity that each console has.

Chrischi19881081d ago (Edited 1081d ago )

1.You can only game on your console, xbox1 makes a move in the right direction, but it is far away from a pc

2. There are far more exclusives on a PC, than on any other plattform (the whole RTS Genre and actually good MMOs)

3. Games are way cheaper (example CoD Ghost on launch day, PC Version 44€, Console Version 65-70€)

4. Controlls are way way better, you can fit them to your personal needs, you can also use a Controller or for FPS mouse and Keyboard

5. Controlls offer a way more complex way of gaming, like MMORPGs and the huge inventory, just so much better with a mouse.

6. Graphics are way better on a PC

7. In the long run way cheaper than a console

8. 1080p is so 2-3 years ago

9. All my friends own a gaming PC and some a Xbox, some a PS, but not all have the same, which makes gaming with all of them way more difficult, ok not for local multiplayer, but for online gaming. But all have a PC and there is not much, what makes more fun, then a weekend with 10 of your friends on a Lan Party.

10. To act like a PC is not easy to use, you hate to be called dumb, but really, everyone uses a PC to surf the web, why cant you play a game on it? To hard to use or just du dumb for it? (Sorry, but you gotta choose a side on this one, you cant act like an smartass, use PCs daily to surf the web, but act like installing a game, which you also do on PS3, is to hard to do)

11. downward compatible

12. you are lying, if you say, you dont need extra accessories for a console. It is not like you dont need more than 1 controller or a big TV, especially for your beloved Next Gen, you need at least a full hd tv to actually see the difference.

I could go on and on, it is how it is. Dont get me wrong, I love to play on a console, I like all systems, but what I hate is this blind fanboyism and especially these articles like above, especially because everyone knows the truth, but some deny it and become trollish and go on so long, that the whole conversation becomes absolutely ridiculous.

Cuzzo631081d ago

So its fanboyism if some prefer consoles...... okay. Gotcha.
I could do tha same list but edging towards consoles and im sure that would mean im a fannie too.... okay. Gotcha.
To your last paragraph. How many of these have we got for pc.... fanboyism huh. Lol.

I get the psn and live. But pc has to have a yearly virus program rite?.... maybe im wrong or jus a fannie

How many upgrades will you see in a 10 year cycle. Sorry. My fannie just reared its ugly head again

We all kno pc has better graphics, better hardware, better support... maybe.

Better games? Ha. Debatable. Rts and mmo are for the pc. If a gamer wants a mmo or rts they get a pc. If a gamer wants a halo, kz, forza, god of war... the get a console.

Sorry. Im a fannies lolz

webeblazing1081d ago (Edited 1080d ago )

you seem to miss the point. selective reading?
and pc have more fps(killing floor, arma,i could go on) too you was better off say action games like gow. more adventures etc.. what you look passed he said he like consoles and hate people downplaying $hit.

you don't have to upgrade especially now that the gap between new consoles and pc is larger than last gen. someone building a pc $700+ will outlast this console gen without upgrading.

how many times have you upgrade in ten years.
ps3 and xb360 or wii maybe. and now you re upgrading to a new system $400-500 right. I know its funny ps3 launched in 2007. that's a upgrade 6 1/2 yrs

a year or two later we will see new gfx features, the reason why people upgrade to run these new features better, console gamers will say like they did last gen that they don't matter, that they cant see the difference, its not needed. then they will want to upgrade all over again(aka new console please).

ShinMaster1080d ago (Edited 1080d ago )


Really? I had a $800 PC in 2005, when the Xbox 360 came out. Resolution and frame-rate aside, it didn't outlast either the 360 or PS3.
Even with PS3 and 360's static hardware, there were games coming out on each that looked better and better each year.

Consoles were designed for gaming from the ground up, allowing developers to optimize their games better than on PCs. Look at GTA5 vs 4. Uncharted 3 vs 1. Gears 3 vs 1. They managed to get games like Skyrim running on two systems with less than 512mb or RAM from 2005/6.
So yeah... pretty confident about next gen, thanks :)

ATiElite1080d ago

Great post.....but some people just prefer the Console Experience.

If someone says "I like Sony exclusives or I like gaming with my friends on XBL" then I respect that because that's an experience they enjoy.

Now someone trying to justify Consoles being better because of some LAME Urban legend like price and upgrades then I tend to blow my circuit board because I hate LIES about PC Gaming.

But again Great post but you gotta respect people who just Prefer the Console Experience because after all PC is a different world than console gaming.

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You like paying a yearly subscription. :)

Nintenja1081d ago

Simplicity and ease of use = device designed for games, not data entry. :p

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Corpser1081d ago (Edited 1081d ago )

Because you love having to pay a fee to play online

Because you love paying higher prices for games

Because you hate backward compatibility

Because you love using a controller and sit in a couch, there's NO WAY to do that on pc

Because you love 1080p/60fps, this is a deal breaker, it has never been possible on pc

annus1081d ago

Well it's a real shame this gen for console gamers who love 1080p/60fps.

decrypt1081d ago

Well that might not happen. You see games are still being made with current consoles in mind.

Hence the graphics fidelity hasnt gone up. Once real next gen are made the graphics will be upped, once that happens it will probably wont be that easy for consoles do to 1080p 60fps. XBone cant already do it.

PS4 on games like BF4 cant do it, although its still a current gen game, imagine when the real next gen arrives. I can assure you PS4 will probably will struggle at 900p too. They will need to pull down the resolution to accommodate the graphics.

Chrischi19881081d ago

Lol to people who disagree with Decrypt.

What he said is not an opinion, it is actually a known fact, we PC gamers know how all that works out, but you console fans just startet the whole hardware war.

What he said is pretty much fact and as i said, not an opinion. Next gen will later only run on 720p as it seems, or go even sub hd.

Not trying to bash here, even if I know, there will be some, who become angry with me, but try to actually think logically about it, without any prejudices or being preoccupied towards any plattform. I know, everyone wants the plattform of choice to be successful, but think about it.

AceBlazer131081d ago (Edited 1081d ago )

i call bullshit on the higher prices claim. go to steam right now and find a decent game that is cheaper than console version. to find the cheap pc games you gotta hold out for a sale which can be done on any platform.

got mortal kombat $5
DmC $14
Bioshock 1&2 $10
sleeping dogs $13
The Last of Us $36

on the ps store great games to play without sweating my wallet
take your higher prices bs elsewhere.

pandehz1081d ago (Edited 1081d ago )

Lol are you serious?

My friend who lives across my room literally few metres away complains about one thing on the Ps store. It sway more expensive than buying from amazon.

Also regarding pc vs console games prices. Pffff
Just Google anything. Well actually just check on all titles for this month, next month etc.

Prove me wrong. Don't just state a few prices.

Btw when steam sales actually kick in, they're not JUST cheap, they're SOOOOOO cheap its like ppl just buy 20+ games and don't even play them.

decrypt1081d ago

Check GMG, gamers gate many great outlets with discounts all the time. Steam isnt the only option. Where PSN is the only option for playstation.

HighResHero1081d ago (Edited 1081d ago )

Steam has some good prices, the problem is you have to login to their servers to play most of them.
It is a good option for some games but not the end all be all, when there are options like GOG, PSN, PHYSICAL COPIES, etc.

Also, I find the idea that you have to go either all digital or all physical about as ridiculous as having to choose either console or PC when you can have both.

Thanks decrypt I'm looking into those.

Chrischi19881081d ago

Ok, CoD Ghost on launch day:

PC Version: 44€

Console Version: 70€

thats 26€ difference on launch day.

And actually there are tons of websites, were you can buy steam keys way cheaper than on steam itself and you find them in like 10min.

In a store, most console games, in the cheap area, cost around 20€

Same area for PC games cost around 5-10€

That is not BS, that is not false, but what you do, is spread false information to people, who might actually not know any better.

blackmagic1081d ago

NBA 2k14
PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 - $60
PC - $30

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steve30x1081d ago

"Because you love using a controller and sit on a couck , theres NO WAY to do that on PC"



Nintenja1081d ago

PC games tend to make you sit up and lean over the mouse and keyboard. Where as you can lean back in a comfy chair with a controller.

steve30x1081d ago

@ Nintenja : Look in the link I provided. It shows some of the game controllers that resemble console controllers for PC. You can sit back and enjoy PC gaming just like a console game if you wish.

ATiElite1081d ago

1080p/60fps ONLY on PS4!

LMAO! Nice post Bubbles + Well said!

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Axe991081d ago

I'm not a fan of these either/or debates (got both, gamed on both for decades), but given how many "Why bother with console when there's PC" articles in the last few months, it's only appropriate there's a few of these as well. Personally prefer console despite having a beefier PC (can't play Civ V and EU IV on console, so I'll never let that PC go), PC gamers who think there's no benefit to console gaming are parochial and narrow-minded, not superior ;).

xPhearR3dx1081d ago

The benefit is the console exclusives. Everything else can pretty much be done on a PC in a similar way just better if you have a good enough machine for it. In my case, I'm mostly a PC gamer but with a ton of friends on consoles from when I played. Plus, I love the latest tech. So I will be picking a PS4 up Friday with some exclusives, as well as a few multiplats I can get on PC, but I'll get on PS4 instead to play with those friends.

AD7051081d ago

I game on both but to be honest ease of use and cheaper initial price are really the only two things that consoles have over the PC.

Exclusives are a matter of preference and both platforms have great exclusives so you can never go wrong with both

For the most part pc versions always run and play better than their console counterparts

online is just better suited on PC. Better matchmaking, servers, more mature communities, more maps, higher player caps, etc....

graphics are always better on pc end of story.

MODS just completely change the way you play games and always keep you going back.

control options are better. I can use my mouse/keyboard or my 360 and ps3 controller for any game I want

emulators which allow me to play games from past retro consoles. Which is great for me since my retro consoles only work when I get lucky lol

backwards compatibility for all games. I'll still be able to play all the games I got this gen to the next one. Hopefully gaikai or something will come out to offer better BC for consoles.

Consoles have their place and they serve you well but a PC just does it all better. Not to mention you can save all kinds of money from pc gaming with services like origin and steam

I plan on getting a ps4 eventually but It will only be used for playing it's exclusives like infamous and killzone 4 and playing with my friends who don't own gaming pcs (atleast half of them don't)

Oh and I guess I can mention that I really wish some games like gta5, assassins creed, mass effect, and other games would get the same release dates on pc as they do on consoles because it sucks waiting on gta5 to get to the PC. But then again thank god I have a ps3 by my side :)

In the end to each his own and happy gaming.

Axe991081d ago

You say more mature communities, but in the opposing corner, I give you the Dota 2 community ;).

I've actually found console and PC communities to be much of a muchness. You get the same kinds of idiots playing Counter Strike on PC as you do playing Call of Duty on console, and there are plenty of immature gits on SC2 and Dota 2/LoL. MMO and grand strategy crowds tend to be a little better though - I don't think you can roll in those games for any period of time without some maturity, and consoles don't have grand strategy (by and large), so you can have that one by an edge ;).

For me, though, it's ease of use. It's not having to search forums just to get games to run, or spending 3 hours trying different things before Mass Effect would even load (and even then, wouldn't let me play with a gamepad - this was before I made friends with Xpadder). There's just so much more that can and does break. The Witcher CTD'd literally every 1-2 hours, so I was quicksaving every three minutes. Gary Grigsby's World at War wouldn't save, was just bugged out. All you need to do is have a gander at tech support forums for PC games to see the headaches gaming on PC brings for many.

As long as those headaches persist, I'll prefer console. One of the jokes I make about PC gaming is "PC gaming, where gaming is only half the story" ;). I'm a gamer - I don't care for tinkering with builds or playing with config files to get my game to work, I just want to game goddamit! Of course, I still play PC, because there are games you just can't get on console that I want to play, and so I can deal with all the headaches that come with it. I have a reluctance to play shorter games on PC though - if I have to mess around for an hour or two to get a 30-100 hour game to work, well and good, but for something shorter it starts to be questionable value.

That's not to say I don't have respect for those that do like it - I just find it odd that PC and console only gamers often struggle to respect other gamers.

AirHype1081d ago

I always chose console over PC because of friends and "couch co-op". But since I'm switching from Xbox to PS4 I have no friends to play with :(

xPhearR3dx1081d ago

couch co-op exist on PC too you know.In terms of using a controller on the couch, and playing co-op on the same screen.

amnalehu1081d ago

you can add me. I'm also on PS4 now. I also was a PC gamer for many years and have recently come back to console. I spend my entire day working at a PC. The last thing I want to do is see a keyboard and mouse when I am trying to play a few rounds with my kids and friends.

decrypt1081d ago (Edited 1081d ago )

PC has way more coop couch games than any console. Dont believe me?

Most current gen games are designed around single player. It was the previous gen consoles that did coop couch the best, guess which platform can emulate them?

Even then PC has 30 years of its own BC and has the largest collection of coop couch games. Hell new consoles when launched will hardly have any coop couch games. It will be a joke vs PC.


Easy build a HTPC, will be way more powerful than a console and just about as slim :P

AirHype1081d ago

As someone who has built two personal gaming PCs, I have zero idea how you could possibly lug a huge computer from one persons house to another, plug it in to their living room tv and play in under 5 minutes.

webeblazing1080d ago

this you could get a mini tower or htpc case easy to move even make your own steambox. but this is a valid point.

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