While PSN and Xbox Live are down due to various DDoS attacks, Valve’s digital platform has managed to hit a new record for concurrent users.
In last 8 years Steam has been down for me, I think maybe, twice and I have 350 games and use it daily. Live jacks me up monthly and sits and spins for minutes just trying to log on, on a wired 50mb. Don't use psn much so hasn't effected me. I think the harder core console gamers in a certain subset are including pcs to their hobby.
Plus you can play your games offline.
I'm all for PC, buut you can play games offline on consoles..
@Neixus He means digital games, you can't play them offline on console (I think)
@Neixus I can´t play my ps4 digital games without internet, and i just discovered that two days ago.
Set the PS4 as your primary console!!! It wont ask you for a licence ever untill your plus runs out I always see people complain about this, how hard is it to google it?!?!
And how is that i do play all my digital games offline at work where i dont have internet? Magic? Luck? stop giving stupid lies.. I dislike paying for psn+ but at least get to play many games and if i dont like any i just dont but there is always good games to play for free and that helps to balance things up. The free games do help to make paying online ok enough but i will have like to not be force but the sheeps pay and i have to join and adapt sadly. Maybe onr day I will play on pc but they are stressful and get outdated in no time. Is just not confortable to play on a pc plus super expencive. Did i say stressful? Not everyone want to stress itself finding out what plugin we need and how to setuo things and all that drama. Most want to just plug the console and play and if is a update, all I need to do is press ok and every happens by itself without stressful searchs and etc.
I'm sure they're all enjoying playing League Of Legends and other such keck. Consoles have the games. Still Solitaire is a good PC exclusive.
You mean games like Destiny lol. All the big ones are multi platform and much better on PC.
But are they all available on Steam?
Hmm Destiny & GTA5 are not even on the PC this year.
That makes total sense since League of Legends isn't even on Steam. Go back under your bridge.
league isn't even on steam...
"I'm sure they're all enjoying playing League Of Legends" and Dead Rising 3 and Lococycle and PvZ: Garden Warfare and Titanfall and Ryse and Street Fighter V...Oh wait! Aren't many of those games console "exclusives"?
2salty4me How is Sunset Overdrive btw lol
Steam has awesome holiday sales no doubt but I prefer my physical collection on my chosen console as oppose to someone else having my game collection behind the DRM wall. Having said that, I do pay my $50 a year for PS+. I don't pay it so I can play online. I pay it to get the six games every month. Two for PS3, two for PS4 & two for Vita "Every month." 72 games every year for less than the price of one new game. Yes they are digital games behind a DRM/pay wall but that's such a good deal I don't mind the fee. Steam does have some nice features. It should. They've been building on it for years. Still, it has nothing worth giving up my physical game collection for, that I can play anytime, online or off. Internet or not, at least, right now. That may change in the future. If you chose to game on PC you pretty much have to like Steam. What other choice do you have? I know there are other options but everyone waves the Steam banner like Valve's doing you some big favor by letting you use it free. It's DRM with perks. It made the transition to digital only easier. So if your gaming on PC, your probably going to be on steam often. On console, I don't need the internet, unless it's Destiny, but that's a whole other can of worms I won't open right now. I keep ranting about internet reliance creeping into console games but no one's going to listen. Steam is miles ahead & more stable than PSN or XBL. MS & Sony need to get it together this generation if they really want to have this always connected structure. But, I don't game so I can play online. Single player games are most important to me. I do like co-op too. Multiplayer has become worthless to me. I don't play it anymore. Co-op & MP can be done split screen or lan. Anyway, I've rambled long enough & all over the place :) Congrats if you read all this. You get a digital cookie ( )! Digital cookies aren't as good as physical ones are they?
Steam's winter sale is like a kid in a candy store. I paid a single dollar for a $10 game. I've bought several games and the most I paid for 1 game was around $7. I'm a PS fan but I'd be lying if I said Steam doesn't have the best game sales in all of gaming.
I've bought 18 games today through steam. Various genres. I paid somewhere around £18. Nice.
The only Thing I don't like about steam is how often it checks for updates.
I know it's like when I hit a red light on the way to the bar. Just shouldn't happen...
The money saved on games makes up for the cost of better hardware i think. that and also the fact that the games are playable for much longer than one generation of hardware. I had someone tell me it was a downside that used pc games couldnt be sold, on console this is something you want to do more than oc gaming cause games are more exspensive and backwards compatibility isnt always possible with conssole games where pn PC its hardly ever an issue or even exists at all lol
How much higher is your electric bill? Not saying you are totally right or totally wrong but you did take these things into consideration. Most games cost the same at launch especially if they are releasing at the same time. Both console and pc have digital sales and often for pre-order/day 1. Console sales are also often for physical through retailers and easy for most to take advantage of. Speaking of physical, that opens the door for: 1. Physically sharing games with friends and family. 2. Renting new and old which allows you to check before you buy, do a quick run if you don't plan on playing through again or relive a game you sold. 3. The simple ability to trade in or sell games you don't want, like, play, ect... Not everyone feels the need to own/collect every game they ever bought. Also consider the fact that console allows game sharing (atleast ps4 that I know) so you can split game cost with friends or family members. Buy just one digital copy and you can both play simultaneously with them or without.
Steam = free plus all games use dedicated servers Psn xbox live = $50 No dedicated servers Oh and Psn and xblive get hacked and go offline several times a year and Steam does not. pc gamer = playing online MP for free on dedicated servers right now. Consoler = paid $50 to play online MP on p2p network but right now is Looking at a temporarily down screen on Psn or xblive. But hey all this down time give you a chance to play Red Dead Redemption or tlou for the 20th time.
Lol..shot fired. I think keeping a massive steam library for backwards compatibility is the best thing about PC gaming. I just got a 144hz monitor and am reliving games at 144fps running like a hot knife through butter.
Steam = Doesn't have all games playable on pc therefore splitting up communities and features between services. PS+ = more features and services and many tied together on 1 account on a wider array of other devices. Also all games available are on one 1 service. PC users (could even be gamers for all we know) specifically target xbox and psn with attacks. You do realize at least for Sony that their services cover far more users over a shared network compared to Steam. Holidays almost always stress the servers, 8 million Steam users online is nothing compared to the number of people using all of Sony networks. PC= Most multiplatform games have much smaller communities which are also split between different services. Players owning/running and ruining dedicated servers because they think it's their personal playground and they are the King. Not to mention by far more hackers/cheaters and some of the most toxic communities especially on PC exclusives. $50 PS+ = 72 games a year, shareplay, extra discounts, had broadcasting since last year built in to system/controller, cloud saves across all games on one network, etc... But hey tell me about how you can never sell a game you bought and that's why fanboys go on about playing 10+ yr old games that 3 people still care about. See I can almost be as lame as you although you def have me on generalizations, but I know you and many others hate seeing anyone else's perspective. Oh and I think Steam is a good service, but it's not blowing anything out of the water. It would be my service of choice if I played on PC since I rarely get EA and maybe 1-2 Ubisoft games a year.
You can import non-steam games into your library, thus not splitting up any community. Steam had 8 million people gaming online over xmas. That's 8 million more than either console had lol Why are you mentioning PC players playing old games. It seems most consoles are getting resold old games as remakes lately. Those old "free" games aren't free by the way. Stop paying your monthly fees and watch them vanish. Technically you are leasing those games. But by all means, fool yourself into think they are free. Not sure why you're here trolling a PC article but its seems you feel the need to justify bending over and paying multiple subscriptions just to fully utilize a game you already spent $60 on. If you think that's somehow good value, go for it
"You can import non-steam games into your library, thus not splitting up any community." Assuming that's what everyone does which it isn't, also you can't update those games or check the license through Steam. "Steam had 8 million people gaming online over xmas. That's 8 million more than either console had lol" You sure I am the one being a troll here? "Why are you mentioning PC players playing old games. It seems most consoles are getting resold old games as remakes lately." Have you even read the other comments on this article or just mine? Even a quick check of ATIs comment history (who I was replying to) would show him talking about that multiple times. Also most all of the non-exclusive remastered/remakes are on PC also and of more recent games that came out towards the end of last gen consoles. Not sure what point you were trying to make. "Those old "free" games aren't free by the way. Stop paying your monthly fees and watch them vanish. Technically you are leasing those games. But by all means, fool yourself into think they are free." I don't see the word "free" anywhere in my comment. But regardless you can't minimize the value of PS+ which isn't just "free" games. It's like minimizing the deals on Steam because many people impulse buy (and barely touch the games), Steam (digital only) gets a cut of every single sale unlike Sony which has to compete with a very large used game market. Oh and many of the "old games" are 1-2 years old and indies often day 1 or recently released. Most also don't pay monthly, they pay annually and between sales and normal price it ends up about $2.50-$4.00 a month. "Not sure why you're here trolling a PC article but its seems you feel the need to justify bending over and paying multiple subscriptions just to fully utilize a game you already spent $60 on." You're the only one Trolling here along with many of the others here who used Steams accomplishment as a jumping point for bashing consoles. Who is paying "multiple subscriptions just to fully utilize a game"? And who logically says everyone is paying $60 for their games, even day 1? "If you think that's somehow good value, go for it" I already have and don't feel ripped off in the slightest. I enjoy and use often the features and bonuses PS+ offers.
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