Submitted by pat_11_5 1927d ago | opinion piece

Three Simple Reasons Why PCs Are Superior To Consoles

Three reasons why Game Judgment's Nicholas Abbate feels PC's are superior to consoles. (PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

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NYC_Gamer  +   1927d ago
i love both worlds of gaming but right now pc offers way more variety
darkcharizard  +   1927d ago
PC has better graphics and games. 'Nuff said.

Don't boast about PS3's graphics and go buy a Wii for Christ's sake!
silkrevolver  +   1927d ago
Better games?
Sure, it has MMO’s and Starcraft II, maybe an exclusive here or there, but you’re fooling yourself if you think the PC has better exclusives than consoles...
Silly gameAr  +   1927d ago
Clearly trying to hard. What kind of tool compares PC games to consoles? You're not a PC gamer anyway. Wonder what kind of fanboy that makes you? hmmmm...
zootang  +   1927d ago

I know!

Driving: GT5, MotorStorm, Mario Kart

Platform: Super Mario galaxy, LBP, Ratchet & Clank

Tps: Uncharted 1,2. Alan Wake, MGS4

That is just 3 genres! You would be missing out on some quality gaming if you just had a PC. After all we as gamers like to play games.
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Darkstorn  +   1927d ago
Consoles are much more accessible for younger gamers. I think people who grow up with consoles stick by them, and vice versa for PC people.
FishCake9T4  +   1927d ago
@ Zootang
Sorry to burst your bubble but the PC has some of the most realistic racers there are, one in the form of iRacing. Heres a quote from Wikipedia "As of April 2010 more than half of the current Indycar series drivers use iRacing for fun and training. Vitor Meira and Will Power have also said they used iRacing in their recovery from broken backs sustained in the 2009 season."
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zootang  +   1927d ago

You mention Indy car, lol!

Formula one drivers like to use there spare time in GT5p

Also no other racer in the World has the most popular track in history the Top Gear test track (yeah i know it nurburgring). So you can compare your times to the Stig or just other paces set by the cars on the board.
GWAVE  +   1927d ago
The thing I love about PCs is flexibility. The thing I love about consoles is reliability.

With PCs, I can mod. And with PCs there are more "ree browser-based games, free MMOs, and free downloadable indie games than all the games of all the current consoles combined.

With consoles, I can (usually) count on a reliable game that isn't going to require a ton of patching, hardware updates, driver updates, and so forth. I can (usually) just trust to pop in the disk and start playing.

Both PC and consoles are awesome in their own way.
SilentNegotiator  +   1927d ago
Look at all of the big time games we've seen on consoles the last couple years, and then look at PC.
HxCGamer  +   1927d ago
better games?
matter of opinion

truth is, if you love gaming you have to have all

poindat  +   1927d ago
Sure the PC offers greater graphics and more flexibility within the games themselves... But where are the actual games? I own a PS3 and decent gaming PC, yet its the PS3 exclusives that always drag me back to play them.

Sure, the PC excels in genres that consoles can never get right, and I do enjoy PC games in that regard, but the one thing I noticed about PC exclusives is that they lack the originality, the 'need-to-play' factor that many console exclusives have. Sure you've got the booming indie scene, but where are the original and creative top tier, AAA games? I certainly don't see any.

So you can boast about graphics all you want, but when it comes down to the experience within itself, the PC is certainly lacking. Don't get me wrong, I love my PC for what it does right: RTS games, racing sims almost to the level of real life (and I love GT5 as much as the next guy, but you're fooling yourself if you believe that a console sim can come anywhere near to the realism of games such as rFactor or iRacing or GTR2), but when it comes to 'must-play' games, I look towards the consoles.
iamgoatman  +   1927d ago

Top Gear test track is the most popular track in history"? Hahahahahahha! That's funny!

Obviously not a racing fan at all if you think a figure 8 is more popular or well known than the likes of Monaco, or Spa, or Silverstone.

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Tommykrem  +   1927d ago
I don't see how PC offers more variety.
Controller, all weird motion gaming, Dance Dance Revolution and singstar/lips are better on console. There's not a lot of good party games on PC. Maybe no party games at all? Who buys Guitar Hero for PC anyway, and finally: There are being released and made more AAA games on consoles.

I can see other reasons though. Like better graphics. Even though most of the technically impressive games are arguably on PS3, with the exception of Crysis. PC does have superior versions of a lot of games though, and mods.
Darkstorn  +   1927d ago
You claim that PCs offer less variety, then only cite party games as examples? Come on.

I could say the same thing about strategy games on consoles (ex. Civilization Revolution, Halo Wars, etc.)
PS3Freak  +   1927d ago
Ya that wasn't the best example.
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F4sterTh4nFTL  +   1927d ago
We Dont want those crappy casual games.
Infact you can even take The Sims series from us, please take it away, I beg of you.
Dee_91  +   1927d ago
i can play pretty much every pc game on my console
but i cant play online with my friends on PC so
PC is a no go for me srry PC lovers
PS3Freak  +   1927d ago
What's with the massive influx of PC gamer superiority over the last little while. Sure PCs are more powerful than consoles. WHO CARES! Get over yourselves.
Dee_91  +   1927d ago
lol i know right
if you could make a custom ps3 or xbox like you can with a PC im sure the custom consoles would be up to par with a custom PC
Theonetheonly  +   1927d ago
just fighting back at the massive influx of ps3 fanboys infesting every crevice of what used to be a balanced gaming website.
iamgoatman  +   1927d ago
Judging by all the disagrees people are getting, the console fantards are already all over this thread.

But it's always funny watching people putting their fingers in their ears and going "la la can't hear you" whenever someone says something they obviously don't like hearing.
tinybigman  +   1927d ago
pat_11_5  +   1927d ago
I wish I could added a gaming level pc. Then I could play Starcraft 2 :(
TheSleepyGamer  +   1927d ago
The way I see it regarding cost is that its all situational. If you know how and what needs doing to assemble a powerful gaming rig then PC gaming could be a great choice. For me however, simplicity wins everytime.
ZombieRepeIIent  +   1927d ago
My only problem is the lack of game genres the PC does well. It excels at a few, but bombs at most. Modding is something consoles can't compete with, but some games are getting there with user created content and support from the devs. Overall I want to get into PC gaming for what it does well, but I'll always have a console too.
pat_11_5  +   1927d ago
I think that's a very valid argument. PC gaming definately has it's strengths.
Theonetheonly  +   1927d ago
you do know
that every game developer designs every game on a pc before they move their optimized code from editor to their console of choice right?

they dont design every game for pc but on pc. connected to a devkit for level testing.

no such thing as a AAA game designed on a console.
pc had its hands on it first.

where do you think those"high polygon" models came from?

3dsmax zbrush etc.

as for the game engine, designed on a pc as well.
then run through a compiler so it is optimized for whatever console is the target.

all ports are done on pc as well.

pc gaming accells at everything,

consoles focus on selling things.
thorstein  +   1927d ago
They forgot reason #4
Tommykrem  +   1927d ago
Which is on console :P
ZombieRepeIIent  +   1927d ago
With zero support(not Valves fault). At least the Orange Box was a steal.
Pandamobile  +   1927d ago
TF2 on consoles is a joke.
enkeixpress  +   1927d ago
Do we honestly need three reasons?

Seriously.. :D
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pat_11_5  +   1927d ago
Team fortress 2? Can't I play that on my Xbox 360 through Orange Box?
KratosGirI  +   1927d ago
You're playing the gimped vanilla version of TF2.
pat_11_5  +   1927d ago
It looked like the exact same game I used to have on PC...
OpenGL  +   1927d ago
Except the 360 and PS3 versions of the Orange Box were never updated. The PC version has seen dozens of title updates adding maps, costumes, character tweaks, achievements, etc.
Biggunz  +   1927d ago
I was a believer in PC gaming but the jackasses that hack EVERY online game ruined it for me. The much better graphics on the PC is quickly ruined by the jackasses shooting you through walls and all the other crap that goes along with it.
Brklynty1  +   1927d ago
Oh stfu u pc girls...
pc is not a gaming device its just able to play games, seriously only idiots dish out hundreds a year on graphic cards and memory and other pointless crap just to play the same content console players get in "better visuals" like really pc gaming is overatted thats exactly why everyone believes its dying
Count  +   1927d ago
PC is not a gaming device, it's just able to play games.

I laughed.

Because consoles are that radically different from a PC, right?
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silkrevolver  +   1927d ago
They Co-exist peacefully...
PC and console gaming, that is. However, it’s pretty clear that PC gaming will eventually dilute into a nearly exclusive less gaming route that caters almost entirely to graphics and moding. And that’s fine. PC gamers will be fine with that. It’s almost like that now anyway. PC gaming will never die, but it’s just not for everyone.
BasilMarceaux  +   1927d ago
I think that people in US are being to PC. I should be allowed to holler at folks say cuss words if i feel like it. Its why george jefferson and the finding fathers discovered america, it makes america great. stop being political correctness and start getting real. its the first amendment right!
asyouburn  +   1927d ago
yeah i remember when
"george jefferson" discovered america. he and wheezy landed around florida and it was just a matter of "movin on up"
BasilMarceaux  +   1927d ago
Sam adams was a great presidnt but an even greater beer! george jefferson was our founding patriot, god bless USA
asyouburn  +   1927d ago
goerge jefferson
was on the sitcom "the jeffersons" unless george washington and thomas jefferson created a clone of themselves into a single person
Chris columbus "discovered" the americas, although i dont know how you can "discover" a land that was already inhabited by people. but hey, whatever
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BasilMarceaux  +   1927d ago
thats what i meant
Testo  +   1927d ago
*Face Palm*
shikwan  +   1927d ago
One simple reason why console is better than PC:

Not everyone can afford a PC like this: http://s43.photobucket.com/...

Or keep it up to spec for years.
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tobebech  +   1927d ago
Remember that pc can do a lot of other things than gaming too, and you can get a decent rig for about 750$ including everything, even OS. And games are a bit cheaper. However if you prefer a laptop for study/work then it is true that console gaming would be cheaper than buying a desktop for only gaming.
Bell Boy  +   1927d ago
In the same vain it's not practical for everyone to have a gaming PC hooked up to the living room hdtv, while a console is designed to do just that.

PC is gaming is great for those that are into it, I dabbled years ago myself but the reality is that consoles will always offer great gaming with little to no hassle or technical no how. This was not my experience with PC gaming
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zatrox  +   1927d ago
That's because...
..PC has actually of the best games of all time. (Planescape: Torment, I'm lookin' at you. At you too, X-Com.)

Too bad PCs nowadays get shitty, badly optimized Console Ports most of the time.
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CrzyFooL  +   1927d ago
I am so not getting involved in this . . .
F4sterTh4nFTL  +   1927d ago
The only thing I care about is the PC Mod community
everything else can be argued over for years but the ability Mod PC games is why PC will be my preferred choice for ever.
maverin1  +   1927d ago
I'm sorry but the person who wrote this really isn't too bright... number one on the list of why PCS are superior to consoles; simplicity. PC - install the game. your drivers are out of date. search for new drivers. game wont start. figure out whats wrong. so forth. Console - Put in the disk... Play... Everytime.... which is simpler?
PS3Freak  +   1927d ago
Ya, and reason three is price. Where he stated a decent rig will cost a grand. Last time i checked, a grand is much more than any console. PC gamers will see this and say: "Well, console gamers have to buy a new console every 5 years". Not true since Ps3(and maybe 360/wii) have a 10 year lifecycle.
LOLconsoles  +   1927d ago
Now THIS is a fine article. I could easily list dozens of reason why console gaming is inferior to PC gaming, but out of all the many reasons, only these three need to be brought up in a PC vs consoles debate to silence the console newbies who love to cling to their worthless hunk of plastic and pretend they're actually gamers.
Triggs  +   1927d ago
I'm amused by the amount of rage comments in this article. I can only afford a Toyota Yaris and my neighbor has a Lexus...yet I can say my car is better because it's what I have and I love it...but I'm just fooling myself.
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Testo  +   1927d ago
I can afford both
but I usually use the Yaris because of the mileage I get compared to the Lexus
skyfire2261  +   1927d ago
Is this guy for real?
I can't agree with anything this guy is saying except maybe for the graphics dept.

Sure PC's can produce some impressive visuals, but lets remember consoles are limited to TV screens which last i checked only go 1080p. So even if you get a game on both console and pc both having the same level of graphics the PC monitor is going to show it better anyway.

Second, Consoles offer just as a robust online exp as any PC game does. Infact i think this is where consoles are better because you don't have one company providing it like on PC, but you have many companies with all there games in one place plus you have big corporations at the helm with the funds who can maintain networks far better like on the console.

How many PC only dev/pubs can match other then blizzard? I can't think of any. (EA is on console as well so they don't count, i'm referring PC only)

Third, cost. I think the argument off $1000 or less gaming rigs is full of it. Maybe i'm looking in the wrong places but everytime i price together a gaming rig i hit the $2000-$3000 mark easy every time and that does not always include a monitor.

If i'm going to play games on a PC that PC better be f'n up to the challenge of playing whatever I throw at it, just like when I put a game in a console and IT WORKS, the same better happen on the pc and the way to do that is you HAVE to cough up the dough for a good system.

I admit i'm starting to get into gaming on the PC but it will only be apart of my gaming needs, not replace them.
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HxCGamer  +   1927d ago
build ur own damn pc
i got an unlocked quad core overclocked at 3.8 ghz
gygabyte hd5770(overclocked edition)
1 tb
4 gb ram

and i can run pretty much anything on it..
the cost of it includin the case/power supply/cpu cooler/motherboard was around $650

...also connect ur damn pc to your tv.. monitors are a waste
Two-Face  +   1927d ago
Ill tell you why PC gaming is superior.

1. Cheaper games
2. Free DLC on most of the games(Left4Dead DLC cost on 360, but not on PC)
3. Mods
4. Better graphics
5. Classic games(PC has plenty of them, all of them which can be played on windows 7/ Diablo 1 & 2, Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, Fallout 1 & 2, Deus Ex, Max Payne, ahhhh there are so many)
6. Online play is better.
Count  +   1927d ago
I've got a new slogan PC can use.

''it only does everything''
F4sterTh4nFTL  +   1927d ago
"it only does everything and more"
kanetheking  +   1927d ago
lol u pc guys love copying other ppl
things why don't you come up with your own stuff? maybe you might look on pirate bay for the answer.
Letros  +   1927d ago
looks at PSMove...
Chnswdchldrn  +   1927d ago
games look better on pc, especially multiplats (mafia 2 anyone)

genres such as fps and rts and mmo all play better on pc (keyboard and mouse, and a framerate that is not barely maintaining 30 (halo reach, killzone 3))

and of course the visuals

i went from console to pc gaming and now that exclusives like halo reach are coming out I'm trying to go back to console to play those but its really difficult bearing the awful sub-hd graphics and lack of AA and overuse of motion blur in games like Halo reach. the beta looked awful imo, although it was fun, the terrible framerate and horrid halo 3 graphics deterred me from playing it more

people say graphics arent everything but its definitely a big factor for me when I play games.

whatever all i know is pc is superior and anyone who denies that can suck it

sure consoles got good exclusives like reach and killzone 3, but that doesnt really make a gaming system better

and consoles cost less because they perform worse than a gaming pc because they are inferior devices
redsquad  +   1927d ago
"Inferior devices"?
Or you could say that consoles offer a cheaper alternative for gamers less obsessed with framerates, textures and such.
vickers500  +   1927d ago
PCs have the better hardware, consoles have the better games.
I suppose if all you care about is whether or not you have the most powerful device, then pc gaming is better in that respect.
tobebech  +   1927d ago
Consoles does not have better games, it got different games.
commander  +   1927d ago
Keyboard and mouse
Do ppl really play fps will keyboard and mouse of pc? I tried playing fear 2 on onlive and I suck balls with keyboard and mouse. I had to hook up my ds3
Adaminy  +   1927d ago
for the price of an "average" pc i could get all 3 current gen consoles. that gives me access to quite a few good games and not having to worry about upgrading a graphics card or ram when new games come out, not to mention the heaps of problems that pc users have when it comes to just being able to run a game. i think the only genre that i like better on pc's are rts' and games where you don't have direct control. emulation on pc is better on pc as well, but you can get a lot of the same stuff through the wii. pc might also technically be able to play all current console exclusives, but the fact that they're exclusives makes that stat useless. it really depends on what platform you're most comfortable with, but i'd much rather have access to console exclusives over pc ones at this point.
tobebech  +   1927d ago
I'm a pc only gamer because i prefer the games (most of my games are exclusives), and how pc gaming works in general. Pc gaming are very different to console gaming, and neither of them are superior to the other in general. The writer of this article is just another fanboy, who makes the pc community looks so bad.
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DA_SHREDDER  +   1927d ago
Pc's dont even scratch the surface when it comes to the quality of games ratio when compared to consoles. The only genre's the pc rules in is MMO's. Pretty soon thats gonna change when FF14, The Agency, and DC Universe comes to the ps3. Tell me when the pc has a game that matches Motorstorm, God of War, Zelda, Mario, Uncharted, Gran Turismo, Ratchet, inFamous, or Warhawk. Okay, so Ill give you head start, Total War, and um,,,,,, and maybe diablo (honestly i don't even think its good but I'll at least give you something). Now even if those games are scientifically better, How many years do you have to wait inbetween for said games to even manifest on your pc? Give me a break. Consoles are pretty much pc's now. The ps3 has a 3.2 ghz processor, fast enough to run any pc game. The only things these consoles lack is RAM. What are you gonna say when next gen comes and every system comes with at least 2 gigs or more of dedicated RAM? The pc is still the best?
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OpenGL  +   1927d ago
Well, my $800 laptop right now has 1GB of video memory and 4GB of system memory. 2GB of RAM is already considered low end on the PC, so I imagine by the time the PS4 and Xbox 720 come it'll be even less impressive. Hell, we already have smart phones with as much RAM as the PS3 and 360.

Also, 3.2GHz doesn't mean anything unless you're comparing two CPUs of the same architecture. A Core i5, or i7 does a lot more per clock cycle than the 360 and PS3 CPUs.
ian72  +   1927d ago
A lot of the games I like are not on PC, they are on PS3. I have a good PC that can run Crysis on High, but only around 15 games for it. I have nearly 80 games for my PS3.
I would rather have a PS3 than a PC any day. I just like the games more for PS3.
user858621  +   1927d ago
Windows 7 cant even play starcraft... nuff said
Two-Face  +   1927d ago
That's weird. I could have sworn that I played it some weeks ago on my Windows 7 Ultimate.
Pandamobile  +   1927d ago
What? I was playing the original Starcraft a couple days ago on Windows 7 64 bit.
tobebech  +   1927d ago
Some have problems, some don't. Last i played it, it locked up, and i had to do a hard reset.
DeeBee  +   1927d ago
I've been playing Starcraft for the past few weeks (prior to purchasing Starcraft 2) on Windows 7 64 bit without a single issue.
kraze07  +   1927d ago
What are you talking about, I'm also playing Starcraft 1 and 2 while running W7 64-bit.
redsquad  +   1927d ago
I can't afford a decent gaming PC so I have to make do with my 'inferior' console. Believe it or not, I DO still manage to sleep at night...
Reefskye  +   1927d ago
Glad I have both all though PC gaming has gone a bit stale recently. Only things that have been worth playing since start of year where Mass Effect 2 and Starcraft 2. PS3 has kept me a lot more entertained but I share games with my dad, he don't like PC gaming so most of games I get that are multi-plat I get on PS3. Spent years on my PC until I got a PS3.

Edit: Soon as I hear anything about Planetside 2 ill be back on PC :P
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never_waste_a_bullet  +   1927d ago
just got my new sweet custom built pc
since i got my new pc i havent really played or used my ps3, but i plan to after gt5, lbp2, and other ps3 exclusives.... but other than ps3 exclusives, pc is better overall imo... the graphics, gameplay, and online are better.. look at team fortress 2, for example, you can do way more things than on console such as sprays, on screen chat, dedicated servers, mods, etc.. but pc gaming is very expensive, the ps3 imo is the next best thing
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