The Master Race - Who Really Wins
My first blog on N4G will be my way of breaking down this on going argument between console gamers, otherwise referred to as peasants, and the PC gamers, the self proclaimed master race. Its worth noting however, that both of these terms are created by PC gamers themselves, if only by the minority, as PC has such a great community in all genres I wouldn't dare tarnish just how great it is. Also, I won't be going too in depth into tech talk or trying to break down things to a definitive outcome, so please don't go all serious, this is an opinion piece. One in which changes myself as I write it, and afterwards as i think of other things, haha!
If it all comes down to statistics and raw power, then PC's win…. By a large percentage. What can be achieved not only by its visual prowess and resolution capabilities is beyond what any console can do, PC can continue to be upgraded and games themselves can then be modified to look simply epic, think skyrim or GTA 4 or even crysis. But all this comes at a cost, to truly be cutting edge you are going to be spending well over $1500 as your initial cost, and they can cost over double this still. You can argue that you pay for what you get, you can earn a living off a PC, you can use adobe Photoshop or literally do anything you can think of even before you mention gaming. To compare an actual monster PC to a consumer friendly games console is quite simply stupid. You would laugh at an 18 year old in his/her Toyota yaris as they pulled up next to the latest Bugatti veyron… OK, the ps4 or Xbox one is more like a Nissan skyline GTR as they are still impressive, IMO. But the ps4 and Xbox one are essentially mid range PC's when lined IP next to these monster rigs, they are not high end specs… games being compared are just not truly pushing PC's that are this level of spec. At least not ones that are being made with consoles in mind. And this is nothing for console gamers to feel ashamed about, when we see games like Tlou on ps3 look so stunning, or indies like journey being artistically amazing, console gamers have never been let down visually, ever! And the gap between console and PC has been massively reduced since the new gen has come, for now if you go by face value and ignore elitist issues like fps, screen tearing or whatever as we are all aware PC is beyond consoles, and that the average gamer can look past these issues, unless its crysis 3 on ps3…. Then its just a no! Begone foul demon!!
Raw power is one thing, when you mention Tlou you have to mention naughty dog. They squeezed amazing results from hardware that if inside a laptop, you would likely use it for watching movies or general media usage, ignoring cell of course. But the point is, lazy devs rely on power to do the hard work, while technically, devs like naughty dog, quantic dream, remedy, guerilla studios and cd project red "the witcher 2 looked great, especially considering how great it looked on pc too" to name a few all made stunning games. Elitists will moan about screen tearing or resolution…. But you cannot deny consoles are still impressive today.
So consoles, they are the go to medium for gamers. You will pay far less outright to own one and will be safely in the knowledge your gaming device won't require any upgrades aside from the HDD. You will get games like uncharted and other great exclusives, while getting multi plats in advance to PCs quite often. Although games often cost more on condole, combined with gold/plus subscriptions, chances are your annual spend will be higher than PC gamers, but the initial cost and upgrades may still weigh down PCs too much. $300 console, 10 $60 games in 12 months PS plus, general sales could push the average 12 month costs for console players to over $1000, which is really a rough guess but for the sake of argument, that's obviously less than PC. And again, the difference are not earth shattering if you look at the specs, it should be more. Consoles need to hit 60fps and 1080p… that will be sufficient, 4k on consoles? Doubt it! But with a great lineup of future exclusives for both Xbox and PlayStation, I'd feel very happy owning both, without a single worry that of might look better, consoles still produce stunning visuals. Consoles are just so easy, pick up and play… great visuals, solid games and this gen is really maturing the console to the point all condole gamers are playing next gen games for less than most monster rig graphic cards do alone….
So are PC gamers master race due to specs and the height of what is technically possible? Or are console gamers due to having full dev support and great visuals for less money? I'd have to say for me, console gaming just edges it. I will look at the PC footage and go wow… but I do just that on my ps4 all the same.