An opinion piece on the reasons why PC gaming is a better platform than console gaming.
I have a 4K gaming setup and play games at 4K and it is amazing, I do own a PS4 as well for the sports games like Fifa and nba 2K but multi plats and pc exclusives get played on pc for me.
Nice, I only have 1440p at the moment but looking to get a 4K monitor when the GTX 880 come out.
all the reasons in that article are just opinions and gaming preference the Editor like Gaming on pc more than consoles it's his right to feel that way but not all would agree i have a gaming pc as well and huge backlog of games on it i have yet to finish but most of my time i game on consoles and most if not all of the best games ever for me are from consoles that's me though
@Ezz Agreed, been gaming on console's for 20 years and pc for 10 years, most of my time is on consoles. My favourite genre is JRPG and let's be honest the pc is not the platform of choice if you enjoy this genre. I multiplatform more on my pc now but still looking forward to persona 5, Tales of zestiria and KH2 final mix On my ps3. Used to game On all platforms but with bills to pay now I'm older just gonna be ps3, ps4 and pc this gen, been with PlayStation since the beginning and tbh it's the platform that's given me the best gaming experiences.
SIX reasons why consoles are better than PC gaming: 1.Game optimization. 2.Plug and play. 3. Exclusives. 4.More friends play consoles. 5.couch co-op. 6. Comfortable Laid back sitting with a controller. All my pc gamers friends have bad posture. PS: you can't play shooters on PC with a controller, Huge disadvantage, specially that there's no aim assist.
@ali 1. PC also has game optimization and with this Gen PC ports would be easier to make 2. Consoles are not like that anymore, you need to update your system and games before you can play some games. 3. Each system has its own exclusives 4. It depends who you're friends with. If you're friends with adults than they will game on PC but if you're friends with kids than they would be on consoles. 5. Less and less games are offering that and there are tons of PC games,with couch co-op 6. You can plug a PC into a TV and sit on the couch any way you want while using a controller.
1. Software prices - PC 2. Hardware prices - consoles 3. Online multiplayer fees - free on PC 3. Library selection - PC 4. Exclusives - Both 5. Ease of use - consoles 6. More open with more options - PC 7. Marketing - consoles 8. Power and performance - PC (scaleable) 9. Co-op and local multiplayer - consoles 10. Future proof - PC (scalaeable)
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Wow, the PC supremacists have been on a role lately. Could they be any more insecure? - You seem to assume that people should care more about technical graphics than the games themselves. I'm sorry, but you cannot make experiences worth coming back to with just graphics. Gameplay, story and art direction take priority. At least for me. - Mods don't make games great. A good game is a good game no matter what. Garry's Mod is great. But Half Life 2 is not great because of Garry's Mod. Far Cry 2 had a far more expansive creation kit and didn't have nearly the success. Why? Because Far Cry 2 wasn't as good as Half Life 2. It’s like saying Star Wars is the greatest series ever because George Lucas keeps putting out new and "improved" editions. - Mouse and keyboard are better for strategy games and FPS only. WASD is so outdated. - That's assuming that I got rid of my previous console/s in the first place. Also, recent versions of Windows have had compatibility issues playing older games. In the end, console exclusives from first and third party studios, along with friends who are playing on the same platforms you are and they overall feel of a more unique experience than a regular computer, counts more for me.
Me too! I am gaming at 1600p with 2 GTX 680s currently. I still think it will take 2 gtx 780s or two 880 to game at high settings at 4k.
@ShinMaster You do realize Steam has far more online players than the PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, and XBox One right? Lots of games now are supported by a game controller but many still prefer k/m because it's more accurate. Why do you think some developers don't like cross-platform play? It's because they know console gamers are at a disadvantage. You can still play with a controller on the PC for most new games. Options are GOOD. Mods add replayability to existing games. Some are great, some not so great. The fact is you don't have to use them, they are a BONUS. PC games can have a technical advantage AND also have great art, gameplay and art. You seem to be under the assumption game developer talent only exists on consoles. "Could they be any more insecure?" Odd considering here you are trying to defend consoles. The fact is the PC offers far more flexibility and isn't behind a walled garden. What consoles do have is marketing.
nah man better wait for next generation, 880 still packing 28nm node. better wait 20nm or possibly 16nm next year.
@ Darkstares When did I say I cared how many players there are online on PC or any platform? You missed my point about mods. Yes, PC fans are insecure. You don't see me going into PC articles the same way PC elites jump into console articles, especially those that talk about graphics. If a console game isn't [email protected], console gaming gets bashed. And if a console game IS [email protected] (see recent Uncharted 4 article), PC gamers don't even allow console gamers to be excited about the game because "it's nothing new and should have been that way years ago". As if playing old games in [email protected] made them any more next-gen.
ShinMaster wrote, "When did I say I cared how many players there are online on PC or any platform?" You mentioned friends and a unique experience. Have you even played online on the PC? It offers the same thing, and for free. "You missed my point about mods." No I didn't. Your argument is they add nothing when they do. You missed the point entirely because they are added bonuses and the mod community can come up with very good ideas. They can even come up with new layouts and maps. The mod community is also able to upgrade games, and for FREE. Ever play the high res Skyrim? "Yes, PC fans are insecure. You don't see me going into PC articles the same way PC elites jump into console articles, especially those that talk about graphics." If they are insecure what does that make console gamers who seem to make up the most heated discussions about why my console is better than your console? Do they not also get all giddy about graphics, frame rates? Do they also not act immature when it comes to exclusives? Besides, is this not an article about the PC? If so why are you here? "If a console game isn't [email protected], console gaming gets bashed. And if a console game IS [email protected] (see recent Uncharted 4 article), PC gamers don't even allow console gamers to be excited about the game because "it's nothing new and should have been that way years ago". As if playing old games in [email protected] made them any more next-gen." Not as much as the bashing that's been going on because the XB1 doesn't have as good of a frame rate or resolution. In fact PC gamers put console fanboys in check because so very often they act all superior. How many times do we see Uncharted being mentioned and how it is only possible on the PS3 or PS4? That is insecurity because they have to try and rub it in and argue. So why is that any different when PC gamers come in and say if it was on the PC it would do 1080p and 60fps no problem? Console gamers suffer from a superiority complex and that is why they HATE when PC gamers come in. Like any hobby people will invest in what they can afford and PC gaming can take the hobby to the extremes. Why are console fans insecure about them? We all share the same hobby yet console gamers want to exclude themselves from the PC master race so they can argue all day about how their console is so much better than the other console.
@ Darkstares Yes and that has nothing to do with the number of players(strangers) online. I was talking about friends. When most of your friends are playing on a certain platform, that and the games themselves are what ultimately push its value further than other platforms. If someone buys an Xbox One because all their friends are on it, then I totally respect that. And by unique experience I meant it's not the same old Windows experience that I've used for 20 years. Each console is a unique experience. PC fans seem to care more about console graphics than console gamers sometimes. Don't get me wrong. Console gamers DO care about graphics, but only to a certain extent. Gameplay, story and art style usually take priority (depending on the game and not necessarily in that order). The only time technical graphics take priority over everything else is during a console war or if you're a PC supremacists with nothing better to do. Yes, fanboys can be dumb. ""That is insecurity because they have to try and rub it in and argue"" This is exactly what PC fanboys do all the time. ""How many times do we see Uncharted being mentioned and how it is only possible on the PS3"" Probably twice like 4 years ago because it's obviously exclusive and not nearly as many times as I've heard PC fans say that about games with a higher number of online players(ex: BF3) or how every single game would look better on PC or how a 6 year old game looked better than a new game running at anything lower than [email protected] ""So why is that any different when PC gamers come in..."" Because comparing consoles to PC is incredibly redundant. And you wanna call us insecure? Let's not be hypocrites. It's called a CONSOLE war for a reason and has been around since the SNES vs Genesis days. YES PCs have always been more powerful. EVERYONE knows that. You think this is news to us? I've been playing games for 25 years and you think I'm gonna start caring about that now? It's a choice. ""Not as much as the bashing that's been going on because the XB1 doesn't have as good of a frame rate or resolution."" You're gonna lie to my face and tell me that PC elites don't attack any and all consoles, regardless of power? Xbox and PlayStation games have always been scrutinized. Don't act like you're coming to the rescue of the weaker consoles when PC fans bash those as well. ""In fact PC gamers put console fanboys in check..."" ...PC gamers suffer from a superiority complex and that is why they HATE when console gamers are excited about a console game that looks really good. So what you're basically saying is: "Hey you guys are not allowed to get excited about a good looking game or eve argue about frame-rate and resolution, that's our job to be d*cks". Got ya.
nice! I expect to move into 4k gaming in the next couple of years
5 reasons pc isn't better than consoles 1.) preference 2.) preference 3.) preference 4.) preference 5.) gaming preference
Same. I got my ps4 because I love sony exclusives, and I do get 3rd parties on console from time to time. I love my PC, and I love my ps4. Is my pc capable of better graphics with my 4k monitor? Yes of course, but I also had to get a $1500 set up to be able to do this. I paid $400 for my ps4. Both solutions are equally viable in my opinion.
PC gives me too many issues so I'm done with it!
This article literally looks like it was made in a high-school desktop publishing class, and after reading it, I can say that it sounds like it did too. If you're gonna tackle a subject that constantly gets people riled up, put some effort into it. One sentence per reason does not a good article make.
But N4G granted him 200 degrees, so he got what he wanted. I decided for a different approach on ads blocking. I unblocked every site on adblocker and am slowly adding sites to the blacklist. Don't even need to say that this site is there, with cinemablend, forbes, examiner... Small consequence? Yes, very small, but that's what I can do as a comeback. For now.
Well played. I rate down sites for quality if they have pop-ups. It's shameful. If their site is worth visiting, then it's either getting real advertising money, or it's a passion project and not about 5 cents for every 1,000 hits. On topic: People who ONLY choose to game on one platform aren't really gamers in my mind. PC could never fully satisfy my gaming wants and needs. I understand people who are financially strapped to one platform, but if you can afford a decent computer, you can afford other things. Many PC gamers I know just play a particular game for a LONG period of time... like an MMO, or an RPG. It can be a 6 month or a year or longer thing... just waiting for their next fix.
NO UC,TLOU,GOW3,Ressitance so yea no...
Do people actually use this as an argument? You know PC has exclusives as well right? Also has a bigger and better library than any current generation console. The argument can be said for any platform they all have exclusives.
I never understand all of this bickering. PC may have exclusives too, but it doesn't have the exclusives that he prefers. He gave a list of specific properties that are only found on his platform of choice. I assume these games are why he chose the platform of his choice. That's the problem with articles like these. People can't seem to grasp that other people aren't always going to enjoy the same things that they do.
"NO UC,TLOU,GOW3,Ressitance so yea no..." PS3 emulation on PC is here: http://www.cinemablend.com/... Checkmate!
Okay, but you are forgetting that these franchises are continuing on the PS4. As of now, there aren't any decent PS4 emulators so he has to get a PS4 to play the next Uncharted, a God of War sequel, or any sequel to any of the other PlayStation exclusive games he likes. Checkmate!
"NO UC,TLOU,GOW3,Ressitance so yea no..." PS3 emulation on PC is here: http://www.cinemablend.com/... Checkmate! Lol all I saw were little cheap games running nothing of the kind of games I said.Nice try though.
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@JBSleek Emulating ps3 games while the system and the games are still available for sale is piracy, and you wonder why devs skip/delay their games on PC.. Plus that emulator doesn't even work properly, at least not yet, and you can't use psn with it meaning you lost the online features/modes and split screen/local play, and possibly the access to DLC/game patches. All in all emulating a console on PC will never feel as normal/natural as playing that console, plus it isn't even legal, if everybody emulated their games on PC instead of buying them legitimately who's gonna support the devs ?
Yes people will use that as an argument and it doesn't matter if you like it or not it is a valid argument. If a gamers favourite games are on a specific platform and that is what is most important to them then of course that will be the reason they give and why shouldn't they, especially when some pc elitist is trying to rub their faces in specifics that make a pc better. well guess what, what he said holds merit
Checkmate because of emulation? This is why I consider PC gamers scum. I remember when the Wii U was announced PC gamers where cheering because it was "weak" meaning easy emulation so it meant dolphin-U coming to a PC near you! lol What a bunch of pirating pricks.
Only good pc Exlusive 2014 is Spin Tyres,its indie game but still very good game.Rest of the games I play mostly with consoles.
why is it on an articles like this you never hear Nintendo fans say PC can't play Mario or Zelda, or Xbox fans say PC can't play Halo or Gears, it's always from the Sony crowd?
funny how u say the horrible pc is better besides the graphic wich i dont notice a difference between my gtx 780 ti classified and my ps4 i prefer my ps4 speciallt the stupid keyboard and mouse, FUNNY how valve is trying to use contolers with their big screen set up
Why is it on articles like this you always see people making inaccurate sweeping statements? OT - No platform is "better". They all have their pluses and minuses, and different people like different things. For me, PC gaming is a non-factor.
O well I can sort of answer the Xbox questions. Halo 1,2 have both been on PC. Gears of War 1 was also on PC with exclusive content. In my opinion even though I have a PC and enjoy PC gaming. I simply prefer consoles because A, You put the game in and they work. Sadly I can't say this about PC from time to time. B, I think console exclusive are just so much better than PC exclusives. Last Of Us,Uncharted, Forza, Gran Turismo, Zelda,Mario Kart, Pokemon, God Of War ect as in my opinion so much better than what PC games offer me. All I seem to find on PC these days are early access survival multiplayer titles. Don't get me wrong I like games like DayZ and H1Z1 but I much rather have titles like I mentioned above for consoles. Also can you please tell me when a console exclusive title is discussed the PC crowed have to come in and go on about 4K ect. I remember when GTA 5 came out. While all us console people was enjoying GTA 5 the PC crowd where making gifs about how we are just beta testing it for the PC players. It was some beta test it was fun I actually even got to complete the game a whole year+ before PC gamers. Another reason why I prefer console gaming is. Poor ass PC ports. Watch_dogs being 1 remember that? Assassin's Creed 3, Dark Souls, GTA 4, COD Ghosts ect. If am going to spend £600-£800 on a PC I expect decent ports or games built from the ground up for PC. But no developers see PC gamers as rotten ass thieves so simply give them crap ports.
Because they are too busy enjoying their games so they don't have time to go on the internet to say they have the best games.
Hmmm... that's a sorry looking arguement right there. "But but... Naughty dogs lol"
B..but.. GOTY :) don't see you playing TLOU on PC. Why can't we agree that the industry needs both?
PS3/PC here... FTW! I'll get a PS4 sooner or latter, but as for now there is nothing on either new console that I want that I can't play on PC.
Now that pathetic troll wants to talk about Naughty Dog, just lol. These fanboys with only one platform are a joke, that's why you need to beg for a port every time like Tekken 7. You are ridiculous. About the "article". What can we say? Just look at the uploader, this guy is a joke.
The Forest, Red Orchestra, Star Citizen, Natural Selection, Mount & Blade, Chivalry, ARMA
And that doesn't at all invalidate a list of console exclusives. Don't know why you'd think it would. Guess your brain is wired like JB's above: wrong.
@JBSleek LOL that's not even a fully working emulator! Not only that it's piracy! Did you actually try to use that as an argument? You only made yourself look worse XD.
For me, the biggest reason aside from the obvious is 3D for any game using Tridef and then there's the almighty Steam.
PC negatives: - Cost - The need to upgrade for certain titles. - The need to be PC literate. - Patching broken games, sometimes to a point you're doing the devs job. As many times as this subject has been touched upon, the expectation of PC gamers that *everyone* should be PC gamers, that everything should be on PCs and not consoles, there is just an unwillingness on the part of "the PC master race" to comprehend that not everyone wants to deal with the issues of PC gaming.
PC misconceptions 101 -Cost... PC gaming is cheaper than console gaming in the long run. We don't pay for online, we pay for cheaper software, better marketplace with sales. You will make up the PC initial cost with cheaper software. I'll take a higher initial cost over. -Need to upgrade for certain titles... You mean how console gamers have to upgrade to PS4 and Xbox One for better games? -Need to be PC literate...Sure, but is that truly difficult. I assume if you are a PC gamer you have some sort of secondary schooling with enough common sense. Your last point is valid. I concede.
However the upgrade is 400 dollars for the next 8 years, now I'm not sure how expensive PC upgrading is over that time, but 400 isn't bad to me. NGL I'm building my first gaming PC this holiday season, and the only thing that's turned me off of PC is the arrogance and initial cost. Why can't we agree that it's preference? THE INDUSTRY NEEDS BOTH.
You say misconceptions, I say blind spot which PC game defenders will never realize - especially when its pointed out.
@HaydoThePotato Your sweeping statements are untrue and misguided. I'm a 37 year old with a good job and a decent disposable income. I don't need a parent to buy my hardware, I'm a parent myself, and I can afford my own hardware well enough. I don't need to upgrade to play the latest games that came out, the last upgrade I made was a GTX 670 which I bought in January last year for 180 odd quid, I sold the graphics card I had for 100 pounds and so it only cost me £80 in the end. The last upgrade I had before that was the processor and the motherboard, it barely cost me anything once I had sold the parts I replaced them with. I can play most games that come out at near to maximum settings, and in worse cases they still perform much better than on current consoles. Pc gaming is cost effective, it's not expensive and these lies that get told by people such as yourself are laughable. Please, try not to spread crap around, it makes you look bad.
The reason why consoles do not need upgrades is because they aren't pushed as hard as the PC version because there are no settings to max out. If you compare AC or other cross titles, they look miles ahead on PC. PC could lower the requirements of any title by simply turning down the specs so then we could play a similar quality to the ps4 version but at significantly higher fps. It all depends on what you're looking for. But PC isn't necessarily known for turning down the requirements lol I know teens that can handle PC gaming so although it does appear scary, it is really not that difficult. The cost up front can be cheap or significant depending on what kind of quality you want. You can go for something cheap and still get something better looking than consoles but even cheap PCs tend to be more expensive than consoles but definitely not by a wide margin and trust me when I tell you, the cheap PC games more than make up for the price difference. Some devs do suck like ubisoft but most devs are actually really good. Obviously there are different PC configurations so it's tough to maximize the potential of all of them so patches are needed. You do have to admit that console gaming is getting close to PC gaming with the issues you mentioned. For example, there is hard drive failure on consoles and replacing a hard drive is very PC. Also, patches hit consoles all the time now. It's a way of gaming now because games are super complex. And paying that 60 dollar price tag is outrageous for games. Console gaming is anything but cheap.
"You do have to admit that console gaming is getting close to PC gaming with the issues you mentioned." Because PC devs are now the majority of game makers. From the NES era to mid PS2 JP devs dominated console gaming, worked within the limits of what they were given, then with MS and the first Xbox PC devs came in and brought their baggage with them. Demanded better hardware to work with. Don't mean to make that last past insulting, but just can't think of any civil way to put it.
Godmars, I agree! The more resources devs have, the better things can be made. It's funny because now Ps4 fans know how it feels. The feel multiplats are held back by the one and they might be right.
Um, no. Pretty much the exact opposite of what's going on. Games like Skyrim, GTA and COD are often bug riddled despite the amount or resources supposedly dedicated to them. Aliens: Colonial Marines was literally sold on one version and released as another of far lower quality. Even something as highly regarded as the Last of US.
God mars, so you mean to tell me that the more complex games get the most they need patching? What a shocker. Lol devs aren't perfect and I would much prefer them to make the most out of the hardware and actually support their game with fast fixes than to not even try. It's pretty obvious that more resources lead to even more complex programming and designing but that is why patches exist.
Better to be able to patch a broken game on PC than having a broken game on console and can't do anything about it. The need to be PC literate? Putting together a PC is like putting lego pieces together. Its not hard. Getting games on it isn't hard either. Building a rig isn't as hard as people think it is.
I have to say that every time I buy a game (old or new) it takes me roughly 2 hours to get it working right. Some games, such as Diablo 1 and Fallout 2, I couldn't fet to run right. They were all washed out. In spite of this, I've used my pc almost exclusively for the last 3 years. i figure if i spent the money on a gaming rig, i should use it. Not to say i wouldn't enjoy the console exclusives, I just haven't felt compelled to play them.
I am not a PC gamer. I am not a console gamer. I am just a game. If someone games on a consoles or PC I couldn't care less, because for me it doesn't matter. What should matter is that we enjoy the games we have and the service that are provided to us by the platform that we choose. And btw what this article says we already know about, it doesn't bring something new.
You're a game?!
It's almost like you get what you pay for!
1. Better Hardware, Better Visuals and Faster Frame Rate That's true however relating to your analogy, the reason we don't have a Ferrari and have a Ford Focus is because of price. As of right now there isn't any PC that can be made that is priced at the same cost of a PS4 and performs better.
The price argument is just bad: The console initial price is better then a pc but, You got to pay 50-60$ a year just to play online, the games are usually 10-30$ more expensive. If you add this up 400$ for online and 300-400$ more a year for games well the pc price just disappear and it's actually cheaper in the long run.
Games being "10-30$" more expensive on consoles is a huge misconception anymore. Almost all big releases cost exactly the same as consoles. While the yearly fee sucks you do get games that you can play with you subscription. Why can't some people freely admit PC gaming is more expensive? It should be, as its better technology.
The triple A games that often bring prior to buy consoles are often the same price on the PC upon initial release. Sure you can save on services like steam, and I'm not saying this will disprove your argument, but you can save money with discounts and free games on psn and Xbox live. What I am saying though is the math isn't that simple and price may vary. We all know PC has better graphics and sweet mods. I was jelly of the macho man mod on skyrim. I knew the plus side of PC gaming and still went console. It's all about simplicity. Consoles are a purchase that is simple. You don't need to think. You know it will work out of the box with little to no assembly or research. More work (again, its disputable how much work is indeed necessary) is needed for the great PC experience. But why go through that work when consoles are simple and with no learning curve (learning curves are a case by case basis upon the individual). It's why people smoke when they know it's bad. It's hard to quit. Its simple to stick with it. And at the end of the day we choose what would make us the most comfortable and happy. Why begrudge us that? Enjoy your obviously better PC. While I enjoy my console. We all know PC is better and that's why most of our comments aren't bashing PC. We are defending the credibility of a console. Maybe one day I might make the jump. But until then I am happy with something I can play with my kids and tech illiterate friends.
"Why can't some people freely admit PC gaming is more expensive? It should be, as its better technology." I'm very certain that I spent way more on my PS3 in the long run, acquiring games, than I did on my PC. As in, a short time, I acquired a huge PC library (that I get to keep and is forwards compatible) for not a lot of money compared to what I spent with PS3 and got way less games out of it. The PS3 experience was more expensive within the same time frame. And that's back when PSN was free. If you are talking about the buy-in cost of the platforms, of course PC is more expensive. But who just does that?
You're using the worse case scenario for the console and what price range PC are you comparing them to? Your price on console games for a year is assuming that you buy every game at launch and every game was $60. Wait a month or 2 and the price drops like $10-$20 plus there are retail console games that launch at $40 - $50. Not every console require or console game requires an online fee. Realistically people spend less money on console gaming than what you make it out to be.
@Mr Tretton "If you are talking about the buy-in cost of the platforms, of course PC is more expensive. But who just does that?" Nobody of course but who just buys old releases? I imagine most people look forward to new games just as much if not more than old games. Which is my point, New games cost almost always the same between ALL platforms.
finals, if COST is the issue here, then one has no business being a 'DAY 1! DAY 1!' buyer. I wait for sales for most games. Whether back with console or now with PC. The sales come faster on PC with cheaper prices.