Gamers have been arguing for years over this matter. Is PC gaming better than console gaming? Please note that everything in this article is completely factual and correct at the time of writing.
First of all, the most common argument console gamers will use is that they can’t use a keyboard and mouse, or they don’t want to for gaming. You know what? That’s fine. Because if you buy lets say an Xbox 360 or an Xbox One controller, you can plug it straight into your computer and you can play your games with a controller. And if you use a keyboard and mouse, you’ll get used to it very quickly. The fact is, keyboard and mouse are better for FPS games. It may take you a long while to actually get used to them, but because of the freedom of the mouse and the sensitivity, a mouse is simply a better tool for FPS games like Call Of Duty and Battlefield.
Another popular argument is that console gamers want to sit on their sofa and play games, not sit at a desk with a smaller monitor. Well guess what? You can do that too! Just plug your PC into the HDMI socket of your TV, just like you do with your console, it’s really not hard.
Then there’s exclusives… I’m ever so tired of hearing about this one. Okay. If you’re a hardcore Halo fan, which I’m not, you can buy yourself an Xbox. If you really want to try out The Last Of Us, get yourself a PS4. Think Skate 3 is awesome? Great, grab an Xbox 360. If you really want to play a game that is exclusive to console (Double check first as most console games are on PC, too) then get a console! Simple as that. But here’s the thing that makes my blood boil…
PC has thousands and thousands of more exclusive titles than console. Yes, it’s true! For example, Amnesia, Arma 3, Killing Floor, The Binding Of Isaac, Guild Wars 2, Postal 2, World of Warcraft and countless more. A lot more than console exclusives. PC just has hundreds and thousands of more games than console.
Now we’re getting into the argument a bit deeper. Graphical capability. PC can handle more. There’s no doubt about it, it can play games at a higher standard. Not just texture graphics, but framerate and resolution as well. With PC, you can play games up to 4K resolution and a much higher framerate. For example, Grand Theft Auto V on console is locked at 30 frames per second, and even drops down lower sometimes. With PC, you can play GTA up to 60 frames. So it will run a lot smoother and faster than in would on console.
Let’s talk a bit about multi-tasking. With PC, you could play 2 or 3 games at a time depending on the amount of RAM your PC has. You can also minimize a game instantly and just open up Google Chrome and do a quick Google in a flash. You can also get more than just one monitor, so you can do lots of stuff at the same time. PC is easier to use.
Another phrase I hear console gamers say a lot is “I can’t build a PC”. First of all, you don’t have to build a PC. You can pick one from the shelf or order one online and just plug and play, like a console. Quick and easy. It is cheaper to build a PC and I would recommend doing so as it isn’t as hard as you probably think it is. A lot of console gamers tell me that the PC is stupid and it has to have a CPU and RAM. Please… Console has a CPU and RAM, it has mostly all the parts a PC has.
PC’s are upgradable. You don’t have to, but at any time you could open up your PC, put some more fans in, change your CPU, change you graphics card, get a bigger hard drive and so on. So many people say to me that they don’t want to upgrade all the time. You don’t have to, it’s only if you want to play newer games at a higher standard than console. Upgrading isn’t difficult nor is it expensive. All you have to do is sell the component that you’re going to replace and use that money and a little more extra money to buy a better component as a replacement. Just put it in how it was before, pretty simple.
Mods. Ahh, mods. How can you not love them? Yes, I know. There are certain mods and certain ways you can get them on console. But there are barely any mods on console, and putting mods on a console is insanely difficult compared to putting mods easily onto a PC game. This is another excellent reason why PC is better than console gaming.
Next on the list, aha! Cheaper games! Yes, that’s right! With Steam and Origin sales every day, you’d be able to grab some games for about 80% cheaper then they would be on console. You can grab some really great games like Half-Life 2 for less than a dollar. You can even buy Steam games on the internet by using activation keys. Sites like Humble Bundle and Bundle Stars do cheap bundles, so you could pay a couple of dollars for 10 or 20 great games.
No online fees! There are no extra fees for playing online with PC, it’s 100% free. A huge benefit!
“Yeah but PC’s are massive and take up too much space” What? I’m sorry, how about you pick up this tiny Alienware Alpha PC for just £498.99 plus free games?
So yeah. Get yourself a PC.