Console gaming has a lot going for it. While elite hardcore gaming will always be the domain of PC Gaming, casual party gaming is the domain of the Consoles. There are a few more areas we need to discuss where Console gaming has a leg up above PC gaming.
This is the top 5 reasons Console gaming is better than PC gaming:
5. Trade-In Market
There is no reasonable trade-in market for PC games because the industry assumes that you pirated the game, so they collectively devalue any used PC gamed explicitly.
This is not true of Console games because they’re so difficult to pirate and you need a Modded console to even use the copies. Quite frankly, if you have the skills to pirate console games, then you have the skills to find the game images on the Internet so you probably aren’t going to buy them in the first place.
While some might argue that the trade-in market is an industry scam because they devalue used games close to 10% of new purchase price, and you’d be right… but it’s still greater than 0% and therefore a point over PC games.
4. First Release and Exclusive Content
There are whole game franchises that are exclusive to Consoles that never see the light of day on PCs. A few examples are Halo, Gran Turismo, Killzone, God of War, and Fable. While the quality of these games can be debated ad infinitum, they’re still a big bonus to the console side.
Edit: Oops, I meant to say newly released on XBOX because you PC mofo’s don’t get it until July 26th. My bad.
3. Big Screen Home Theater
Of course one of the main attractions for console gaming is being able to play with your friends on your home theater sitting on your sofa. This is what they were designed for. To have a similar experience on a PC would be complicated and really not the same since nothing about PC gaming is designed for more than one player on the same game on a sofa.
Console gaming is house party gaming, no way around this.
2. Consistent Game Experience
One of the bigger wins for console gaming is a consistent experience. You know that no matter what game you get, it will work on your system since the games are fine tuned just for the specific console hardware. There’s no variation within each console, so there’s no deviation from the same performance.
Yes, fine tuning means a lesser graphical experience when compared to the PC, but there’s no doubt you’re going to be playing the game out of the box rather than looking for a new video card to buy, or for some new drivers to install from nVidia / AMD.
1. It’s Cheap
The #1 reason Console gaming is better than PC gaming is Cost. Compared to the cost of entry for PC Gaming, Console games are dirt cheap.
There’s no way in hell you’ll be able jump into PC gaming for less than $900 for an entry level gaming rig.
To get the ultimate behemoth of gaming rigs with all the bells and whistles, you’re easily dropping at least $2,000.
I think it’s pretty clear that when it comes to casual gaming where you know the games are going to work without worrying about your gaming rig, Console game is by far superior to PC gaming.
Being a Console gamer will never make you Elite, but you’re never going to break out a PC at a party unless you’re a geek. Consoles will always be the life of every non-geek party.
Personally, I am a geek. LAN parties are awesome and you would never break out a console there. But when partying with non-geeks (mundanes), I break out the XBOX and it brings the awesomeness to a new level.