Why the PC is not better than the Console

Why the PC is not better than the Console


For all the PC only gamers out there I have news for you, the PC is not better than the Console.  Now before you scream for my head and call me a blasphemous gamer hear me out.  I truly believe that neither platform is better or worse than the other and this never more evident to me than with this year’s E3.

PCs Rule The biggest argument for why the PC is better is that it can play any game without having to purchase the new machine when it comes out, like you do for a console.  However, that is actually false.  If you think about technology for PC games moves on just like it does for console gaming, sometimes at a faster rate.  If you purchase a pre-assembled PC from your local store, within 6-12 months something is outdated; whether that is the sound card, graphics card, whatever.  As the newer PC games come out your old hardware won’t work with the new game and you have to upgrade at the very least that particular component to play the game.  Depending on what you choose, this could cost a lot of money.

Xbox OneConsoles aren’t much different but it takes longer for the upgrade to come out, especially with the last round of consoles.  It’s been ten years since the Xbox 360 hit shelves and that’s a really long time by console standards.  In the instance of the console, you have to upgrade the entire machine at once to play the new games, and sometimes you lose the ability to play the old games.  Initially, purchasing the newest console might seem to cost more but in the long run, it isn’t.

Despite these facts, both mediums are still purchased and played upon.  Neither of these systems has an advantage over the other because of this; and don’t say that you can play any game on a PC but need a certain console for some games because there are a few which are console specific.  Now the one argument that PC gamers can win, is that the graphics tend to be better on a PC but again if your graphics card is old, that may not be the case anymore.


Diane
Diane
I have been a gamer for over 20 years and a writer for longer than that. I was a gamer before it was "ok" for girls to play games. My preference is RPG's over everything else but I also like fighting games, action, adventure, sims, platform, puzzle, and casual games.
218 comments
PCMasterRace
PCMasterRace

"I truly believe that neither platform is better or worse than the other and this never more evident to me than with this year’s E3"

You wan to talk about E3? How about the fact that microsoft heavily relied on high-end spec PCs because of the under-performing hardware the xbox had? 
" If you purchase a pre-assembled PC from your local store, within 6-12 months something is outdated" 
At this point no-one should keep reading. Nothing is outdated within 6-12 months but your consoles, infact they were outdated the moment they were released.
"
whether that is the sound card, graphics card, whatever"

Ok, now you're seriously pulling shit out of your ass.
This article is nothing but a pile of words put together by an ignorant person. There is nothing more wrong, stupid or biased than this, and it is for that reason that I won't even continue to waste my time. That goes for everyone else.

ampish
ampish

Yea, this is the stupidest thing I have ever read. It could not be more wrong on every level. It makes no fucking sense. Like the ps4 and xbone hardware doesn't magically get better over it's life. If my pc has better specs now it always will and at the same resolution and graphical settings it will always outperform the console. This is the part anyone who says console gaming is better doesn't understand. Just look at titanfall. For $500 I can play it at 792p at a measly 45fps, where as for $500 I could get well in the 75+ fps range at 792p. Even at 900p you would see an improvement. It isn't until 1080p that the framerate at this pricepoint would match. Only here's the thing, at 1080p it's rendering almost DOUBLE the number of pixels every second. Do some research please.

Jose
Jose

Soundcard? Really?


This post is the most ridiculous thing I've seen so far.

Betterthanyou
Betterthanyou

Gamer for over 20 years?  You couldn't get any more full of shit if you tried.  You should quit writing as soon as possible before you make yourself look even fucking dumber.   Considering my rig runs games better than next-gen consoles with a 7 year-old cpu just proves you are a fucking moron who has no idea what she's talking about.  Get back in the kitchen, ya fat ugly cunt.

PubstarHero
PubstarHero

Ha. Ha. Ha.  " within 6-12 months something is outdated; whether that is the sound card,"  Stopped reading right there.  You obviously know nothing about hardware, so stop speaking on the matter.

The Sandman
The Sandman

ha ha ha ha ha ha ho ho ho ho, man you are really tripping, please tell me where you get that stuff because i really would like some.......


mushroom guy.

rsc
rsc

this guy is a idiot first off your only changing hardware every year if you want to play AAA games a complete maxed out graphics or triple screens, 3d ect. and most of the time if you got a top tear card you can max out most games for a couple of years. Second most games can still be played on 8-10 year old hardware, granted at lower settings but still. Third games always look better (except for a few older crappy ports) on pc and a few are jaw droopingly better on pc if you have the hardware like the witcher 2 skyrim batman arkham city-orgins ect. Fourth AAA games on console are almost always $60 even a few years old, were on PC as long as your patient you get the same game almost always for less. For example steam is always having sales midweek every holiday and there for new AAA games. I have never paid 60 for a pc game, skyrim $20, bioshock 1 and 2 $20, bioshock infinite  $15.99, sleeping dogs $40, battelfied 3 $10, battlefield 4 $29.99 the list goes on and on my collection is up to 80. I have a very expensive PC $1,800  sounds ridiculous right? raaaaw raaaw raaaw see pc's are crazy expensive see no one can afford them you have to spend so much money bla bla bla. WRONG!!!!!!!!! You don't have to you can build a good one for gaming that's a little better performance then consoles and upgradable for $600-750 even a ok one for 500. People really get into it and that's why they end up spending the kin of money that I did and most of that cost isn't in the gaming hardware. Also he mentioned buying a prebuilt above, well most pre build's are rip offs and most people that are into pc gaming are into hardware too. Ok so the 80 games I mentioned above. If I were to buy a PS4 and 80 games that would ring in at 5,200. The same exact games on pc plus the hardware 4,200 so yea I just deflated your cost analysis of pc gaming. Now there's nothing wrong with consoles if you like specific first party games or not that tech savvy ( even though pc's and pc gaming has come leaps and bounds in recent years with making it easier and less trouble frree with clients like steam and orgin that download and install everything for you including direct x and open GL except for you gpu drivers) there are still glitch's form time to time  but guess what there are just as many on console, but you can find a work around on pc most of the time were as console your out of luck till they patch it. I know it sounds like im bashing consoles but that's not my intention. I'm just saying the reasons above that he gave are crap and he obviously doesn't have a gaming pc or he does and is just starting trouble on purpose. I could go on and on and on about pc but the fact is everyone's needs are different and consoles definitely have there perks too, just don't give garbage reasons.

5760x1080
5760x1080

Surround sound gaming offers a much more visceral experience, no console offers this... Yes its quite a bit more expensive, but if you want the best experience well sucks to be poor.  

jakebertz
jakebertz

You don't really "need" to upgrade a computer more often than a console. You could realistically play any xbox 360 port on a PC with specs equivalent to that of a PC that came out when the xbox 360 was released. You just wouldn't be able to do it at the blistering framerates and glutenous graphics that most PC gamers tend to run at.

JonLachonis
JonLachonis

I'm sitting in front of a liquid cooled 4+ghz processor, sli powered, SSD fed, 32GB of ram, Double PLS Monitored BEAST that would drink your console's milkshake.  And my PC isn't really that bad ass... play Ghosts at 2560x1440 with everything jacked up and your console will look like a digital watch from 1978. Full disclosure:  I love consoles too, there is a convenience factor and reliability factor that can't be ignored.  For those willing to invest the cash, the PC offers the best graphics and game play mechanics.  To disagree is to call the sun the moon.

Mooncalfian
Mooncalfian

Backwards compatibility and emulation to infinity VS companies who try to re-sell you the same game over and over again. End of argument.

Jack Burton
Jack Burton

It's hard to explain to someone what they are missing in a Filet Mignon when they've eaten cheeseburgers their whole lives.


The PC is better simply because of the level of choice in all aspects:


01. The level of configurability

02. MODS

03. The level of personal customization... and personal preference.

04. Multiplayer games = Dedicated servers

05. Dedicated server configurability to customize the player's experience.

06. More titles

07. Choose your own VoIP solution... complete with customization options

08. Keyboard and Mouse

09. No Auto-Aim

10. Less Teenagers


There is more... 


If you PREFER the console... then more power to you... but if you played PC games instead of console... you'd actually have more power.

Tony613
Tony613

This article compares consoles to pc's like comparing a Volkswagen Beetle to a Ferrari Enzo or Bugati Varon.

Then saying the Volkswagen is "better" because you really like the back seats or the rear passenger doors. 


Happy 2014!


Inviktus
Inviktus

I've never encountered a game that wouldn't run because of my soundcard. (who uses soundcards anyway?)

This article is just plain wrong. At the very worst, out dated hardware will make the game run slow, which as others have pointed out, can be worked around by adjusting the settings.


The scenario the author uses here where you can't run a game until you upgrade a certain piece of hardware is just absurd.

Sugalean
Sugalean

A lot of strat games are not made for consoles. So the PC is the way for those gamers. To me that is the biggest difference.

DonFerrari
DonFerrari

The comments on this page have gotten out of hand. This is exactly the reason why this type of article should be avoided completely.


This is supposed to be a hobby, not a lifestyle. The comments here are getting vile and it's absurd.


I'm done. Nothing I've said since I found this article is making any difference. But these comments make me happy that I'm retired from all of this nonsense.

betterdevil
betterdevil

It's kind of ridiculous that Diane thinks new games won't scale down for an older graphics card. Sure, you might not get the advanced particle physics, complex shaders, 12X anisotropic filtering or whatever they come up with next, but you can still play the games. And if you've bought a gaming rig within the last five years you can pretty much guarantee that it will look better than the PS3 or 360. Also, Steam Sales. My God the glorious Steam Sales.

Metamo
Metamo

PC has no JRPGs and therefore sucks.

butthurt console pesant
butthurt console pesant

@PCMasterRace  I like how your name is "PCMasterRace". And when he says outdated he means there are newer, better versions of the hardware, i doubt there is better xbox when xbox one was released.

PCMasterRace
PCMasterRace

@Betterthanyou  Probably a console gamer...

ur mem
ur mem

@Betterthanyou She has no idea what she's talking about but you don't have to be a dick about it

Continous
Continous

Well they are outdated. But not even an eighth as bad as the sorry consoles that get new iterations only after 2+ years

butthurt console pesant
butthurt console pesant

@rsc  "most games can still be played on 8.10 year old hardware"? My pc was 1000€ 3 years ago and can barely play the most recent games. Yeah maybe a hardware that was bought with over 3 grand can last for 10 years, but no common gamer has them. Don't get me wrong i play with my pc, but i just hate these "master race". I just play the exclusives with consoles.

butthurt console pesant
butthurt console pesant

@5760x1080  Most people can't afford these high end PC-rigs you are right. And then most people buy consoles so developers will make the games for consoles. Also because there is a lot of pirating for PC, think about witcher 2, 1 million bough, 3 million pirated, developers don't like spending money and time with DRM.

Continous
Continous

In all fairness those digital watches were quite snazzy.

Mooncalfian
Mooncalfian

@Jack Burton A lot of those things are just preferences. Keyboard an mouse is only better for about half of all game genres, and auto aim is only bad if you don't like it.

Continous
Continous

@Inviktus  I prefer having a soundcard with any stereo setup that has more than 2 channels because of the surround emulation and DSP that can be done.

Zoop
Zoop

@betterdevil Erased comments don't work on this site. I get it in my email anyways.


So let's address what you said, since you know you fucked up the moment you wrote it:


"Betterdevil said: Activision? Might want to use a different company there bud, these are the same people that put the Guitar Hero franchise in the ground and are doing the exact same thing to COD. Failure to innovate leads to stagnant, repetitive schlock."


Ah, I love when gamers from the 90's sound off on shit they know nothing about.


Activision started because of disgruntled employees from Atari wanting to have credit for the games they designed. They went on to release some of the best games the 2600 every saw. Atari tried to sue Activision. Atari lost.


Activision eventually moved to the PC, releasing some of the best games PC released. Did you know Activision did fantastic point-and-click RPG's? Well, you do now.


They are now one of the largest third party publisher in the world and one of the strongest developers.


A few mistakes in the 34 years they have been in the industry is more than expected. Educate yourself.

Averre
Averre

@betterdevil

I have no idea why I am getting response from this site to my email account. I am not Diane nor have I posted on this website before today.

If somebody is using my email address... I would like to know who they are.



pakleglia
pakleglia

@MetamoWHo the hell likes JRPGs anyway?

jakebertz
jakebertz

@JonLachonis @jakebertz That is exactly what I mean. The hardware specs of the xbox 360 aren't all that impressive. 3.2ghz tricore processor, 512mb ram. Try running something like Skyrim on that, on ultra, you'd probably melt the thing going more than a couple FPS. But you throttle back the graphics, optimize the port for that specific hardware, and BOOM, you got a working game.

Jack Burton
Jack Burton

@Mooncalfian @Jack Burton  You misunderstand. A PC is the ultimate "choice" platform and supports all preferences. A PC allows you to choose between a gamepad, a joystick, a mouse/keyboard, or even the oculus rift... http://www.oculusvr.com/ . Or all of them at once. 


It's endless with a PC. A Console confines you to whatever it supports, which usually costs 3x the price, and then tries to tell you it's the greatest platform ever.


It's a cheeseburger, Moon. It's not a steak.


This is all marketing. A console IS a PC. It's just not upgradeable, overclockable, and doesn't support the sheer number of games that a PC does.


I know it's confusing... but you have to wrap your mind around what a console actually is and what they say it is.


They are selling you a PC with hardware nobody would buy in a computer store... and the reason you buy it is because it says "Xbox" or "Playstation" on the side.


Blue-Ray and streaming makes it more realistic but it's still just a cheeseburger.


XBOX One: 


CPU: 8 Core AMD custom CPU - AMD? AMD is a budget CPU. Why wouldn't they go with the Intel i7? Because it's a cheeseburger.


RAM: 8 Gigs of DDR3 - This was standard 2 years ago. Cheeseburger


Storage: 500 GB HDD - Under $60.00 from any retailer.


I'm just trying to analyze what a PC gives you vs. a console... and it's not even close.


VALUE is a PC.

Inviktus
Inviktus

@Continous @Inviktus  I don't know if you're aware of this, but all onboard soundcards are more than 2 channels. Mine is 7.1, but the speaker setup I own is only 5.1 surround.

betterdevil
betterdevil

@Zoop

Wow, who gives a flying fuck what they did ten or twenty years ago? Atari used to be king of the hill, where are they now? You still failed to address the fact that they ARE driving the COD franchise into the ground. What games have they released lately that are new IP? Oh wait, they do have Angry Birds: Star Wars. Cabella Big Game Hunter. Skylanders. Destiny. Anything innovative? No, because Bobby Kotick has said that he doesn't really give a shit about the games, he cares about how much they make. Educate myself? Please, I know plenty. Maybe you should stop acting like such a know-it-all smartass and stop trolling comment sections. Merry Christmas.

DonFerrari
DonFerrari

@Averre The only way someone could be using your email is if you made it so embarrassing simple that anybody could guess it or you have a friend or colleague using your email address.


My suggestion is to delete the email address and think of something more secure. Or you could just hit unsubscribe.

Continous
Continous

@pakleglia  Besides, most JRPGs I know of have a PC port or can be emulated. I don't really see the issue.

JonLachonis
JonLachonis

@PubstarHero @JonLachonisDitto.  Not it isn't dated, both camps have their supporters for sure.
 But anyways, I apologize if I seemed hostile... it all started as good natured ribbing. I promise. ;)


PubstarHero
PubstarHero

@JonLachonis @PubstarHero  My consoles are only around for fighting games and JRPGs.  I do most of my gaming on my PC.  I also haven't made a custom loop system in ages (I use an H100i right now), but the general consensus when liquid cooling started rising in early 2000s was to use something like mineral oil in your system, so my knowledge appears to be dated.

JonLachonis
JonLachonis

@PubstarHero @JonLachonis

Mineral Oil and non-conductive stuff is for noobs. Go to TomsHardware or similar 'respected' tech sites and say what you just said, and prepare to be laughed off the board.  All of that 'non-conductive' stuff has a high heat retention property, which is what you don't want. AND it can still ruin your PC.  Distilled water is 'barely' conductive, doesn't hold heat effectively, and moves faster. Plain old DW with no fancy 'dyes', some silver and you're good to go.


By comparison, I've cooled with water for over 4 years and lost no computers.  You've lost 6 consoles doing god knows what...  do the math.


But getting back to the original argument:  PC's kick Consoles asses in relability, power, resolution, framerate, you name it; I still use my consoles for games specific to those platforms and I kind of like not having to maintain the SOB's.

PubstarHero
PubstarHero

@JonLachonis I had launch models of both consoles.  They were known to have overheating issues, which is exactly why they all died.

And nobody water cools.  Its liquid cooling.  You use a non conductive fluid like Mineral Oil in the system.

JonLachonis
JonLachonis

@pubstarhero .... um, by watercooling they don't mean pour a bottle of water over the console. lol.  J/K, but your luck is very suspect. :D

SunderPrime
SunderPrime

@Jack Burton @Mooncalfian  

This article shows a complete lack of research. More often than not, I find people boasting about compatibility & mod-ability (as Burton already mention), GFX and Frame Rates more often than "we don't have to change systems as regularly", lol. 

SunderPrime
SunderPrime

@Jack Burton @Mooncalfian 

Agree on all counts save one. AMD USED to be a budget CPU. More often than not nowadays, I find AMD reaching the same level as INTEL or higher for less money. It's not always true but it is true regularly. 

I wouldn't call AMD "budget" anymore, I'd call it "value for money". To be honest, nowadays I think the Intel/AMD argument has become more of a "whichever floats your boat" debate, far more so than the XBOX/PS debate.

Another key point is that, in an interview, Intel admitted that Microsoft came to them first for the Xbox One but where supposedly turned down since they had too much on their plate currently... up to everyone to decide if that "admission" is real or a load of it but there you have it.

Continous
Continous

@Inviktus @Continous  I'm aware of this, but few, if any, feature surround sounds emulation technologies like EAX and Dolby Surround, and that is the reason I like them. Along with the fact many have built-in DSP managers.

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