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Console vs PC: Which should you buy?

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Setting the Stage The debate on which platform is best for gaming has been raging since the beginning of time....of gaming.
The Rules of Debate Be nice. I've seen people get heated over this topic and that is not what I'm looking for here. This is more than a debate about what platform is "better." In some ways you can prove this on paper but in many others it remains entirely subjective. I'd really like to hear what you enjoy gaming on, and why.

I'll Start...
For me, I'm an avid enough gamer, with time really being the restricting factor when it comes to how much/many games I play. I also game on multiple platforms, both PC and XBOX.
For me, gaming is all about the time online with family and friends. I move enough that I have lots of friends and family that live all over the place. I'm also not the guy that's going to call you up and ask how you are doing, even if you're my brother haha. I will however jump into a game of Battlefield on XBOX with the main intention of catching up in a party chat, and maybe having a few only-in-Battlefield moments along the way. My little brother and I have kept up via console party chat for years, we even got my pops an XBOX and a few games just so we could talk to him every once in a while (again, not the phone type). I think the main draw of consoles these days is the accessibility. You don't have to do much research. You don't have to make a budget and piece anything together. You even have brick and mortar stores that still heavily cater just to console gamers where you can ask questions. Accessibility is a huge plus in my book.
PC Gaming on the other hand is an entirely different beast for me. It is a much more selfish hobby in my case. For me, the planning, research, and execution of building a PC was the main draw of owning a gaming PC, not the gaming itself. Some folks build models or exquisite wood furniture, others build hot rods, I build computers (and keyboards).
Beyond the build, there are a few benefits to PC Gaming that I've experienced. There is of course the graphics, not only in resolution, but in frame rate. For me gaming at 144hz is the only thing I truly love about PC gaming over console gaming (console always looks choppy to me if I directly move from one to the other). Furthermore I've found that games are generally much cheaper on PC, much thanks to Steam sales and HumbleBundle. Still, just based on how I choose to spend my time, generally selecting to be more social if I'm going to play games, I tend to play console more often than PC just because gaming alone just isn't a heap of fun to me.
So what would I personally conclude?
Well, really it just comes down to the fact that I'll play games where my friends play games and enjoy each platform for much different reasons.
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PC is great because you can maintain a vast digital library and there's no risk of losing your games generation to generation. That being said, one major draw back is the lack of couch-coop/party games. It's just not as easy. I recently bought a Nintendo Switch which is a great fit for that especially that the joycons can serve as two separate controllers when needed.
Console be S U C C, pc be no S U C C!1!!1!!!
PC has more customization, more game selection, cheaper game selection, no subscription fees to play online (with some exceptions of course), more power to run better graphics at higher resolutions and frame rates. In all regards PC is better in almost every single aspect. Really the list list can go on and on for why PC is better. I have an Xbox one that my friend passed on to me. Had a lot of great times on it too. Later on I built him a low spec computer for about the same price as a new Xbox or ps4. Needless to say he hasn’t touched console since. If someone prefers simplicity and youre not the least bit tech savvy , then console is the way to go. The only thing Xbox or PS4 has over pc are the console exclusives. For all I know there could be a way to emulate or get those on PC, it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s possible, but I can’t say for sure. A PC is a console on steroids. In every regard it’s better. If you could only choose one of the three, it’s the most sensible option. I do have a lot of friends that are on PS4s. Some of them tell me to go get one so I can get plugged in with them... but for the most part I’ve already played dang near all the games except the exclusives. It’s not feasible to go out and spends hundreds of dollars on a ps4 when I already have a PC. However if you don’t own any of them, going where your friends are is the best option. If I didn’t have anything, then I would go out and get a ps4 over a PC for the sake of playing with my friends. Is it the best way to spend that money? Not really. That is really the only factor I can think of why a console would be better than a Pc. You have some friends that own PCs too? Then that’s a no brainer .. ascend to greatness. Consoles are becoming more obsolete over the years. And I forgot to mention Nintendo as well which has some nice exclusives, but it really depends on how much money you have to blow. heck, you can even make your own games on a PC. This debate is just about a landslide towards PCs, that may of not been true a decade or two ago, but in this day and age, PC is the platform of all the platforms. Best of the best. And with smaller builds becoming more prominent, the big stereotypical huge bulky computer is becoming a thing of the past. Other than exclusives, consoles have nothing on PCs. If anyone thinks differently, then feel free to enlighten me.
If you're not gaming on both you're doing it wrong. You want to limit yourself? I couldn't care less.
If you're going to game on both there is no reason to get any console other than a PS4. They have great exclusives and there is literally nothing on XBOX that you can't play on PC. Maaaaybe if your friends only had XBOX and you had to play with them. In which case they also chose the wrong console lol.
I got a pc and a ps4, and one thing you mencion is true, on pc I am more of a selfish player also because of that I aint got much friends with pc. However I play most on pc, the graphics are just a big jump and if a new game comes out I rather buy it for the better system and that is the pc. But if you are a more casual gamer consider the fact that the console is just more simple, just take the controller lean back and power it up, an other aspect are games, most pc games come for console too but on ps4 you got also the exclusives ( Pd: I got the ps4 over the xbox because of the xclusives and all xbox games now come for pc) Enjoy gaming, sorry for my bad Englith
if youre a console peasant i have only one thing to say to you *takes deep breath* DING DONG YOUR OPINION IS WRONG
0Dark
summed up what i was going to say.
What we need, is a "console" that gets smart enough to hook into the power of Gaming PCs, while keeping the convenience and portability factor of the "console"... This is where "shadow gaming" is going to come in HUGE! And hopefully several groups will smartly plug into this. Imagine, a setup, where you can play with the consoles "interaction unit" which will look a lot like the Switch setup, only it will have every inch of the power of a full Gaming PC. Add in the option of being able to choose between running your own setup (and having little or no monthly costs) or taking the full Shadow gaming dive (which is currently looking at around 30 a month, but with no upfront costs, or worries about taking care of the system) THIS is going to be a big part of the future of gaming... ESPECIALLY VR GAMING, which I am incredibly excited for! TLDR; Why not both?!?
I use to be only a console gamer but started getting into watching streams a lot. I really got into watching PUBG streams and at that point it was only on pc and every streamer I watch was on pc so I made the leap and will never go back sure it’s a big upfront cost but so we’ll worth it in the end. I didn’t know what I was missing how well most games run how beautiful they look it was amazing and now with pc gaming on the rise and devs realizing that most streamers ect play mostly pc almost every game is for pc now. Plus with epic pushing the cross platform bridge and then giving that tech for free to anyone we will be seeing a lot more of Xbox PlayStation and pc gamers all playing as one.
windows 10 64bit PC 100% FTW
Emulation, of multi platform consoles on a pc! spend money getting your atari 2600 on your 120hz 4k flat screen, if money wasn't an option sure it could be done... but for those like me who want the older generational consoles games played on today's TVs without sacrificing quality and not having the physical hardware space involved with all of it. Piracy is bad mkay...own it then copy it. then mothball all of it in the attic, vault or cloak of invisibility. Emulation is fast af and costs very little. yesterday i got a i5-8400 8gb ram and a NVIDIA 1050-ti along with a couple of xbox one controllers, total cost under $600, to play arcade style "neo-geo" and capcom along with other lesser know cabinets and consoles. all the way up to x-box 360, and the Wii-U. now every game has the ability to play online with friends in the same room or across the globe. "and that's all i have to say about that"......
Console for me. I being able to have friends round and playing splitscreen. The price to performance ratio is much higher on console, even including paying for XB Live/PSN, because a lot of the cost is cancels out by the free games. Keyboard and Mouse support is coming/has come to consoles, and the games that I can only play on PC aren't demanding so i'm fine with playing them on my ultrabook. XBOX 4 EVER (unless PS4 becomes better)
kamicavi
I just want to say that it doesn't matter that kb & mouse support is coming to consoles (I can use any controller I want on my PC), consoles are just very far behind the curve. You cannot use the controllers of the other consoles or even of the last generation. Coming from someone who has owned and enjoyed Xbox's in the past the lack of the modular-ness that you get with the platform is just such a limiting factor to me. (I realize all of this now that I own a PC)
For me this really boils down to basic economics. Consoles have a low upfront (Captial) cost compared to PC, but with high reoccurring, incidental and software costs. This is the single biggest factor for most people when it comes to figuring out which system to buy for gaming. As a example, a console can be obtained with a capital investment between $300 - $600 dollars depending on system and accessories. A comparable PC will have a capital investment between $600 - $1100. After the initial purchase cost of a system the cost of ownership will also include paid online services (XBox Live, PSN etc) and software costs. These reoccurring costs are where consoles are at a distinct disadvantage. PC vs Console System Cost -- $600 - $1100 / $300 - $600 Online Service -- $0 / $60 per year New Release SW -- $40ea (33% Discount) / $60ea (Titles purchased within 3 months of release) Older Release SW -- $20ea (50% Discount) / $40ea (Titles purchases after 3 months of release) Assuming that 6 titles are purchased a year (1 title every 2 months), there is a SW and services cost delta of ~$180 between owning a console vs PC including the yearly online services fees. While this can be mitigated somewhat, by second hand SW purchases (Used games at GameStop), this is more the norm than the exception. In this case PCs end up matching console cost within 2-2.5 years and every year thereafter saves money. Obviously, any additional SW purchases only improves total cost of ownership for PC as the software cost delta is fairly consistent between PC/Console titles, especially if you are careful where and when SW is purchased. It is reasonable to expect to replace a console or PC every 5 years (Average console generational cycle and average PC upgrade cycle). If this is the case, total cost of ownership between the platforms are as follows: PC vs Console 5 Year TCO System Cost -- $600 - $1100 / $300 - $600 (Dependent on capital purchase choices) Online Services -- $0 / $300 Averaged SW Cost -- $900 / $1500 (Assuming 3 new release titles and 3 older titles a year) TCO -- $1500 - $2000 / $2000 - $2400 When calculating the total cost of ownership over a 5 year period, comparable system purchases will result in an averaged $80-$100 a year cost savings for PC meaning that a PC purchase will beat console cost by $400-$500 over that entire term when the system is in service. This is in addition to all the advantages that the relatively open platform on PC provides. This includes the ability to use ANY controllers or alternate input devices, shop multiple SW market places, stream games, emulate other systems and use the system for tasks other than just gaming. At the end of the day simple economics makes PC ownership a much easier pill to swallow than consoles. The only disadvantage to using a PC is the higher capital cost and inablilty to run console exclusive titles. That being said, these titles are few and far between and is mitigated somewhat by the substantially larger software library available on PC.
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Part of the reason I chose the numbers I did is to normalize the value equation. This drops out "Prosumers" who spend hundreds of $$$ every GPU product cycle and inter-generation console purchases. It also acts as a performance normalizer comparing a lower similar performing PC ($600) with older console HW (Original PS4 or XBox One) and a higher performing PC ($1100) with newer inter-generation console model (PS4 Pro, XBox One X). The proposition also assumes that only ONE console will be purchased in a gerational cycle and that other vendors consoles will not be purchased. This was done to give consoles the best chance at even being close to the value of a PC. If you must purchase many different systems during a cycle you already threw the economic benefit proposition out the window since TCO costs drastically increase each time an additional platform is added. Looking at the HW purchase as a upfront capital expense each generation instead of ongoing upgrade or iterative system replacement expenses is the only sane way to compare the two. For example, a prosumer who upgrades their GPU each release cycle will waste as much or more money than a console user who purchases each iteration of a console within a single console generation. This is why these types of buyers are not considered. This normalization can give us results that are absolutely valid as it will pertain to MOST consumers and drop out the ones that don't care how much they are spending on this hobby. You mention that gaming on either platform can be cheaper than I estimated. This is true and is estimated this way by design. I used standard pricing to give an averaged cost because steep discounts are only occasionally available. This is true for software (Games) as well as services and any reasonably discriminating buyer will know where and when to purchase to reduce costs for their platform of choice. You are making a case for the exception rather than for the rule. If you only purchase older games or only when games and services are on sale you are not the average consumer. I would also contend that discriminate purchasing can greatly lower costs regardless of platform and in the case of PC help to lower the upfront capital cost as well. On the issue of console exclusives I agree that there are some good titles only available on certain closed platforms. This is anti-consumer as it ties quality software to a specific vendors solution simply to Shepard people into buying their solution. While the ethics of this are up for debate, the fact of the matter is that there are far to many games on the market to care about a handful of exclusive titles. If only gaming on PC, you miss out on 2-4 quality exclusives a year while retaining access to the broadest possible range of games available including many that were only ever released on PC. You seem to take issue with the upfront and TCO numbers that were estimated based on a view that people can, under very specific circumstances, get things cheaper or choose to spend additional money during the life cycle of a product. Determining TCO based on average purchases is the only way to derive reasonable estimates for groups since most people don't spend much time digging up deals. This is an economic case which is entirely about PC vs Console value and quibbling about the occasional sale or buying habits of a minority of consumers does NOT change the fact that PC gaming tends to be cheaper over time for most people. Your other point of contention is that there are some good games that are only available on consoles. I find it hard to believe that most people would be willing to spend an additional $300-$500 TCO on a SINGLE platform to play 5-10 games in a generation. This is further exacerbated by the fact that there are at least 2 consoles (Playstation and Nintendo) that would need to be purchased to have access to all major exclusive titles making that cost balloon even further. This is especially egregious considering the incredible array of software available to PC gamers which including exclusives that are at a similar quality to the titles you used as your examples.
One other thing to highlight. You mentioned that 'Free' games are provided to people who purchase a console network service subscription. This is not really accurate. PSN and XBL will provided a limited use license to some older software titles which is only usable on an active subscription account. If you stop paying for PSN or XBL your access to these titles is revoked until you pay the piper again. This is NOT 'Free' as you never gain an ownership stake in the SW and access can be revoked at any time. It is more akin to a rental or lease membership where the proprietor determines what low value assets you are allowed to use and when they can be taken away. On PC, the closest analog would be something like Humble Monthly (Which admittedly costs more per month than PSN or XBL) except when you sign up any game licenses provided through the program are actually owned by you and don't require you to continue paying Humble Bundle for access. If monthly or yearly subscriptions are not your thing, standalone bundles can be purchased which largely duplicates the provided monthly subscription titles while providing more choice. In addition, the quality and number of monthly allotted games is significantly higher than what is rented / leased by either PSN or XBL. I don't think that 'Free' games with subscription services are a good deal since:
  1. You don't actually have a ownership license to a title, instead only a rental or lease for the duration of the subscription.
  2. You are unable to choose titles, or choose not to participate in a subscription, but still gain access to discounted bundles of software.
For this reason PC still the better economic option as there are NO service or subscription fees required for network play and the available software subscriptions are of better value as they don't require perpetual payment to retain access to the software.
PC for incremental upgrades, and never losing the ability to play older games you own. Console if you prefer plug-and-play gaming, and don't mind using multiple generations of equipment to be able to play your game library. PC games also have more settings, so you can have gorgeous graphics at 60fps or choose good graphics at 144+ fps. Consoles however have better optimization because the game developer can focus on one set of hardware. This is how the weaker hardware in a console manages to stay competitive with similarly priced gaming PCs. It's probably obvious I choose PC. I like having my entire game library on one powerful machine, and having the ability to upgrade its parts when it no longer handles new games as well as I would like it to.
Buying a PC means more customization so there is always room for improvement when games require better specs
The most fought war of all time. I think the consoles are better suited to people who prefer simplicity and have little time available. While the PC is more for enthusiasts I believe, I personally love to build; I built my PC completely liquid-cooled and the mechanical keyboard, and the PC I find it convenient because I can change hardware depending on my needs, which is impossible on the console. Moreover on PC you have access to many free games and not that there are not on the console. In any case, I believe that everyone has to choose the one that best suits his style, there is no better or worse; the important thing is to enjoy the game experience and have fun with friends.
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I am a gamer and i think gamers should follow good games on any platform. i usually play on PC because i prefer the controls but i did own a PS3 for a long time and i enjoyed it. i think games like the last of us are a must play for any gamer. lately i bought a PS4 to play some exclusives just to learn that after paying for the game i still have to pay Sony to play online.....that was a deal breaker for me and i returned it. it felt unethical on Sony's part and later i learned that Xbox have some similar program. I am not saying that PC developers dont have unethical practices like micro transactions and such but at least you can boycut these games and play others, unless of course steam learns from Sony ill stick to PC gaming for now.
Console is for people who want to have a good gaming experience for low prices. Media consumption is very good since you would usually be gaming on a large tv. Pc is for people who want to play games on high specs and also use the pc for productivity etc. although it can be argued that you can build a pc with the same price as a console, depending on the parts you might not be able to hit the performance of those of consoles for gaming.
I have used mostly pc from late 80's to present (most my own builds) and have used the PS3, Xbox and Xbox one. the consoles were fine for games like side scrolling or non action shooters. Hands down the PC has been more of something i could use for everything especially first person shooters and rpg. if i had to vote which i personally preferred it would be the PC for customization and overall better performance.
Pc better graphics and performance against cheapness from the consoles
Everything has pros and cons that are different for each persons needs. At my home, I have a PC I built a few years back, a PS4 and 2 Xboxes. 1 Xbox was my personal and my 2 sons shared an Xbox. After I bought my PS4 I never touched the Xbox so I gave it to my son so they each have there own, no more arguing over who's turn it is! My PC has a 980 MSI, the green 100 million edition, and it still preforms very well. The reason I haven't upgraded the graphics card is because I play my ps4 more than anything. It is in my bedroom so I can kick back and relax more and that's the room I tend to be in the most. My PC is faster, the games look better and can do much more things. Multiple monitors as well. I still play my PS4 99% of the time. I'm more comfortable on it and the things better about my PC just don't make me wanna go to my office space and sit in a chair. So.... Each person is different and there is no 1 console vs computer that is gonna be the best for everyone. That's why we have choices that's also why the console companys are still in business...
on console you have exclusives (20 at MAX that are somewhat decent and not worth the price tag of a console!!!), but who the F said they are better than that insane ammount of exclusives that the PC have? plus you can create games on a pc and downgrade them so they can run on consoles
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KSOgorilla
Dude, first of i agree. I'm writing this on a PC of course. But you cant call someone a loser just because they have a console. Before i joined the PCMR, i had an old xbox 360 as well as a newer xbox one, though i only played my xbox one for about a year. Although i sold my xbox one and no longer play my xbox 360, I still have that nestalgia from playing the old COD games and gta V all night long. I new PC was better, but i couldn't afford a PC, ya know cause XBL was 60$ a year and games cost a hell of a lot more, that didnt matter to me. What I know that did matter was the memories I made with my friends. We are all gamers, KSOgorilla, and sometimes we dont make decisions based on what we know is best, rather we make decisions based on what we feel will make us happy.
I finally had time to read over all of this. One thing that many people are forgetting is you don't need the latest and greatest CPU and graphics card to enjoy the newest PC games. I have several friends using I7 2nd and 3rd gen CPUs on Z77 chipset motherboard with DDR3 RAM, SSD, and a GTX 1060 or RX 480. They have great performance in the newest games and their total cost is around the price of a console. The latest benchmarks GamersNexus did on 2nd gen i7's showed them to still be competitive with Ryzen R7 1700 and R5 1600 CPUs in the newest games when using newer graphics cards. You can often pick up PC components at low prices that are a few generations old or even entire gaming PCs that are a few years old for low prices if you shop around. If you are only playing at 1920x1080 you can pick up a used RX 570 4GB card for $110-$130 on eBay or the forums.
On a PC you can play games that are decades old, but you can't on a new console.
I have a weird perspective: I think gaming is one of the last mainstream uses of desktop PC’s, a quirk of the marketplace. I know PCs are versatile and have the max potential, but hear me out. I imagine most people use PCs only for gaming, or at the office, and we will evolve past them in our lifetimes. Game consoles were the mainstream way to play in the not so distant past, smartphones (and tablets) were so much on the rise that news and magazine journalists were saying we had entered the “Post-PC” age. However, Microsoft’s efforts to save their most successful platform and keep it in consumer’s homes (not just their offices), combined with the rise of Steam, have IMO created an inflated sense of “necessity” for the PC Platform. I work freelance, and most of the time I can do all my work remotely, from my phone or tablet, and productivity on the tablet is way better than it ever was before, with Apple’s iWork suite, Google Docs and related apps, and finally Microsoft joined the mobile space. I can even film and edit videos right on my mobile devices! I DO have a PC I built myself, thinking I was missing out on PC exclusives and the performance and price value of a custom PC (plus, you know, I thought the build would be fun). The build WAS fun, but years on I haven’t spent more on upgrades because I hardly ever turn it on. Living without using a PC is totally doable. I’d rather work on my tablet on the couch, porch, or coffee shop and the tablet or smartphone is more travel friendly than any laptop, between split screen on the tablet and my phone I have three workspaces that copy/paste between each other seamlessly and sync over the cloud, and I save money on my electric bill. Windows actively frustrates me, prompting updates and antivirus scans before I even get to my work or play, and by default it forces me to update when I shut down or restart, adding a productivity delay and a stress about security and stability. Gaming on consoles is literally plug and play, and I love it. When I want to unwind, have fun, and socialize with friends, game consoles let me get right to that. I know that a console investment will have well-optimized games come out all year for many years. I even got VR on a console I bought 4 years ago, with lots of games still coming! It’s also where I watch movies, streamed and physical copies, and it’s replaced my cable TV. I do think consoles and PCs aren’t the future. Not exactly, though the experience will be console-like. Consoles will become thin-clients, basic computers with good connections to peripherals and the internet but little processing power, farming out the processing and much of the storage to cloud services (like Shadow, PlayStation Now, etc). Shadow is already quite interesting, at the cost of building the latest and greatest computer every 3 years (spread out in monthly payments), you get a top-spec Windows Virtual machine that will run through any old cheap computer, or come with you on a phone or tablet. I probably wouldn’t even subscribe continuously, only when I needed to do a firmware update of some device that requires Windows to host it or if there’s some project that just won’t be productive on Mobile. If consoles and mobile devices haven’t killed the traditional PC, I think cloud computing and cloud services will.
Evshrug
You're missing a couple of key points here. One I couldn't disagree more on tablets and mobile devices replacing PCs for one reason. It takes far too long to do simple tasks when you're not using a keyboard and mouse. Sure you could plug in a keyboard but that defeats the purpose of why you have a tablet in the first place, you might as well get a laptop. The idea is to be able to use it anywhere in situations where you can't use a PC but for work efficiency it's not even close. The other point is until we crack down on ISPs with these bullshit data caps, cloud based gaming can't become mainstream. 1 TB/mo is an absolute joke for cloud gaming. And if you're playing in 4K, God help you. Honestly, it's probably going to take government regulating ISPs like every other utility for that to change. ISPs aren't charging caps just trying to nickel and dime you, they're managing bandwidth so they don't have to upgrade infrastructure that should have been done years ago. Something that will be absolutely essential for media consumption to fully switch to a stream based system. We're still a ways away despite companies pushing for it.
Buy both! I play all my shooters on PC, PS4 exclusives on my couch, and Nintendo Switch when I'm taking a dump. I have an xbox one as well but it has become useless since I got a PC, no exclusive that I can't play on my PC.
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Yes, their exclusives are so good, I have to take them everywhere, even my sacred toilet.
tule415
Literally unable to put down some Nintendo games, and Switch exclusives. Breath of the Wild, anyone?
Having all PS , XBOX and pc for 2 generations as of right now i would choose PC due to better graphics more and cheaper games along with no 60fps cap and with the 144Hz monitor i play on this matters a lot. However, as of right now if you want the best quality for the price i would have to recommend the Xbox one x as its components rival mid-high tier PC components for cheaper (That is if you plan on staying offline as the xbox live membership is so expensive that being online for 2 years almost removes the price gao and then there is the fact that console games are more expensive).
Having flipped back and forth between PC's and consoles for 2+ decades here are my thoughts: Reasons to own a console: Like me, you don't have near the time you used to be able to devote to gaming. Consoles offer a relatively low cost, low maintenance solution for gaming needs. Investing $1500 on a dedicated gaming rig is not something that was high on my cost/benefit scale. The Xbox One X/S include more 4K, HDR/10/DV and Atmos enabled apps than many TV's, disc players and streaming devices. I can play essentially any 4K media(disc/digital/streaming) I may have access to on the One X without getting "shorted" a feature. Consoles offer backwards compatibility (a deterrent to switching with large libraries) and for the Xbox at least that catalog is still growing. The X also gets the occasional backwards compatible touch up (new textures, unlocked frame rate, slightly enhanced resolution). For 4K gaming at 30-60FPS with HDR it is nigh on impossible to build a full PC for less than an Xbox One X. Reasons to own a PC: You are a hardcore streamer/professional gamer. PC has a definitively higher maximum performance ceiling for intensive use. You need it for something other than gaming (more on this later for me). You prefer games that don't make it to console (one of my initial reasons to switch). You like ultra high refresh rates and field of view options. You prefer a keyboard and mouse (implementation still sucks on consoles IMO). You want the ability to swap out components for performance gains. Oh and if you like saying silly garbage like "PC Master Race!" Reasons I have all the parts for a new PC sitting in front of me as I type this: The laptop I used for music server duties is reaching the end of its useful life. I need something that can be a multi-function device with gaming as a consideration. Several co-workers/friends have had a resurgence in PC gaming while dropping their console time. I've never understood the hate/love for one or the other. I've owned one, the other, or both for 25(more since my first console) years and I still don't get the fanboyism. #MSDOSMasterRace
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If you reread my post you would see that I stated " video cards and software requirements" the advancement wasn't exclusively in video cards but you seem to be hung up on that one particular aspect. This will be my last reply to you as your post history indicates you're only on Massdrop to tell other people why their thought processes are wrong and engage in combative, marginally productive discourse.
ElectronicVices
I did read your post. Its still absurd that you believe that computer software/hardware requirements required upgraded every 6 months. You are making up stuff to mislead people or are completely clueless about computer hardware and software. You are saying this is your last reply because its obvious I called you out of your BS and you have no logical reply after being called out on your BS. I guess correcting people's bullshit and lies is combative to you? I guess you don't want truth.
It was an easy decision for me after researching gaming computers. Xbox1x Was my choice. Really liked the idea of building a powerful gaming pc but the crypto craze has drove the prices of pc parts up to insane numbers. I may consider a gaming pc in the future once the crypto craze dies out.
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It just means the later you buy a pc the better it gets, like no I’m not saying that PCs have always been the best I’m talkin nowadays, anyways you can upgrade a pc for the money you can save on games and for paying for Online for the last 5 years on a 5 y/o console instead of using a GPU you upgraded in the meanwhile. Also streaming is easier and if you get a PC you can use it for soo much more...
epic_ziver_D
yes thats all true when you put it like that. I got so used to paying for psn.
20 years ago, i said, digital games, my friends say: you are crazy, now i say. Streaming.
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Xbox LIVE should have been a game streaming service from the start, if they were going to charge for it.
A) You don't need a "huge" tower for a build B) Cloud issues you are forgetting 1) Security 2) What happens if that company goes out of business? What happens to all the games you purchased? 3) What happens when you lose internet connectivity? You can't still play your game if it's only available via the web. C) I don't know what this means... "Plus a falte rate ..." D) This is a false statement; "... and upgraded hardware every year" I JUST up dated my i7 4770k. I didn't NEED to. I just wanted to. Otherwise my 980 and 4770k with 24 GB of GSkill Trident X Model F3-1600C7D-16GTX worked just fine on max settings for the games I played. And I bought the i7 5.5 years ago, the ram 5.5 years ago, the GPU a little over 4 years ago ... you get the idea. I'm not saying cloud gaming isn't or won't be the future but, there are a lot of hurdles that still need to be addressed before, IMHO, it goes "main stream".