PC vs Console: Which Should You Buy?

Not sure whether to go with a console or a PC for your next upgrade?

A strong competition, which is almost rivalry, has existed between console and PC gamers for many years, with each group insisting that their genre is better. The argument stirs up strong emotions, but is there one genre that is definitely better than the other? Both sides of the gaming divide contain different levels of enthusiasts, from casuals to zealots to elitists. As a result, there are many opinions, some of which do not hold much water. This article is aimed at separating the chaff from the wheat and come up with a sober verdict.

It is important to understand that both PC and console gaming have their own advantages.

Well let’s compare them both in this PC vs Console infographic…

PC build used for comparison: https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/vpMnTW/entry-level-gaming-build

Advantages of Console Gaming

The popular products in console gaming include Xbox One, Wii U and PlayStation 4. It is safe to assume that many people who discuss the topic generally think about PlayStation and Xbox because of their similarities to PCs.

All platforms have their own exclusives, with some games being specifically developed for a given platform. This can influence gamers to opt for particular platforms depending on their individual preferences.

Examples of games found in the Xbox One include Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War, Fable Legends and Rise of the Tomb Raider. PlayStation 4 features such games as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Order: 1886, Alienation and Until Dawn. Although some games are not exclusive to any platform, sometimes a platform strikes a deal to get first preference when it comes to downloadable content. These are some of the things to consider when deciding whether to go for a PC or console. Let us now focus on the advantages of console gaming.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of a console is its user-friendliness. You only need to purchase the console, hook it to your existing television set and start using it. Parents interested in purchasing consoles for their children do not need any prior knowledge as there is always just one Xbox or PlayStation that is current at any given time. PC gaming provides so many options to choose from that you may get overwhelmed.

This does not mean that console cannot provide a great overall gaming experience. However, the focus of this article is what makes the experience different than PC gaming, which brings us to the next point.

Console provides such social games as Just Dance, Guitar Hero and various singing games. It is difficult to find people gathering around a computer the way family and friends gather around a TV to play social games.

Advantages of PC Gaming

While there are also exclusives to PC gaming, the titles are so many that it is not practical to start listing them here. There are references where you can find many PC titles, and this article will not try to create another. If you would like to get an idea, however, you can check out this forum. Still, personal preferences play an important role in determining the selected games to play.

One major benefit of PC gaming is its open nature. While console gaming divides gamers depending on their preferences because of the exclusivity of Xbox and PlayStation, there are no divided PC gaming communities. PC gamers are not restricted when it comes to playing the same games.

PC gaming also provides backward compatibility, thanks to DirectX. Newer PCs can also play all the old games. Although you can play some older games on the PS4, it is not compatible with most of the PS2 and PS3 games.

You do not need to pay for any social or gaming service when playing PC games online. Please understand the difference here: while you will still need to buy many of the games that you want to play, you always have the right to play online without paying for this service.

As you will notice, the 60 FPS looks a lot smoother than the rest

Another major advantage of PC gaming is in the performance. What you pay for the frame-rate will give you better experience. You can set up a great gaming PC for less than $500, and spending more will give an even more awesome gaming experience. You can easily enjoy 60fps at 1080p throughout the day while the Xbox One gives you only 30fps at 720p, which is static and you cannot upgrade. On the other hand, you can upgrade your PC after using it for some time and continue getting more bang out of it.

PC gaming provides greater flexibility. You can either buy a prebuilt gaming PC or build your own, and you can spend as much money as you want on your machine. You may also upgrade the PC whenever you want. In addition, the computer can help you to do other things, not just play games.

If you are interested in building a PC, you should check out the video below it will give you a brief overview:

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  • Updated January 19, 2018