PC Gaming versus Console Gaming: Which One Reigns Supreme?
Author: Adele Kruger | Posted: 16 November 2017, 07:51
 
 

Ever since the 80’s, the old PC Gaming versus Console Gaming debate has divided the gaming community. Each gaming method has their merits and in the end, it’s all about personal preference.

Despite die hard fans on both sides, most gamers will agree that each option comes with pros and cons. It all depends on the amount of money you have to spend, how user-friendly you want your system to be and the type of games you like to play. If you are new to the gaming sphere or you’re looking to upgrade your current system, consider the factors below and make your decision accordingly.

Pricetag

PC
It is no secret that PC gaming is a costly affair. Even though might manage to get your hands on a cheap pre-built system, it won’t come with the specs you’ll need for the ultimate gaming experience. Another option is to build your own system but if you don’t know what you’re doing, and your research isn’t thorough, you might end up spending ridiculous amounts of money on the latest video card, a fancy processor, way too much RAM and a sexy customized case. It is nearly impossible to find a quality PC gaming system if you have no money to spend.

Consoles
Consoles, on the other hand, are much cheaper, even more so every time the next generation is launched.

While consoles might be the winner in this round, there’s still a lot of comparisons we have to make in order to select the best option.

Games Assortment

PC
PC gaming wins hands down in this category since they have an unmatched selection of games (even as far back as 30 years) that are easy to get.

Consoles
Typically you are limited to the games that came out in the last few years. Some mid-tier studios don’t even release console game versions because it just cost too much. Often they prefer to stick with PC and mobile since it will reach a far broader audience. The prices of console games usually stay higher for much longer.

Graphics

PC and Console
There isn’t even a debate when it comes to graphics since every gamer knows that a decent PC can display much better graphics than any console ever can.

Technical user-friendliness

PC
In this instance, PC is on the losing side. PC’s are complicated! You will spend many hours trying to fix a glitch if you aren’t familiar with all the different parts, updating drivers and interacting software. Finding the issue being the biggest challenge in the first place. The good news is that eventually, you will fix the issue since most PC problems are fixable. Just keep in mind that you will be your own tech support team.

Console
Consoles are very straightforward to operate. You load the disc into the tray and play your game. Some consoles allow you to download some applications or browse the internet and you even have an option to watch some of your favourite TV shows but all in all, it’s very user-friendly.

When looking at these factors, it’s hard to say which one is best, the real question is, which one is best for you? It all comes down to this: PC’s have a wider game selection and the best graphics but when something goes wrong, it can be a challenge to find and fix the issue. Consoles are definitely the cheaper option and also much more user-friendly, however, they are quite limited in their functionality.

Before making any big decisions, it’s always a great idea to get advice from online computer shops, who can further elaborate on the pros and cons of PC Gaming versus Console Gaming.


Adele is a freelance content writer, and offers her web design skills as an extra.

 

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