PC vs. Console

Both the PC and the consoles have their own strengths and weaknesses. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each device.

The PC versus the console.

 

Both have their own strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I have always enjoyed playing on consoles but overall I prefer PC gaming. Let’s take a look at the upsides and downsides of both PCs and consoles.

 

-PC-

What’s great

You get more out of games (graphics/multiplayer) at the same price of console games.

PC games will have better graphics than consoles. New consoles will match graphics but it won’t last.

Examples of getting more from multiplayer – In some games (Battlefield) you can play in servers with up to 64 players. Plus, more game modes may be included that aren’t available in console multiplayer. Also, much more freedom of choosing specific servers to play in.

You can freely modify your own PC. You can easily upgrade parts when needed.

If you don’t like playing with keyboard and mouse – no problem, you can get a controller.

No subscriptions for gaming. That is, unless you play a game such as World of Warcraft – which requires a subscription to play.

Quite a bit of good free-to-play games available. [Steam free-to-play] [Origin free-to-play]

Can usually get digital downloads pretty cheap. Some of my personal examples – Portal 1 & 2 for $6. Mass Effect trilogy for $10. Bioshock 1 & 2 for $4.

Some exclusive games include – Counter-Strike, Guild Wars [full list]

Starting to see user-created content for games. You can start creating maps and add-ons for games and share them publicly. Check out the Steam Workshop for more information.

Your computer will have many other uses besides gaming.

 

ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC. (Origin Store)

 

What’s not so great

Buying or building a top of the line computer to run games at maximum experience can be costly. (but worth it!)

Prone to more games crashing/losing data. Although, I haven’t seen problems like this with games released in the past few years.

Sometimes games take longer to release for the PC.

Older games can be tougher to get running properly. Plus, older games require manual patches – which can be a hassle.

The PC gaming community is starting to see games requiring an “always online” connection. However, this may not stick around due to all the protesting/petitions.

No split-screen action.

The newer games are basically bound to your soul once you buy them. You can’t sell/trade these games once you’re done with them.

Can’t rent games. I have bought PC games that I wish I hadn’t.

PCs need upkeep. Acquiring viruses or malware can be devastating to a computer’s normal operations and performance.

Has a much smaller community than consoles.

 


 

-Consoles-

What’s great

Consoles are just PCs made specifically for gaming. Overall, it’s easy to setup and use.

Since consoles are smaller, they have easier mobility. You can quickly move it to another room or take it to a friend’s house with minimum strain.

Consoles don’t need the upkeep like a PC.

You can rent games. This could end up saving you a lot of money.

Consoles have a larger gaming community.

Split screen. Great for friends and family.

Getting more interactive games with Wii, Kinect, etc.

Some exclusive games include – God of War, Killzone [full list]
 


 

What’s not so great

Due to technology always advancing, consoles are basically obsolete as soon as they release.

You can’t freely modify or upgrade a console unless you want to void the warranty. Even then it can be very risky.

The hardware is very limited to what it can achieve since it can’t be upgraded.

If a problem occurs with the console, the whole thing is pretty much useless. It may need to be shipped off or taken to a repair shop. This differs from a PC where if one component were to fail, one can easily be swapped out (in most cases).

Seems like there are more younger, immature kids online.

 

Final Thoughts

That about sums it up for both sides. If you think I’m missing something, please let me know – I would love to add it to the list.