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Computer Gaming vs Console Gaming – The Definitive Comparison

Computer Gaming vs Console Gaming - The Definitive Comparison

Hi guys! Today I will explain the advantages and disadvantages of computers versus console and tell you my opinion on what I believe is best.


PCs, for me at least, are for those people that want the best graphics and best performance a game can have. They want to play games in high fps and don’t want their fps to be locked at 30 and on the best occasion 60 just because the console can’t handle more. Playing a game at 30 fps is awful.

PCs also have more games for you to choose from. They have indie games, MMORPGs and you can play those games no matter when they were released. Backward compatibility is a huge advantage of PCs that most consoles don’t have.

PC games also have better prices than console games. Game sellers often have huge sales and you can buy games at extremely low prices. When you play games on PCs you can also use mods on them that make the game more complete and even better depending on your preferences.

One more advantage is that you can play old console games that you can’t buy anymore on PCs using emulators, so in a way, PCs preserve console games. Lastly, on PCs, you can play online with other people for free without paying extra money like some consoles.

The disadvantages of PCs are that many games aren’t optimized well because the developers released the game thinking of consoles and PCs were added as a secondary console.

There are many bad PC ports and there will be more in the future. Moreover, the time a PC becomes obsolete depends on how much you paid for them. Since games are optimized better for consoles than PCs, you need to have better hardware than a console would need to run those games.

Another thing that you must think of when deciding which gaming system to pick is the peripherals. PCs need a mouse, a keyboard, a monitor and depending on the monitor you might need speakers too. Those things increase the cost of PCs.

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Now, let’s talk about consoles. When it comes to consoles you really have two choices, PlayStation or Xbox. Both consoles have their advantages and disadvantages, but the point of this article isn’t to compare consoles.

Consoles in general cost around 400 euros, which is lower than a PC. Picking a console means that you can play any game that releases on that console for the next five years when a new version of the console comes out. It doesn’t matter if the game was released when the console came out or if the game released 4 years later, you will still be able to play it the same.

Another advantage is that consoles are easier to set up and play, you just plug them on your TV and you can play games. Consoles have many exclusive titles that you can’t play on PC’s.  

That’s it for the advantages of consoles. The first disadvantage of consoles is that not all consoles have backward compatibility. Xbox has backward compatibility, but PlayStation hasn’t and although Sony promises backward compatibility on PS5, we can’t be sure that they won’t use that backward compatibility as a service and make you pay a subscription fee to play previous generation PlayStation games on PS5.

As I told before, console performance has limits and the reason for those limits is because they need to make all games run the same on that console for five years and to do that especially when technology evolves every year, you need to sacrifice performance. No game will have better performance on console than on PC. Lastly, games on consoles are more expensive than games on PCs and these costs do stack up.

Now that I explained the advantages and disadvantages of each system, it’s time to tell you my final thoughts and what I believe is best. For me PCs are the best choice.

Although at first glance PCs cost more than consoles, as I said before console games costs stack up and soon that cost difference will not only disappear, but you will find that you have paid more for the console and games in the long run.

Also, you have to pay a subscription to play online multiplayer in consoles but on PCs, it’s completely free so add that up to the cost and in the end, you will see that even though you tried to pick the most cost-efficient option, you made the wrong decision in the long run.

So, if I had to choose between one of the two, I would pick a PC. This is my opinion based on my preferences, but that doesn’t mean it should be the same for you. At the end of the day, each of us must pick what’s best for themselves.

That was my article guys, I hope you liked it. Write in the comments below what your preference is, PC or console and why. See ya in the next article.

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