5 reasons why PC gaming is so much better than console gaming

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5 reasons why PC gaming is so much better than console gaming

Steam, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Twitch… are some of the particularities, but not only, that are making PC gaming a real and unique experience.

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PC gaming has become more and more attractive; it has even been admitted that Sony released a pro version of its PlayStation 4 by fear that players would switch to PC. Unfortunately, this pro version has the same power than an entry gaming PC while incredible and much more powerful graphic cards such as the GTX 1070, GTX 1080 or Radeon RX 480 have been released recently.

Here are 5 reasons why Sony is right to be afraid and why you should get a gaming PC instead of a console.

Price

Yes, a PC will be more expensive when talking about upfront costs. While a good gaming PC will start at around €700, a PS4 Pro will cost €400. But the upfront cost is only a small part of the total cost of ownership; you also have to take into account the cost of games, access to multiplayer and upgrades. Here’s a cost comparison between a gaming PC and a PlayStation over 6 years:

 

 

PC

PlayStation

Initial cost

€700

€400

Games (10 new games/year)

€2,700

€3,600

Upgrade

€200

€400

Multiplayer subscription

n/a

€300 (PlayStation Network)

Total

€3,600

€4,700

 

As you can see, the total cost of ownership of a PlayStation is 30% more expensive than a PC.

PC exclusives

Console players often argue that console exclusive games is the reason why they won’t switch to PC, but did you know that there is actually much more PC exclusive games? Here are a few games that have been released only on PC in 2016: Asylum, Civilization VI, Total War: Warhammer, Ashes of Singularity, ArmA 3: Tanoa, World of Warcraft: Legion, Routine, etc.

Civilization VI

Then there's also genres that are quite exclusive to PCs. I'm talking here about strategy games such as Starcraft or Companies of Heroes, and also about simulations like Flight Simulator or The Sims, a life simulator game.

My point is, not only is there exclusive games on PC, there also are exclusive genres, something consoles have failed to achieve. 

Play the way you want to

Playing at an FPS or strategy game with a controller has never been my thing. I much prefer a good old combo keyboard + mouse. But whether it’s your thing or not, you have a choice and a broad one. You can still decide to play with your favourite controller on PC, and if you don’t want to play with a controller, you have plenty of choices. Some mice will be a better fit for FPS games, some for MMO… You can also decide to switch to a mechanical keyboard with the mechanical switches that suit you. You have much more ways to enjoy your games on PC.

Backwards Compatibility

I am a big fan of the Mass Effect Series. Before the third episode of the trilogy was released I decided to go through the first 2 episodes; something that would have been impossible on console at the time. Sure the Xbox One has a backwards compatibility program but you have to wait for Microsoft to make it available. Then what will happen for the next console generation? How long will you have to wait for a backwards compatibility of your favourite games? You actually don’t know and you can’t even be sure that it will be backwards compatible.

It’s a PC

It’s a personal computer. It is for you to use the way you want. Personalisation and customisation are key advantages of a PC. In the paragraph above, I was talking about the different controllers, mice and keyboards that you can use on a PC but that’s not all; you can customise the hardware part of your PC and make it look unique. You can also use mods to play GTA V as Hulk or Spiderman, you can also install some realistic looking mod on Skyrim. From the hardware to the software, your PC is truly yours.

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The price, the games, the versatility and the customisation of the PC make it a winner hands down against consoles. My PC, I love you unconditionally; you can’t stop the passion I have for you, you can only fuel the fire.


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