At some point in our lives, we all come to a crossroads that requires us to make a decision, and PC vs Console gaming is no exception. Since Dx2 came out last year on DMM (Japan), there has been a lot of heated discussions about whether we should play it on the console or not. So, after much contemplation, I decided to write an article about PC vs Console gaming that will hopefully help everyone out there decide which side to take.
First things first, let’s define the difference
between the two platforms:
PC Gaming is defined as playing video games on a computer with pre-defined hardware configurations. This means that whether you have a low or high-end PC, once you buy it, the only thing you can modify is its internal parts. However, its hardware configuration will still restrict what games are available for you to play.
Console Gaming is defined as playing video games on a fixed hardware platform that cannot be modified by users. This means that all consoles have a pre-defined hardware configuration that cannot be modified or upgraded by the end-user.
This is a very simplified definition, but it should give you an idea on how to distinguish between both platforms.
Now that we have defined the difference, let’s take a look at what makes each platform great:
PC Gaming Pros: PC gaming has a bigger library of games available compared to console gaming. This is because all developers can develop their games on PC since it has a big enough user base.
Also, PC gamers have the option to upgrade their own hardware configurations if they feel like doing so. The sky’s the limit when it comes to this! They can even build an entirely new PC if their old one becomes obsolete.
Console Gaming Pros: Console gaming has an exclusive library of games since console developers make games specifically for that hardware configuration only. This is great because you are guaranteed to have a good time playing these games, no matter what genre they are in.
Console gamers also don’t need to worry about maintenance costs since consoles are pretty much maintenance-free (the term “maintenance free” is relative – read below).
Console Gaming Cons: Console gamers don’t get to fully decide what hardware configuration they can use; it’s pre-defined for them by the developers. This means that if you buy a PS4 Pro, then all games made for PS4 Pro will run better on that system. If you have a regular PS4, then there’s no use for you to buy a PS4 Pro since the regular console is already capable of running all games released for it.
PC Gaming Cons: PC gamers have to constantly upgrade their hardware configurations in order to match the newest games’ requirements – this can get pretty expensive.
Console Gaming Cons: All consoles are maintenance-free, right? Wrong! This is a statement that’s not entirely true. Console gamers will have a false impression that they don’t need to maintain their consoles since it doesn’t have any internal parts that can break or overheat, but this isn’t entirely true. Even though console gamers don’t need to maintain their consoles, they still have to deal with annoying system issues such as:
1. Slow download speeds (especially when it comes to digital games) – this can get really expensive if you’re a big online gamer who purchases most of their games digitally. 2. Freezing/Lagging Issues on Exclusive Titles – we all know that there are exclusive titles made for each console (e.g., Uncharted and God of War on PS4). These games perform better on their respective consoles; however, console gamers still have to deal with these issues no matter what – just look at the Forza 7 XBOX ONE X vs PC argument.
3. Unstable WiFi Connectivity – this one is exclusive to more recent consoles (Xbox One/PS4).
So, what platform should you choose? Console or PC? The answer to this question will rely on how much money you can spend on games. A lot of people buy both systems because they simply cannot decide which system to go for – I was one of them.
If you’re a huge gamer and can afford to buy both consoles, then that’s great! Keep reading this guide if you want the best PC gaming experience without spending too much money. If you prefer to be a console gamer even though I highly recommend going for a PC instead, then that’s also fine since there are a lot of good console exclusives (e.g., Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4).
If you can’t afford to buy both consoles and you’re on a tight budget, then my suggestion is to go with the one that’s more powerful (the PS4/XBOX ONE X) if you like playing games online; however, the PS4 isn’t anywhere near as powerful as the XBOX ONE X so if you’re only going to be playing single-player games, then go for the cheaper (and less powerful) PS4.
Consoles aren’t dying anytime soon – they are popular because of their exclusives and low maintenance costs. Even though they lack the flexibility of PC gaming, they’re still a great way to experience games if you can’t maintain or afford a PC.