I created a list in August 2010 entitled ‘The Never Ending Console vs. PC Debate.’ The piece detailed my reasons for being a console gamer as opposed to being a PC gamer. I’m here today to hang my head in shame and let the PC community know that I’ve seen the light. Well, sort of…
I’ve never been one for claiming that a specific gaming platform is superior to the other. In fact, I feel that the last post was taken slightly out of context, yet I do admit that from the beginning it implied consoles were superior. I’m going to take the three points I mentioned before and discuss them now from my new perspective.
Consoles still completely win this.
I custom built my PC using different hardware (with the help of some online research) so that I could save some money and have a better idea of the capabilities of my machine. That was the easy part. In the year that I’ve been gaming on the PC I’ve had to search for and apply so many fixes that I’ve lost count. A recent example comes from I.D. Software’s Rage that refused to play nice with my ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card.
I spent five or six hours of research and applying fixes to my computer that I could think of or that people across the Internet recommended. Nothing worked and I eventually gave up. To this day I haven’t played the game. Rage wasn’t the first game to give me problems but it was the only one that actually managed to defeat me. Considering the fact that I spent the average lifespan of a modern shooter looking for a solution, it shouldn’t be too surprising that I threw in the towel.
I’m a bit of a tech geek and in some ways I enjoy the occasional problem that my PC throws at me, it keeps things a bit more interesting. Other days though, all I want to do is relax and play a game.
2. Online Gameplay
When I added this list item in last time, I was just looking for something extra to complain about that didn’t really need to be discussed and for that I apologise. The truth is, trying to say that one gaming platform is superior to the other when it comes to online play is like arguing that red is better than blue.
The fact of the matter is that many modern games include matchmaking services for the console and PC which are more or less the same. If anything, the PC gets extra features because of the ability for people to host their own servers and implement additional content. Counter Strike, for example, has a server which I frequent that uses the Gamer Radio plug-in so that I can listen to music whilst being repeatedly shot in the head. Damn, that game has a steep learning curve.
3. The Cost
I’m making a habit of admitting that I was wrong and it’s time to do it again. I was horribly misinformed when it came to arguing cost. I was right in the respect that buying and in some respects maintaining a gaming PC is not cheap. Using some bargain hunting and custom building a PC on my own I spent around £250 ($383) on the hardware then an additional £100 ($153) on peripheral devices. I’m already looking at upgrading my motherboard, graphics card and RAM which could easily run into the price region of £100 – £150. ($153-$235)
Now, here’s the thing I never really took into account when making my argument last time. My PC became the hub for everything: movies, television, games, social networking, music, editing, emails, banking, research and much, much more. Consoles are slowly moving into being more than just gaming machines but are still very far behind.
It only seems right to end this with the sentiments I made last time, “As long as we’re all playing the same great games it doesn’t matter what you choose to play them on. I’m not really saying that either platform is that much better, consoles PC’s are just my personal preference.”