Originally Posted by Hexa
I love PC gaming. More so then any console. However I don't care how you slice it there is no way in Earth you can convince me that it's cheaper then console gaming. It's not even close. Only extreme PC users try to argue with adjusted stats that say it is.
Even if the Xbox 360 hardware is old as dirt (which it is) there is no way you will build a gaming PC for 300 bucks that will play Skyrim just as well as it runs on the 360. Another point on that chart to dismiss is the $10 extra console games cost. That used to be true but now almost every major title for PC is selling for 60 bucks as well. I'm willing to bet that in another year tops all will sale for that.People also like to point out how console users have to spend thousands on an HDTV.
Well for one that is not true as you do not HAVE to spend that and buy an HDTV.
You could very well play on standard def. Secondly even if you DID buy a HDTV you can't contribute that cost to only the console as I'm positive most people will use that HDTV for regular TV viewing as well. Finally the cost of HDTV's have nose dived. It's pretty easy to get a 32" HDTV for the same price you would pay for a good quality 22" monitor for the PC. Even if you do that I'll have to say that since you always hold the quality of consoles to the fire I'll hold yours and say I'd much rather game on 32" of space then 22".Xbox live fees should not be counted as you in no way have to have xbox live for console gaming.
Even if you do say you have to have it there are plenty of PC only titles that charge 15 bucks a month, so all in all that point is moot.
So with all that said (and I'll bring more into this) lets look at that chart again.
Cost to door I'll agree with. Difference in price = +600 pc
4 years of games that are $10 more on console I do not agree with as most PC titles charge the same.
difference in price = 0
4 years of Xbox live fees I do not agree with. Not every console user has it just like not every PC user does MMO's. Difference in price = 0Incompatible accessories need to be repurchased. What does that mean?
I buy accessories for PC more then I do my console. Sorry that's just BS. Difference in price = 0
Upgrading video card. Looks like I'm bashing PC gaming but you have to admit our technology goes much faster, have to agree. Difference in price = +220 pc
Upgrade time for PC and a new console. I'll give the pc this even though it's truthfully not fair. a 6 year old PC will not play Skyrim as well as a 6 year old Xbox 360. Regardless I'll agree with spreadsheet. Difference in price = +182 PC
After that you get the same points that are complete BS again that simply tack on some imaginary fee that pro pc users used against the console. it's unfair because the can and does have counter charges for just about all of them.
So in general if you use some common sense PC gaming comes out to be $1102 more expensive.
Sorry that's a long post but that chart was just absolutely insane and it's obviously biased towards PC gaming. (no its not)
I will start with the HDTV: 1. you do not need to buy an expensive HDTV. 2. the chart did not include price of computer monitor 3. you can use consoles on a computer monitor
Xbox live fees:Sure you can not pay Xbox Live fees, but then you have NO MULTIPLAYER, compared to free multiplayer on every PC game. Yes sure you have to pay 15$ a month to play certain MMO's on pc, but if you play MMO's like final fantasy online on xbox, you have to pay MMO fees IN ADDITION to xbox live gold fees. So yet again it is more expensive.
Price of games:Console games are more expensive by far more than 10$, PC users have Steam and Steam has Steam sales. Skyrim was 50% off last steam sale, other big games were 50% off and a lot of games were 75$ to 80$ off. We regularly buy steam sale games for 2 - 5$. Discount console games are always 20 - 30$ in stores, and I have never seen a console box version of a big name game like Skyrim go on sale for 50% off so close to release like it did a few days ago.
Incomparable accessories/proprietary accessories: This is fairly straight forward. Over priced hard drives (older 20gb consoles are screwed for digital download games and game installs and forced to but proprietary HDD's), 60-70$ for controllers (times 4), wii motes, nunchucks, balancing boards, arcade sticks, battery docks, batteries, addons like Kinect and Move, plus possible aditional controllers for move and the list goes on and on...THEN THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONSOLES COME OUT AND YOU HAVE TO BUY ALL THESE ALL OVER AGAIN because they are not compatible
As far as upgrading video cards go, an 8800gt on a old 1680×1050 res display (what was common back then) would play skyrim better than a Xbox if only for the faster load times, and that would be a true resolution unlike the 360 which is only up-scaled to 1080p. If you want to upgrade right now 140$ on a 6850 will do far more than any console.Edited by james_ant - 12/9/11 at 9:31pm