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What the article and most people in this thread are not mentioning is that to build a gaming PC that could game on the same level as a console you would need a very modest PC. An i3 2100 with a geforce 450 and 4GBs of ram would enable you to play and cross platform game on equal or better graphics settings than a console and such a PC would surely be very cheap. Also PC parts are more reusable, if you have bought one PC then you never really need to buy a whole new one as there are always parts that can be reused.


Not to mention that most xbox users I know have had to buy a second xbox after RROD
    
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That pretty much puts all platforms on par with each other with over a three year span.


but with consoles you can rent games as well...plus resell current games, though some publishers are trying to put an end to that. I pretty sure that over the long run console gaming will be far cheaper. Then again...I am not sure if it is possible to spend $60 a month on one PC game. We don't get all that many large titles any more.

It would be hard to tell. It really all depends on your buying habits. I mean I know some people that will take advantage of nearly every Steam sale. They usually will have 20 games sitting in their library they haven't even installed yet. Even though they bought all these game cheap...I have no doubt they've spent more on games then some one buying one $60 game a month.

I don't think I will buy more than two new games a year these days...i usually find myself buying the older ones or replaying games I bought years ago. New games...well, to be frank...suck.
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a PS3 is what €300?

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That pretty much puts all platforms on par with each other with over a three year span.
 

but with consoles you can rent games as well...plus resell current games, though some publishers are trying to put an end to that. I pretty sure that over the long run console gaming will be far cheaper. Then again...I am not sure if it is possible to spend $60 a month on one PC game. We don't get all that many large titles any more.

It would be hard to tell. It really all depends on your buying habits. I mean I know some people that will take advantage of nearly every Steam sale. They usually will have 20 games sitting in their library they haven't even installed yet. Even though they bought all these game cheap...I have no doubt they've spent more on games then some one buying one $60 game a month.

I don't think I will buy more than two new games a year these days...i usually find myself buying the older ones or replaying games I bought years ago. New games...well, to be frank...suck.



You make a good point. Though wouldn't that be outwieghed by the huge back catalogue and pricing of PC games? Only yesterday I bought a few games for under £5. I bought Aliens vs Predator 2011 for only £2.99 in a Steam Sale earlier this year. Even secondhand that game is around £10 on console.

 

You can also buy PC games second hand too. I've sold plenty on Ebay, including The Witcher 2, Crysis 2, Battlefield: Bad Cmpany 2. People will still buy them.

 

I think in that respect if people really want to bargain hunt they will, but at the fundmental level of buying with the intention to keep I think I'll stand by my opinion and price points for my own personal comparison. Do however remember it's just an example rather than a definite.

 

 


Edited by Lifeshield - 12/13/11 at 6:32am
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Build me a PC that can max out all the latest games for 300 please. Including monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
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Build me a PC that can max out all the latest games for 300 please. Including monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Do you not own a HDTV?

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Rubbish. If it works in a console then it will work for a PC.

I stopped reading after this.
 
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Do you not own a HDTV?

You're not getting my point. 300 bucks gets you right onto gaming within minutes of getting home from getting your console. If you just want to play COD and don't really feel like learning how to build your own computer, then clearly console is the better choice. It's like the Wii, I pitched 50 bucks to donate a Wii to a family for Christmas. We could have donated a "gaming" PC...but then 3 other of the other family members could only watch. It's a hell of a lot easier to game on a console. As Vagrant Storm said too, you can rent games.
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Do you not own a HDTV?

Well, when you build a PC you have to include the price of the monitor and peripherals since that is all they are for...the PC

Most people that don't own a gaming platform of any kind will still have a TV. It isn't dedicated to the console.

If you want to include the cost of the TV into console gaming then you pretty much have to include the price of Internet with PC gaming...PC gaming is heavily dependent on patches and driver updates and even DRM is starting to require an always on Internet connection. I typically don't associate this cost with PC gaming since obviously it can be used outside of gaming...just like a television.

Now if you bought a PC monitor and speakers for your console or if you only use the TV for gaming...then you'd have to include that cost, but you can't do that when discussing the topic in general terms since it only pertains to a small minority.
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You make a good point. Though wouldn't that be outwieghed by the huge back catalogue and pricing of PC games? Only yesterday I bought a few games for under £5. I bought Aliens vs Predator 2011 for only £2.99 in a Steam Sale earlier this year. Even secondhand that game is around £10 on console.

You can also buy PC games second hand too. I've sold plenty on Ebay, including The Witcher 2, Crysis 2, Battlefield: Bad Cmpany 2. People will still buy them.

I think in that respect if people really want to bargain hunt they will, but at the fundmental level of buying with the intention to keep I think I'll stand by my opinion and price points for my own personal comparison. Do however remember it's just an example rather than a definite.

Yeah, I've sold and bought some on ebay as well...but I am just stuck on Steam/Origin/Amazon Downloads these days. I deplore a game disk in optical drive and don't really like to mess around cracking a game that I purchased. I actually don't even have an optical drive in my main PC anymore. I have a couple shared on the network that I can launch games from if I am playing an old game that requires it.

but, yes...buying habits come into play too much to really even consider games. So really for this topic the discussion should probably stick to hardware costs.
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Nope. It's not really more expensive, not in the long run. I'm sure many of you are tired of reading this from me. thumb.gif

As the article states, over a term of roughly 3 years, the PC may actually turn out cheaper. The thing people don't grasp is that you can sell your PC hardware 3 years later for $100-$500 depending on which hardware you have and which hardware you want to upgrade. You don't have that luxury with any console, as your'e lucky to get $200 from a 3 year old console. These people also don't understand that those ~20+ games you've purchased over those 3 years are completely backwards compatible on practically any PC you'll ever own in the future, whereas their console games are pretty much as good as trash.
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