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What people sometimes forget is that a gaming PC is not just used for gaming. It is used for anything from word processing to higher end tasks such as video encoding. You cannot use a console for business tasks, but your gaming PC can double up as a device that helps you for all kinds of things.

You can't burn anything with a console, there are very little to no mods for console games, by the time consoles become cheap, a new one is coming out. Console games are also a lot more expensive.

IMHO i think that having a PC as your gaming device and for other tasks is cheaper than buying a console for gaming AND a computer for other tasks.
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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 for this 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.



However the possibility is there, hidden possibilities that are always excluded from such topics to try and give consoles a better light.

 

The fact however remains that it is quite possible to use a HDTV or a monitor on both! Because of this fact the cost should either be added to both or negated from both.

 

Therefore it takes it away from the essentials. It's not a neccessity when you can use that same TV for gaming on a console with your PC aswell.

 

Saying you need a monitor for PC gaming in todays age is as absurd as saying you need a HDTV for console gaming. You can use either, the option is there, so why restrict yourself?

 

Note this in respect to "gaming".

 

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Originally Posted by redsunx View Post
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.



I got your point, but you're adding an unneccessary cost.

 

I built my wife a PC for under £200. All I need to do is add a graphics card to it and I can play games on it adequately. So what? £300?

 

Then my games are cheaper and I get to keep them!

 

So really? Acting like PC gaming is expensive is pointless. It can be expensive if you choose it to be, if you buy all the top of the range gucci crap, but it doesn't need to be.

 

And please note, I am in no way bias to either platform. I'm a happy member of Xbox Live (and have been for 6 years), have 163 games on my Xbox Live account and have owned pretty much every console known to man (except Nintendos because I just don't like them, bar the N64). I'm aware of the pros and cons of both platforms but overall I truly beleve PC to be more cost effective.

 

 


Edited by Lifeshield - 12/13/11 at 7:05am
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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

Yeah but...I've switched back and forth 3 times.



I can tell you from experience it's hard and costly.
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I quit "core" consoles after PS2. The only consoles I play now are Wii and DS. My PSP is in the garage in a bunch of boxes.
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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.
I think everyone is missing the point of the console versus PC.
If you are just a casual gamer that plays on the off chance that you have time. A pc is not suited for you. If you like to just hop on to see whats up with your bros on cod a pc isn't the platform for you.
If you like to stay on top of things constantly upgrading (once a year at least) and constantly trying to figure out how to make your pc run best so that you can get those awesome pc graphics and framerate, then pc is for you.

Console is more suited for the casual crowd because like redsunx said you can bring them home and your good to go. Where as a pc might take a little time to get running stable, games might not work right off and you will have to tweak them....etc.
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What this article doesn't realize is that most people have a computer already. I would venture to say that more people have computers than consoles. If you think of a gaming Pc as your regular pc + a gaming graphics card, you realize you should only factor in the things that you must add to your pc to making it gaming capable, not the whole thing. Seriously flawed logic in this article.
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Pc gaming is much cheaper then consoles. You only need a quad core at most. Games are vastly cheaper.

And this is IGN...
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This just reminded me that I need to buy a new card for SWTOR. rolleyes.gif
 
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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

Yeah but...I've switched back and forth 3 times.



I can tell you from experience it's hard and costly.

Well of course, that is completely different. You are buying new hardware constantly across all platforms. I, for one, bought a 360, Wii, AND a PS3. I'd say I regret all but the Wii, as I have (ironically since it is the most casual of all) enjoyed that one the most. That's ~$800 thrown away between the 360, PS3, and games for each. $800 that could have gotten me a pair of high end GPUs.

Another thing to mention that has already been brought up in this thread: who doesn't have a PC at all today? If the general current gen console owner plays their consoles online, they must have internet, right? And who subscribes to an internet plan and doesn't have a PC? The cost of having BOTH a console and decent retail PC most definitely costs more than just having a good custom gaming PC, probably even so with the cost of having it built FOR you! You can get your PC put together for ~$50, great wiring job and all; just search craigslist. I don't deny: PC gaming takes a lot of maintenance (updating drivers, troubleshooting, staying clean of viruses, etc.) but it is so worth it and very easy to learn to begin with.

It's pretty pathetic (in my opinion) that even with the fact that consoles are typically sold at cost to MS/Sony, (they typically sell for $100 or even greater below their cost to produce) a gaming PC is only slightly more expensive in the long run and tears them to shreds performance-wise.
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This just reminded me that I need to buy a new card for SWTOR. rolleyes.gif



Meh I got mine already. I do want another one though. biggrin.gif

 

 

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