Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm
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".
Originally Posted by redsunx
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
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