Originally Posted by Marafice Eye
And again, what everyone fails to STILL realize, is you can easily build a comparable PC to the specs of a 360/PS3, and run games fine. What NO ONE takes into account is that the consoles are NOT running at 1080p, and MOST games aren't even running at 720p They're lower res and upscaled. so YES a PC built with those consoles' specs, can run those games just as well/better at the same resolutions.
What's the point in building a PC that can only run games in 720p? May aswell just buy a console and have it upscale to 1080 and save yourself the headache. Not like the console will cost you any more. Actually let's think about it, I bought a Xbox 360 Slim for £200 brand new with a 120gb HDD. Out of the box I can just play. Now you have to research, and then buy and build the following parts... brand new... CPU, RAM, Motherboard, PSU, Hard Drive, Case, Graphics Card, Operating System, DVD Drive, Mouse, Keyboard. Operating system alone takes up a nice chunk of that £200. You would barely build that at a significant amount less than what I could buy a brand new Xbox 360 for and the research and building alone makes it just not worth the hassle for a majority of people. Also take into account not everyone lives in a country where PC parts may be more readily available at cheap prices as in some countries.
If someone is going to play games on a PC they may aswell make the most out of it and get a good PC that can run games "better" than what a console can achieve. That will require more money than what alot of people here "claim". To the average consumer, who wouldn't even have a clue where to begin with alot of PC hardware, it would be a technical nightmare. As someone who speaks to customers on a regular basis about buying PCs and Laptops, believe me that most people aren't really clued up when it comes to PCs and Laptops. It's a hobby for us, and we know what's good and what isn't because of that, but it's not something for everyone, something people really need to take into account here.
And for the record, most games are actually around 720p natively on consoles. Some are also actually 1080p natively (though there is admittedly not many of them) on the PS3 and Xbox 360. I'm pretty sure that if you go and pour through the resolution list and count each one individually you will find this is correct.
Edited by Lifeshield - 10/4/12 at 7:15am