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It's always been a back and forth experience for me. The plug and play experience from console cannot be match by PC. I can sit on my couch, press a button on the controller, and start gaming in about 30 seconds. But when I want to play startcraft2, I have to use a mouse and a keyboard. I also play some racing games on PC like Richard Burns Rally, rFactor, and Live for Speed. I praise the physics of these three PC racing games, but the RSBR add-on and different mods on rfactor always get corrupted when I change something in the OS... So it forces me back to the console to play GT5/6...
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I've been a PC gamer since I got bored of the PS2 (back in 2008 or so). I remember my first purchase was a Geforce 9500GT. From that day to today, I've upgraded my PC several times in different departments; The CPU (1 time) , the GPU (3 times, 9500GT, HD4890 and GTX590) and RAM sticks (8 to 10 times). I switched to PC gaming just because I thought (from my ignorance) that I would never face any major issue with gaming on my PC (big mistake). The thing is that in all these years of upgrading and investing money on my PC just for gaming purposes, I've encountered more problems than solutions, starting with all the headaches the HD4890 gave me with drivers; then all the RAM sticks I had to throw away cause they were giving me BSOD's; and of course all the time wasted in trying to max out as much as possible every game I played without having to loose too much performance while at the same time trying to find better patches, drivers or online help to better optimize the games. From the HD4890, I went for the GTX590 (this was late 2012), mistakenly thinking (once again) that it would last me 4 - 5 years (future proof). It wasn't after the release of Crysis 3 that I realized how badly wrong I was. I couldn't even max out the game at 720p without filters while achieving 60 stable fps. In fact there were a LOT of games where I couldn't even achieve that (and they were, for the most part, the most gorgeous games; The Witcher 2, Metro Last Light, Bioshock Infinite, to name only a few). Personally the condition to go PC gaming, was to be able to max out every game at very good framerates and not to get slightly better looking games than I would on consoles. If I invested all that money into my PC, the minimum I ask is to be able to max the games out, maybe not with all the filters maxed out, but at least be able to play on very high settings, at 1080p, 60fps. So if 2 years ago I thought I would be future proof with my GTX590 and I ended up not being so; what makes the difference now If I buy a Titan Z? Absolutely nothing; I'm one of those guys who acts based upon facts and not words. And It's not a matter of my PC not being advanced enough (which in fact is technically superior to the PS4) to max out those games, it's a matter of devs not putting any effort into optimizing their games on PC. And I'm really tired of it.

So that's why this year I decided to leave PC gaming behind and get back to the PS, this time PS4. Now that games are starting to look amazing (and I don't really need them to look better), I prefer to leave all that hassle I had with my PC behind and see how the PS4 does.

That's my opinion. thumb.gif
Edited by DatPhoria - 4/4/14 at 12:26pm
post #53 of 64
After reading these thread I'm seeing a BIG pattern and realize I suffer from it too. The thing about PC architecture is that it advances CONSTANTLY and when you see people in life and on the internet buy new things and more you wanna buy new things too. Looking at minimum requirement for lets say WatchDogs

Processor: IntelCore 2 Quad Q8400 2.66Ghz or AMDPhenom II X4 940 3.0Ghz
Memory: 6GB RAM
Video card: 1024 VRAM DirectX 11 Shader 5.0
Sound Card: DirectX9
Hard drive: 25 GB

To play one of the biggest games of the year atleast to the quality of a PS3/Xbox 360 all you need is Hardware from 08. So Upgrading constantly is just very unneeded. Thats our own fault because the temptation and all of that to Max out and Overclock just makes things complicated and difficult. PC gaming is easier now so Stick BSOD isnt a thing anymore. The Console experience is limiting but simple but outside of the random game that ships broken, PC gaming is simple aswell
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Don't get me wrong guys PC gaming is leaps ahead of a PS4 and an Xbox One.

I would have to disagree with you there, but I can see how many people feel this way. Graphically, yes the PC is the best. But graphics are only 1 part of gaming. The accessibility of the PS4 is why I am buying it. I can take the PS4 anywhere in the house, set it up, connect HDMIs, and start playing. There is no way that I can move my 50 LBS computer from floor to floor. With a PC, you have to click many buttons to go from your desktop to the game. I can't sit on my couch in front of the TV and move a microscopic pointer. That is what I mean by accessibility.

As for the value, the PS4 which is $400 right now is so much better than a $400 PC. I know there are some very nitpicky and pain in the butt builders who will argue that if you play your cards right and find a very good discount in a very specific window of time then you can make a $400 PC that will compete with a PS4. Well, I would rather just get a PS4 than mess with all of that.

Plus, Sony's in house developers are some of the best of the best. I went on and on in another thread about why console developers are better than multiplatform developers, and I don't really want to get into it much, but from my perspective as a life long gamer, the most fun I have ever had gaming was with SCEA published games.

Honestly, if I was forced to choose between a gaming PC or a PS4 and laptop, I would choose the PS4 and laptop. But that is only if I had a gun to my head and someone said that I had to pick one.

P.S. as for the playability of the games themselves, that is too subjective to make a case for or against. Some people can't play games with a keyboard and mouse, others can't play a game with a controller. It is too personal of a thing to say that 1 is better than the other.
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I am still in the process of trying to decide. It is really hard for me to let go of my PC for some reason. I am ready to sell it and just build strictly for Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Office and web browsing. I have both consoles now and I enjoyed playing Madden on the PS4 and Titanfall on the XboxOne. Titanfall surprised me. I played the beta on the PC, and I really did not notice that much of a difference when I was playing on the XboxOne. I know that there is a difference, but it was not so noticeable that I dropped the controller and jumped on the PC to play.

I have only played Madden on the PS4. I just traded in for Blag Flag. I have Black Flag for the PC, but I am really tired of tweaking the settings to get it to stop screen tearing and to try and stop the stupid micro-stuttering and mini FPS drops that cause it. From what I heard, though, the PS4 version plays nice and smooth. I realize that there is going to be some graphical degradation from the PC to the PS4, but at this point I just want to be able to pop in a game, not worry about settings and play a smooth game.

Between what I just described and my overwhelming obsession to want to constantly upgrade my machine every time a new game is announced and every time a new piece of hardware is announced, I think that I am ready to make the jump to strictly console and to just sell the beast. It is so hard, though...tongue.gif

I guess another way to look at it is that I am just simplifying my life. I really do not have the time, or money really, to keep worrying about my PC and its upgrades. I do have higher priorities now (child), so maybe it is for the best.
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I can actually relate and understand a lot of this.

I totally understand what you mean by it becoming an obsession too. Luckily (largely in part because of my age), I don't have a bunch of money yet, but the "need to upgrade" can become destructive financially and mentally.

On another note, when I bought an Xbox One around launch I noticed I continued to play my PC more but when I traded it in for a new PS4 and some games about a week and a half ago, I'm ALWAYS using my PS4 it seems like. The graphics are great, I LOVE the UI of the operating system, and it did everything the Xbox One couldn't flawlessly (Netflix, for example... on Xone it still has a choppy framerate skipping issue...no SuperHD either, lol)
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If you don't like the idea of tuning a gaming PC, you made a mistake buying one in the first place. Plug and play is not what the PC is about - it's about freedom to customize your experience beyond a one-size-fits-all approach.
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If you don't like the idea of tuning a gaming PC, you made a mistake buying one in the first place. Plug and play is not what the PC is about - it's about freedom to customize your experience beyond a one-size-fits-all approach.

True, but it's hard for some people not to get carried away.
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If you don't like the idea of tuning a gaming PC, you made a mistake buying one in the first place. Plug and play is not what the PC is about - it's about freedom to customize your experience beyond a one-size-fits-all approach.

I don't think that anyone in this thread every mentioned that they did not like the idea of tuning a gaming PC. In fact, it is probably the exact opposite. I think most expressed their joy, albeit at an earlier time in the gaming career, in building said machines. To say that you made a mistake in buying (or in our cases building) one is a pretty asinine thing to state. We all know what gaming PCs are all about and we know that it is not plug-and-play. If you read the thread, you would see that this is about simplifying our gaming experience based on what is going on in our lives, be it financial or personal or whatever reasons.

Many of us in this thread also recognize that perhaps we have a slight, obsessive problem with wanting to constantly upgrade, which can lead to some headache and personal problems.

Thanks for posting a response, though.
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PC gaming is not an expensive hobby, relatively speaking. It can also be very cheap with some fidelity concessions and ingenuity.
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