Originally Posted by iARDAs
Hello there folks. I recently switched to PS4 gaming from PC gaming and wanted to tell you my honest thoughts about both setups.
Actually I used to be a PS3 gamer a few weeks before I joined OCN. However I was extremely fed up with poor graphics and unoptimized multiplatform games as well as the infamous hacking of Playstation Servers which did not allow me to play online for a month. So back than I decided to build a PC and learned A LOT from OCN. In my 2 years of PC gaming time I had a GTX 570, 590, 670, Titan and finally a 780. I also gamed at 1080 60hz, 1080p 120hz, 1080p 3D and 1440p resolutions.
First thigs first. Why did I switch to console gaming from PC gaming? For the last few months I realized that PC gaming became an obsession for me. Actually not the gaming part, but the upgrade part became an obsession. I am one of those people who would have a 780 and would have upgraded to 780ti and if 880 came in a month later, than I would sell the 780ti and get the 880. Since I live in Turkey, the costs for computer parts are high and I ended up loosing a lot of money in this process. However every hobby is costly and I never minded it too much but ever since my wife got pregnant, than my gaming time became limited, and ever since our little one was born at the end of 2013, my limited gaming time became even more limited. So there was not really a point for me too keep a high eng GPU (780) and a High end Monitor (1440p Dell U2713HM) just for a few hours of gaming each week. Actually maybe I would have if I was not obsessed with grabbing a 880, a 4K monitor etc when they would hit the market. Also deep inside I truly missed living room couch gaming and all of my real life friends are into console gaming. I am 31 years old btw.
To be honest PS4 made me happy visually. The visual quality is of course not as amazing as my previous 1440p gaming experience, but for 1080p living room gaming, it is pretty good. From the titles I played so far (Killzone, BF4, Fifa14, Contrast, Resogun) I am extremelly happy with how all of them looks and perform. But besides the graphics, what made me really happy was the hassle free setup of games and I realized how much I missed the "plug and play" concept. BF4 in PC at a 1440p resolution was amazing but ever since the launch day, I could never enjoy the game because of numerous problems, however the PS4 version was hassle free and I never bothered with anything.
Lately I became fed up with poor drivers, poor optimization and poor eveyrthing in PC Gaming. I felt like no matter how much I would invest on PC gaming, I never got a pure gaming experience out of it (personal thought)... PS4 also has issues with framerates and it is never a stable 60 fps experience, but even if the fps would go lower in an extensive scene on BF4, I just accept it because there isn't anything I can do about it. However in PC, if my framerate would drop to 55 from 60 and my GPU usage would drop to 75% from 99%, I would immediately leave the game and check bunch of software and hardware related things to see if I can do anything about it. I would reinstall drivers, do some hardware diagnostics, and they all started to bother me in the last few months. I would have rather spent that time on gaming instead of running diagnostics. Perhaps the "hobby" part of PC gaming started to die sooner than I realized.
Don't get me wrong guys PC gaming is leaps ahead of a PS4 and an Xbox One. With the last consoles you are limited on what the console can do, however in PC gaming the limit is a person's budget. I mean 4k Surround gaming is not that far away. Something that a console can never ever do. Oculus Rift is on the way and even though a PS4 would have supported it ( I doubt it though) there is no way it can work on 1080p and 60hz on many tittles. PC gaming will only evolve and evolve and evolve, but a PS4 or a Xbone will only be optimzied. The hardware will always be the same.
Other personal problem I had was Steam. Now of course Steam can never be a problem, it is truly a great service, however the Steam Sales started to hurt me. I didn't mind spending the money on all of the 200+games I own in my library, but I started to mind that I played maybe 70-80 of them. The played to unplayed games ratio in my library started to get even more fat with each steam sale. Even in the few last Steam Sales, I would buy a game and knew 99% that I would never play it. The prices were great but why just bother If I will not play with them? IN PS4 it is different. The games are more expensive I agree but a game per month would just be an ideal thing in my case, and I can always sell the game back. Not to mention that the free games the PSN plus offers.
One other thing is the plug and play concept. Just plug the PS4, turn on the controller and enjoy your games on the big screen in my living room. I carried my PC lots of times to the living room but at the end of they day, it just made a huge mess. Although you can play pretty much all games with a wireless 360 controller, you are still dependant on a mouse and a keyboard at times. Weather while messaging people, surfing on the web etc. But since the few things that a PS4 does can all be done with a single controller, it is just much more comfortable for me.
At the end when I compare PS4 and my last PC, there isn't anything technically that a PS4 can do better than my old PC. However I ended up craving for a PS4 and started to like the overall gaming experience more than before.
I know that I will miss out on many technological things on the PC industry and perhaps some titles that won't make it to a PS4, but at the end of the day, as a 31 year old father, and a busy man, do I really have the time to experience all the cool gadgets, new techs and play all the games?
Again, although I enjoy PS4 gaming a lot, I know it and will always know it in the depths of my heart that it is inferior to PC gaming both technically and visually, however the simplicity of it just was the thing I truly needed at my current stage. I am just glad that PS4 did not dissapoint me much. And yes playing BF4 with a controller sucked, it only sucked for 3 days. Believe it or not my KD ratio on PS4 is better than the KD ratio on PC.
All this experience just proved me that, the best and most enjoyed gaming method is always tha one that you ENJOY the most, not the one that is technically better. Weather it is a PS4, a PC, an Ipad or anything else.