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Look at it this way, most people who own a console, also own a PC anyway for day to day use. An entry level PC+Monitor is going to run at least $400 USD.
Most people use laptops. Only PC gamers have desktops around. Console gaming is way cheaper. Alas, this is a PC elitist forum so you have this thread full of kids trying to justify their $1000 gaming desktops.
 
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If you want to compare a top of the line PC + games to an xbox/ps3 + games the pc is of course going to lose.

However if you are comparing a normal everyday computer that can game, like a q6600 with a 8800gt the pc is going to win. Hardware for PC drops pretty significantly after a new generation comes out, if someone plays their cards right they can get last years best for a low low price and game perfectly fine. I could build a 775 socket computer with 8800gt for probably the same price as a xbox/ps3 and have better everything.

I know when I started pc gaming I would only buy hardware when I needed it to actually play a game, instead of now buying hardware so i can get 60+ fps.
    
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My friends that play on their consoles have to buy the console, 3 controllers and a nice TV which amounts to about the price of a kick ass PC in the first place. On top of that all their games cost 60-70 bucks while I buy most of my games for 40 bucks or under especially since I tend to wait till summer or winter for the steam holiday sales to pile up the games for playing between mega sales. Hell I have played the last half a year mostly on Starcraft 2, Minecraft, Sol Survivor and Divninty 2 which cost me 100 bucks total, that is almost the price of one console game! I would say I spend MUCH less than most of the console gamers out there on gaming, but there is the odd console gamer that simply plays CoD and Halo and that is it, so they end up spending a lot less. Although I would not call them gamers - I would call them blow hards.

Also another huge point is that since consoles are driving gaming these days there us absolutely no need to upgrade your PC hardware what so ever. I usually upgrade some part of my computer every winter holiday and this year I had no reason to. It looks like computers will start lasting longer as our last gen hardware still absolutely demolishes the capabilities of any of the consoles out and mostly we get ports.

That is just me though.
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After looking at this maybe you are right! I mean you get the Xbox, 300 bucks right? you get a couple games, 200 worth yearly. So the first year you pay 500 bucks, and after that 200 yearly for new game titles.

PC gaming, 1000 bucks for a decent system, than about 150 for games (got to admit they are cheaper in most ways, even at Gamestop) and after that 150-200 bucks yearly for new game titles. Then of course you have to dish out 300 for a new CPU or GPU from time to time, or maybe your board broke, so bam every three years you have to get new hardware.....
If we're considering getting new hardware every few years for PC, how bout we consider replacing our consoles and all their games every few years as well. Since we're trying to do an apples to apples comparison. Also never forget that HDTV you need for your console, it's a big expense.

@Pibbz most of the people on here are not trying to justify a $1000 gaming rig, as most people on here didn't buy their rig for the sole purpose of gaming.
Edited by OwnedINC - 1/26/11 at 9:35am
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PC gaming could quite easily be cheaper...I think it all depends on the rig that is in question compaired to the consol. While Black OPs for example looks good on the PS3...It looks like crap compaired to a maxxed out PC. And if someone just bought that PC like me. I am not going to need to buy anything new for quite some time in order to maintain maxxed out settings.
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If we're considering getting new hardware every few years for PC, how bout we consider replacing our consoles and all their games every few years as well. Since we're trying to do an apples to apples comparison. Also never forget that HDTV you need for your console, it's a big expense.

@Pibbz most of the people on here are not trying to justify a $1000 gaming rig, as most people on here didn't buy their rig for the sole purpose of gaming.
With consoles every game released runs fine and looks great, you have to keep upgrading a PC to maintain the same level of performance. The cost of a HDTV is totally irrelevant, you can spend the same amount on a good monitor. There's no need to spend a lot on a HDTV.
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Most people use laptops. Only PC gamers have desktops around.
Really? The whole world runs on PCs now. The internet, business networks etc etc etc. The PC is now an essential part of business in the 21st century. And you can use them for gaming too. I use my PC for gaming and work. There are a lot of more complex games that are PC only that consoles cannot do. Some people like consoles good for them but I prefer PCs for gaming.
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Well... It really depends, doesn't it? Sure, PC gaming is more expensive if you want to play max settings on each game, but for casual gamers? A new PC/major upgrade would only be needed every 5 years, I'd say. How long does it take for a new console to come out? And that's at a significantly larger cost than the aforementioned upgrade.

Plus, the games are more expensive on the consoles. I can get most new games for the PC for 40 Euros, usually, and if I can't it doesn't take long, but new console games? All my sales locations have those at 60 Euros for quite a few more months.

Honestly, I doubt there's a significant difference for it to make an argument out of in favour of consoles.
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Also... What was the mid-range hardware when 360 launched in 2005?

7800GT and a Pentium D/Athlon FX 64?

Is anyone still gaming on this?

Apples to Oranges. Consoles don't function the same way as PC's so that argument in moot. Seems everyone forgets this
     
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I'd say console gaming is cheaper. A decent gaming pc is close to $700-$1000 vs a console being half that. You can even pick them up used for alot less.

I like how I can just borrow a game from a friend and install it. I can also get all the games I want from GameFly here in the US.

If only I could do stuff like that with pc. I'd love to be able to rent the full version of a game.
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