Originally Posted by Defoler
Not everyone can afford up to date 2000$ machine every other year.
So many buy a cheap PC once every few years and stick to it, because that is what they can afford.
I doubt they expect to play the latest greatest games. Mostly I expect them to be less gamers oriented in their purchase.
You do see people here who bought a brand new 2000$ PC 2 years ago who get frustrated the latest greatest game doesn't run 4K/60fps on their system.
Perhaps it was a knock on platform wars. To clarify, cut consoles out of the equation entirely. I'd bet people would replace the word console with the phrase cheap PC in such arguments. We can't have nice things because Bob spent $600 on his "gaming rig" instead of $2000. Especially because, well, a console could be construed as a cheap "personal computer" with less functionality anyway. So perhaps the comment was meant to illuminate the hypocrisy in the great debate known as platform wars.
Originally Posted by speed_demon
I've always liked the idea of building one system with high quality/top tier parts and keeping it for a while. Then you get value over the long run, good performance for the duration, and less headaches than cheap-o parts would cause. Granted my franken PC doesn't fit that bill but there's really no compelling reason for me to make a clean sheet build at the moment - My R9 390 does what I need it to just as well as my old GTX 1080 did for 1080P gaming. That and parts shortages have been a nightmare to deal with.
The trouble is you tend to eat a price premium for getting the best. See exhibit A, $1200 GPU's. Because... that isn't excessive or inflated. Queue the just buy it write-up. As I like to call it, the ultimate credibility booster.
I've always been a fan of the one or two steps down approach myself. That is, look at the "best" out there and purchase whatever is one or two steps below it. You can usually dodge the price premium this way and still get respectable longevity.
In terms of the thread topic.... I'm genuinely curious how games supporting the old square boxes with hardware from the stone age for a couple years after the new squareish boxes spelling the doom of PC's (not sure how that works either) roll around means there are no incentives to buy the latter. I'd think the new kids on the block ditching the spinny boy HDD's and elevating themselves above piss poor load times would be incentive enough. It's not like Xbox had a wealth of great exclusives to offer in the first place.