This editorial is something I wanted to get off of my chest for a long time and get published on to my website. Yes, you aren’t being delusional as I’m finally back from retirement after abandoning my blog for almost a year. Sorry but university and other things in real life have kept me occupied. So anyways, now that I have fully transitioned to PC gaming and moved on from consoles (until I become financially independent), I want to share my opinions on how PC’s are superior to consoles in mostly every way. Here are all the reasons why consoles are inferior to PC:
#1: Graphical Quality/Performance
While most console games still are rendered at 30 fps, I can easily play even more demanding games that my laptop can barely handle at 60 fps. The reality for PC games is that it has to be able to run at 60 fps with the range from 45-60 fps. Console games sadly run from 20-30 fps or even if running at 60 fps, the framerate isn’t consistent and is usually 35-50 fps. And that’s after the fact that developers had to optimize the game to run on the console by intentionally limiting the graphics. So not only do console games run like shit, they even look like shit compared to PC games.
On PC, the only thing that limits the graphics are current video game design software and technology, as well as the hardware you have to run the game. PC games not only run at higher framerates on average, but can also be rendered with better graphics and higher resolution. You can fully customize the video settings for PC games, ranging from shader, texture, models, effects, shadows, tessellation, anti-aliasing, filtering, vertical sync, and so on and so forth. With console games, what the developers put into the graphics is what you’ll be dealing with forever.
When comparing the graphics between console and PC, its usually medium to high settings that is the standard for the former. Unfortunately on PC medium to high settings still looks like garbage compared to high and very high settings. Yes, I know that with the newer consoles – PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, and Nintendo Switch – gamers can finally play at 4k resolution. However, the framerate and graphics will look like shit and it’s not even native 4k, probably just 1440p or 1080p upscaled to 4k lol. I’d rather play my games at native 1080p 45-60 fps then at sub 4k 20-30 fps.
It’s quite sad that console gamers still accept sub resolutions and very low framerate as acceptable. Even with my low end laptop (I will be getting mid range next year), I can still play GTA 5 at low to medium settings at 720p and get 30-40 fps. Let that sink in for a moment and realize how weak the original PS4 and Xbox One are compared to my shitty laptop. If my laptop actually met the minimum requirements, I could play GTA 5 at medium settings and get 60 fps at 768p. Oh right, you can also upscale the resolution for PC while consoles you’re stuck with the system’s resolution lol.
#2: Cheap Prices In Long Term
Sure it might seem impractical to get into PC gaming since you’ll need at least 800 USD to even get mid range and 1500 to build high end PC, but honestly it’s only expensive in the short term. For consoles the systems themselves may be cheap, but add in the costs of games, extra controllers and accessories, online subscription, it actually end up becoming even more expensive. With PC gaming on the other hand, you actually don’t have to spend that much money buying a PC if you can’t afford it. Just buy a less powerful computer or buy weaker components to build.
I can get about 20 games for 100 dollars during a huge sale on Steam, but if I spend the same amount of money for console games it won’t be so amazing. Console games tend to cost 60-70 or even 80 dollars now, and even used games cost between 20-40 dollars…unless you’re willing to pay 5 bucks for a game in shit condition without a manual and sometimes lacking a cover. PC games tend to cost 60-80 bucks as well for the really new games but then drop in value in a matter of months instead of years; eventually dropping to 40-50 bucks and then 20-30 in a few years.
And don’t even get me started with the sales that happen every other week! The games become as cheap as food from the grocery store and that’s often when people buy their games to not be ripped off. With controllers and accessories they are more expensive than their console counterparts I give you that, but you know what doesn’t cost any money at all whatsoever? Playing games online is totally free except when it comes to paying your internet bill of course! Why are console peasants willing to pay 50-60 bucks a month when I don’t have to pay at all?
To be fair, some games do require a subscription fee but that’s only because they’re MMORPG’s which require large servers to be maintained constantly. Oh yes, I mentioned buying cheaper components – you can easily upgrade your PC (except for laptops) instead of buying a whole new PC unlike with consoles! For consoles, if one part breaks and your warranty has expired or becomes void, you have to pay lots of money to buy a new console or have the company repair it. Another reason why PC gaming is superior are the upgrades which goes into the next reason…
#3: PC Parts Can Be Upgraded
Is your computer suddenly overheating or slowing down for some weird reason? Does your computer no longer meet system requirements for the latest games? Want to just customize your PC because you can? Well with PC gaming literally every component of it can be upgraded so you won’t have to buy another whole new computer altogether. Even with laptops, I can still at least upgrade the RAM and storage as well as hook it up to an external monitor to play at higher resolutions. Consoles cannot be upgraded so unfortunately every few years you have to buy the next gen system.
Okay yes, while the CPU and GPU are very expensive to upgrade, other parts such as RAM, HDD/SSD, monitor, optical drives, etc., are fairly cheap and can make the lifespan and performance much better. Of course if you’re always on a budget, you can opt to buy mid range parts instead of the super expensive high end parts. Let’s be honest, unless you’re into video editing or in a career requiring a powerful PC, there isn’t any point in even getting a high end PC besides bragging rights and personal leisure. And if you are poor, just buy a low end or mid range laptop instead.
The main difference between PC and console is that it’s customizable. So that means you can buy your components from any brand that makes them to make your PC run however you want. You’re stuck with what you get for consoles unless the company decides to build an upgraded variation or you choose their competitor. There are just so many options to choose from that you’ll be overwhelmed with how to make your system be awesome rather than by how shitty the components run. One more thing, I can optimize the components myself too.
#4: Full Optimization
If for whatever reason my PC isn’t working like it should or the performance has gotten weaker over time, I can always tweak it myself to improve it. There are so many softwares that exist which help in making my PC faster, delete unwanted cache and files, make the games run without interference, fix any major bugs by developers, and so on. For consoles, I would have to wait for the company to release a patch or update and that may sometimes not work. If I try to modify my console in any way, my warranty gets voided and its technically against the law.
I can also install updates to fix issues too on PC but unlike with consoles these patches are much faster to be available for download. PC software doesn’t have to go through the same bullshit process that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have which can delay the time for updates to be released. Sure that way those three companies can give consumers peace of mind knowing the software and games won’t be buggy, but with PC the community itself can modify software to fix it themselves. Best of all, updates on PC aren’t mandatory unless you’re having major issues.
While modding is considered illegal for consoles and requires you “jailbreak” them, PC is readily available to be modded. Anybody with expertise in computers and programming can easily create the files that can fix any bugs or problems and then publish it online for others to install and use. Often times for console games, if they’re shit or developers refuse to fix any problems, you’re screwed; with PC, you can just have the consumers fix it for you if that’s the case. When you jailbreak a console, you risk making it unplayable or causing issues that can only be fixed by wiping everything.
#5: Mods For Extra Content/Replayability
If you’re ever bored of playing the same old games but don’t want to buy or can’t afford new games at the moment, then mod your current games. Anything from skins, sounds, animations, scripts, UI, game modes, maps, and more can be installed through the Steam workshop or via third party modding sites. This can add new content and replay value as well as satisfy any fantasies or wishes that developers won’t fulfill for you. Want to fight zombies consisting of Shrek, Mileena, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong in a map resembling a giant version of a kid’s bedroom? Well you can.
Of course if you install cheats or use non-aesthetic mods in online matches you will or may end up getting banned by the developers. But if you’re using mods offline or only with friends then it’s definitely ethical and legal. Only downside to mods are that they can be taken down by developers if they wish and can lower the performance since they’re not optimized to work well with the games. I’ve spent hundreds of hours in Left 4 Dead 2 from using mods alone. In fact, had it not been for the mods I would’ve stopped playing at 200 hours instead of 600 hours and continuing.
Again like with jailbreaking consoles, if you try to install mods do so at your own risk as it can totally mess your system up and it’s illegal. If caught using them online even if they aren’t cheat codes, you will get permabanned. Unlike with PC, you’re gonna have to buy an entirely new console if you want to play online once you’re banned. Sometimes mods can become their own games, which is how the Counter Strike franchise came into existence as it was originally a mod for Half Life. On Steam, you can even get paid by the developers for making mods and get customer support also.
#6: Customized Control(lers)
Sure for the Wii and Wii U there were those motion based controllers and you can use Kinect and PlayStation Move for Xbox One and PS4 respectively. But you can’t change the control layout to your liking now can you? You can’t decide to use keyboard/mouse then go to gamepad then go to joystick. And any third party controllers you buy for consoles are exact replicas of first party aside from design and few extra buttons. Oh, and you can use your PS4 or Xbox One controller for PC games too. You can at most use a keyboard for typing on console but not for gaming right?
Keyboard and mouse is honestly the real way to play video games, especially for shooters, simulation, sandbox, and MMO games. For platformers, racing, and fighting games it’s recommended to use a gamepad which again you’re able to use so long as you install the drivers and configure it before playing. On consoles you have to adapt to the control scheme given to you even if you dislike or hate it. I honestly can’t imagine how people can actually play shooters with a controller at 30 fps lol. I tried it once in Left 4 Dead (1) and died so many times on easy difficulty.
#7: Other Practical Uses
For gaming consoles you can at most play video games, and maybe just browse the web and watch movies with limitations. For PC, I can play video games, browse the internet, watch movies, listen to music, use all kinds of software from video editing to engineering a rocket, call and chat with people, and much much more. So even though I’m paying let’s say 1000 dollars for my mid range laptop next year, I can do lots of things that I can’t do on PS4 Pro costing 500-700 dollars. Yeah, so I’m wasting even more money buying a console as a PC is actually more practical.
Other gimmicks like virtual reality and motion controllers are also readily available on PC, albeit at a more expensive price. Everything that consoles can do, PC can do better and much more. It’s pathetic how Sony and Microsoft are trying so hard for consoles to resemble PC’s when they’re originally designed to be different. The point of getting consoles is to play games without the bullshit and inconvenience of installing everything on PC just for it to launch and run properly. That ties into my next reason which I will elaborate right just about now very soon.
#8: Convenience Of Playing
The irony is that PC’s are now convenient for gaming than consoles are compared to the past. Back then you had to put the CD or floppy disk in, go through so much pages of installation setup, type in codes or keys, and then wait a long ass time. Once that was done, you had to wait for it to launch, configure the settings which was mandatory, and then be able to play the damn game. Guess what, that’s exactly what playing on consoles feels like in the days of PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. Why do I have to install the game to the fucking hard drive of the console just to play it?
With PC though, I can log in to Steam, GOG, EA Origin, uPlay, or Battle Net, buy the games directly from the store, wait for it to download, and then done. I then launch the game from the application and I can start playing unless I want to (most people will) change the video and controller settings which aren’t mandatory. For consoles, if a game is being installed it becomes a brick; sure that can be said for PC but I can still do other things and play games on other platforms. When I’m playing on console, I expect to put in the disc, wait for it to load, then start playing without any hassle.
#9: Competent Players Online
Since PC’s tend to be more expensive in the short term, it turns lots of people off including kids and their parents. Yeah, I know it’s sad that people don’t value long term results, but that’s human nature for you. Anyways, that means there are much less annoying rude kids playing CSGO that can’t even play if their lives depended on it and more mature adult gamers that aren’t sociopaths. Well PC gaming still has its fair share of trolls, griefers, and hackers but they’re nowhere near as much compared to consoles or at least for very competitive and popular games.
Even if there are more and more younger gamers transitioning or starting with PC gaming, they still won’t be able to play the newest games. Those require very powerful hardware and they most likely can’t afford to buy such high end components to upgrade their potato computers. The fact that indie and free to play games on the rise that can be run on shitty systems will attract even more incompetent and/or immature gamers to them instead of the harder and more popular titles. I guess it’s beneficial to use something that isn’t mainstream to everyone sometimes.
#10: Better Customer Support
If something goes wrong and shit hits the fan who are you going to contact and how will it be resolved? Oh right, with consoles you’re gonna have to wait a long time for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft to even respond. You’ll most likely have to call them if their website’s FAQs don’t help much. Then when you ship the console to their repair center you’re gonna have to wait several weeks and may have to cover shipping or even repair costs depending on the circumstances. And if it doesn’t require repairing, their advice won’t help much if it isn’t a major or minor issue.
With PC, you can instantly contact customer support and depending on the situation, you can expect Valve or EA or whoever to respond within hours or days. They can easily help you out with whatever problem you have and can ask for files and logs from your PC so they can use it as diagnostic data. Or if you have a problem with a game and want to refund it, no questions asked as long as you meet their refund conditions. While Sony and Microsoft are well known for horrible customer support, Valve (sort of) and EA are known for excellent customer support.
And if the developers or companies can’t really help you or suck at it, there’s always the forums which can be instantly accessed. Just state your issue and expect other gamers with more experience and knowledge to respond with helpful advice within minutes or hours. So even if you think Valve fucking sucks at customer service now, the community won’t ever let you down (except for trolls of course). No need to sign up for extra accounts just to be able access the forums since it’s all tied under your one account used to buy and play games when you first registered.
There you have it, 10 reasons why PC gaming is and will be superior to console gaming unless the companies stop making it resemble PC’s. Of course, there are some advantages that consoles still have that PC’s won’t ever have (unless you’re using the Steam box thingie) which I might discuss in another editorial. I don’t suddenly have a hatred towards consoles nor am I fanboy to PC as I had my fair share of frustrations when playing games on PC. I hope you guys enjoyed my first article written ever since my last review from almost a full year ago and have a good day.