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Upcoming Games: PC Or Console?

With the release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution just around the corner, and other titles such as Skyrim or Battlefield 3 following close behind, there is a certain question that seems to come to mind. Should I go PC -and upgrade my hardware once more- for this onslaught of incredible games, or just stick with my consoles? While this might, at first, sound like a personal query, I felt that it covered a much broader and far reaching issue that has been plaguing countless gamers like myself. Not only in shelf space or trade in value, we have seen PC games slowly declining over the years, while still managing to make impressive come backs with MMO’s and other titles more suited to the PC’s controls and convenience (don’t you just love alt-tab? I know I do…).

As I watch, it seems as though the gaming community has adapted to a console majority -namely in the FPS and Third Person genres- for more than just one reason. For starters, most anyone could tell you that Gaming PC’s are, without a doubt, significantly more expensive than today’s gaming consoles; as such, one could say that PC gamers should inherently be labeled as at least mild enthusiasts. Secondly, you have the matter of convenience -which is a major concern for gamers, as you well know- both in terms of installation and accessibility. With PC instillation you can run into any number of problems having to do with both hardware and software, while a console allows you to simply pop in the game disc. Also, many people don’t enjoy being confined to their computer chairs for hours on end, and would prefer to game within a slightly more sociable and comfortable play area, such as their living room.

Another thing I notice, is that the only titles which PC gamers insist are best on PC are in line with those that truly require a keyboard and, perhaps more importantly, a mouse. Real Time Strategy, Role Playing, and online community games are all better played on a PC than any console controller. But for me, this raises another interesting question in reference to the PC vs Console debate. Considering how more and more people are connecting their PC’s to their televisions via HDMI, and the fact that our consoles are always striving to live up to the PC’s Internet and sharing capabilities, I have to wonder: Would people just be happier if the next generation of consoles simply came with an official keyboard and mouse in addition to the standard game pad? Just food for thought…

Personally, I will most likely be replacing my once prestigious PC rig, but it’s really more a question of when. I love PC Gaming, it’s what I was raised on. But, I would be a liar if I tried to tell you that my consoles haven’t been slowly taking over my gaming time throughout the years. Part of me wants to see the final side by side comparisons of PC to Console before deciding, while my wallet whispers that it doesn’t really matter.

But what do you think? Will you be sticking with PC? Do you dislike the fact that many large budget games are now console exclusives? Or are you just as happy to be without them and would rather play Starcraft? We do have Diablo III (which is now being developed for consoles as well) and Star Wars The Old Republic to look forward to. Will you be needing to upgrade your PC if you do stick with it? Shout out in the comments bellow.

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  • Horse Man

    I’m with PC. I don’t really see how consoles stand a chance in the argument, and I’m not trying to come off condescending or disrespectful to anyone else’s personal preference. Technically, a console is a PC that is designed to play games and movies as well as a few other things.

    A PC plays games, but allows people to upgrade hardware to get better graphics and performance, but it’s not like that’s all you use your computer for. You can do everything the console, better than it can do, plus more. It’s also cheaper if you shop wisely, and assembling one really isn’t difficult if you do your research. Hell, I just bought and built my own rig for the first time a few days ago and now it’s up and running. Admittedly, hooking up the PSU to the motherboard took me a good half hour to forty-five minutes haha. And if you don’t have time to figure out how to build one you can just pay someone at best buy or whatever to assemble it for you.

    That’s my point of view as far as the PC vs Console debate goes, I switched over to PC and I’m very satisfied with my decision. What about you guys?

    • Anonymous

      While a PC can be upgraded and push better graphics, its much more complicated. With a console its simple. You pay $200-400 one time and you are done. You know that every game will work right, that three years down the road when the new CoD comes out you can go to the store and get it. You obviously have to make sacrifices for the simplicity.

      But you also make sacrifices for PC gaming. Its much more expensive, and even the most knowledgeable user will have problems once in a while, whether it be with Windows or a specific game. Some people dont like the hassle.

    • Anonymous

      While a PC can be upgraded and push better graphics, its much more complicated. With a console its simple. You pay $200-400 one time and you are done. You know that every game will work right, that three years down the road when the new CoD comes out you can go to the store and get it. You obviously have to make sacrifices for the simplicity.

      But you also make sacrifices for PC gaming. Its much more expensive, and even the most knowledgeable user will have problems once in a while, whether it be with Windows or a specific game. Some people dont like the hassle.

  • Anonymous

    Im in a bad place with my PC. I need a new graphics card but I am also stuck with a old mobo. I have a ASUS P5Q-E that lacks USB3.0 support, DDR3 support, and obviously lacks support for new processors.

    I dont feel bottlenecked by the 3.16ghz Core 2 Duo at all so I will probably wait on upgrading that. But I do need to get something better than an 8800gt. I will probably wait for Skyrim to come out and upgrade then.

    • Goodbye Horses

      Well to be honest, I don’t predict skyrim to have that demanding requirements. I think it looks really good from what I’ve seen so far, but at the same time I get the feeling Todd is intentionally cutting back a bit because he wants console gamers and PC gamers to have almost the same thing. But I suppose we’ll have to wait for them to release system requirements to know.

    • jSlides

      I just upgraded my 8800 gtx SC to a 570 gtx SC.  It was $300 (Can) and I can now play pretty much everything at full spec.  I did have a second slot so I am able to use the 8000 gtx as a straight physics card for games like batman AA and Mafia that use nVidia phyics.

      I have a 3.1 GHz dual core and only 4Gb of DDR 2 RAM.  My bottleneck right now is my hard drive.

    • jSlides

      I just upgraded my 8800 gtx SC to a 570 gtx SC.  It was $300 (Can) and I can now play pretty much everything at full spec.  I did have a second slot so I am able to use the 8000 gtx as a straight physics card for games like batman AA and Mafia that use nVidia phyics.

      I have a 3.1 GHz dual core and only 4Gb of DDR 2 RAM.  My bottleneck right now is my hard drive.

    • jSlides

      I just upgraded my 8800 gtx SC to a 570 gtx SC.  It was $300 (Can) and I can now play pretty much everything at full spec.  I did have a second slot so I am able to use the 8000 gtx as a straight physics card for games like batman AA and Mafia that use nVidia phyics.

      I have a 3.1 GHz dual core and only 4Gb of DDR 2 RAM.  My bottleneck right now is my hard drive.

  • I have a gaming PC, a PS3, and a 360.  So I can’t really select any of the answers.  I get games my 360 friends will play on the 360.  I get games that have mods, or are mostly SP, or are gorgeous, on the PC.  And I get stuff on the PS3 I can’t get anywhere else (Dust, I’m looking at you).

  •  Almost exclusively PC. Only game I bought my PS3 for is DUST. It’s actually gonna sit in its box until I get a copy of DUST. That aside, I have and always will be a PC gamer. Upgrading your PC isn’t actually expensive these days, I recently pieced together a rig, including OS licence, for £375, which is about the same as the PS3 at launch but with vastly wider functionality. Of course the machine I use myself is a lot more powerful and expensive, but that’s beside the point.

  • There’s always OnLive, which can be run on any computer (I use my Netbook sometimes 🙂 ) — that way you can play the new Deus Ex without upgrading your PC!

  • i don’t think pc gaming is that more expensive if you look most of us already own a pc that can be upgraded to play games you don’t need a overclocked quad i7 capable of running 8 threads to be able to play the majority of games in most cases you more than fine with a 2.4ghz dual core and 4 gigs of ram is ofttimes more than enough and most computers come with far more hhd space than you will ever use if you look at the price of buying a console for $200 you could easaly invest that in a rather capable video card and be good to go for a few years and even if you were to go all out and get a pc that will last you for 3 good years of gaming performance i still would clam you would make back your money in buying cheaper games (steam deals are amazing) i oftain pick up games that i want during Christmas and summer sales and buy little to no games the rest of the year except for certain games… skyrim… lol

    • Anonymous

      I have to disagree. Many consumer PCs are not made to be upgraded. Dells and HPs are often designed in a way that prevents other parts from fitting it. My old HP BARELY fit the 8800GT I put in it and would not fit newer generation cards of today. Others have tailored compartments for PSU’s that wont fit other models.

      Some can be upgraded, but even then its hardly ideal. For one a good graphics card is going to run you at least $250. Sure there are cards cheaper than that but they will not hold out nearly as long. When I purchased an 8800GT it was $319 (despite the MSRP being lower, demand inflated that long after launch), it still runs most games pretty well today at 1920×1080. If I had spent only $200 I would have had to upgrade already. Even at $250, thats still more than a console for one component. I dont know what size PSU’s are often installed in consumer PCs now a days but I would bet that would need replacing too.

      Also anyone with an alternative form factor, such as a Slimfit or All-In-One case, can hardly alter the components at all.

      •  You can pick up a GPU that will run any game with good settings for like $130 these days…

        • Anonymous

          and that will last how long? Good luck with that card in 20 months.

          • Technical Asset

            Still have my Nvidia 6800GT running like butter in an computer I gave to my father. The card is well over 6 years old, and when i got it, it only cost me $145.00. That was old tech back then that didnt run as good as the previous three generations of Nvidia cards. At this point in time I can build a person a PC gaming rig that runs a 560Ti and a core i5 for less than 450.00. Sure its more expensive than a counsel, but at least with that PC you get a 3d Blu-ray player, and a decent setup that can play most games on high-ultra settings.

  • Jose

    PC version, just pre-ordered my copy yesterday before launch day!!! (Extra Content)

    Yea, I just can’t see why you would get the console version unless not having a decent PC. But I see more games coming out with the PC as their Flagship platform since the current generation of consoles are outdated.

    Just received news that Sony won’t be releasing any new console until the PS3 reaches its maximum potential…and with countries worldwide not so good on the economy, a new generation of consoles won’t be as demanding especially any console higher than $400…

  • Whomite

    Wheres the vote for “I like PC and Console and will stick with both”?