So we all know the "pc masterrace" people, right?
I just wanted to check if PC gaming is really advanced compared to console gaming.
Here is my comparison.
Pcs on same performance as consoles are more expensive. You cant really use your tv as a screen and need an monitor as well. = Console +1
PC Games in general are cheaper as console games. You can get games on key stores often for half price compared to console games. = PC +1
Console games can be bought used, swapped with friends and you can sell them later. Often not possible on pc. = Console +1
1.3 Gaming in general
Modern consoles need subscrition models for Online gaming. You will get free games, but not everybody want those games. If you want to play online, you have to pay the same price, no matter if you like the game or not. On PC you can decide when you want to get an cheap games (steam sale). Its not forced to get those and online is free. PC +1
PCs get outdated quicker as consoles and need to be updated frequently. The Xbox 360 launched in 2005. No way any 2005 pc could handle games like GTA V or the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider, even on lowest settings. Console +1
Good quality accessories (Controller, Mouse, keyboard) have similar prices on both. Both support cheaper third party solutions. Tie
Conclusion: Console 3 / PC 2
Winner: Console. Console Gaming in general is cheaper as pc gaming.
2.1 Multiplattform games
On strong PC hardware multiplattform games will look better as on consoles. Higher Framerate, better resolution and more details are often possible. Also pcs are able to use mods. PC +1
2.2 Exclusive games
Both plattform have exclusive games, but in general console exclusive have a higher quality. In the Top 100 of metacritic scores are way more console exclusive games as pc exclusives games. Also consoles exclusives game usual have better visuals, scince the budget on pc exclusive games is smaller.
On the other Hand some genres arnt even available on consoles (MMOs, RTS, Free2play). But we also need to keep in mind, games like GTA V were released on consoles eariler (timed exclusives). All in all games like Zelda, Uncharted, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Halo and co have higher quality then pc games (at least in terms of metacritic). Console +1
Gaming: Tie. Both plattforms have their pros and cons. While Multiplattform games often look better on pcs, console exclusives like driveclub, uncharted order order1886 even surpass many multiplattform games in terms of graphics on pc. (1/1)
PC didnt use any standard online plattform. Often many different plattforms are needed (steam, uplay, origin, teamspeak, skype, battlenet and more)
Consoles have 1 standard plattform, all friends in one list, on party voice chat. +1 Console
Console games were played with a controller on a couch. You can control the interface with the controller and play the games. PCs are made to be used on a desktop. You can connect them to your TV and hook up an controller, but the controls wont work was good. Its personal preference, if you like to play on an desk or on the couch, but in my opinion lying on the couch is more enjoyable. Tie (personal preference).
Winner: Console. Overall the console expierence is better. You dont need to build your system, bother with drivers and co. Its pretty much plug and play. (1/0)
I tried to make the comparison as fair as possible. Overall consoles gaming got more points as pc gaming.