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Simplicity and Nintendo.

I don't think I need to explain why I included "Nintendo". Fact is, only Nintendo consoles have Nintendo games.

As for simplicity, I don't want to worry about the hardware or its ability to support the software or controllers, etc. I just want to plug it in and play a game. Then when technology wants to advance, I just buy one simple piece of hardware and associated games. No need to spend time determining the best upgrade/build/PC to be suitable for the next X years.



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I prefer a lot of games that I can only play on consoles, such as Persona 5 and Super Mario Odyssey.

PC is definitely my preferred platform when it comes to most third party stuff though, especially first person shooters.



Lawlight said:
Pemalite said:

I don't share that perspective... The vast majority of console games are on PC anyway.

https://rpcs3.net/compatibility

529 Playstation 3 games are now playable on PC. And that is playable from start to finish.
Only a matter of time before the entire library can be run. ;)

To put that in perspective... That is the equivalent of 32% of the entire Playstation 4 game Library, come a long way, huh?
Here is Xenoverse running:

I checked that PS3 emulator page - only 17.88% of the PS3 games are playable. I checked some Sony first parties - Uncharted, The Last of Us, Killzone, Heavy Rain - not playable. I checked Tales of Symphonia because that’s I am playing at the moment and it’s marked as playable. However, when checking the thread and:

Movie : Slow
Graphic : Slow
Music : Work
SaveGame : Not Work
LoadGame : ???

This is what counts as playable? 

Like 90% of PS3 games are multplats also available on PC with better visuals and frame rates than PS3.

With this in mind, is only worth emulating the PS3 exclusives which are the minority, mainly the 1st parties.

So maybe these 500 or so games are the ones that are not available on PC and thus the focus must be put on.



BasilZero said:

Both sides have arguments.

Console wise - first party support, buying pre-made hardware easy set up, early release date games

PC wise - Forward Compatibility, cheaper digital prices/better deals, free online MP

Neither is better or worse than the other, both have strengths and weaknesses.

Though for me the primary reason to get a console is for First party support.

This.  First party for me in the primary reason I like consoles.  The second being plug it in, turn on, no hassle play.  Third being ecosystem, though this is only with the Playstation brand.

PC's have their strengths and I do have perhaps the same if not more gaming hours on them (though only because I have sunk 10s of thousands of hours into less than a handful of games).  

So though I do play PC games, selectively, I have several orders of magnitude more console games.



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Ease of use is one of the main advantages. Also the fact that Nintendo games are locked behind their console paywall. 1st party exclusives in general another reason, but as it turns out I could care less for what Sony and Microsoft are offering in that regard.



Current gaming platforms - Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, New 3DS, PC

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Yes I do.



I've never hated PC Gaming, though when I was growing up, PC gaming meant something totally different. Now you have almost every major release on consoles AND PC. Back the day, they were mostly very separate. I like classic PC gaming a lot actually. But I grew up with an NES, and I've always preferred relaxing on my couch or in my bed, etc., playing games on a big TV.

I will say, that I think a "limited", set hardware can be a really good thing for games also, because in some cases, it forces developers to be creative and extra focused in taking advantage of that hardware, and making the best game they can on THAT hardware, instead of ever-improving top PC specs, where they can literally just throw hardware power at a game, and built it with the highest end in mind. That is a blanket statement of course, but I do think console restrictions often forces developers to be more creative or inventive with their projects, or how they approach their projects, etc.



First party, especially Nintendo, and a larger selection of Japanese titles, though a lot of Japanese companies have been releasing games on Steam as of late. The PlayStation ecosystem.



In my opinion, it is better for me for the following reasons:

1) Almost zero issues. I can just pick up my controller and play. My PS4 takes care of all updates, installing, etc. I just play. My experience with PC is always having to stop to fix some stupid issue. I work with development all day, the last thing I want to do when I get home is troubleshooting stuff on a freaking PC.

PC gamers will probably try to deny it, but I had issues with basically everything on my PC. One simple example: video recording. My PS4 records the last 30 minutes. It never failed me. On PC I used Shadowplay. What a freaking mess. One surprise I had once was that it couldn't record Doom on Vulkan. It also frequently just stops working and I have to reinstall it. It's a total mess. The thing about this function is that it allows you to record a cool moment that happens suddenly. Shadowplay is terrible at it and it's the only alternative if you want to record without fps losses.

2) Controller and couch gameplay. I don't want to sit on a desk exactly like I do when working. I want to relax with a gamepad. Before any PC gamer arrive here saying I can use a gamepad on a PC, let me just say one thing: what if I want to play an online FPS? At least on console I know everyone is also using a controller so I can use mine.

3) Less hackers/cheaters. Self-explanatory. In case of doubts, go to the dark zone on The Division on PC.

4) Windows sucks big time. It's a terrible OS full of issues. I use only Ubuntu on my PC. Wouldn't mind getting a Mac too, both are good solid Unix-based OSs. Windows is a freaking mess, you always end up having to reformat or deal with crazy drivers. My Ubuntu installs always last more than the hardware itself I'm using.

5) I just have to buy one console per gen. So 6-7 years without hardware worries. It's also much easier, just go there and buy the freaking console. I don't want to keep planning hardware upgrades.

6) Consoles are the ones moving AAA sales. So they are the priority. Better support.

7) PC games are bug ridden. Get the previous affirmation and add the myriad of hardware configurations and it's a recipe for disaster. From badly adjusted FOV inducing motion sickness to simply stupid bugs, everything looks beta-ish.

8) To play online, you will have to use a M/KB (refer to 2). That's a nightmare for tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. No, it doesn't matter if you have an ergonomic setup, you're just delaying the inevitable. I work a lot on PCs, so I don't want to increase my risk even more. Also, for work, you can use a touchpad and that decreases a lot the risks. I don't plan on reaching my 50s without being able to use a freaking pencil anymore.

9) Consoles have better exclusives. Yes, I know a bunch of people will point to the never-releasing Star Citizen or some obnoxious indie,niche game that uses half of a keyboard to be played or F2P Moba. But just this year consoles had Zelda, Mario, Mario Kart, Horizon, Persona 5 and much more. Just the Nintendo lineup had a bunch of 97+ games that are among the best ever released. Persona 5 stands up as a total classic, Horizon is amazing. I'm pretty sure just Nintendo is enough to guarantee that consoles have the best games. I just hope nobody tries to argue that with a poor video of Wii U Zelda or PS3 Persona on emulators running way worse than the real versions.

10) Consoles are more portable. I just moved abroad for 6 months and I brought my PS4 with me. In my backpack, with all games on a CD case. If I tried to bring my desktop, it would easily surpass my luggage weight limit and just the tax I would pay for the excess would probably cost as much as a PS4. Yes, there are gaming laptops, but they are ridiculously expensive and are normally a mess with overheating issues. It's also hard to use a gaming laptop for work since most normally follow a terrible design full of leds that would make people lauch at a meeting thinking you're a teenager. That's why Macbooks sell a lot even with that prices, I gotta admit. They look impeccable.


It may seem a bit harsh in some parts, but it's my opinion. Someone that games on PC may not care about all this stuff and rather have one of the advantages of PC gaming (more choice about hardware, not being tied to a single ecosystem, free online, better graphics, etc).



torok said:
In my opinion, it is better for me for the following reasons:

2) Controller and couch gameplay. I don't want to sit on a desk exactly like I do when working. I want to relax with a gamepad. Before any PC gamer arrive here saying I can use a gamepad on a PC, let me just say one thing: what if I want to play an online FPS? At least on console I know everyone is also using a controller so I can use mine.

8) To play online, you will have to use a M/KB (refer to 2). That's a nightmare for tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. No, it doesn't matter if you have an ergonomic setup, you're just delaying the inevitable. I work a lot on PCs, so I don't want to increase my risk even more. Also, for work, you can use a touchpad and that decreases a lot the risks. I don't plan on reaching my 50s without being able to use a freaking pencil anymore.

8). Be careful! I had an ergonomic setup at work, worked 8 to sometimes more than 12 hours a day on development, then played Everquest at home with mouse plus keyboard, until I literally collapsed from back pain while the doctor had already told me 10 years earlier to find another job/profession. (Already quit playing Everquest and Wow long before it got that far)
Currently I'm seeing a chiropractor weekly and have to lay on a wedge every day to stretch my neck both of which I'll be stuck to for the rest of my life. My lower neck started fusing and my head position was all out of alignment yet I'm 'lucky' it's slowly getting better with excersize and no more PC work. I can't sit longer than an hour behind my laptop nowadays even with a trackpad before my neck starts hurting uncomfortably. My right shoulder and wrist are very crunchy.

2) I wish there was an option to not have to play against wheel users in GT Sport. Using a wheel is uncomfortable to me as well (see above) yet playing GT Sport it's clear that wheel (and pedal) users have an advantage. It doesn't help my fingers aren't all that great anymore for feathering the throttle, thanks to pc...