PC vs Console Gaming: Which Reigns Supreme in 2019?
It’s a question that’s been asked at least a million times by gamers all over the world — PC or console? The short answer depends on your needs and your budget. It remains a hotly debated topic on the internet, with either option offering their share of advantages and disadvantages. Platform loyalists in the gaming community are divided over it.
The year is 2019, and video games are becoming more and more innovative. Consoles are slowly catching up to the technology of gaming computers, but the latter are in their own league when it comes to AAA games. Which platform do you think will reign supreme in 2019? Here are some things you need to know:
Plug and Play?
One of the main differences between the two is playability. Consoles are ready to go once they are plugged in and connected to a TV. Desktop computers, on the other hand, need to be set up, whether you buy it pre-packaged, or assemble it using different parts.
Using a gaming controller is better than using a mouse and keyboard for some games, and vice versa. Hand-held controllers are straightforward, easy to use, and designed to fit your hands comfortably. They’re less bulky and don’t require too much space, which makes them ideal for local multiplayer or “couch co-ops” everywhere.
The mouse and keyboard on the gaming rig offer better precision and control. Response time is faster, which can be crucial in certain games, and probably one of the reasons most eSports games are played on this platform. However, console games are being ported on the PC, and fortunately, you can easily connect it to Xbox One and DualShock 4 controllers.
As for the pricing, console devices tend to have the same prices, varying only depending on memory capacity. There is no option to upgrade the hardware for consoles, but they can last for years. They’re more affordable than gaming computers, but buying games tend to be more expensive in the long run.
The budget can dictate the performance and quality of a gaming PC. Starter computers can be built at around the same price as consoles typically available in the market. A slightly upgraded variant, which is still considered low-end quality, should be compatible with older games, like those released before 2005. The platform’s excellent backward compatibility is also a huge contributor to this.
Mid-range gaming rigs are capable of offering 2K resolutions via a decent graphics card and RAM specs. There are AAA games that can run on minimum with these settings. Among the budget rigs mentioned so far, the medium spec PC has the most upgrade potential. Finally, the most juiced up gaming machine can be built using some of the most powerful components available in the market. High-end PCs can run games flawlessly in 4K, lasting a good number of years before any of the parts become obsolete.
As hinted earlier, non-technical people don’t need to bother themselves with hardware specifications when it comes to consoles. The platform continues to run the latest games without any problems even after a few years. There’s generally nothing to worry about, save for the installation of console updates every once in a while.
With computers, playing certain games means upgrading the current graphics card because they’re no longer supported. Aging computers can be optimized to extend their lifetime, but there’s truly nothing that can be done if they are on their last legs.
Gaming PCs are not just for playing video games. Depending on the performance of your current computer setup, you can accomplish a variety of tasks such as emailing, browsing the internet, editing images and videos, streaming, launching programs and desktop applications, and more. While they are way more expensive than consoles, their price can be justified by their multi-purpose.
Consoles that are connected to the TV can be used to stream videos and movies. However, since the introduction and ensuing popularity of smart TVs in homes, console-to-TV setups have been rendered almost obsolete. This means that console devices are almost exclusively only just for gaming nowadays.
Playing with friends has become increasingly popular among gamers. It’s fun and it is an acceptable social activity. Multiplayer consoles did it first, which ushered in the rise of video game parties composed of 2 or more people gathering in one living room to physically play together.
While computers have caught up, there’s a little different because parties are usually hosted online. LAN parties are popular, but they only apply to laptop computers nowadays. With bulky gaming rigs, space and weight have become common issues. There’s less collective hanging out in real life, but thanks to voice-over-Internet Protocol applications like TeamSpeak and Discord, audio communication is achieved more easily than ever. It’s more or less the same as partying, except for the logistics.
What Are Your Needs?
It ultimately comes down to your personal choice with regards to picking between PC or console, or even both. Know what your needs are, and if budget is not an issue, you are free to get anything you want.
Which gaming platform do you like better? Share your thoughts in the comments below.