Get Ready for the Ultimate Online Gaming Experience
Gaming enthusiasts routinely want to know which devices are best suited to their entertainment needs. The debate rages between personal computers and video consoles. Truth be told, each of these devices has pros and cons. There are millions of adoring fans for both PC-based games, and console-based games – it really depends on user preferences. For many folks, it appears that PC-based games are a dying art, with growing numbers of users preferring their video game consoles for the added comfort, convenience, and mobility they provide.
Digital Foundry recently published side-by-side images of The Witcher 3, one with Xbox One graphics and the other with PC graphics. The PC graphics are clearly much improved over the video game console, but there is more to this story than meets the eye. For starters, the hardware capacity of a PC is substantially better with resolution of at least 1080 pixels, at a price tag of $500 +. However, a console typically costs around $250 +. This elicits a knee-jerk reaction from online gamers who may be heavily influenced by budgetary constraints. Clearly, a person’s ability to pay more for services will dramatically influence the quality of the gaming experience.
Cost-Effective Solution for Online Gaming Fans
Gaming experts roundly agree that the long-term cost savings are better with PC-based games than they are with console games. Many of the video console games retail at a hefty price tag, making ownership of these video game consoles an expensive undertaking. While there are platforms which can be used to purchase games more cost effectively, it is still an expensive endeavour. PC-based games often come with the added benefit of zero cost entertainment for multiplayer-style games. This is evident with a wide range of free to play attractions.
Consider the annual costs of paid subscriptions for PlayStation devices, or Xbox Live. Memberships run upwards of $60 a year, but over time these figures add up to a hefty sum. Consider that in 10 years, the annual fees cost more than the price of a new video game console – perhaps even two. Rather than channeling those funds into paid memberships, it may be more beneficial to simply upgrade the GPU of a PC, to make it the best possible gaming device. As it stands, PC-based games outnumber video console games by a large margin.
Proof of this is evident online. Most every game can be played on a high-powered PC/Mac device, compared to the rather limited supply of games for PS 4, Xbox One, or the erstwhile Sega machines. Most of the time, online games are readily available on PC before making their way to video gaming consoles. Top-quality games like Minecraft were readily available on PC long before it migrated to video consoles. For online gaming fans, there are a number of games which have never been featured on consoles, such as the universally popular League of Legends and World of Warcraft.
Plug and Play Functionality
Many serious players prefer using plug-and-play devices like a wireless keyboard and a mouse for their online gaming pursuits. This is especially true among seasoned veterans of the gaming arena. In fact, any number of devices can be hooked up to a PC, allowing for maximum immersion, engagement, and entertainment appeal. Many games don’t even require complex hardware and paraphernalia. Take competitive strategy-based games like online poker as a case in point. These multiplayer games are ideally suited to PC-based players, and they play out beautifully on screen. Nothing beats the adrenaline-infused action of strategy games. A wide range of online poker tournaments is readily available to players on PC from a series of poker rooms.
Players can participate in free poker tournaments, eliminating the need to buy these games. The beauty of free tournament play is that players can win real money with no money down. These competitive games are bubbling over with players and pots. And with the right skill and temperament it is possible to grind away for a big win. Of course, it is necessary to play at multiple tables in a multitable tournament format, but the power, precision and performance of PC makes this a worthwhile prospect. Players can implement winning tips, tricks, and strategies in skill-based poker games, much like they can in shoot’em up MMORPG games and FIFA World Cup attractions.
Consensus: Is PC Better Than Console?
From a price perspective, PC-based games are costlier. You could spend anywhere $500 to several thousand dollars for a brand-new PC or iMac. Consoles by contrast cost a couple of hundred dollars. The upfront purchase is clearly a deterrent to players on a shoestring budget. Nonetheless, it is possible to buy refurbished PCs for a cost-effective price, do a little upgrading, and enjoy high-performance entertainment. The most important hardware elements of PC-based online gaming are GPUs (graphics processing units).
We are also seeing a movement towards consoles being upgradable in the future. They are now being designed in what experts call ‘layers’ to allow for upgrades. Still, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Rather than meddle in the complex web of expensive video console upgrades, it’s far easier to simply invest in a high-quality PC and take your gaming to the next level… but that’s just the opinion of this writer!