With the release of the steam OS, there is an interesting conversation coming out about the benefits that PC gaming has over console gaming. While I admit that for hard-core gamers there is a greater depth to many of the PC games released, and the cost of games for the PC is generally cheaper than console games.
However not all is lost for console gaming, here we take a look at the advantages of console over PC for gaming.
1. Important games optimized for console.
At the moment console gaming is still the bread and butter for the majority of AAA game developers. As such when they develop these games there are generally developed specifically for the configuration of the console. Take Fifa 14 for example, for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Fifa 14 a new improved Ignite game engine will be introduced. However Fifa community manager Rob Hodson revealed that the engine will not be used on PC. While this may not always be the case, there is no doubt that if EA take this approach with Fifa, then other AAA game developers will take a similar approach.
Clarification for the PC related questions earlier – EA SPORTS IGNITE will power FIFA 14 on Xbox One and PS4, not PC http://t.co/8z8N18rJ0E
— Rob Hodson (@RobHodson_) May 21, 2013
2. Standardization of consoles.
While many PC gamers will point to the fact that using a keyboard and mouse can provide a more accurate control input method, this argument holds up very little water for casual gamers. Casual gamers want to be able to pick up their control pad, play a game for an hour and put it down. Then when they visit their friends house, they want to be able to pick up the same control pad and play their game in the same way. This standardization actually improves the flexibility and enjoyment of playing games on consoles.
3. Sharing games
Recently steam has introduced a family system, which allows chosen family or friends to use you account to play the games you have purchased. This sounds very familiar. In fact this sounds exactly like the system Microsoft proposed for the DRM for the Xbox One. This is the same system which got so many analysts and gamers alike up in arms. People want to be able to do what they like with the games they like. Sony knows this, and as such made a point of this when announcing their DRM strategy for the PS3.
4. Consoles are built to last
Anyone who has built a PC knows that there are some heavy expensive parts in the build, that if were damaged would be a serious stress for both your pocket and your gaming experience. If your expensive graphics card is damaged, then sorry but you can’t play Battlefield 3 until you have either fixed the card (yeah right), or dropped $150 + for a new card. However if you buy a console you should expect them to last you 5 years plus without having to pay for any new hardware.
5. Your console will play every game
When a new AAA PC game is announced, the first thing that PC gamers start talking about it is the necessary specs to run the game. Take recently announced requirements to run Battlefield 4:
As we can see from the minimum and recommended settings there is a big difference the minimum and the recommended. Minimum should be enough the “play” the game, however for a decent experience you would need to match the recommended requirements. The 6 core/quad core CPU and the 3GB graphics cards in particular standout as being out of the reach of many budget gaming PCs. However if you have a current or next gen console, you WILL be able to play battlefield with the console you have. The next gen consoles will obviously give you a better experience than the current gen, but there is a lot to be said about being excited about a game, and not worried that your current hardware won’t be able to handle it.
While I accept that PC gaming has many advantages over console gaming, I would just put it out there for the vast majority of people who are casual gamers and not interested in the intricacies of PC gaming, console gaming is a superior platform for them.
What do you think? Can you think of more advantages of console over PC? Do you prefer PC gaming?
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