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Yesterday we talked about the benefits of console gaming compared to PC gaming. The chief argument being that console gaming is much more suitable for casual gamers who just want to pick up their control pad and play the games.

However, in interest of fairness, today we talk about 5 advantages of PC  over console for gaming.

1. You learn more!

One of the most interesting about technology for me is finding out how things work, taking them apart (as much as possible) and putting them back together. In that respect playing games on your PC forces you into learning about PC hardware, networking, and software.

The skills learned from console gaming are genuinely transferable into real world jobs, where having knowledge of configuring networks, repairing PCs etc can essentially provide a living for you. That’s right if you play PC games you will be rich!! Well, maybe not, but you sure learn a lot more from PC gaming than console gaming

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2. Emulators!

Emulators allow you to run games from older consoles on your PC. Depending on the configuration of your PC you can play anything from Atari games to Nintendo Wii games. Furthermore, with every move forward in technology another library of games becomes available on emulators. If the current generation of PC is capable of playing Wii games, then it is reasonable to assume that within a few years we will be able to play Xbox 360 and PS3 games on our PC. This gives you access to a massive library of games, that no console can favourably compare to.

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3. Graphics!

I’m sorry if you have forked out $400 + for your PS4 or Xbox One on pre-order, unfortunately PC gaming graphics will always be of a higher standard than the current generation of console. The reason for this is that consoles are confined by both the physical limitations of the console itself, and the prohibitive cost of including bleeding edge graphical processors in the spec of the console. While this can mean that gaming PCs will always be more expensive than consoles, the cost of building a budget gaming PC capable of outperforming a console is not as prohibitive as you may think. Furthermore while the cost of PC gaming hardware may be high, the cost of PC games is often 10-20% cheaper than the console version of the games.

4. Greater depth to PC games.

It is undeniable that games released for consoles are typically more suitable for casual gamers, but let’s face facts people who are genuinely interested in playing video games, want more from their games. If you are dropping $50+ for a video game you want to know that you will be playing this game for at least another month. In this regard games released for the PC provide far better value. Furthermore, the user community surrounding PC gaming is much more active, creating interesting content such as new characters, maps, missions, etc. Let’s not forget how amazing playing multi-player games over a network is!

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5. You can use your gaming PC for work!

With the ever-increasing trend for people to work from home, or for free-lance workers, it makes a lot of sense for you to have a high quality PC to work on. Architects or engineers who use complicated modelling software benefit from having a high class graphics card, programmers benefit from fast computer processors, media creators benefit from having plenty of ram. As such if you need a PC for hard-core work, then a gaming PC is probably one of the best investments you can make.

So what are your thoughts? Have you ever built your own gaming PC? Does building a PC intimidate you ? Would you like to learn more about what you should look for in a good gaming PC? Can you think of more advantages of PC over console for gaming?

By Fred Creedon [button color=”blue” size=”small” link=”https://twitter.com/FredLikesTech” target=”blank” ]Fred’s Twitter[/button]