Lately I have been reading quite a bit about this topic. I figured I would ask the community (lockergnome). What do you like better? What costs less? What is more populated? And last , who is making more money? I prefer PC gaming. I am hoping PC gaming NEVER becomes only medium to low playerbase in lots of stuff. Even though that is hardly likely. So what do you think? Also which is more populated? I really don't mean to "dump" a bunch of questions on you. I just want to know more on this topic. I think they are equal but I have a feeling you guys will provide me some excellent answers. As always I hope you have a wonderful day. :D Note: I am also wondering which has a higher standard in the market and what type of people you will find in each community of gamers. I am wondering which is a more social experience.
asked Aug 07 '11 at 17:28
PC Gaming costs more, but enables the consumer to obtain a superior gaming experience, while still being able to do daily tasks.
Console gaming is far cheaper as the monetary outlay for the console is quite low. Most people have a TV so for a lot of people they can plug and play.
You will find hardcore gamers in both camps, but PC gamers tend to be a bit more of a serious bunch and I'd bet older in most cases because they have jobs and thus funds for high end machines.
Gaming population depends on the game. Some PC games last longer than console games due to developers giving community members the tools to develop 3rd party mods and you will find a loyal following of fans around these mods and core game. Just look how long Battlefield 2 lasted for the PC. People were playing that long after it got released and it has a bunch of top quality mods that people still probably play.
The console has made gaming more social and cool. though. While PC gamers generally tend to lan and voip with their friends, console gamers will use consoles like the wii for less serious social fun with one console and lots of controllers.
answered Aug 07 '11 at 17:46
Okay, PC gaming is undeniably better than console gaming; you can't argue with that. But it brings a price tag for a decent rig. The main advantages are keyboard chat, much higher fps and infinitely better resolutions.
The best thing is the modding community. You can download mods that are basically console 'DLC' FOR FREE LEGALLY. Extra fan made maps, skins and sounds are common for free downloading. You also have the option to only install singleplayer or multiplayer.
Another big bonus is DEDICATED SERVERS for a lot of games. This means as little lag as your connection allows.
On a final note, PC gaming is superior in terms of control ease and customisation, but is for the hardcore gaming with a healthy pocketbook (expect £500 upwards and upgrading every 3 years)
answered Aug 07 '11 at 18:00
I prefer console gaming. It's much cheaper, there's more choice of games and I'd say a bigger community. The way I see it is PC gaming is for more dedicated gamer's where as console is for the average everyday player. What I have never understood about PC gaming is why people spend hundreds to thousands on a gaming PC just to play the same game they could play on much cheaper console. Unless you play a PC exclusive like WoW I really don't see the appeal. That's just my view...
answered Aug 07 '11 at 17:35
You get what you pay for.
PS3 and xBox are the main consoles ranging from 150 to 300 pounds.
A gaming computer you are looking at 500+
As I said, you get what you pay for. Consoles are not as power full as PCs so the quality of the graphics are very low comparing them.
Pc also is more than just for gaming, I cant see you doing home work on a PS3 any time soon.
PC games are cheaper and more people play on PC than xBox and PS3 combined.
answered Aug 07 '11 at 17:37
All of the PC gamers I know are more passionate about their games than regular console gamers. Plus PC gaming seems a little more hard core than just using a simple PS3 controller. The user base for both PC gaming and console gaming is very high, and usually consoles are cheaper than gaming computers. You'll be happy with whatever form of gaming you choose, I'm sure.
answered Aug 07 '11 at 17:40
I am not too sure. Both of their pros and cons. One, for PC gaming, you get the best experience possible. Highest resolution, best controls, more power, huge multiplayer games (ie. Battlefield 3 on PC has 64 player multiplayer while console has 24), and the fact that you can upgrade you're rig over time, and you won't have to purchase an entire new model every 5 or 6 years. Of course, the con for PC gaming is price tags. I would even include viruses since most PC gamers use Windows OS. I also don't think that PC gaming isn't as "socially" connected as say Xbox LIVE (I'll probably get flamed by PC fanboys for this). To me, Xbox LIVE is far more superior in online play then say Steam or Games for Windows.
For console gaming, it seems that many of the new games come up on consoles as opposed to PCs. I think publishers realize that people would rather just buy a console and not worry about it for 5 or 6 years until the next iteration of it is released. The console space has a huge, dedicated community. Consoles can be played on huge HDTVs (I'm not saying that you can't play PC games on a HDTV, but the average Joe probably doesn't have their computer connected to their TV, and probably doesn't even know they can). Xbox LIVE is far superior than Steam or Games for Windows in my opinion. PSN has a long way to go, but its a start... The downsides of console gaming is if your unit becomes defective, then you have to send in the entire unit for repair while PC gamers can just fix their rig by going out and getting a new component. Since consoles don't change for 5-6 years, neither do the games designed for them. While the PC landscape is changing almost everyday, developers for console games have to continue to make games for outdated hardware and software. That brings the quality of console games down quite a bit, which also adds to PC games' "better quality." Every time there is a new iteration of a console, you have to go purchase the entire unit rather than just upgrading their current piece of hardware you currently have.
Those are just a few pros and cons for each side and what my thoughts are for them.
I would say for a serious gamer it's PC.. everything you can do on a console you can do on a PC and even more. I think consoles is more a social thing, I'm seeing a lot of consoles being used at parties, like guitar hero and such. While the PC is just used for music. The only console I'd ever get would be the old nintendos, NES and SNES.
answered Aug 08 '11 at 06:42