GAMING PC VS GAMING CONSOLE
The mind-boggling feud between gaming PCs and consoles is as old as time itself (not really!). Although no one side has declared unambiguous superiority over the other, you will find pandits and gurus on both sides that swear by their choice. We might not know who the actual winner is, but let us take our shot at deciding the answer to this riddle once and for all. Keep in mind, this is not a technologically motivated (?!) article, and all the features will be duly scrutinized and gone over.
Gaming PCs have come quite a long way in this category. There used to be a time when people used to be stuck with whatever processor they got and had to make do. Not anymore. The advent of technology has allowed people to swap and replace different parts of their PC without affecting the rest.
The effect of this boon can be clearly seen nowadays, with people scrambling after GPUs and CPUs. All they need to do is swap the old component with the new one, and their PC will perform at a higher level than before, without changing any other element.
Additionally, this also means that you can easily replace it if any part becomes faulty or breaks. Overheated CPU? No problem, slap in a new one. Broken RAM stick? No problem, just insert a new one. You can take care of any problem that your PC faces without harming or affecting any other part or component.
Consoles have also come a long way, with each successive generation adding newer and better beasts under the hood to deliver high performance. But it still lacks the versatile of a PC. The failure of even the smallest of parts, such as a fan or a storage device, can render the whole device useless.
Many people have gone through the trauma of losing their whole console because they tinkered with the fans or placed them in precarious positions. Any damage to any part will always result in a complete shutdown of the console.
While third-party engineers might do something about it, the companies don’t offer any cover whatsoever. Plus, you cannot enjoy any new improvements or advancements in technology on previous version coles. So you will always have to buy the new one, to enjoy its benefits.
The increased versatility of the PCs allows them to pull ahead of consoles, which are limited in their capabilities and upgrade options.
While frame rates are not the only factor that a gamer looks to choose between a PC or a console, they play a substantial role. By their very nature, PCs can run games at very high resolution, with insane frame rates. Although this is impossible in every PC from the get-go, it is achievable if the required components are upgraded.
This is one of the main reasons esports players play their version of games on PCs, with a controller if required, instead of a console. Of course, many games need different specifications to run at high rates, but all of those specs are achievable.
Consoles, on the other hand, have a locked frame rate. They either do 30 Hz, 60 Hz, or 120 Hz (latest gen statistics) on a single resolution screen. These frame rates cannot be changed, no matter what you do.
However, this can be a blessing in disguise for enthusiastic gamers. The locked frame rates mean that your console will run all the console games at the same frame rate, no matter how heavy or graphically intensive it might be. So, for example, Warzone will run at the same speed as Minecraft. This saves people the trouble of upgrading parts frequently to play and try out newer games.
It is a tougher niche to judge, but gaming consoles have a slight edge over the PC department. This is because consoles deliver the same experience, unlike PCs, where the experience might differ based on your configurations. This allows consoles to win a (relatively small) victory over gaming PCs.
Traditionally, PCs allow a user to play games using a keyboard and mouse. But that is not its limitation. A user can easily play games using a controller attached to a PC as with the keyboard and mouse (Although some games respond better to one particular setup).
That is not all; you can also attract additional paraphernalia (for example, tech used in a driving sim), including but not limited to VR gadgets and games. This increased number of options make a gaming PC an excellent alternative to people, equally inclined to controllers and mouse-and-keyboard setups.
Consoles, by contrast, only allow you to play using controllers and some additional paraphernalia. This is usually seen as a turn-off by players playing games that require quick reflexes and fast thinking. The precision and timing of a mouse cannot be matched by a controller, especially in fast-paced action or esports games. Additionally, the controller you can use to play can only be bought from the company, making other console and thyroid party controllers useless.
Interchangeability of controllers with keyboards and mice allows gaming PCs to win this round over the more brittle gaming consoles, which can only utilize a distinct input type.
Gaming PCs are notorious for their ability to run any game, regardless of the platform, by hook or by crook. Most of the time, the games will be available on PC platforms. But for the unavailable games, PC users run the games using emulators to mimic a console.
This makes a gaming PC quite helpful in trying out various new games across different generations and brands of consoles.
Consoles usually strike up deals with game developers to secure sole rights to their games, making the games “Console” exclusive. This ensures that any gamer wanting to try out the game must buy the console, no matter what. While this is an excellent business idea, many gamers have started calling for cross-platform playability.
This also means that a console cannot run PC, or any other console exclusive games, even through emulators. This decision has alienated quite a large chunk of gamers who buy a console in hopes of trying a game out but finding out that their favorite game is a PC exclusive (which hurts a lot, from personal experience).
Gaming PCs are a clear winner, as they allow you to enjoy any title regardless of its origin. On the other hand, consoles block certain games from releasing across different platforms to retain the customer base and increase their business.
Due to the higher deliverability of giants PCs, they tend to cost higher. A gaming PC has many uses apart from gaming. That is why users have to pay a bit more (around double that of a console) to build a pc that is capable of running games and other productivity apps.
Consoles are only meant to do one thing- game. Hence they can minimize their cost by utilizing components that are essential for gaming. This makes them an excellent buy for people looking to solely game in their free time or as a leisure activity.
Gaming consoles earn a small victory because they can provide a good gaming performance while keeping prices low.
A gaming PC is quite a capable piece of hardware. They can run programs, mine for crypto, run algorithms, apart from gaming. This allows user to combine their work and play modes, shifting between them as and when required.
A console cannot do anything else except gaming. This makes them quite limited in their deliverables, and hence, consoles are usually used by users trying to game in their leisure time.
Once again, gaming PCs are the clear winner due to their increased versatility and reliability. While consoles are pretty limited in their use, you can use a gaming PC for a vast number of objectives crossing boundaries and niches.
The race between the consoles and PC is quite a close one, but ultimately, gaming PCs turn out to be the clear winner. Their increased versatility and lowered inhibitions to upgradation make them the perfect candidate for users trying out small and growing their machine over time.
Consoles have a lot to offer, but the number of deliverables is just not on the same level as that of a pc. A PC can be used by an engineer to do work, by his younger sibling to play games, and by his parents to watch movies. A console can only deliver games.
Although consoles are now trying to add the ability to upgrade individual components, the future of this technology is still far off. And until that time, the gaming PC clearly trumps a gaming console, being well worth the price that it commands.