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With PC Architecture, Why Game On A Console?

Your next console is going to be a lot more like a PC now. So what is the point of having a console?

There is no doubt about it, Sony has thrown in its lot with PC architecture for the next generation. There are some staunch loyalists who are very much against this move, but the overwhelming reception has been positive. The whole point is to make a console that is developer-friendly, and developers have been friendly in their reception of the changeover.

Never mind whether or not you think this was the right decision, I think everyone has already spoken their piece on that. What I'm interested in is, in this new world where consoles have crossed the line into simplified PCs, why do you plan to continue to do your gaming on a console?

It may cost a bit to build a gaming rig but then you've got yourself a PC that will run all the great third party games and many Microsoft games with the highest graphical fidelity and frame rates. Your hard drive is going to fill up much more slowly, the games themselves are significantly cheaper, and you often have access to mods. So what is it about the console experience that makes you stick with it? If you use both, what keeps the console in your life?

Is it brand loyalty? Playstation has treated me pretty well since I made the transition back in the 32-bit days. Is it the online service? What I pay for PSPlus is ridiculously low for all the games that I have access to throughout the year. Is the console of your choice where your friends are? Most of my friends have grown out of gaming so I can't help you there. Are you unable to live without certain exclusives? No more Uncharted sure would hurt. Do you just love having it as part of a big, mean entertainment center? One of the draws of PC gaming is the high-res monitors, not big TVs.

For me it's a lot of those things and more, but console gaming has always felt more like a full entertainment experience. PC gaming somehow feels like there's something between me and my games and I don't like that. What are your reasons?

Tags: PS4, PC

4/30/2013 10:24:01 PM David Nelson

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Comments (60 posts)

Clamedeus
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 10:56:04 PM
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More of my friends play on Console, and I love the exclusives on console.

I would play more on PC if all of my friends played on PC, but so far it's mostly PC and PS4 for me.

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gorezilla
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:41:38 AM

I completely agree. To be honest, I use both. However, I play on my PC about 5% of the time. This is because I enjoy using a controller. When it comes to playing PC exclusives, they majority use mouse and keyboard controls and it doesn't entirely work for me. I do use my mouse and keyboard from time to time, but begrudgingly. And just as Clamedeus stated, I also prefer console exclusives.

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EddPm6
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:10:28 PM
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Consoles don't have all of the memory overhead and hardware differences that a pc does.
You guys covered a story about, i think EPIC games boss, saying that they have a huge amount of memory to use in the ps4. whereas in a typical pc windows will only have a fraction of usable memory.
And with different pc hardware setups comes the fact that your game isn't going to run on every PC. Whereas one who buys the ps4 version, you have a defined hardware to make that version.

Personally i don't care for this pc vs console thing and never have. I prefer console because of the intention of it, to play games. My pc is for school/internet/ productivity stuff

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ZettaiSeigi
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:11:56 PM
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The PS4 might be using a PC architecture, but I still do not have to deal with the annoying system requirements to play the games coming out for it. That and the exclusive games that will be coming out for the PS4 only. I see nothing to be worried about concerning the said move.

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Kiryu
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:16:35 PM
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As mark cerny said:

Simple
Immediate
Social
Integrated
Personalized

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Akuma07
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:32:33 PM

Basically summed it up perfectly.

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___________
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 7:48:16 AM

dunno about personalized.
unless $ony are going to allow you to change the bootup menu to whatever you want, change your desktop screen to whatever you want, change the look of the console, ect, ect.
personalization is one of the things consoles have a long, long way to go on!
in fact id refer to it like so.
ios to android.

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Harerazer
Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 2:32:26 PM

Responding to the PS3/4 not being personalized I'd have to disagree. I have custom "desktops" with changing wallpapers and full sound for every account on my PS3, way more personalization than my static wallpaper and the ability to select from set color/font packages from Microsoft.

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touchyourtoes
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:20:47 PM
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My PC gaming days were back in the Windows 3.1 era. Having to create my own drivers, create a boot disk, or boot the computer in a special (don't want to call it safe mode cause that's wrong) mode just got irritating eventually.

The only games I really played on PC were Sierra On-line adventure/puzzle games; Kings Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, Phantasmagoria, and of course Leisure Suit Larry. The rest of my gaming was/has always been on consoles; Intellivision (still the f'ing best ever!), NES, SNES, N64, PS1, PS2, Dreamcast, Game Cube, and PS3. I bought a $99 X360 but it's never played a single game, don't ask.

I guess I like consoles for the simplicity, no compatibility issues, and until recently there was no patching required. Hopefully PS4 being built like a PC will allow dev's to release a product without the need for day one updates. I know I'm dreaming about no more patching.

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Simcoe
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 9:16:57 AM

LOL I remember those boot disks! ...Trying to remember the name of program that booted up the computer so that more of the RAM was allocated to a certain kind of memory! Ahhh, memories of gaming on a 386....

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:35:21 PM
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Consoles are streamlined gaming machines, thats their purpose. Its also the games. The first party support for consoles is a million times better than the pc. Most pc developers jumped ship last gen anyways, so...

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Doppel
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:44:39 PM
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Instead of one overpowered machine chained to a desk, I have a mobile 2007 Tablet PC for all my "PC stuff" and a console for all my games.

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newchef
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:01:01 AM
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my biggest thing is price, you try and find me a gaming computer that runs as well as a console for a console price and ill get it

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:05:22 AM
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My PC is going to be 7 years old later this year, I'm going to be happy for the PS4/PC because with the said specs on the PS4 it already out shines my current PC.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:10:59 AM
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You guys think PS4 exclusives like Uncharted will consider making their games available on PC since it would widen the sales and be easy to do? Or will they stay something you can only get at Playstation?

Also I should have mentioned having my PSXE friends on the network is nice for chit chats :)

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EddPm6
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:29:01 AM

They probably won't just because of the amount of work it still presents to make something for another platform. The transition from ps4-pc might be easier this generation but still might be an enormous amount of work to be done.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 1:07:12 AM

A vast majority of the PS exclusives would already have been multiplat a long time ago, had they not been controlled by Sony.

It's why Sony has bought them in the first place, to hinder them from doing so. So no, that's not going to change unless Sony splits up with them again.

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Akuma07
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 2:15:49 AM

if they were going to do that, they might as well make it fully multi-plat because the next-box will run on x84 as well.

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Simcoe
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 9:21:48 AM

While Sony might make money on software titles from those developers, their main reasoning was to move hardware.

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:26:12 AM
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You ask why, I ask, Why not?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:34:00 AM

"Why not" is an acceptable answer :)

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kraygen
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:38:38 AM
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I have a great pc now and to be honest it's all about the exclusives for my consoles. I'll keep coming back to playstation as long as they keep making those wonderful exclusives.

Honestly though as far as multi-platform games, if it runs better on pc or I can get it cheaper than I'll go that route.

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Draguss
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:42:33 AM
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Exclusives, plus the fact that I never have to worry about system requirements on a console.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:45:17 AM
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Dedicated gaming device. I do game on my PC, but not as much. My PC does too many other things that other people in my home like to use while I like to game... just a couple reasons to start.

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dmiitrie
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 1:00:03 AM
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I prefer different systems for different genres. Some I think play better on pc, others I think are better on consoles. I'd also miss some of the exclusives if I weren't on a console.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 1:04:51 AM
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My arguments for consoles remains unaltered from my arguments for the PS3.
Ease of use and livingroom-friendly design are my main arguments, but also:

- No maintenance
- Longevity due to the set hardware spec for years to come
- Good friends on the same platform
- Some interesting exclusives
- The sheer fact that it's a dedicated gaming machine

None of that has changed now with the PS4.
The change of architecture has for me only added to the list of arguments for console gaming cause now we are practically guaranteed games that works properly and a broader range of developers.


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Jed
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 1:54:41 AM
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EXCLUSIVES. Sony ownes many of the games that I hold dearest to my heart. That is plenty for me.

Also, keeping up with all the latest computer hardware is too expensive and difficult for me.

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556pineapple
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 2:04:18 AM
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First and foremost, it's the exclusives. I've really enjoyed the Uncharted games, as well as titles such as Twisted Metal, Heavy Rain, and Metal Gear Solid 4. Secondly, I use my computer for many different purposes. With more multitasking, the performance of the games might suffer. At first it shouldn't be a problem, but PCs tend to bog down over time unless you're constantly upgrading them, or you spend a lot of money on top-quality components (which are quickly knocked down several places within months). Thirdly, I suppose it's nostalgia. I used to play Mario, Duck Hunt, Contra, Pole Position, and other games with my older brothers on our NES, and the console tradition continued through Sega Genesis and PS1. I never had a PS2, and I did play more PC games during that era, but our family computer wasn't exactly the best gaming rig out there. I've had less headaches and better experience with consoles. I still plan on building a gaming rig this generation so I can LAN with friends, but I'm sticking with consoles as well.

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Jed
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 2:42:49 AM

Those are basically the same things I was thinking about, but you elaborated much more. Thumbs up!

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iwillbetheone
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 2:05:59 AM
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My current PC will be able to play ALL third-party games much better than the PS4, so PC is my preferred platform next-gen, and will get a PS4 only for Uncharted 4, whenever it releases.

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PC_Max
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 2:36:28 AM
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Well, I have seen a migration or exodus of friends from playing computer/console games. Its called having a family unless you have kids and then it becomes an activity of entertainment to enjoy with them.

For me well I went from the early console or games systems be it starting for me with Pong, then Atari, and a switch to PC (Apple2e and IBM clone). We'll skip all the early handhelds of the early 80's. Ah the days of playing Wizardry, Battlezone, Defender, etc. Those were the days. Then Kings Quest, Police Quest and all the other interations. I stayed with PC's up through the 80's tp the 90's until the Playstation One when friends said I had to try out some of the games.

There was a time I told friends that its easier to play with a keyboard and later the mouse when that made its appearance. BUT I picked up the Playstation and got use to a the controller, although certain games played out better on the PC.

Now I mostly play on the console and not much on the PC at all. Its a tough call as to whether its worth it. I use my PC for work now pretty much.

For me having it all in one basket is a bother. I like having a separate device that is connected to my TV that I can either play games or watch movies off of. Along with all the additional services it has. Its an entertainment centre, the console. The PC/Mac is my work, research tool and means of communicating with family and friends here and abroad.

Comes down to what you are comfortable with. I know I could setup my computer wirelessly to my TV and probably do all the same things the console can. That said I think a dedicated device for entertainment I think has its strengths and not have it multitask.... not too much anyway.

To each there own. Right now am happy with the current situation, if it changes... then I will have to make some decisions.

Keep Playing! (no matter you use)

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Pandacastro
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 2:47:33 AM
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For me alot of my favorite japanese developers don't make games for PC . Devs like Gust, Atlus, Arc System Works, Vanillaware, Kadokawa Games, and more don't PC. Plus most of my friends are looking forward to the PS4 and I prefer Sony's first party over the others.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 3:59:07 AM

Perhaps Japanese doesn't like gaming on PC?
Yet visual novels and eroge are always on PC!!!

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enjoi
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 3:38:09 AM
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FIRST PARTY GAMES!

And if the PS4 is ~$400-450 it would be cheaper than building a decent gaming PC.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 3:58:05 AM
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2 reasons:
1) The exclusive titles on consoles, my PC-gaming friends always show off games like Starcraft 2 or Crysis at full graphic settings. I show off stuff like Uncharted and GT, doesn't shut them up but at least I'm putting up a fight.

2) This is the one reason why I don't game on PC, that's because you're required to upgrade your hardware if you're planning to play some newer games. And unless I'm made out of cash, no way in hell will I ever dedicate myself to PC-gaming.
Why spend tons of cash to upgrade your PC when you can buy one console that can last for years?
And I'm still playing my PS2 at times when I feel like it, that little guy has been with me for 10 years already.

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Knightzane
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 4:48:55 AM
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Because i have a controller, because Sony has great devs, because psn doesn't have all the issues i have with steam. I could go on and on but i'll stop at those.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 5:06:20 AM

What issues do you have with Steam?

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___________
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 8:06:34 AM

one thing i hate about steam is when your downloading a update it does not say the size of the update, it says the size of the game.
for instance i downloaded tomb raider today and went to play it but it had a update.
instead of saying 1/1000, ie you have downloaded 1MB and the update is 1000MBs.
it says the game size, so say 14GB/ then adds the patch on top of that.
just makes it really difficult to keep a handle on how much your downloading to make sure you keep within your contract limits.

o, and another thing every time i go to start a game it gives me this steam is too busy to complete your request, please try again later BS error message.
uhhhhh, no i wont try later i paid 100+ bucks for this game so i will play it NOW or you will give me my money back!
just seems that every time i go to play a game i have steam throwing some sh*t in my face.........
exactly why i was so happy to see EA create their own service, as hated as origin is ive NEVER had any issues with it!
worked for me since the day it launched!!!!!

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___________
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 8:01:58 AM
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only reason to choose consoles over PC is noob friendly.
one thing i HATE about PCs is drivers, its such a pain in the a$$ to constantly have to download the latest drivers!
and even worse a game comes out that is not supported by the latest drivers, or there is no SLI profile for it, so you get sub 10FPS performance!
REALLY pisses me off!
i remember when max payne 3 came out there was a few hickups between nvidia and R* which meant there was no SLI profile, and there were some bugs in the drivers making the game unplayable even on the lowest settings!
hell i wish i could attach emails here i could upload a 20 page email chain between R*, nvidia and myself complaining about the games shoddy performance.

another thing i hate about PC games is you MUST download the latest update to play the game.
so many times ive gone to play a game and have had to go play something else because i cant download the update for whatever reason, or its really slow, or i cant connect, or whatever.
i paid 100+ bucks for the game i should be able to play it when i want, not when you want!
but im worried thats going to be coming to next gen consoles too.
the update to latest version otherwise you cannot play plague.
yea thats going to go down well if, or when $ony gets hacked again and has to take their servers offline!
or even during maintenance.

so i guess its the convenience really thats about it.
the knowledge that you can slide the disc in and it will work.
no spending half a hour installing the game, plus half a hour updating steam, plus half a hour downloading the latest update.
convenience really thats about it.

but at the end of the day ill suffer through the few download updates if that means i can have ports like bioshock infinite and crysis 3.
especially bioshock oh my freaking lord never in my wildest dreams would of i ever dreamt a UE3 game could look THIS good!
really is a feast to behold.......
that and the infinite supply of mods and community supplied content more than make up for the wasting time inconveniences!

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Hand_of_Sorrow
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 9:24:32 AM
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console = less headaches :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:24:35 PM

indeed

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duomaxwell007
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 9:32:33 AM
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well for one a console is more "simple" and user friendly.. you put the game in and you play (most of the time)... with a pc you have to start the pc up, wait, navigate other menus before you can even get to the same, install it, check for updates, patch etc etc (yeah ps3 has installs and patches too but it pretty much does all that for you).

Also a gaming PC is more exensive than a console.. a ps4 will probably cost 500... a pc with the same specs would most likely cost 1000+ (especially she

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duomaxwell007
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 9:35:24 AM
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easy consoles are cheap and more user friendly.. with a pc you gotta start it up..... wait for it to get to teh OS... navigate a buncha other menus, then put the game in.. install it, might hav eto patch and update, then at some point mods and all that other "complicated" stuff come sin. with a console you just put it in and teh console does everything else (even the installing and updating proces is automatic all you gotta do is say "yes" pretty much.


Also a PS4 will probably cost 500 wereas a PC with the same specs would cost you 1000+ especially considering I see PCs in the store everyday with WORSE specs than the PS4 and using integrated onboard graphics cards that cost 1000

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 12:32:43 PM
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Yay, my most responded-to article and all I did was ask a simple question :)

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CaptRon
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 2:03:21 PM
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Lol I love people's stupid comments on PC gaming. They act like it's still 1995. Truth is a PC is no more complicated than a console these days. I use my ps3 for movies, that's about it.

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unapersson
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 2:20:29 PM

PC gaming still mostly relies on Windows, much like in 1995. I don't run Windows so having a PS3 has been great for gaming.


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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 7:34:08 PM

"Truth is a PC is no more complicated than a console these days."

LOL

RIGHT.

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amonte64
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 4:38:37 PM
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For me, the main reasons are Sony games, controller, offline multiplayer and physical games. I don't have a problem with prices because I don't spend more than $30 on home console games anyway.

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Rogueagent01
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 4:40:47 PM
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The only thing that ever got me interested in PC gaming was the MODS and certain developers that wouldn't put out console counterparts i.e. God games, RTS games, and MMOs. Now with the PS4 they'll have the option to put them on there, completely getting rid of any want or need for me to have a PC gaming rig.

I have always been a console player and plan on being one till they no longer exist(if that ever happens). A lot of people will always say that game looks better on PC and to that I say I don't care, I don't buy or play my games because of graphics, I never have. Not only that but I just have no computer skills, so when I need to troubleshoot something on a computer I am pretty much screwed, where as I have never experienced that with a console. Also as others have said hardware wise it is much cheaper to be a console gamer, where software wise it is cheaper to be a PC gamer. I just see little reason for me to be a PC gamer.

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Douchebaguette
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 6:28:21 PM
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What was always unique to the cosnole world lies in the very question: the word "unique." For console and PC were worlds that were nothing alike.

Unfortunately, Microsoft opened a rift between these worlds. Online hits consoles, as does an abundance of shooters and mini expansions (DLC). A wave of multiplats result in a scourge of dumbed down games for consoles, nearly wiping out the existence of third party exclusives and the PC realm is definately suffering too; most multiplats are being designed to function for controllers and consoles, and their very own flagship genres are being defiled.

In terms of that picture though, the PC definately wins in terms of ventilation. COOLER MASTER HAF X.

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Axe99
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 8:10:24 PM
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Calling a PS4 virtually a PC is disingenuous. While the hardware uses PC components, the implementation (ie, the user experience - what we care about) is chalk and cheese. Coming from a PC and PS3 (and 360/Vita/Android) gamer:

- Console is more reliable - less compatibility issues. Went to play Victoria 2 last night - had to spend 15 minutes searching forums to work out why it was crashing on launch. You don't get this on console. With similar experiences with The Witcher and Mass Effect, this isn't just an issue for niche titles.

- A standard controller means the game is tweaked for that input system. While you can use a gamepad on PC, the controls generally aren't as polished, because the game has to handle a wide range of gamepad options. On console, controls are optimised for the standard controller.

- A controller for all (non-Move/camera) games. I personally find mouse/kb a poor control method for everything outside of strategy games. On console, all my shooters are gamepad supported :).

- Integrated social setup - You still can't do everything on Steam that you can on the PSN. Yes, you can do far more on PC, but you have to make sure you have all the right apps and what have you. On PS4, it will be all there and just work, and everyone will have the same apps.

- Exclusives - other than my strategy titles, the best exclusives in the business, for my tastes, are on Playstation. PC's exclusives are great as well, but there's only a small group of us that actually play them - most "PC gamers" are actually people on a PC playing console games. I prefer to play my console games on a console ;).

- Cost - you don't get better value for money in gaming power than a console. Comparing component prices with a console isn't an apples and oranges comparison either. To get an completed PC with the same power as a PS4 costs 3-4 times as much. Good if you're rolling in money (and don't mind all of the other issues, above).

- Not a level playing field - on PC, someone in an online game might be rocking two 2560x1440 monitors running 120fps with an expensive gaming mouse, versus your 1920x1080 TV with a standard desktop setup running 45 fps. This is a patently unfair setup competitively. On console you're much more likely to be up against people on the same type of screen, plus have the same framerate and controller.

- Hackers - the bane of all gamers, but more prevalent on PC and Android than other platforms.

Of course, you do miss out on mods, and the games are generally (but not always) cheaper, so there are plusses to PC as well, but I'll stick with console m'self when the game's available on it - it just does what I want out of gaming better. Of course, I can't live without my strategy though, so I'll keep gaming on PC when it's not on console.

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artson
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 9:16:24 PM
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my biggest reason is theft on pc games... if we got rid of consoles and went to pc only. i feel we would have less games produced do to pirating. I have read tons of people claim that they feel they don't need to pay for games if they can get it for free from some web site that broke the code to allow free access to games. Developers spent millions to bring us great games and some out there feel that the hard work and money spent to give us that game dont deserve to get paid for there work.
my second reason is the ease of playing games. i love the fact all i need to do is put a disk in and im playing. i love the ability to use a controller on every game. cant use a controller on every pc game. my final reason has been mentioned the even playing ground for online play. my final reason is price. its much more affordable to purchase a console verses a pc gaming rig.

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Hynad
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 9:53:58 PM
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How are the console going all PC? Because of the ways it uses to keep players connected with each other?

The architecture may be x86. But the console doesn't allow me to run photoshop or Corel Painter. It's still a closed box that is specifically designed to play games. A PC is more of a tool to me than a gaming platform. Even if I do play games on it, there are a lot of console games that don't get a PC version. So even if I have a really good PC and can run most games maxed in 1080p, I still can't play most games I'm interested in. Like the Sony studios ones, most S-E's ones, and there's more and more developers skipping on making PC version of their games because of the piracy that plagues the platform.

What more, consoles are convenient. You know that even 5 years down the road, the hardware will still be able to run the game as they were intended. While on PC, you often have to settle for less than stellar performance after a few years, unless you keep on constantly upgrading it.

For me, it's all about the convenience and the exclusive games. No hassle on console. Everything is a button press away. And that's how I've always liked it.

Last edited by Hynad on 5/1/2013 9:55:26 PM

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LowKey
Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 12:37:11 AM
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I will forever be a console gamer. I don't have to upgrade my system hardware every 20 minutes.

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Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 9:37:43 AM

can we please get rid of this stagnant BS!
you dont need to upgrade your hardware every few months, hell every few years to play PC games!
half the guys in my course still have their PCs from 5+ years ago and there still playing all the games out today.
that just means you cant pump them up any higher than medium settings, which btw is way higher than what current consoles do.......

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Harerazer
Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 2:54:27 PM

" you cant pump them up any higher than medium settings"
That's like saying "I can still play Call Of Duty but only 3-on-3 matches". A console game is always going to run at it's max and give you the full experience. I recall the first time I bought a PC game and found that I couldn't even run it when I got home. Maybe it was my fault for not reading the minimum specs before buying but it should never have come to that. How about if your date held back to "medium settings" unless you made $250k a year. Would you still be like "I can still date but I just can't go beyond kissing"?

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Friday, May 03, 2013 @ 11:07:49 AM

you do realize that ALL console games are set off the PC versions minimum specs right?
sigh, this is why there is so much misinformation out there because people start yapping when they have NO clue WTF there on about!

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chaplain
Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 2:20:10 PM
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For years I was a console player. I say years because I am 50. Then I switched to PC. Loved the freedoms and ability to even develop your own maps. But, the upkeep on the system was expensive. I built my owns system to my spec's and available $, but as the games advanced so did the need to upgrade my system. Graphics cards were a regular change out. The MB's went from PCI to AGP and then to PCIe, so it got the the point that if I wanted the latest Graphics Card I needed a new motherboard and that affected a lot of things. My CPU may not work (pins), my RAM may not be suited for the new MB. At times overheating was an issue. (no I didn't over clock my cpu, much). Then there was the ever changing Windows OS's. Would the new games work on XP or do I have to upgrade? If I have to upgrade what about Windows no longer offering support for the old OS?

You get my point. I had a nice PC gaming system and loved the freedoms it offered, especially the button controls. I love being able to customize my controller to fit my style of play. Wish consoles would offer that! We don't all play the same and there is a difference between left and right handed players. I miss my Belkin game pad.

I like the consistency of the console and the longevity far exceeds the PC world. So I will probably be a PS guy from here on out. I gave my son my PC gaming system and a massive collection of games. He never plays it because he has a PS3.

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Ather
Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 5:08:25 PM
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Comfort. Sit on the floor, stare at a TV. Or sit on a chair, stare at a monitor. A laptop makes me constantly adjust my position as the sun changes, or I move to stretch out. If my comptuer crashes, I lsoe everything. On a console, only if it red rings me ro such,

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ransomink
Friday, May 03, 2013 @ 2:47:58 AM
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Consoles are solely for games, more streamlined. Over the generations they have - and still do - attempt to expand into an entertainment system. But as I constantly work on a PC, I see it for only: work, online surfing, email, docs, etc. and after 10+ hrs of work I'd hate to remain seated in the same position, staring so close to a screen.

The deal breaker for me are the games. Sony has great exclusives and continue to push creativity, the sole reason my Xbox has collected dust...

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