Side Quest! A Tale of PC and Consoles…

A gaming platform is only as good as its video games!

This is the statement on which every gaming platform is based on. In this post, I’m going to talk about my opinion on those gaming platforms.

I’ll be discussing about this current gen platforms because I haven’t gotten the chance to play any other ones in the past, only on the PC. As we are nearing the end of the 7th generation of consoles, I’m starting to see more and more gamers bashing the current gen gaming platforms (not including Nintendo’s Wii, since that one was never intended to directly compete with the other consoles or the PC) for keeping the video games from achieving their true potential, which only the PC is capable of. This is only partly true, in my opinion.

Firstly, many gamers think the PC versions are superior because of thier better graphics. That’s not true. As it is the case with “clothes don’t make the man” so it’s the case with video games. Just because it runs on a higher resolution or it supports DX11 features it doesn’t make it better. What makes it better and always will, is its gamplay (I’ll get to that in a moment). Case and point: Minecraft. And still, have you seen “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” or “The Last Of Us”? They’re running on a 6 years old platform and look mindblowing for today’s standards. Stop blaming the consoles and start accusing the developers for cutting corners or the publishers for not giving enough time to their developers.

Sure, the PC version looks better but they play exactly the same and in the end that’s the only thing that matters!

Secondly, many gamers think the limitations of today’s consoles prevent games from being bigger or having more players on the same map or having more gameplay features. That is right, indeed. Case and point: Battlefield 3. The PS 3 & XBOX 360 versions support only 32 players while the PC version goes all the way to 64. Still, saying that you can’t wait for the next gen (being a PC gamer) because then your versions of games will not be “dumbed down” because of the consoles is not right since the consoles will always be behind the PC in terms of specifications and in 6 or 7 years, you’ll be saying the same thing when the next gen is also becoming “obsolete”. If a developer studio actually wants to use the PC’s full power, then they’ll make the PC version first and THEN they port it to the consoles. Case and point: CD Projekt Red and their “The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings” game. If not, then again: don’t blame the consoles, just the lazy developers or the money-grabbing publishers.

A few days ago, a friend of mine said to me: “I don’t understand why the consoles still exist” (him being a PC gamer only). The answer is simple: because of the people’s desire of money. As long as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo want to make more money they will invent better and better consoles because no one gets any money from the PC since it’s an open platform (well, no one from those 3 I mentioned, anyway). As such, we get the exclusive games. Games like Halo, Uncharted, God Of War, Gears Of War, Forza, Little Big Planet, Zelda, Mario, Metroid and many many more and also console-only games like R*’s fabulous Red Dead Redemption.

Now I’m not hating on the PC. It has better graphics, it’s possible of infinite mods (although if you think about it, to some degree console players can also make kinda they’re own games in games via the user generated content like in “Infamous 2″ but it seems like VERY few developers include that feature) and the games run with more than 30 FPS. Also, the strategy genre is mostly played on the PC (I don’t say it’s impossible on the consoles but it would need a few tweaks).

As a conclusion, I’ll say this: You don’t need to compare the consoles to the PC or otherwise. They both have exclusive, great games; they’re both possible of great things; you can bring any title to both of them (if it’s 3rd party, of course). It’s just a matter of choise. You’re not better or worse if you choose consoles over PC or the other way around. You’re just expressing your desire.

As always…

Stay calm and keep on gaming! Vlad Pintea out!

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4 thoughts on “Side Quest! A Tale of PC and Consoles…

  1. i thought console vs pc war is over?! no?! tired of these…i will own both PS4 and PC, why? cuz i know both gives me different great experience..console gives better exclusivity in games..while PC gives me options on my peripherals of choice and settings and maybe better sound output..so i would say…its ok..its doesnt really matter what platform u play it on as long u love it..all platforms are gaming platforms…if it isnt..then u cant play games there! LOL!!

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    • Dude, I didn’t remove your comment. I only now saw that someone actually commented on the post so only now I saw that wordpress asked me whether I should aprove it or not. Chill! I agree with what you said. In the end, I’m a PC gamer only, so I’m bashing PC gaming. Thank for commenting!

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  2. Nice article, but you left out a couple of details worth mentioning.

    For instance, you state that gameplay is more important than graphics. While I agree with you 100%, the PC usually has the better gameplay experience. Not only can you max out your games at the maximum resolution, with all graphical features enabled, you also have the privilege of enjoying your game with a keyboard and mouse. For FPS games, there is simply no better way to play. The speed and precision of a mouse is absolutely out of the park when compared to an analogue controller, and they keyboard allows you to change direction and access tools much faster by using digital buttons for movement, and by allowing you to map everything to your liking.
    For RPG games, a keyboard allows you to set macros for all your potions, spells, combinations and so on.
    For flight and racing simulators, the market for peripherals such as joysticks, steering wheels and so on is much, much more expansive.
    For Real Time Strategy games, there combination of a mouse and keyboard is not just superior, it’s necessary.

    And of course, if you prefer a controller, you have the option of using an Xbox 360 controller on your PC, or you can choose from the countless different controllers available on the market. Motion control is also an option, if you’re into that.

    You seem to downplay the importance the frames per second has. Playing a game at 30fps, and then playing the same game at 120fps is an entirely different experience. Once you get used to playing games at 60+fps, playing at 30 will seem slow, sluggish and just plain inferior. And typically, a PC user will have a high refresh rate monitor with a much shorter response time, allowing for completely lag free gameplay. The response time on a plasma television will never come close to the response time on a 120hz gaming monitor, and the impact is pretty huge.

    So the benefits of the PC do not stop short at better graphics. There gameplay is a better experience thanks to better controls and the ability to use a DVI cable. Let’s not forget Nvidia 3D vision, which is rated as being vastly superior to the console equivalents.

    You must also take into account that PC games are much cheaper than console games. Thanks to services like Steam, you can get entire collections for the price of a single full price console game. For instance, last summer sale included the entire Bethesda collection for 30 pounds. That’s every game that has ever been released by Bethesda, for the price of Skyrim for PS3/Xbox 360. Even brand new games are cheaper. Most console games will be sold at 39.99 on release day. Steam releases rarely go above 29.99, and within a month they’re down to 15.

    Some of the console exclusives you mention are not exclusives at all. Halo, Gears of War and Forza are all franchises that have been released on the PC. You also mention Zelda, Mario, Metroid etc. all of which can be played on PC thanks to emulators.
    You also donĀ“t mention the vast libraries of PC exclusive titles.

    Finally, you can watch porn on your PC.

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