In this day and age, gamers have a choice of which console they are going to spend their next couple years playing on. They choose between Sony’s line of “for gamers, by gamers” PlayStation consoles and Xbox’s more, “entertainment centric” product line. And, unless you can afford both, it can be a struggle to choose just one. Well, there is another option. The world of PC Gaming.
These are the top reasons why switching to PC Gaming, isn’t such a bad idea.
Note: This list won’t really be mentioning Nintendo’s consoles much, as the Wii U will be getting its own article similar to this one soon.
Console Price vs Gaming PC Price
If you take a visit to GameStop’s website, you can find the 500GB model Xbox One for 349.99 USD, and the 500Gb model PlayStation 4 for the same price. Although they aren’t as expensive as they could be, you can build a PC that is faster and more powerful than Microsoft or Sony’s consoles for cheaper. But, as building a PC can be a little tedious for the inexperienced, you can also buy a pre-built one online. Even though building one yourself would cost you substantially less, you’re still likely to spend less on a powerful gaming pc, than a current gen console. We’re talking about gaming DESKTOPS by the way, since gaming laptops can be very overpriced.
Steam and Other PC Game Sales
If you were to get into PC Gaming today, you would log on Steam and find its annual Winter Sale. A sale that involves a massive amount of games, being sold for dirt cheap. Heck, just today (January 2nd, 2016) you can get Shadow of Mordor for 17.99, Portal 2 for 3.99, Dishonored for 4.99, and ALL THREE of the Bioshock games for 10.50. That’s SEVEN awesome games that you could own in YOUR library, for only 38 dollars. Now, this isn’t to say that Xbox and PlayStation don’t have their nice gaming sales, they do. But they just can’t reach the magnitude of Steam and their discounts. Not to mention that Steam tends to have at least four of this sales a year. Now that’s just awesome.
The Library of Games
As of February 2015, over 4,500 games are available on Steam. And you can probably guarantee that this figure from almost a year ago has grown a lot. So probably more like, 9,000 games, as a guesstimate. On Xbox One and PlayStation 4 combined, there are about 580 games. You can see the difference. Not only that, but Steam has titles from THIS generation of games, the LAST generation of games, AND the generation BEFORE that one! And they are ALL available to play on a PC right now! To get all these titles, a person would have to buy at least 3 different consoles from Sony or Microsoft, and try to find the disc for the games they want, since not a lot of PS2 or original Xbox games are being sold these days.
No Fees to Play Online
On Sony and Microsoft’s newest consoles, a payment of 59.99 USD a year is required for players to game online. This comes through Sony’s PlayStation Plus, and Microsoft’s Xbox Live services. This can get tedious when you don’t have a lot of funds, because it often comes down to getting a game, or Xbox Live/PS Plus, and you’re pretty much forced to choose the latter.
On PC, this simply doesn’t exist. You can buy a Call of Duty game, or any game that is, and play online forever. You will never be encountered with a fee to play over the internet. Unless you are involved in some sort of membership based game, this can save you at least 60 bucks a year.
It’s not Just a Gaming Console, its also a Computer
Getting a Xbox One or PS4 almost locks you into having to play games, although they both have their entertainment options, they are no match for the things you can accomplish on a PC. If you don’t want to play a game, you can produce a movie, make a website, start a vlog, produce music, or even create your own videogame all on your PC! Consoles can’t match what the PC has to offer outside of the gaming world.
So, if you’re willing to trade in that controller for a shiny new keyboard and mouse, PC Gaming has a lot to offer. You can expect to spend a lot less money with no yearly membership, cheap games, and a PC that is probably cheaper than a console.