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With E3 2014 having been and gone E3 2014 News Roundup, Facebook Teases Slingshot, Moto X Offer Ends [Tech News Digest] E3 2014 News Roundup, Facebook Teases Slingshot, Moto X Offer Ends [Tech News Digest] Highlights from E3 2014, Facebook teases Slingshot, Moto X sells out, Doodle 4 Google winner revealed, Netflix stops ISP shaming, OneNote Clipper for Chrome, and George R.R. Martin joins Twitter. Read More , gamers of all descriptions now know what games they can look forward to playing over the next 12 months. If you are a gamer, then it’s time to stand up for your platform of choice by telling us which console you currently own and why you chose it over the competition.

Two Years Is Too Long

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “How Often Do You Upgrade Your Smartphone?

Out of a total of 1,903 votes, 2.8% chose Every Six Months, 6.5% chose Every Year, 7% chose Every 18 Months, 38.2% chose Every Two Years, 18.1% chose Every Three Years Or More, 23.5% chose Only When Absolutely Necessary, and 4% chose Smartphone, What Smartphone?

It’s unsurprising to see “Every Two Years” winning out, as that’s the standard length of a mobile contract. However, with smartphones evolving at a rate of knots, two years is a long time to wait before upgrading to the latest and greatest model.

Those of you who wait three years or more must be potently patient people. Those of you who upgrade only when absolutely necessary will, I guess, be good with money. And those who haven’t yet got a smartphone clearly took my advice on the matter 5 Reasons Not To Buy A Smartphone 5 Reasons Not To Buy A Smartphone You may feel pressured into buying a smartphone, even though you're perfectly happy with your (so-called) dumbphone. Don't be. Read More .



Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Peter F, Hunter Wesson, and BV. Comment Of The Week goes to Deborah Graham, who won with this comment How Often Do You Upgrade Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Often Do You Upgrade Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] Many of us use smartphones to communicate on a daily basis, whether through calls, texts, or apps. Which means there is always a strong temptation to own the latest and greatest smartphone on the market. Read More :

In the past (who can predict the future?), we have skipped a version. I was even, my son was odd and Dad gets the hand me down as we switch to a new phone. Somehow right now, we both have iPhone 5 versions (and Dad has our son’s old iPhone 4), so one of us (oh, that would be ME) gets the iPhone 6 next. :-) Or, depending on the new features and timing, we might both get the iPhone 6 and we’ll be in sync and Dad will get his choice of our “obsolete” iPhone 5 phones. We usually ignore the “mini” versions, 4S, 5S, 5C…not enough changes to make it worth the switch.

We chose this comment as it was the only one to make mention of passing older phones on to other people. This is something a lot more of us should be doing to help solve the growing problem of electronic waste Thou Shalt Consume: The Story of Consumer Electronics [Feature] Thou Shalt Consume: The Story of Consumer Electronics [Feature] Every year, exhibitions around the world present new high tech devices; expensive toys that come with many promises. They aim to make our lives easier, more fun, super connected, and of course they are status... Read More . The only dilemma is deciding who should get the latest model!

Pride Of Place Under Your TV

More people than ever now play video games, and the industry surrounding video games is growing to compete with the movie and music industries. With this in mind, we want to find out all about your platform of choice.

We cannot possibly list all of the games consoles you may have sitting under your TV, so we’re limiting this poll to home consoles from the current generation and last generation of hardware. We’ve also allowed for PC gamers Switching From Console To PC Gaming: 8 Big Differences Explained Switching From Console To PC Gaming: 8 Big Differences Explained PCs and consoles may be closer than ever -- after all, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are basically just gaming PCs -- but there are still huge differences. Read More and retro gamers 6 Websites Where You Can Indulge In Your Love of Retro Gaming 6 Websites Where You Can Indulge In Your Love of Retro Gaming There are lots of websites on the Internet dedicated to the love of retro gaming. Those websites are exactly what we are looking at today. If you love retro gaming, these websites will be perfect... Read More to take part.

If you own more than one of the consoles listed in the poll then just choose the one you play the most. This is all about the hardware that has pride of place under your television set, so if a console is sitting there dusty and unloved it doesn’t deserve your vote.

Please let us know which home games console you currently own by voting in the poll above, and then take to the comments below to explain your reasons for choosing this hardware over all of the other hardware available to you.

Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt available to the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.

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  1. Richard
    November 11, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    What kinda crappy poll is this that doesn't allow multiple selections???

  2. Sri Hari Karthik
    June 21, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I have a ps2 only which is a very old console i know because i have no money to buy something new i own the ps2 for almost 7 years since then i have not bought nothing new

  3. Steve
    June 19, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Currently own a Xbox 360, Xbox One and a PS4 but if I never got rid of a console I would have no room for them lol.

  4. Will
    June 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    My "pride under my TV" is a 2011 mac mini which was turned into a steambox with streaming capabilities. Got 2 PS3 dualshock controllers that work great and my whole steam library at my disposal.

    I own a PS3 but never bought a game for it. Just played a few hours the bundled move game and Resistance 3. I don't know still why there's so much people rooting for console gaming. It used to be because consoles were plug & play and no screwing around with configurations, setups and updates. PS3 showed me how console gaming is today (my last console was a Genesis): There's a lot of time wasted waiting for updates and I can't even "alt-tab" to do other things. Unless I pay a sub. Steam does that for me for free, why should I pay to get the ability to recieve automatic updates?

    TLDR: Steambox/PC on TV seems to be the way to go: you get to play local "couch-coop" games and can use it for other things (XBMC). It's cheaper, it's faster, and better than any "next-gen" system.

  5. Robert O
    June 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I've always been a PC gamer, even from the days of the Atari 2600 (I had an Atari 800 computer instead).

    Nothing against consoles, and I'd like to have one (or more!), but having an all-in-one-boat appliance like a PC is more fitting for my lifestyle. I like to switch between gaming, web-browsing, word processing, watch movies, email, and so forth, and do it on a whim (at the push of a button, actually).

    And while there are several console exclusives I miss out on, most of the best ones come out on Steam or GoG at vastly reduced prices, so there's that.

    But with the newer consoles having the ability to do most of these things now, my argument is starting to get shaky. But now I can't decide between the XBox One or PS4. :-)

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      I prefer the PS4 but some of my colleagues here argue strongly in favor of the Xbox One. If I were you I'd stick with the PC until you have a better idea of which console best suits your needs ;)

  6. Christian C
    June 17, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Xbox 360 and a Wii in this house, but the only real gaming takes place on my PC... which isn't really a PC at all, but a Surface Pro 1.

    Of little use for modern games but more than adequate for enjoying retro shooters and Civ V.

    Quite a lot of gaming takes place on my HTC One... currently rocking GTA Vice City there.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Do you need anything other than Civ V?!

      Who plays the 360 and Wii then, the kids?

  7. Koshy G
    June 17, 2014 at 6:13 am

    If you live in a country with an import tax of about 100% (Slight Exaggeration for dramatic effect) and a weak currency like in India, you would be paying double of what you would pay in the US (Not Exaggerating). You have to be stupid and filthy rich for somebody to even consider buying an overpriced console. With that kind of money you could build a Gaming PC that would beat a console any day. Then, there is the matter of region locking and regional censorship which prevents you from playing the games that you want to play, on a console you paid an exorbitant money for. PC games get a discounted price relative to the price in the US and the UK while Consoles games are priced higher than the price in the US and the UK. Then, there's the matter of "Linux" games, its easier to play "Linux" games on a PC than on a new console which is important when the games prices are designed for people making a minimum wage about 10 times higher than in India.Another point being, you don't need to own an expensive and heavily taxed TV to plug it into, most people including me have still only have an old 4:3 20" CRT TV. Yes, you could plug the console into you computer monitor but I don't think this what people who shelled out a lot of money on an overpriced console want to do. Then, there is the case if something actually goes wrong, if you have PC you can just replace the malfunctioning component by ordering a new one online. You don't need a physical store near you. But this is not the case if you own a console you can't just open it up and buy a replacement of the faulty part, you have to get it your nearest Sony service service Center which could be a 100 miles from where you live. If you break your Xbox I don't even know what you would do.

    The only person I know who owns a console is my cousin's neighbour who lives a 120 KM from me in the capital of the state who brought his Xbox ("The Original Xbox") from the US when he moved back to India. Whenever there are reports of consoles in the wild, see they are almost always seen with people who live in big cities and people who have parents who work abroad and rake in a lot of money, who brought the console a gift from country of occupation which does not tax the crap out of the console. And even then they already had a capable gaming PC before they got their console.

    I have seen a console only two times in my entire life, once in mall 100 Kilometre from where I do my living, where I saw an Xbox 360 and the other time in my cousin's neighbor's house. And did I mention you can't even get an Xbox One in India yet. Even if you get your grimy little hands on an Xbox one it would end up costing you a lot of money just in Internet Data ("Which is really really expensive even when compared to prices in the US "). In addition all the streaming and non gaming stuff the Xbox was marketed for wouldn't even work. In Effect you would be paying double for something that wouldn't even work. And if microsoft stuck with its guns and made the xbox need a permanent internet connection and you lived in place with no internet connection of which they there a lot. You would end with a very weird looking paperweight.

    **When I talked bout the price, I was taking about the new consoles and not that the last generation consoles which are more competitively priced have any form of wider adoption.

    The whole point of a console is that it is cheaper than a PC. If it costs more than it's PC equivalent. The console makes no sense what so ever.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Wow, I didn't realize it was quite that bad in India. I guess I would be a PC gamer too if I lived over there. I agree, consoles make no sense for you and your countrymen and women :)

  8. Buffet
    June 16, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    I'm a grown man. Not a child. I play sports and chase women.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      You think only children play video games? Oh dear. It's like 1994 all over again.

  9. Victor O
    June 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I am a PC gamer. I do own a Nintendo Wii, as well, but don't use it very often. The reason I am a PC gamer is simply because it is so easy to play on it! There are absolute myriads of games, both "professional" and "hardcore" games that cost quite a few bucks, and free, silly online games. PC gaming really has no limitations, and most of the really "good" games are on PC. THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS TO GAMES ON A PC. Console games are locked down to specific hardware and specs, often requiring you to upgrade the ENTIRE CONSOLE to the next generation in order to play a certain game (often, these "new" consoles are even less powerful than good PCs). The PC has none of this, as I can scale the specs of my PC as I need more and more power. The PC doesn't have to be constantly upgraded to play games!

    As a side gripe: there's always too much glare with my TV positioning, probably not a console-gaming problem, but by the fact that it takes so much more work to move a TV, console, and everything else connected to it compared to moving a desktop monitor.

    Aside from the choice of games, I personally find PC controls to be easier. Maybe it's because I'm just not used to using two joysticks to control my character's movement, but I always find that joysticks are always too sensitive, especially in game which require quick reflexes. Pressing buttons on a keyboard and clicking with a mouse always feels better in my opinion.

    The only console which I really like playing on still is the Wii. The controls on the remote and nunchuck are placed perfectly, and the introduction of movement-based control makes the games seem even more fun to play with. The fact that the ONLY joystick on the Wii is the optional nunchuck makes it less confusing for me since there's really only one control stick. Additionally, the games on the Wii were very unique and fun to play, especially with friends in the same room. There was tons of chaos and laughter whenever we played Mario Party/Kart, and the LEGO games were always tons of fun.

    It really comes down to the fact that games are locked down to consoles, and that I'm really just not used to console controls. The Wii U and 3DS made a really good showing of games at E3 this year, which is quite enticing in my opinion. I just might buy a Wii U to play with my friends, but PC gaming will remain my favorite type of gaming.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      What you see as a bad thing about consoles, others see as a good thing. I would rather know that having bought a new console it will play games for 5-10 years without any need of being upgraded.

      Oh, keyboard and mouse are better for some games, but not all.

      The Wii was a revelation upon release, but I fear Nintendo have screwed it up with the Wii U.

    • Victor O
      June 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      In some ways, PCs have that future-proofing as well, if it is powerful enough, and at least there is the OPTION to upgrade. Consoles are future-proofed to an extent, but when they become obsolete, there's nothing you can do.

      Hopefully the Wii U's new games will help boost its popularity.

    • Dave P
      June 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Sure, PCs are future-proofed thanks to upgrade options. Consoles never become obsolete though; I still have old consoles and dozens of games to play on them all.

      Fingers crossed on the Wii U. For Nintendo's sake.

  10. Michelle T
    June 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Super Nintendo
    (2) PS3
    (2) xbox 360
    Nexus 7
    Galaxy Tab 3

    and currently in the market for a new desktop. Mine finally went out.

  11. YodiC
    June 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    We are holding steady at my house with a PS3, a PS2 and a GameCube. My son is also a vigorous Minecraft fan and as such, plays it on his computer.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Show me a kid who ISN'T a fan of Minecraft these days!

  12. Ben B
    June 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Im a true PC gamer for several reasons. Firstly graphics! There is no denying it that they are better on PC. Higher resolution, higher res textures, more settings to play with ;-) and a higher FPS. Secondly, sound. There is so much hardware and software out there for PC that makes your sound experience the best it can be, whether that's a surround sound headset or 5.1 speakers (I have both :-P). Next there are the games themselves. With a console sometimes your limited to the games you can get, they are either released for your console or they are not. With a PC they are almost always released on PC whether that's at launch or ported later on, although there are always exceptions, Nintendo for example. Also old games don't always work on the latest console. On PC they live on with the help of an emulator. There is also a massive range of games available as well as Free To Plays thanks to game distribution software like Steam and Desura. Also we get amazing sales from Steam and companies like Green Man Gaming. Next we have inputs. PC has every controller that consoles use as well as thousands of more custom ones like flight controllers etc. Now for multiplayer. PC can do LAN, Local and online with often a much wider selection of servers and Mods (im not going into any more detail about Mods but they are slef explanatory). Also when game spy decides to stop hosting servers often the community steps in. Consoles cant do that! Finally there is cost. Games are often cheaper or you can wait for them to be on a massive discount. Also PC's may often in the end cost more but you can start out with a little investment of £200-£300 instead of £400 straight out and then build up to an awesome build! So PC master race for the win!

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      That is possibly the best rundown of the advantages offered by PC gaming I have ever read. Thank you :)

  13. Peter F
    June 15, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Underneath my TV sits a very dusty Xbox 360. I very rarely play games on it, maybe 2 hours per week at most. The only other game I play is Civ 5 on the PC which i bought in a sale for £10.

    Games are incredibly expensive and, i find, very similar. I couldn't tell you the difference between Batman Arkham Asylum or Halo. They are shoot-em-ups. That's it.
    In my teens it was Doom or Duke Nuke'Em. or at a pinch Streets of Rage(good lord i sound old!- haha).
    I see games on sale for around £40-£50 in the shops and wonder who pays so much money for a game that is nothing more than button bashing.
    My game playing friends go on and on about how good graphics are and "game play" but once you have killed the end of level baddie (do they still have those???) what's left to do? Sports games i understand because you can tweak various game elements but how does anybody get £50 worth of entertainment out of a shoot-em-up? How does the game justify the cost? <- genuine question.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      It could be argued that shooters provide the best value of all the games out there. All thanks to online multiplayer. Most modern shooters are primarily aimed at people who play online, with the story mode often tacked on.

    • Peter F
      June 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Never thought of it like that. But still the best part of £50 for a game is steep, in my opinion. My friends do play online with each other/against others, which does have it's appeals but I'd rather be with my friends in person than chatting over the internet. Horses for courses I suppose.

    • Dave P
      June 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Oh, £50 IS a lot of money. But the best video games offer fantastic value for money, especially if you hang onto them for many years.

      I must admit there are some games that are far more enjoyable when played against people in the same room. Others are better when played online. As you say, it really is each to their own :)

  14. Josiah
    June 15, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Is selected 'Wii U' but really I play the GameCube a lot more. That of the PC

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Do you only buy Nintendo consoles that are commercially unsuccessful? ;)

  15. Mizwem
    June 15, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One.

  16. Vic
    June 15, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I got an average gaming PC and another 7 year old PC that's there only for emergencies.As for consoles I only have a PSP that I enjoy even today.There's also my android phone but I've never really liked playing touch based games so I rarely game on it.

  17. John C
    June 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Oh, and if we're also including portable, I own: Gameboy(The original), PSP, DS and I know I have a couple others I'm forgetting lol.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Handheld games consoles are reserved for another poll :)

    • John C
      June 18, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      Lol, that makes sense. Good call ;)

  18. John C
    June 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Not sure which option to choose really. Should have made it multiple choice for this poll.
    I own:
    PC, Atari 2600, NES, Sega Genesis, Xbox 360 and PS3. I'm mainly a PC gamer, but I do tend to go back and play console games to change it every once in a while.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      I suspect making the poll multiple choice would have opened it up to abuse. But I'll take the point on board for future reference.

  19. Maff
    June 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I have a PS3, Wii and an Ouya (which emulates Amiga including CD32, MegaDrive, NES, SNES, N64, MAME and PlayStation)

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      How are you finding the Ouya? I was tempted for the emulation possibilities, but poor reviews put me off.

  20. Rajaa Chowdhury
    June 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Along with keeping the option PC Gamer, you should also keep the two options tablet gamer and Smartphone game as I presume this sect of people will tag themselves as PC Gamer and you would not get the true picture probably.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Bringing smartphones and tablets, and the casual games that live on them, changes the question. In other words it's another poll for another day :)

  21. Proximo
    June 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I currently own.

    1. Super Nintendo
    2. Nintendo 64
    3. Playstation 2
    4. Playstation 3
    5. Playstation 4
    6. iPhone
    7. iPad
    8. Laptop PC

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      PS4 is what you should have chosen in the poll then.

  22. mpal
    June 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    PC gamer, but I run a lot of emulation and my pc is connected to my big screen... so what am I? SNES, NES, PSX, PS2 all played on an ubuntu laptop connected to a 42 inch tv?

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      A PC gamer with a penchant for retro console games. Sorted :)

  23. Dmitriy T
    June 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Not a hardcore gamer anymore, so basically there's Xbox360 w. Kinect for YourShape, Zumba and occassional round of other Kinect games - there's no valid PC alternative and i hate to do morning exercises traditional 'boring' way.
    As for 'traditional' gamepad(or mice) )-hurting gaming... GamesWithGold and there's also second-hand Wii (with lot of games i'm yet to touch) ...but sadly there's too few free hours in the week, sometimes none at all.

    • Dmitriy T
      June 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Just as a footnote - as i no longer in 'play the game right after launch' or even 'I MUST play THAT game' crowds thus owning console(s) spared me several rounds of PC hardware upgrades.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      So YOU'RE the one person who buys Kinect games ;)

  24. likefunbutnot
    June 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    There's a PS3 in my house, but I've never played a game on it. I use it to rip my collection of SACDs.
    I'm a PC gamer. I like building my own systems and I always have a high end machine, though truth be told I haven't bothered with a major studio game in years. I don't like Steam, so must if the games I do okay are older titles I pick up from GoG or Humble Bundles.
    I have never liked console gaming. I don't like the lack of standardization between controllers or the information-poor interfaces. Nowadays I also resent the limitations that come from big budget games having to be ported to every platform, particularly when that results in PC games having to use console style interfaces or artificially limited graphics. Fortunately, as a PC gamer, I have about three decades of software that I can play, even if I don't want to play anything that's come out in the last few years.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      I kinda wish there was one console that accepted games from all developers. But such standardization would kill competition and mean prices increasing.

  25. Adrian
    June 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I'm a PC gamer because of two reasons. Primarily, I use the PC for work so it's simple to just pull up a game when I'm ready for a break. Secondly I'm a Flight Simulator junkie and the most realistic ones are available for the PC only.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      That is sadly true. Games consoles just aren't made for flight sims.

  26. J. Simon van der Walt
    June 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Huh. Where's the option for 'I don't play computer games'?

    • Howard B
      June 16, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      It's "I'm a boring person" in the comments.

    • Howard B
      June 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      This needed to be a "multiple select" poll, as I have a Wii, a PS3, an Android phone *and* tablet, and play PC games as well.

    • Dave P
      June 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      The option for those who don't play video games is to not take part in the poll. We can't always cater to everyone!

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