The date has been set. The iPhone 6 approaches. On September 9, 2014, Apple will unveil its latest iDevice, and the tech press will fill reams of pages with news and views on the new smartphone from Cupertino. The only question is, will you be buying one?
PS4 Beats PC In Battle Of Acronyms
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, “PS4 vs. Xbox One vs. Wii U: Which Games Console Will Win Out?”
Out of a total of 605 votes, 36.9% chose PS4, 19.5% chose Xbox One, 8.1% chose Wii U, 30.6% chose Who Cares… PC FTW!, and 5% chose I Prefer An Older Console.
This means there is, according to the MakeUseOf readership, a definite pecking order in terms of the current-gen games consoles. The PS4 won by a considerable margin over the Xbox One, with the Wii U limping to third place. Which suggests the majority of people see the current sales continuing on in the same vein for some time to come.
However, the PC gaming brigade almost spoiled the party by racking up over 30 percent of the vote. We cannot really blame them, as we invited PC gamers to take part. And take part is exactly what they did.
In fact, the best comment of the week, as chosen by us, was all about PC gaming, and how and why it’s superior to console gaming. Opinions are far more valid when backed up by solid arguments. And there were some solid arguments being bandied about during this discussion.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Pieter, Adrian, and David. Comment Of The Week goes to Amrit K, who won with this comment:
The new consoles may be making headlines right now, but I won’t be buying one.
I haven’t bought any till date (although I have tried all of them).
Why? I already have a gaming machine with better graphics, a better controller, and more flexibility, and it didn’t cost much, either.
I’m talking, of course, about a PC.
“Keyboard-and-Mouse” is a better controller than any other “Controller”. May be Controller gives you sit-back-on-the-couch experience (I agree that it is more relaxing than sitting at your desk with a keyboard and mouse) but Keyboard-and-Mouse has a much better degree of precision. Can you imagine a game having PC gamers vs Console gamers match?
It’d be a slaughter and all thanks to the mouse and keyboard.
PCs have higher graphics potential.On a midrange hardware you can play a game with sharper textures, less aliasing, and farther view distances than you do on your consoles.
Even Battlefield 4 is noticeably better on PC than on the brand new PS4.
PCs are more flexible and upgradable. On PC you can upgrade the hardware as often as you want. And all of above you can tweak your graphics settings on a PC and decide what’s important to you.
Don’t want shadows? Turn it off.
Don’t want water effects? Turn it off.
Don’t want lightning effects? Turn it off.
Don’t want High resolution texture? Turn it off.
With few tweaks your old PC can run new game.
PC gamers can Mod, and Mods make your games infinitely more awesome.
Remember Counter-Strike? It was started as a Half-Life Mod.
Even if you don’t remember it have you ever played Skryim with mods? Playing it’s console version afterwards feels like you’re playing Morrowind.
But it’s not just graphics, either. You can add new quests and missions, new items and armor, new game mechanics, UI elements, and just about anything else you can think of.
Install a few mods on older games and make your games look amazing.
PC GAMING DOESN’T HAVE TO COST AN ARM AND A LEG!!!
Oh and I forgot the best part…
We get PC game giveaways too often!!! :D
On steam we get freebie every now and then ,
On GOG everyone gets freebie during their summer sale, winter sale and their anniversary ,
On origin we have On the house (which is has Wing Commander III for now and Earlier it gave Battlefield 3 , Dead Space & Sims 2).
So, I don’t need any XYZ-box or PS-456!!!
We chose this comment because it’s an impassioned argument for why PC gaming is, and always will be, superior to console gaming. Whether you buy into it or not, you cannot deny the strength of this comment. Which is what it’s all about. You don’t have to be right, you just have to be committed.
And so, onto this week’s question.
Apple has invited the biggest and brightest tech journalists to a press event on September 9. This can only mean one thing: the iPhone 6 is about to be revealed. And about time too, as we have all been subjected to the countless rumors swilling around about the new iPhone ever since the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were released this time last year.
It is very likely the iPhone 6 will be the biggest iPhone yet released, with rumors of two options, one measuring in at 4.7-inches, the other at 5.5-inches. Beyond that, it’s all conjecture. So, will you be buying the iPhone 6? It’s a simple Yes/No question, but we’ve thrown a Maybe into the mix to add a bit of color.
Please vote on your intentions with regards to the iPhone 6 in the poll above, and then take to the comments section below to tell us the reasoning behind your selection. Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.
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