7 Reasons Why Console Gaming Is Better Than PC Gaming

Shubham Agarwal 17-12-2018

The console vs. PC gaming debate is a perennial battle we don’t expect to end anytime soon. But if you’re just starting out or looking to switch your gaming rig, a console might be the way to go. Here are seven reasons why console gaming is better than PC gaming.


1. Console Games Just Work

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With console gaming, there’s essentially no installation process. You simply insert the disc or download the game and in a couple of minutes, you’re all set. There are no pesky drivers to worry about, nor you will have to download a separate, proprietary installation tool for a particular game.

Sure, you may have to download updates if there are any, but this is a simple process. In addition, on a PC, you might also have to make a few adjustments specific to your machine’s specifications, like the games graphics settings in order to avoid framerate drops.

The bottom line is that on a console, you won’t have to face the majority of the common nuances of configuring a new game on a PC. It just works.

2. You Don’t Need to Check the Specs

Another burden you can avoid by opting for a console is hardware specifications. There are thousands of options you will have to go through to find the right PC to suits your needs. You have to ensure the mouse is comfortable and the graphics card can handle the games you want to play, and check how high is the display refresh rate, and more besides. And you don’t have to worry about tips and tweaks to optimize your PC for gaming How to Optimize Windows 10 for Gaming and Performance Are you gaming on Windows 10? Use these tips to optimize Windows 10 for gaming and set it up for best performance. Read More .


With consoles, you only have to worry about your budget and desire to play 4K games. In addition, unlike PCs, consoles continue to perform smoothly and run the latest games even after a couple of years of use. PC rigs generally wear out quicker and you will be forced to upgrade two or three years down the line (especially if you want to try out the most recent games).

3. There Are More AAA Games to Choose From

Red dead redemption 2

With studios such as Sony and Microsoft backing them, consoles have benefited from a wide collection of AAA games. Just look at the best PS4 exclusives The 12 Best PS4 Exclusives You Need to Play The PS4 boasts some amazing exclusives, and everyone deserves to play titles such as Uncharted 4, God of War, and Spider-Man. Read More for proof.

For instance, some of the most highly rated titles, such as The Last of Us, the Uncharted series, God of War (2018), and Red Dead Redemption 2 are not even available on PC. On the contrary, most popular PC games will be ported to consoles.


4. Console Gaming Is Generally Cheaper

Console gaming is more affordable than PC gaming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Are Cheaper Than PC for Gamers in 2017 So you want to invest in a new gaming set-up, and you want to choose between a PC or a new console. Here's how your options compare! Read More . You can buy one for as little as $250 and still play each and every available game at 1080p. That package will even include the controller, one or two games, and possibly more. New gaming PCs, however, start at about $700 and that will only enable you to play the mid-tier games.

Plus, you will be spending hundreds of dollars extra for other accessories, like the keyboard and mouse. In addition, on consoles, you can share game discs with your friends and split the cost. On PCs, licenses are locked to a specific account and are non-transferrable.

5. You Can Play Console Games From Your Sofa

Since consoles are compatible with televisions, you can operate and play games on them from the comfort of your sofa. Their controllers are also designed in a way that you won’t have to fiddle around to find the right spot.

PCs, in addition to being incompatible with television displays, are not suited for non-desk setups and you will end up spending most of your time trying to make it work somehow. Make the sensible choice and play a console from the comfort of your sofa.


One option you might look into is the SNES Classic Mini because you can play PS1, N64 How to Add Retro Console Games to Your SNES Classic Mini You can emulate and play PS1, N64, and NES games on your SNES. We'll show you how to add games to your SNES Classic Mini. Read More , and similar games on it.

6. It’s Easier to Play With Friends

Xbox controller

PCs also fall short in scenarios like parties or when your friends come over to hang out. Your desk probably doesn’t have the space for more than one keyboard and mouse, your laptop might not have enough ports, and more issues plague a PC’s ability to handle local multiplayer.

On a console, you can simply plug more consoles in to play with your friends. In addition, consoles have slots for USBs too, so if you have a keyboard lying around, you can plug that in as well.


What’s more, the aforementioned fifth argument supplements this advantage even further. If your monitor is a little small or there’s not room for more than two or three people in your study, you can quickly move to the living room where there is a larger television and more seating available.

7. Controllers Are Better Than Keyboard and Mouse

PS4 Controller

Controller preferences are certainly a subjective topic, and some gamers swear by arcade sticks. But if you’re new and still exploring video games, the controller is the way to go. It’s built with a design that more naturally sits in your hands, unlike the keyboard and mouse combo which has a steeper learning curve.

With a controller, the fingers you’re not using can easily rest on the rear triggers and can come into play as soon as you want them.

In addition, apart from FPS (first-person shooters) and RTS (real-time strategy) games, the joysticks are a more ergonomic fit for most titles. PlayStation 4’s controller also has a touchpad so that you can navigate around the interface easily.

Are You Ready to Start Gaming on Consoles?

While PC gaming certainly has its advantages, consoles are definitely superior. As outlined in this article, they offer a hassle-free experience, a cheaper point of entry, and a wider selection of games.

If, after reading this article, you have made up your mind to buy a console, here is our Xbox One X review and our PlayStation Pro review to help you choose. You can also go with unusual gaming accessories for your setup.

You might also be interested in hearing the other side: reasons why PC gaming is better than console gaming 7 Reasons Why PC Gaming Is Better Than Console Gaming Here are several reasons why PC gaming is better than console gaming. Read More ! There’s a third gaming option too: streaming games with a cloud gaming subscription How Cloud Gaming and Streaming Games on Stadia and xCloud Works You've heard of cloud gaming services Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud, but what are they, and how does cloud gaming work? Read More and here are the best cloud streaming services you can try The 7 Best Cloud Gaming Services to Stream Video Games In this article, we compile a list of the best cloud gaming services to help you decide which, if any, you want to subscribe to. Read More .

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  1. Azamat Bagatov
    June 30, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Half of these points are complete rubbish

    • Leo
      July 9, 2020 at 9:17 am

      not really but ok your opinion

      • Bob Rob
        July 10, 2020 at 3:44 pm

        You can use controllers on pc, your pc is compatible with a tv, it is easier to play with friends on pc with lan parties, in the long term you save money on pc because you dont have to pay an online service and games are cheaper on pc, also pc can be used for work, pc has all media apps, and since xbox exclusives are coming to pc the whole exclusive argument is dying, pc has mods, for about a $650 pc you can play almost any game, pc is customizable, and it is the first to get access to new hardware, pcs have had ssd’s since 2010 and it took 10 years to show up on console. While console has a lot of exclusives, pc has more like cs:go, league of legends, valorant, team fortress 2, dota 2, and many more

  2. Oscar
    April 16, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    i use an xbox one controller to play games on my tv sitting from my couch, $700 of pc blows any modern console out of the water, you can build a good gaming pc for as little as a coupe hundred bucks and you can wave goodbye to paying $60 a month for online, a lot is wrong with this.

    • Leo
      July 9, 2020 at 9:26 am

      get your points right before you type you don't pay $60 a month to play online that's for a year and with the games you get monthly on the subscription it's worth it you are wrong with your points the majority of console gamers don't care about graphics and fps because games still look beautiful on consoles and as long as they keep giving amazing exclusives most people won't move on to pc.

  3. SPT
    February 3, 2020 at 10:19 am

    PC's incomparable with TV's ??? Lol you have no idea what you're talking about... the ps4 pro can barely push 4k @ 30hz with dumbed down graphics hehehehe

    • Leo
      July 9, 2020 at 9:27 am

      dumbed down graphics that still look beautiful like god of war ill take my 30 fps as long as i get great games

  4. Master Z
    December 30, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    The author ... " Based out of Ahmedabad, India, Shubham is a freelance technology journalist. When he's not writing on whatever's trending in the world of technology, you will find him either exploring a new city with his camera or playing the latest game on his PlayStation. "

    Nuff said .. ignorant

    • James Frew
      December 30, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      You can disagree with the content of the post, but I fail to see the relevance of the author's bio in relation to your comment. Care to explain?

  5. Nunya Bidness
    December 20, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    You can build a budget gaming pc for about the same as a console and the games will look better. Also the games are much cheaper. Console gamers pay more money for a worse experience. And you can use a game controller on pc. I'm not sure why you would want to but you can.

    • Jonathan Griffin
      March 11, 2020 at 12:48 am

      You can keep PC games. Setting them up has given me loads of grief. At least console games are already pre-configured.

    • Leo
      July 9, 2020 at 9:28 am

      cheaper? example?? dying light is 40 bucks on steam and is 20 bucks on ps store i don't get you at all plus ps store has the same amount of sales as steam does and all of them are good none are cheaper

      • Hewy
        July 10, 2020 at 5:24 am

        " store has the same amount of sales as steam does..."

        This is not even remotely true. At all.

      • tttt
        July 15, 2020 at 7:35 pm

        No lol, most games are cheaper on pc. Citing one example isn't a proof, I can also use a counterexample: Jedi Fallen Order costs 60 bucks most of the time on PS4, the same game on Epic Games store costs only 10 bucks!!

  6. Sam
    November 24, 2019 at 7:19 am

    As a converted console player heres 7 reasons why you should never write another gaming article.

    They don't necessarily just work like you say. Backwards compatibility it's not guaranteed in any generation of consoles. Current games work on current consoles, sure. Conversely you can play games that are 20 years old or last year's hottest titles on the same machine.

    2. Gaming PCs have standards. You won't have to check your specs or the requirements for a game if your computer is within those standards. 4 core cpu at least, 16 gbs ram, and a WILL play, and likely better than a console even at the low-end.

    3. You have smoked yourself retarded. I can play Tomb Raider on a PC... I can play Madden... Metal Gear Solid... Grand Theft Auto and red dead Redemption 2... Bioshock... Far Cry... Fall out... Tell us exactly how many, and which ones in particular are you referencing? There's some. Not many. Overall, steam has more games than Sony or Microsoft could ever think about releasing.

    4. sort of...ps4 pro released at $400. assuming you buy nothing but a game, after-tax you're likely looking at around $500. Now let's also assume that you had either have an Xbox controller or PlayStation controller already sitting around from your previous console. For $100 more you can build a budget machine that is better. And if controllers are your thing they will either connect via Bluetooth or by USB to your PC. But more on that later.

    5. pcs most certainly do connect television. In fact, any identical fashion but a console does. I play Dark Souls 3 on my 60 hertz 1080p TV on the above-mentioned $600 PC at Double the frame rate and graphical fidelity.

    6. It's easier to make friends on console, but it is scarcely any easier talk to or play with friends on a computer. Yes you have to use a third-party app. And oh look the features and quality that it gives you are better than a consoles. It takes 2 minutes to download and install Discord, set it up and start talking to a friend.

    7. First No, no, they arent. As I mentioned, either console makers controller can be used on Windows. If you think they are better come join me in pubg and use your controller and we will see how well you fare. Controllers are more comfortable... And if you suck at typing, you may need to practice a bit or even a lot... But eventually you will be better at first person shooters with a mouse and a keyboard. Third person games, then yeah use a controller.

    Here is why PC is objectively better, even budget machines.

    Native resolutions. Resolutions on consoles are almost always upscaled and the manufacturers use it to market "4k Gaming on a console!!!" No. Your upscaled 4k 60hz TV at 10ft away doesnt look like my native 2k 144hz monitor, 3ft away I promise.

    Framerates. Unless youve played your favorite game at 90 frames per second or better, then you just dont know. You just dont KNOOOOOOW, SON!

    Graphical fidelity. Games look better on PC by default, even on the cheapest 1080p monitors. Pixel density is higher in monitors than TVs. Additionally, middle of the road gaming PCs give you the optiin to change settings. Too much work for you? Dont use every slider. In fact , just use the almost always available "low-med-high-ultra" dropdown box. A $600 PC done right can take almost any AAA game on high settings and it will SIGNIFICANTLY look and feel better.

    • flynn
      June 9, 2020 at 1:42 am

      so true wow. this article is plain stupid

    • Hewy
      July 10, 2020 at 5:27 am

      Hmmm... isn't it funny how fanboy Leo never bothered to respond to this one?
      Probably because they honestly can't.

    • Terrance
      July 11, 2020 at 12:16 am

      agree but you can't play 20 year old games on modern PC's

  7. ALAN Roberts
    October 25, 2019 at 10:29 am

    the "author" of this article has less than zero clue.

  8. lemagz
    October 9, 2019 at 8:25 am

    so basically if you dont know anything about technology console is better?

  9. Dev
    October 5, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Brilliant article. PC master race fanboys got triggered. :D
    Don't listen to the crap the PC Master Race spews. They always think they are the best.

    • PCMasterrace
      January 19, 2020 at 5:29 pm

      If you think PS4 is better than PC, go check a doctor my man.

      Everything in this article is wrong

      • jerms
        March 9, 2020 at 6:41 pm

        If you think there is any exclusive pc game better than Uncharted, God Of War, The Last Of Us and so on, go to YOUR doctor. PC can't touch any of the Sony Exclusives. Microsoft only have 3, i think we know them well.

        • paul
          March 17, 2020 at 11:53 pm

          PC has a ton of games that would never even be playable on a console, hardcore esports games like counter strike, starcraft, dota, etc would not be playable on a joystick. I play both personally joystick is good for 3rd person games like DmC or dark souls. If you don't have a PC you are just missing out and being stubborn.

  10. Adam
    September 22, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    1. PC Games Just Work
    2. You Don't Have To Check the Specs, just ask for help
    3. There Are More Playable AAA Games to Choose From
    4. Console Is Cheaper, But Games For It Are Super Expensive
    5. You Can Play PC Games From Your Sofa, Just Use Cable As You Do With Console
    6. It's Easy To Play With Friends On Both
    7. *Cries In Aim Assist*

    • Leo
      July 9, 2020 at 9:46 am

      1. So do consoles games
      2.From who random strangers on the internet?
      3.Are you sure about that? The best AAA games release on console first then come to pc example rdr2
      4. SO DUMB ps store has the same amount of sales that steam does every month there will be a sale if the games that are on sale are not for you they are for someone else plus every new game is always $60 bucks whether on pc or on consoles
      5. Most people won't do that but ok
      7. there is nothing wrong with aim assist i turn it off on most games because i can aim well on my own what is your point?

      • Hewy
        July 10, 2020 at 5:42 am

        1. That just proves that it is a non-argument to begin with. Not to mention dishonest by implying that PC games just don't work.
        2. Yes. The PC user community (not just gamers) is objectively far more helpful that the console gaming community could ever hope to be.
        3. Are YOU sure about that? eg: Star Citizen or Space Engineers.
        4. Again, this is not even REMOTELY true. Neither is your claim that every game (on PC) releases at $60.
        You're either ignorant, or are lying. Possibly both.
        5. Non-argument. People will do what they're comfortable with.
        In any case, you're attempting to shift the goal posts. The point made wasn't about what people will and won't do. It was about what is possible and not possible.
        You're seriously reaching at this point. A sure sign of a pathetic, idiotic, *lying* fanboy for sure.
        6. So admit that the point made here was stupid? Well, that progress of a kind, I guess.
        7. There is absolutely everything wrong with aim assist, especially in competitive gaming and especially with cross-platform games.
        But I guarantee you that far more people playing against you in a cross-platform FPS with mouse and keyboard would make you look like a complete noob than not.
        I don't believe for a second that you're as good as you like to think you are.

  11. George
    September 20, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Every aspect of this article is just wrong. I play both on PC and consoles so not a specific platform fanboy here. The author has not ever touched a PC. PCs are incompatible with modern TV and no controller support? Really? This article is a waste of time.

  12. Eric
    September 17, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    There are major flaws to every example listed. I have consoles and a gaming PC and other then my daughter using the consoles to watch Netflix and prime video the consols are gathering dust. This article was clearly written by some one who has no actual PC gaming experience. All they did was list keywords that people have been wrongfully saying for about 2 decades. This was either written by some one who is extremely ignorant, trying to please a fanbase or is trolling.

  13. pee pee poo poo
    September 16, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Yeah no. This article is quite a trash piece of literature.

  14. Franki
    June 12, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Not only does this not make sense but you haven't done any real work to research this. Computers don't out of date when built correctly they can last up to 10yeara while only changing graphics card due to new games having new engines using new tech. Consoles may be cheaper but you can build 4k computers for the same price as an Xbox x or PS4 4k. Computers can use cobtrolelrs. Key board and mouse have more learning curve true but have better utility in general esp for roaming games.

  15. Randy McRandom
    May 31, 2019 at 10:17 am

    This article was made by somone oblivious to how PC gaming works and it wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't so obvious

    1. "With console gaming, there’s essentially no installation process." This is just wrong, yes this was true like a decade ago but now every game on console even physical needs to be installed, do you also not know anything about current gen consoles ?
    Drivers are a non issue, Nvidia (and I'm pretty sure AMD too) notify you when there's an update for your driver and I presronally update my graphic card once per 1-2 months it's really easy, same goes with any other drivers tons of site are giving you a list of the drivers you can update and you can check these types of site even once per year if you want
    Also changing the graphics of a game is just an option and gives you more control about your experience than a console, do you want to prioritize graphics or perfomance ? (assuming that you don't have a really good pc) It takes 5 minutes at most the first time you launch the game and that's it

    2. Yeah you have options and choices depending on your budget, terrible I know
    Also you don't have to know anything about specs there's tons of builds examples for every price a lot of people playing on PC (including me) don't really know a whole lot about what part is the best

    3. Yes and no, if I wanted to be a smartass I'd say that you can play AAA games from every generation so there's technically more AAA games on PC than current gen consoles but even then, MMORPGs and strategy games are a lot more playable, present and popular on PC and while yes there might be more AAA releases on console per year the PC has by far more AA and indie games, but I'd give this one to you
    The last sentence however I'd say is wrong, some of the really popular indie games will be ported to console, that's a very small margin, meanwhile during the last 2 years, Bayonetta, Vanquish, Crash, Dead Rising, Heavy Rain/Beyond two souls/Detroit, Sunset Overdrive, ReCore, Halo Masterchief collection, the Yakuza games, Octopath Traveler and Catherine (and probably RDR2 one day) were ported (or announced to soon be ported) to PC

    4. I'd disagree, you can make a pretty good PC for 500$, hell my PC was a non-gaming one, I bought a GTX 1050ti a few years ago (around 150$) and I used it for gaming since, the card is getting a bit outdated now and there's better for around the same price but it's still really good if you want to get into pc gaming, you can have a good enough mouse/keyboard for 40$ and a monitor might cost in the 100$'s but you could always use a tv if you want (more about that later...)
    But why would I say that it might be cheaper to play on PC ? Well once you feel like your build is outdated you can just upgrade parts, you don't have to buy the whole thing once again, games are cheaper overall, you don't have to pay to play online and don't have a buy the "definitive version" of your games once a new generations comes out (and if there's a new slightly remastered version, it's usually free on PC for owners of the original, like Bioshock, Darksiders, Skyrim) so I'd say that on the long run gaming on PC is arguably cheaper

    5. This point is the only one that made me kind of angry (or annoyed) and shows that the person behind the article doesn't know anything about PC gaming.
    Why ? Because you can play on a TV with a PC, I use a tv as a secondary screen, you can play with a pc like you'd play with a console, just hook up your pc to you tv with a hdmi cable, use a controller (wireless if possible), make Steam big picture launch on startup and there you go

    6. Again this point makes no sense, you can play on a TV and use controllers.
    Also what issues are plaging local on PC ? I've played locally with my friends and brother on multiple occasions and never had any problem just sync the controllers, launch the game (or emulator) that you want and there you go you can play Towerfall ascension, nidhogg, rocket league, Trine, Fifa, Street fighter, anything goes really.
    Also "On a console, you can simply plug more consoles" are you sure you do know anything about videogames in general ?

    7. The first game I've played on PC (without a controller) was Dead Space, I was like 10 and yeah I had a hard time getting used to the controls, but after around one hour, two at most, I was completely used to it and you can't deny that aiming is a LOT easier with a mouse than with a joystick.
    But it really doesn't matter in the end since you can play wirelessly with a Xbox One/DS4 or Steam controller (even Wiimote and maybe Xbox 360 but I'm not sure) so if you prefer using a controller, go for it every medium to AAA game has controller support (aside froms rts and mobas ofc) and most indie games do when it can be convenient
    Also your article about how PC gaming is better console gaming has "You Have More Controller Options" as a point so wtf

    Is it possible to find actual reasons why console gaming is better than pc gaming ? I guess yeah, but you'd have to be familiar with the two, I don't mean to be insulting to the person that wrote this article (I mean it's not even an insult really) but it's clear that he wasn't really that familiar with PC gaming and even at a few points with gaming in general (but I doubt it) I hope this (long) comment and the other belows will help you realize that maybe you could have made better points

    Or maybe all you wanted were clicks and comments idk

  16. ???
    May 22, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    1. Most installation processes are similar and they don't always "Just work".
    2. You don't have to go through hundreds or even thousands of parts to make a good part list. In fact, some sites like have a forum where active community members can pick out a part list for you. The requests are usually completed several times within the first 10 minutes.
    3. I don't see a League of Legends for console. What about World of Warcraft? PC is a far more versatile and open platform so there are more AAA games.
    4. Console gaming is about the same price, factoring in the cost of subscriptions like Xbox live. Also, you could get a decent keyboard and mouse for about $50. Or, you could choose to play on a controller, provided the game supports it, which most PC games do.
    5. Kill me. You can play on a TV with a PC, it's just that most people don't choose to. I'm sure that there are console players on monitors too. Also, you could build a pc the size of a console.
    6. This one is true.
    7. Wondered why consoles have aim assist? That's because the joystick is obviously the superior aiming platform. And also esports players use keyboard and mouse for a reason.

    • Leo
      July 9, 2020 at 9:50 am

      once you said league of legends i laughed if you think that is even close to the standard of console exclusives im sorry for you bro

  17. Me
    May 10, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    consoles can't use drawing tablets to play fps. Pc +1

  18. PS
    May 8, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I don't even game and even I know all of this is horse shit jeeesus

  19. Greg
    April 24, 2019 at 4:58 am

    1. It's about what your internet it. If you have better internet, you get a a quicker installation. My Xbox One takes around 45 for games like GTA 5.

    2. Look up what PC's are good. Equivalent, or better.

    3. No. Just no. Gaming is about what you find fun. That's why there are more than a few games. Because people find different things fun.

    4. This has been debunked multiple times. At this point, it's just a lie. Stop.

    5. Ever heard of wireless? You can also hook up a controller to your PC.

    6. What? What?! How? You just meet people ingame, friend them on whatever game your on, and go from there.

    7. That's a preference.

    In total, most of these points are either lies, or preferences. Have a nice day.

  20. Frickmakeuseof
    April 16, 2019 at 4:33 am

    "Consoles are better because if I want to play with my friend he has to come over or we both pay money to Microsoft or Sonny."

    Isn't it amazing that I don't have to pay more than the game to play with my friends?
    Example: Minecraft. On consoles pay for gold or plus and pay or regret paying because your friend has PS4 while you have a Xbox One and Sonny doesn't want crossplay. Also pay for realms.
    On PC is a matter of paying for realms, using a free option or making one yourself. Except for the last one, they don't take more than a few clicks.

  21. Teryptal
    March 7, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    This comment section just remembered why I left consoles. The community is just so overwhelmingly toxic. Just enjoy playing on console instead of trying to desperately make your platform look better.

  22. PussySlayer123
    March 5, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Stfu, how are controlers better? did u ever touch a pc? Thats why most eSports games are on pc lelelelelele

  23. Tom
    March 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I think dance dance revolution has better specs than any console out there

  24. Paoloh
    March 2, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    There's literally not a single thing true about this article.

  25. SilkBot
    March 2, 2019 at 11:20 am

    This one goes to all the people below and after me calling PC gamers toxic for calling out the bias, misinformation and lies in this article.

    This article is anything but objective. In fact, it's full of lies.

    1. Games just work on PC and consoles alike unless they're poorly programmed. If you want to adjust graphics settings after launching a game, that's completely up to you. No one is forcing you and you don't have to do it.

    2. You don't need to check the specs? First off, I can't remember the last time I had to check specs for any game. I've literally never done that and I've been playing on PC all my life. Unless you have a very low-end computer, this is something that you don't have to do. Games will run on pretty much any machine. Second, you kinda have to check whether a game is for PS3 or PS4, or whether it's PS4 Pro enhanced, now don't you?

    3. There's big AAA games on PC like StarCraft, DOTA, LoL, ARMA, WoW... I'd like to see that guy's sources. I seriously doubt that there's more AAA games on consoles than on PC, and you can't just lump all consoles together; you're gonna have to decide between Sony, Nintendo (and kinda Xbox) here.
    However, even if there were more AAA games on a specific console, then that's still not a good reason to choose a console over a PC since AAA says jackshit about a game's quality.

    4. This is a lie; this computer here: plays games at a similar level of quality as a PS4. If you are OK with 30 fps and medium settings (i.e. PS4 and Xbox quality) then a $300 computer will do the job.
    Factually, playing on a console is going to be more expensive when you factor in the price of playing online and console games being generally more expensive, as well as the price of official controllers ($60 for a DS4 controller? You can get knock-off controllers for 15 bucks or Xbox controllers for $30 on PC).

    5. This is yet another lie. The "PCs are incompatible with TVs" part is completely fabricated. Every PC is compatible with every TV. You see that HDMI cable you use to connect your console to a TV? Yeah, you can use that same cable to connect a PC instead. Entirely the same thing.
    The next part is also extremely uninformed. You could use SteamOS on your PC, which is a Linux distro designed to be used with controllers. No desktop whatsoever. You can also use Windows 7 or 10 and install Steam, then use Big Picture Mode. BPM is fully made with controllers in mind. You can suspend the system and never interact with the desktop. There's other options like KODI. No knowledge or fumbling is required, just install and use.

    6. is just stupid. It assumes that your PC is at a desk. You can connect it to a TV, we've been over this.
    "On a console, you can simply plug more consoles in to play with your friends. In addition, consoles have slots for USBs too, so if you have a keyboard lying around, you can plug that in as well."
    I think he meant "plug in more controllers". There is literally just a handful of console games that support LAN play. Halo and Mario Kart come to mind. However, any computer game with lan allows to connect multiple PCs together for a LAN party. And if he meant "controllers", then guess what. You can "simply plug in more controllers" on PC to play with your friends as well. In fact, the PC has more controllers to choose from than any console - namely, all controllers in existence; from every console and then some.

    7. is stupid again since you can use controllers on PC. See my response to 5. and 6.

    And for the conclusion:
    "As outlined in this article, [consoles] offer a hassle-free experience"
    - Not more so than PCs
    "a cheaper point of entry"
    False, PCs can be just as cheap, but consoles are more expensive over time unless you never buy new games on release and don't play online
    "and a wider selection of games."
    - Completely wrong. Not only does PC have more games available to it than all existing consoles of all time combined as well as console emulation, it even has entire genres virtually exclusive to it. City builders, MOBAs, RTS and such.

    The toxic people here are the console players, calling PC players "toxic" for doing little more than to call out a ridiculously misinformed author on his outrageous lies.

  26. SilkBot
    March 1, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Can you take this article down? I can hardly believe how many lies this guy spouts and the article got published anyway. It's a serious hit to your website's integrity.

  27. Grinjack
    February 28, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    After reading this so-called article, I have a serious doubt that this guy knows nothing about gaming on a PC. I guess typing on a Macbook and playing on a console? Everybody knows that the PC is cheaper in the long run. PC's are incompatible to TV's? Never heard of HDMI? It's the same cable you plug into a XBox or a PS. Yes Shocking news. My RX580 has a HDMI output. The rest of this article is also pure Bullcrap.

  28. Kevin C
    February 28, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Been playing back and forth between consoles and PC's for years. For awhile I have been back on consoles because they were easier. I have an Xbox one x, ps4, switch and PC. A few months back blizzard had destiny 2 for free on PC so I figured I'd give it a shot.. My Xbox one x is hooked to a 65" Samsung q7f and the picture and graphics have always been fantastic. Till I played destiny on my old PC at 1440 and faster frame rate. I was so impressed I built a new PC and bought a new 1440 165hz ips and a 4k 60hz panel for the wall. Once you have played games at 144-165hz on a high end system, a consoles 30/60 fps will feel like crap. My Xbox one x is now collecting dust.

  29. dont care console trash
    February 21, 2019 at 3:21 am

    so uhh.. ya pc is cheaper, no subscription bull shit. Oh and half my pc was free, got an old dell optiplex 7010 for FREE, then bought an Rx 580 for 189... boom. A INSTANT console killer since i could still do vr unlike psvr's horrible way of vr. AND you console prick, with how consoles work these day... Consoles, just don't work, recently Microsoft added an update that made ALL Xbox connected to the internet unusable because of a BUG. Guess what, I typed this on a, you guessed it and keyboard not a controller because if i was, It wouldn't even be done... ANNND have you ever seen the worlds faster typer on controler? though so. PC MASTER RACE All the way... Period.

    • Angel
      February 22, 2019 at 12:51 am

      I’m a pc player myself. I bought myself a Alienware Aurora r7, a nice triple monitor, and the good old keyboard and mouse. Yet, I love my Xbox one x. The difference is hardly there, the only thing I see different are the games.

      • Raymond
        March 1, 2019 at 1:28 am

        Yeah, you just made all that up. No serious PC gamer would ever buy an Alienware. What you did was Google "best gaming PC" then copied and pasted the first name you saw. I know that, because I just Googled "best gaming PC", clicked on the first article which was from Tom's Guide, and guess what? Alienware Aurora at the top of the list. Also, no one says "a nice triple monitor" or "the good old keyboard and mouse" and no one refers to themselves as a "PC player". Did you really think anyone would believe that crap?

        • Good Ole Keyboard and Mouse
          June 30, 2019 at 11:42 am

          You just owned this individual...
          You have my respect

  30. Christian
    February 19, 2019 at 2:24 am

    You can buy a prebuilt use a controller on PC play PC on a couch hooked up to TVs and all your other reasons are just as debuckable for example my friends and I can play easier than on console on PC so please do real research before writing a article

  31. Andrew R.
    February 15, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    This has to be satire right? Let's break this down. 1. PC games just work, so essentially they are saying that consoles have never had system updates and firmware updates? Just because they don't directly update their drivers doesn't mean that it doesn't happen. 2. You don't need to check the specs because you either have the generation of consoles that can run the game or can't. 3. PC has more AAA games than consoles and we don't have exclusives which hinder the industry more than anything. 4. Yeah no. 5. A steam link and controller costs less than a xbox/dualshock controller. 6. It's just as easy to play at a friends house with a PC than it is on console. 7. This is just... why. There are about 2 genres of games that are better than with a controller. 90% a kbm will be more useful.

  32. Kevin Dres
    February 7, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Most everything in this article is opinion based. But that doesn't mean that any of it is less true though. One thing is doesn't mention though is how horrible the PC community is. They think they are so better than everyone else, they're not though. Everyone hates them, even their own kind are constantly fighting with one another. It's a cesspool of a community. Only out to fuel they're self worth. Every gamer hates the PC community, for good reason too. I'm not saying buy a console, if you want a PC, go ahead. They're all preference anyway. I'm just warning anyone thinking about it. Your better off sticking to single player games. Cause PC gamers will come at you like a pair of wild animals, the second to log in.

    • Doug
      March 1, 2019 at 6:41 am

      1. if it is an opinion then it isn't a fact. 2. in every community there are people who think they are better than the competitors. 3. in no way are pc gamers or console gamers just looking for people to attack people as soon as they join a seesion. 4. all 7 of these points in this "article" is false

  33. Brandon freedmen
    February 7, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    PC is killing the gaming community. They're egomaniacal self proclaimed Kings of nothing. The community is trash and toxic. They twist words and truths every little way they can to make PC gaming sound superior than console gaming. Steam sales, FPS, etc. They take one thing and build it up to make it seem godlike. When in reality, nothing PC has to offer is superior to consoles in any way. They just manipulate unsuspecting people that don't know any better into thinking it is. If gaming was a religion. PC gamers would be Lord's of hell. While console gamers would live in a heaven.

    • some pc gamer
      February 14, 2019 at 7:16 pm

      it's your personal choice and I am fine with that, however, in my personal experience, PC is better, I enjoy it more and I like mouse and keyboard. You said in your comment that console is superior in every way, but tell me some of those ways. To justify your opinion you need facts, of which you don't have. Yes, I can say pc has its flaws, but so does console, and you're not acknowledging that.

    • Vic
      February 16, 2019 at 7:40 am

      Let's not go overboard. There are plenty of terrible people on consoles too. There are benefits to both. Consoles are a stable development platform which means games tend to run with less bugs (otherwise everyone has them). But there are also significant benefits to a PC. The graphics as of this point are significantly better on PC. Seeing a game at 2k or 4k running @ 144Hz (w/ gsync or freesync) is truly amazing and substantially better than 1080p (many games on consoles don't even truly render 1080p either. They are rendered lower and upscaled). But it costs you a lot more than a console for that experience. As with anything there are good parts and bad parts.

  34. Alex Volkov
    February 7, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Love how these PC gamers in the comments once again live up to their reputation of how toxic they are. Half the stuff their going on about might have been true 10 years ago. Consoles started gaming, gaming will end with consoles. Your just some egotistical scumlord if you think console gaming is worse than PC gaming. Since 2017 it's been on par, Developers are literally, pulling away from PC gaming and preferring consoles. Because of how demanding PC players are. It's funny when devs want nothing to do with PC players. And they feel forced to let you have their games. Consoles were the start of gaming, and they're the future of gaming. PC are only useful for creating the game. Not playing it.

    • PC
      February 13, 2019 at 12:22 am

      Yes, developers hate the pc master race, all those pc toxic trash should go and get a console. They fight amongst themselves and only get crappy games.
      Wow, developers care more about mobile then you, also in your eyes we might be demanding, but if your referring to us wanting to play our games how we want to and not let any company screw us over then I guess we are demanding. I noticed that after I switched from Xbox to pc I had more fun gaming, the people were nicer generally and people are more willing to help new players.
      Ps. Xbox and Play station player fight more than pc players do.

      • Vic
        February 16, 2019 at 7:29 am

        How as a PC gamer (I have both) are companies not screwing you over? Most titles still are closed source, proprietary DRM laden blobs. You also can't resell games on PC. I suppose you can pirate more but that's also why we on the PC end up second class citizens.

        • Teryptal
          March 7, 2019 at 8:49 pm

          Because of variety. If one company screws you over, there's usually plenty of options. On consoles you just have to do what Sony/MS wants. There's not much competition on console market.

        • buckblagg
          December 12, 2019 at 9:58 pm

          PC's are to much of a hassle, especially with cooling, having to buy a solid state drive for maximum performance. Tons of upgrades, psu's, ram, blue screens of death, burnt up graphics cards, PC's crash more often than not. Plug and play is the way to go, consoles last longer than you think and with sales PC is horrid. It only makes up about 3% of game sales overall. Also PC's don't sell by the millions like say a PS4, which passed the 100,000,000 mark this year. Yeah that'll happen with PC's. Desktops sit at these places and collect dust. The only games worth playing on PC are Fortnite, PUBG, League Of Legends, WOW, and perhaps Rust. PC's are good for productivity, and you can do a lot more than game on them. Also gaming Laptops are just trash and last maybe 2 years at the most and can't be substantially upgraded. I can go on about why I QUIT PC gaming long ago, but I'd be wasting my typing skills. Also VIRUS's, go ahead and talk about that, and pirating, (poor optimiztion) of 80% of AAA titles. So there you go PC master Race. ;o)

    • Christian
      February 19, 2019 at 2:28 am

      Gaming started on PC and consoles were made as a cash grab games are made on PC and ported to console even exclusives fo research please and not all of us are elitist trashbags

  35. Kenneth Freeman
    February 7, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Looking at the comments for this article, really keeps the angry PC elitist stereotype alive. The article was completely objective, but he did have some good points though. Console gaming is cheaper, there's no doubt about it. And don't give me that crap about ps+ or Xbox gold. He's talking about initial startup price. Some of these guys going on about $500 or less PC's. Yeah it's true you can get one for that price. But only if you want to play cheap Indies and AAA's from 5 years ago. Otherwise playing modern games. Your easily going to spend $800 or more.

    The community for PC gaming though, is completely toxic. You might as well stick your head in a barrel of nuclear waste if you wanna play with other people on PC. Console communities aren't much better either, but their still better though. (More friendly, Less egotistical) compared to PC.

    And yes, consoles have a much better gaming library compared to PC. PC gamers have a massive ego. So naturally they try to bend the truth as much as they can to make PC gaming seem amazing. PC gaming has a vast library, it's true. But it mostly consists of cheap indie games, sidescrollers, and mmorpgs. When it comes to REAL AAA Games. They lack even worse than Nintendo, compared to Xbox and PlayStation. You know what they say, quality over quantity. One thing PC needs to realize more than anyone.

    One last thing, Steam sales. For the past two years. Consoles have been having sales that rival steam in prices. Especially during holidays. Alot of games on consoles tend to go on sale starting off at 50% off. Recent games too that just came out the past year. And sometimes if you keep checking the sales every week. They could go on sale normally in-between. 50% to 85% off. Steam sales are a thing of the past.

    In all honesty, choose a console over a PC. They are much simpler to use. They have a much less toxic community. Much better quality of games. And if you don't have superhuman eyesight. Which no one does, you won't really notice the difference between frames per second between console and PC. PC has a hardly better noticeable FPS that they just love to go on about like it's God's gift to the world. But in reality, it's barely noticeable in modern gaming.

    • PC master race
      February 13, 2019 at 12:29 am

      My first pc could play BO3 when it came out (it was $400)

    • Travers
      February 26, 2019 at 11:22 pm

      Okay I'm not an elitist by any means and I'm not calling you out I'm simply trying to correct a few incorrect points you've made.

      • My PC was $450 (excluding peripherals) and can run GTA V at 1080p 60fps at Medium - High Settings. So roughly similar to a standard Xbox One.

      • Yes the PC community is toxic, so is the console community, and the mobile community. I can't think of one which is worse than the other but what I can say is that they're all pretty toxic xD

      • PC has more games than Console, you did state that was true, which it is. But not all PC exclusives are crappy Indie Games. Nearly all simulation games are PC exclusives, and whilst they don't attract everyone people still enjoy them. Also the likes of Arma 3 is definitely not a crappy Indie game and I personally think could rival most AAA games.

      • They're not exactly simpler to use. I have an Xbox One X as well as a PC (One X is better than my rig) and I find both of them easy to use. I think the handiness of creating voice chat parties on Xbox is nifty but at the same time some of the menus drive me up the wall with the layout.

      • Play a game at 30fps then 60fps then 200fps. You'll notice a massive difference, honestly.

      I've said enough, I appreciate your views and I have no problems with people giving their opinion but when they try to make it sound like a fact and mislead people I don't stand for it.

    • Jonathan
      March 25, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      HHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA. Nope, nope, nope, nope,nope. We have more games on pc than all consoles ever and emulation. Besides an 8700k runs better than an xbox with int. graphics.

  36. Jeoff
    February 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    This is just opinion based and if the writer did research, there would be facts that would prove that this article is BS

  37. Chris
    January 26, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    "PCs, in addition to being incompatible with television displays, are not suited for non-desk setups and you will end up spending most of your time trying to make it work somehow. Make the sensible choice and play a console from the comfort of your sofa"

    I realize that statement was either probably made because you just don't know, but you can do all of these with a gaming rig. I am no PC-only fanboy; I own a PS4, XBone, and Switch. Interestingly enough, I was gaming on my sofa from my PC (on Steam)with a lapboard using my 50" plasma last night (as I do much of the time). The lapboard has USB ports, so I can use my PS4 controller (or Switch, or whichever) to game, and many PC games are compatible with controllers at this point. I prefer a kbm on most games, but games like Yakuza 0 (oops, not just a PS4 exclusive anymore) are good with a controller.

    I think some of your reasons might be from 5-10 years ago...

    • PcGamer
      February 23, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      Well said!

  38. UnL1k3
    January 17, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Wow you haven't a clue about PC gaming huh? "While PC gaming certainly has its advantages, consoles are definitely superior." Really? You guys need to pay for online, lets say 60$ per year and the average console generation lasts 6 years that's 360$. If your controller breaks how much does it cost to buy a new one? 40$ for a first party one. You can get a K&M combo for 14.4 dollars. What about game? Heard of this thing called steam sales? You get insane deals on even the newest game like AC Odyssey was 30$ and where I live I got it for 22$. Overall, you get hardware that you are stuck with without the option to upgrade, you are stuck with decisions like 4K 30 fps on the 1X instead of 2K 60 or 1080p 60 fps, visuals that make games barely run at 30 case and point the Witcher 3. And the 1080p thing, yeah well if you so choose on PC, you can play at 720p 60/900p 60 if you wish too or even lower the settings to get 1080p 60 or 1080p 45. A GTX 760 is enough to perform side by side or even surpass the base grade consoles. Consoles are more expensive in the long run and you are tied down to whatever sony or microsoft decides. PC is about choice.
    And the exclusives...they are just incentive for you to buy their consoles. And if you do want to play those exclusives, you can with PS Now. (Bloodborne, Last of us and so on.)

    • Vic
      February 16, 2019 at 7:47 am

      " You can get a K&M combo for 14.4 dollars." While true, a $14 K&M combo is awful. A good mechanical gaming keyboard is anywhere from $80-150 depending on the brand and a good gaming mouse is at least $20 and a good one (logitech, razer etc are usually $50+). They can break too with a misplaced soda spill.

      The sales thing is also disingenuous. You can resell console games first of all which you can't (easily) PC games. SEcond of all, by the time there's a steam sale, there's usually a similar discount on amazon for console versions. As with anything there are tradeoffs. Consoles are less of a fuss, but you also get significantly less performance for that. Stop dealing in absolutes. There are good things and bad things about both platforms.

  39. Whaaaa
    January 10, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    If you want to inform people to buy a console over a pc then at least have a basic understanding of pc gaming, otherwise you have no credibility, too late for that I guess. Judging by all the reasons you have listed it is pretty clear you haven't a clue what you are talking about. My advice to you is this, sit down, shut up and write articles whose subject matter you understand.

  40. Nope
    December 18, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Wow, the writer of this article really needs to do their research next time. What a dummy.

  41. Klazik
    December 17, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I agree with the other comments. This has to be a joke.

    Controller is better than kbm? GTFO
    Play on the couch? We can do that too, even with a controller.
    You can get a 1080p gaming computer for $500 or less. And with Steam etc games are almost ALWAYS cheaper on PC. GTFO
    Play with friends? What if they're on a different console that doesn't support crossplay? GTFO

    I'm not gonna keep going but you get the point.

  42. Nate
    December 17, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    The journalist who wrote this should not be allowed to post articles anymore

    • Manda
      December 18, 2018 at 6:39 am


    • Manda
      December 18, 2018 at 6:58 am

      For anyone who's tempted to buy a console just because of this article:
      1. You can buy PC already assembled from boutiques. It's more expensive, but you have the options. And assembling PC isn't that hard these days, generally you will only need a screwdriver. If you can play (and enjoy) Lego, you will be able to assemble PC.

      2. Checking Spec is only really reading about the requirement, a couple of lines and discerning if your rig will be able to play it smoothly at med/high, or if you need to slide some things down. You even have a preset graphic options in the game usually.

      3. PC gaming library is massive. You can play games from around 1980 up till now (some even free), and even the grey area of PC gaming like emulations (PSX, PS2, Nintendo, SNES, SEGA, Arcade, android, etc) that will open up a lot of those exclusive AAA titles... Oh and exclusivity is just a bait for you to buy into their wares, and it is generally a bad thing for consumer because it divide who can and can't play.

      4. Console gaming is generally cheaper upfront, or if you only plan to play around 6 months. PC will have a lot longer period of upgrade, and if you buy a decent hardwares (that can't be all dirt-cheap), you will upgrade cheaply and don't need to buy all your games all over again. Games on PC is waayyy cheaper. A lot are free, and don't you ever heard of steam sale? (Epic is also opening up shop, and it will give you free games every two weeks).

      5. Who says you can't play PC games from your sofa or bed or even from your table?

      6. I think nowadays people play with everyone through internet? Is local co-op still the focus of console these days? And it's just as easy with PC or console gamer to connect to other players through the internet these days.

      7. PC can essentially use kind of joysticks you may want in your life, not only mouse and keyboard. And most of them are simple plug n play. You can buy some cheap gamepad, use those guncom, steering wheels, and even console's controllers.

      I don't know why this article even show up in my feed, but it can be deceiving to someone not have the understanding (like the writer) about PC and Console differences.

      • Max
        December 18, 2018 at 10:46 am


  43. Max Koopmanschap
    December 17, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    These are my points on this biased article:
    1. Ever heard of steam? Installing is probably faster btw and you can still buy cd's if you want to. Setting up of your pc might take slightly longer but thats more because of the need to dowload a decent browser, steam and other general stuff than because of drivers because your pc will mostly suggest the needed drivers.
    2. There's a wonderfull site called "canyourunit" and it'll imediately say what is required and recomended and can check if your pc can run it with a .exe that downloads in 10 seconds.
    If you build a decent pc it will last just as long if not longer as a console and games automatically set the graphical settings that it believes your pc can handle.
    You can also game on any screen you have laying around probably except for maybe analog screens and for peripherals you can even use the cheapest office mouse and keyboards if you dont want to spend too much.
    3. There probably are more AAA games but there are definetely more games in total for pc because everybody can make games for pc so indy's are way easier too play.
    4. Pc gaming and console gaming have a different moment in which they are expensive. With pc gaming the hardware is more expensive but not much and the games are way cheaper. With console gaming you'll still have to pay around $300 and the games are 3 to 6 times as expensive.
    And accesoires won't cost you hundreds of dollars you can also just buy cheap or non "gaming" accesoires.
    5. A pc will work on a television screen you only need to plug in the same cable. And for the couch part just buy a blietooth controller works like a charm and probably costs as much as a console controller.
    6. Its definetely a different experience but there are tons of ways to play local multiplayer games from hot seats to multiple players at the same time with multiple controllers. As said in point 5 a tv screen is very much usable.
    7. You can just use a ps3, ps4, xbox360 or xbox one controller of any of the pc specific brands like logitech or steelseries.

  44. Dave
    December 17, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    This article is satire, right?

    • Max Koopmanschap
      December 17, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      I hope so