7 Reasons Why Console Gaming Is Better Than PC Gaming
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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.

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

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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 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 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.

6. It’s Easier to Play With Friends

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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. 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 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 7 Reasons Why PC Gaming Is Better Than Console Gaming Here are several reasons why PC gaming is better than console gaming. Read More

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  1. 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.)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

      Journalist?

    • 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

        +1

  6. 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.

  7. 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