Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Gamers have been debating the merits of PC gaming vs. console gaming for years. Both sides have their pros and cons, and both have their fair share of rabid fanboys (not to mention the division between Xbox 360 and PS3 camps).

My purpose with this page is to provide an unbiased (I hope) PC vs console comparison in regards to games, controls and price; to publish the best arguments for each platform from the visitors; and to collect anonymous votes about the most popular gaming system.

Scroll down below to read about PC vs console games, features and other details, vote in our poll, and see what other gamers have to say. You are more than welcome to participate in the discussion yourself (no login required), or just leave us a regular comment with your thoughts.


Here are some areas where PCs are superior to consoles like Xbox 360 and Playstation 3:

  • Better graphics: a high-end gaming rig will have better graphics than a console. The downside is that a top of the line computer will cost more, and you will also need to upgrade it at least every few years to keep up with the ever-increasing system requirements of new PC games.

  • Cheaper games: the standard price for a new PC game is $50, while a new Xbox 360 or PS3 game usually costs $60. This is not all: digital PC game distribution services like Steam often have sales where older titles can be bought for as little as $5.

  • Superior controls (for some games): this is an arguable point that not everyone will agree with. However, I do believe that a mouse provides better precision and is superior to a controller in FPS games. The fact that almost all console shooters have built-in auto-aim (aka aim assist) serves to prove my point.

    There is even less of an argument when it comes to strategy games (both real-time and turn-based) and MMORPGs. Console controllers simply do not have enough buttons to map all the functions of popular RTS and MMORPGs, and these games would have to be simplified (dumbed down, even) to work properly on consoles.

  • More freedom: you can upgrade and customize your computer with thousands of different components; you have access to game mods, unofficial patches and hacks, and level making tools; you can play creative indie games like Minecraft which are unlikely to be released on consoles due to licensing costs and other issues. You are not tied to a single online service (PSN / Xbox Live), either.


There are plenty of reasons why consoles can be considered superior to PCs for gaming, too:

  • It's more affordable: when you buy a console, it will last you a good part of a decade, until a new generation of gaming devices is released. It's a one-time cost, and unlike with gaming PCs, you won't have to worry about any upgrades or your game not running due to your system not being powerful enough.

  • Easier to setup: using a console requires much less technical knowledge than using a PC - it's much more simple and straightforward. You won't have to worry about conflicting software, incompatible driver versions, or wrong internet settings.

  • Rent and trade: while console games are more expensive than their PC counterparts (usually $10 more), this is easily offset by the fact that you can rent your games cheap, and trade-in games you purchased previously for store credit.

  • Superior controls (for certain genres): most people will agree that a console controller is much easier and more fun to use for fighting, action, jRPG, and platformer games. The only genres console owners will miss out on are strategy and MMORPG.

  • Split screen: consoles are much better for local multiplayer games since you can just sit down with your friends (up to 4 people) and play on the same Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 console together.
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