PC Gaming- The Console Killer?

Is PC Gaming Taking Over?

In recent times, there has been a war on gaming. Numbers of people still think consoles are the master race for gaming, because of their reliability, cheap purchase cost, and legacy for gaming. But, those with gaming PCs swear that PC gaming will end the era of consoles. Parts for a gaming PC have been evolving into cheaper options for optimal gaming perfomance, which is why many switch to gaming on a computer rather than a console. People also complain about the cost of paying for yearly or monthly subscriptions just to have online services and also paying $60+ dollars for games, when there are PC game providers, like Steam, that allows customers to buy games at a cheaper cost. Will PCs takeover? Or will consoles have to change to compete?

Console Gaming


Consoles have been around for many decades, from the classic Atari, multiple Nintendo consoles, up to today's consoles like the PS4 and XBOX One X. The prices range from $200 to $400, which compared to PC builds, is somewhat cheap. These consoles also offer a multitude of games, some even only exclusive to consoles. In the long run, purchasing a console can be very cost effective, as it is a one and done type deal until a new generation of console emerges. Consoles are also VERY easy to set up and use. All that is needed is a visual output, whether it be a TV or monitor, an HDMI cord, and a power cable that the console comes with.

Compared to a PC, what are the cons of console gaming? First would be the costs of games. Games tend to be around $60 for a brand new game. There is also the cost of purchasing a yearly or monthly subscription to use online features, like multiplayer modes, in recent consoles. Some think it is an unnecessary charge because the price of a game is already somewhat steep. The visuals on a console is also not as great compared to PCs, which will be discussed later. There is also an issue with backwards compatibility, which basically means older generation games cannot be played, if owned, on a newer generation of consoles. So a PS3 game cannot be played on a PS4, which then leads to having multiple consoles and clutter.

Console Gaming


Consoles have been around for many decades, from the classic Atari, multiple Nintendo consoles, up to today's consoles like the PS4 and XBOX One X. The prices range from $200 to $400, which compared to PC builds, is somewhat cheap. These consoles also offer a multitude of games, some even only exclusive to consoles. In the long run, purchasing a console can be very cost effective, as it is a one and done type deal until a new generation of console emerges. Consoles are also VERY easy to set up and use. All that is needed is a visual output, whether it be a TV or monitor, an HDMI cord, and a power cable that the console comes with.

Compared to a PC, what are the cons of console gaming? First would be the costs of games. Games tend to be around $60 for a brand new game. There is also the cost of purchasing a yearly or monthly subscription to use online features, like multiplayer modes, in recent consoles. Some think it is an unnecessary charge because the price of a game is already somewhat steep. The visuals on a console is also not as great compared to PCs, which will be discussed later. There is also an issue with backwards compatibility, which basically means older generation games cannot be played, if owned, on a newer generation of consoles. So a PS3 game cannot be played on a PS4, which then leads to having multiple consoles and clutter.

PC Gaming

PC gaming has been around for awhile, but it has been taking the gaming industry by storm. With advances in technology, there could be many reasons for someone to switch from console to PC. From flexible builds to superior performance and graphics, PC gaming seems like the better option for any avid gamer.

Building a Gaming PC

There are multiple components needed to build a gaming PC: CPU, Motherboard, RAM, GPU, Power Supply, Internal Memory, just to name a few. Building a gaming PC can range from $350-400 for an entry level PC to $500-1000+ for something more high end. What is very appealing to PC building is that there are so many builds and parts to choose from that there is no specific part you MUST need. The GPU will be the most expensive component to purchase, with a well known GPU- The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 costing around $790, it can be pretty intimidating. But, there is a market for CPUs with integrated graphics, like the AMD Ryzen line, with an exceptional integrated CPU, the AMD Ryzen 5 2400g, costing around $160. This is a great option for those looking to build their first PC without having to break their bank. Gaming PCs are also upgradable, which allow them to be flexible.