Who is the real winner of this never-ending war between PC and Consoles?
Are you a proud member of glorious “PC Gaming Master Race” or just a lowly “Console Peasant”? Wait, this article is neither intended to abuse Console gamers nor to sing victory songs for some internet trolls of a self-proclaimed elite order. Gamers are creating a modern society where any sort of class division shouldn’t exist. All gaming platform has its own advantages and disadvantages. Every gamer has his own preferences according to the budget, availability, and taste. However, there are some distinct benefits of PC gaming which could make a hardcore gamer really happy. With all due respects to the other gaming platforms, I want to explain 7 real benefits of PC gaming that you should consider before choosing a gaming platform.
What are Those Benefits of PC Gaming?
Better performance is one of the key benefits of PC gaming:
Framerate is love, framerate is life! Now, What is a framerate anyway? Framerate or FPS is the number of frames or pictures loaded on your monitor screen per second. All videos or gameplays are actually a collection of static pictures. When a collection of related pictures move fast before our eyes then our brain perceives the feeling of motion. More the number of pictures per second then more accurate and smoother the viewing experience would be. However, some people argue that human eyes can’t detect over 30 frames per second. In fact, it is a myth.
Frames per second in gaming is far more important than just detecting smoothness in some videos. In most of the action, shooter or competitive multiplayer games, every millisecond counts. Lower framerate in such games means an input lag or delay in display in your response. A 60fps will cut the delay time by halves than 30fps. In almost all PC games, you can achieve technically infinite framerates if your Gaming rig is good enough. Unfortunately, for consoles, most of the games still runs at 30fps and 60+ fps is a far cry.
High resolution is the biggest visual advantage of PC games. While most Console games only support 9oop or 1080p, all modern PC games support 4K resolution. Most of the latest PC games supports triple monitor specific resolution too.
Easily upgradeable Hardware
You want to play PC games but can’t afford a gaming rig. Don’t worry. You don’t have to start gaming with a 3-way SLI GPU powered killer rig. Most of the PC gamers started gaming with a basic computer or laptop their parents provided them hoping their offspring will be a computer wizard someday. You can always upgrade or change any components of a PC any time you feel like it. An upcoming game needs 8GBs of RAM while your PC has only 4 GB, just buy a RAM stick of 4 GB. Another game demands a faster GPU than you have, just choose a graphics card according to your budget. Need an extra storage, just go for another Hard drive. You can always start with any computer and transform it a gaming rig over time if you don’t have all the money at once.
Huge numbers of games are waiting for you
One of the most important benefits of PC gaming is the availability of huge numbers of games. Steam has over 10000 games and the number is rapidly rising. 50-100 new games release on steam every week. There are many Indie developers who always try to make some ingenious and creative games for PC. Some people deny the benefits of PC gaming by arguing that there are still some console exclusives that PC gamers won’t able to play. But honestly, most of the so-called “exclusive” games release in PC over time.
Some gaming Console like XBox One and PS4 have offered backward compatibility recently so that gamers can enjoy all previous generation Console games on current generation Consoles. But a PC gamer can technically enjoy all the previous games from the beginning of the gaming era. GOG has a collection of some of the most notable and historic old games.
There are mods everywhere
PC games are always way above in quality than its Console versions or other Console specific games. PC version in most cases provides more beautiful graphics, more NPC and foliage density and higher framerate than the console versions of the same game. But still, PC gaming community always wants more quality. That’s why there are hundreds of mods release for a PC game which add tons of new features to the base game. Some really old classic PC games are still surviving because of the vibrant modding communities. Recently, some of the gaming consoles started to offer mod support of its games, but still, it’s almost nothing compared to PC’s vast modding scene which is definitely one of the most notable benefits of PC gaming.
PC games are cheaper than its console counterparts
Some people argues in support of Consoles that a Console is somewhat cheaper than a high-end gaming rig and that’s an advantage to a gamer who can’t afford a decent gaming PC, but that’s not quite true. Console games are way costlier than the PC games. And you can always choose to buy a PC game in special steam sales or other discount sales where you can find an AAA game at less than half price of its original cost. Moreover, there are no paid subscriptions needed to access the free PC games on steam.
Multiple controller support
Unlike Consoles, there are much more ways to play a game on PC. You can use good old keyboard and mouse combination and customize the key bindings or you can just choose Xbox controller or other game controllers. This is really one of the notable benefits of PC gaming.
A Gaming PC can be an all-in-one solution for you
Playing games for fun is one thing and struggling to make a living is another. Though, you are a gamer you have a life and some worldly responsibilities too. But seems like you are in luck. The most important benefits of having a gaming PC is you can work in that PC while you are not playing a game. If you have programming skills you can develop an app, if you like to write, you can start a blog or write for some client, if you interested in editing pictures or videos you can do that kind of stuff too, or you can simply record your gameplay videos and start uploading in your youtube channels to earn money by playing games. On the other hand, a gaming Console is only for gaming purpose and you will need to buy a PC for those kinds of works.
A final note: Are above-mentioned benefits of PC gaming worth noting?
Everybody has a right to choose a gaming platform according to their personal preferences. But if you are that type of person who wants quality gaming experience within affordable price then you are a PC gamer type of guy. However, if you don’t want to take the troubles of building a custom gaming PC and installing and keep updating all the drivers then Console is perfect for you. As we can see, PC has significantly more advantages than other gaming platforms, so you should definitely give it a try. With luck, you might end up as a diehard PC gamer as well as a complete loser in real life just like myself ann make your parents proud.
As I mentioned earlier, a gamer should not be classified according to his preferred gaming platform. We all gamers are members of a modern, open-minded gaming society. Let’s play some game and build the world our way.
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