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Console vs. PC Gaming in 2018: Which One Is Better and Why

Updated on November 22, 2018
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All The Basic Info U Need About Pc And Consoles

PC Vs Console Gaming?

Both have many advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, which one is better is highly subjective and it depends on both on the user’s preferences and their budget. In this article, we will be giving a detailed comparison of these two types of gaming platforms and help you decide which one suits you best.

PCs

When talking about desktop computers, there are three operating systems that one can run on: Windows, Linux, and macOS. Windows is the most popular by far and when we talk about “PC gaming”, your thoughts are most likely to go to a Windows desktop. Plenty of games have been released for Linux and macOS as well, although the limited selection makes Windows the only real choice.

Furthermore, you also have a choice between a desktop and a laptop, although gaming laptops are far too expensive unless you rely on an external graphics card. And even then, they won’t offer the same value as a desktop and their performance is bound to lag behind that of a desktop, too


Consoles

As for consoles, there is a wider variety to choose from.

First, there are the “mainstream” consoles and those are Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox. They are generally the most popular and have the largest selection of games to choose from. This also includes the PlayStation Vita which was initially released as a standalone handheld console but was eventually changed into something of a companion to the PS4.

Apart from those, we have what might be referred to as “casual” consoles which aim to offer family-friendly entertainment and employ more creative design and controls. Nintendo are the pioneers of such consoles, with the likes of the Switch and the handheld 3DS, or the previous generation’s Wii and DS which have both sold over 100 million units.

That said, it should be obvious which type of audience these two types of consoles cater to and which you belong to. And since the latter consoles are in a league of their own, the PlayStation and the Xbox are the ones which share most of their games with PC and are the ones that compete with it. As such, we will be referring primarily to them throughout this guide when speaking of “consoles”

The Prices

The Regular Ps4/Ps4 Fat and The Ps4 Slim 1Tb Versions Cost Around $220 to $270 and u can find amazing deals in this Price Range

The Ps4 Pro ( Which is the Enhanced Version of a PS4 ) costs around $300 to $370 But U Can Find These Ps4's Very Cheap Now a Days In Sales.

The Xbox One Fat And The Xbox One S costs around $180 to $240 Nowadays. This Price Range Also Includes Bundles

The Xbox One X ( The Most Powerful Console as off November 2018 ) Costs Around $360 to $450.


According To Many Sources The Xbox One X is the strongest console and it can run games at 4k Resolution!

PS4 uses a dynamic resolution with the lowest resolution found being 1280x720 and the highest resolution found being 1920x1080. A resolution of 1920x1080 is rare on the PS4. PS4 Pro uses a dynamic resolution with the highest pixel count found being 3200x1800 and the lowest pixel count found being approximately 2080x1170. A resolution of 3200x1800 is rare on the PS4 Pro.

Xbox One uses a dynamic resolution with the highest resolution found being 1920x1080 and the lowest resolution found being 1280x720. A resolution of 1920x1080 is rare on the Xbox One.Xbox One X uses a dynamic resolution with the highest resolution found being 3840x2160 and the lowest resolution found being approximately 2844x1600.


Advantages And Disadvantages of Choosing CONSOLE?

Consoles Can Be attached to a Tv and u can sit back on a sofa playing games while laying down and chilling. The Consoles Are Budget Friendly And They Run Almost All the Games Smoothly At 30fps ( locked ) or 60fps ( locked ). Most Single Player / Story Based Games Run at a smooth 30fps while Mostly FPS ( first person shooter ) games run at smooth 60fps. Consoles DON'T support Any Refresh Rate Above 60hz. Once You Have Bought a Console, U dont Need to Spend another 300$ to 500$ for the next few 5-7 years Unless A Newer Console Comes! I will Now Rate the Best New Gen Console to the worst Old Gen Console Based On their Performance

1) - Xbox One X

2) - Ps4 Pro

3) - Ps4

4) - Xbox One

The Console Is Fun To play Platform.You will be able to play all the games released for that console with no need to worry about compatibility issues or your hardware getting outdated. However There Are Some Disadvantages of it as well such as Console Games Are Usually Expensive And IT Takes A While To Find Them in a cheep price! Another Major Disadvantage Of It Is that u need to Pay TO Play Online! Yes Folks! U have to purchase some Memberships To Play Online

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Pc Gaming !

Unlike the consoles, there is no set standard for PC. Each individual computer is comprised of a number of components that affect its price and performance: the processor, the graphics card, the motherboard, the RAM memory, the SSD, the HDD and the power supply that keeps it all running.

Unlike the consoles, there is no set standard for PC. Each individual computer is comprised of a number of components that affect its price and performance: the processor, the graphics card, the motherboard, the RAM memory, the SSD, the HDD and the power supply that keeps it all running.

Based on performance, gaming PCs can be divided into the following:

  1. An entry-level PC is around the same price as the cheapest consoles and offers the same performance but is bound to get obsolete fairly quickly
  2. A budget PC is a slight upgrade on the entry-level PC in terms of performance and it tends to be the best value gaming PC, although it is still far from future-proof
  3. A mid-range PC can cost anywhere from $500 to $800. These are the ones that offer excellent Full HD performance and are capable of taking on 2K resolutions, all the while lasting for several years without becoming obsolete
  4. A high-end PCs can start at $800 but can reach prices well over even $2000. These are the gaming machines which can master 2K gaming, and the most powerful ones can even flawlessly run games in 4K. The components are also more likely to “die of old age” before they become obsolete.

  5. One of the advantages of a PC is that you are mostly free to upgrade it as you see fit, although certain technological jumps might be limiting in that regard. However, the numerous replaceable components can make troubleshooting a hassle.

    Something that people often overlook is that, apart from the PC itself, you also need to account for the peripherals: the mouse and keyboard, the monitor, the headset and potentially the speakers. All of those make for a hefty increase in a gaming PC’s total price.

    HOWEVER IF U BUILD A RIG WITH SOME USED PARTS THEN AEVEN A $400 GAMING PC CAN EASILY WIN AGAINST THE PERFORMANCE OF A CONSOLE

    GAMES

    Now, we come to the end which these PCs and consoles strive to achieve: gaming.

    Selection

    Many games today are developed primarily consoles and are only to PC afterwards. After all, consoles make up the bulk of the gaming industry. Today, however, the launch dates of PC versions of games coincide with those of consoles, albeit there are still a handful of cases of timed exclusives.

    Still, console-exclusive games do exist, although the only truly worthwhile ones that might influence your decision right now are Sony’s first-party titles. In contrast, the PC has access to a much better developed indie game scene.

    Compatibility

    As we have already mentioned, every game released for a console will work nigh-flawlessly on that console, regardless of whether it was released during the console’s initial launch or after it was replaced by the next generation.

    The same can’t be said for the PC. Due to the sheer amount of hardware available, games might encounter problems when trying to run on a particular piece of hardware. On top of that, there are also instances of poorly optimized games which don’t run properly regardless of how powerful the hardware is.

    Something else that should be considered is backwards compatibility. On PC, you will pretty much be able to run any game right out of the gate, no matter when it was released. Alternatively, you might have to do some tweaking until you get them to run.

    Backwards compatibility on consoles is a somewhat dubious matter. While the Xbox One is fully compatible with older Xbox releases, the PlayStation 4 is not. This is a situation that might change in the future, so it’s highly unpredictable. Ultimately, there’s no telling if you will be able to play a current-gen game on the next-gen console without having to pay extra for services such as the PlayStation

    Compatibility

    As we have already mentioned, every game released for a console will work nigh-flawlessly on that console, regardless of whether it was released during the console’s initial launch or after it was replaced by the next generation.

    The same can’t be said for the PC. Due to the sheer amount of hardware available, games might encounter problems when trying to run on a particular piece of hardware. On top of that, there are also instances of poorly optimized games which don’t run properly regardless of how powerful the hardware is.

    Something else that should be considered is backwards compatibility. On PC, you will pretty much be able to run any game right out of the gate, no matter when it was released. Alternatively, you might have to do some tweaking until you get them to run.

    Backwards compatibility on consoles is a somewhat dubious matter. While the Xbox One is fully compatible with older Xbox releases, the PlayStation 4 is not. This is a situation that might change in the future, so it’s highly unpredictable. Ultimately, there’s no telling if you will be able to play a current-gen game on the next-gen console without having to pay extra for services such as the PlayStation Now.

    CONCLUSION

    And there you have it, all the major points regarding the consoles vs PC debate. Hopefully, we have helped shed some light on any doubts you may have had.

    Now, if you’re wondering which console you should get, be sure to check out our PS4 Pro vs XBOX One X article.

    PC Pros • Superior performance • Better graphics • Numerous ways to acquire games, and at lower prices • Developed indie scene

    CONSOLE Pros • More affordable • Easy to set up and use • A variety of console-exclusive high-budget games • Very future-proof

    PC Cons • More expensive • Less powerful configurations are less future proof • Some games may perform poorly due to bad optimization

    Console Cons• Dubious backwards compatibility • Games tend to be somewhat more expensive than on PC • Performance not as good as on PC



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