You’ve got a pocket full of cash and your eye on some games, but before that you need something to play those games on. You could buy a console, but that would be the wrong choice. Or you could buy a PC, which would be the right choice for oh-so-many reasons.
We would say that, though, wouldn’t we? We’re not called XboxGamesN. If we haven’t convinced you yet, look below and read 100 reasons to buy a PC instead of a console. You can trust us.
PCs are more powerful
Stuck in generation cycles, designed by committee, consoles can’t compete with the power of PCs. You decide what you want to get out of your rig, not a manufacturer, so it can be as big and beefy as you want it to be.
PCs are more powerful than consoles
Okay, not every PC. The banged up old desktop in your garage with the duo-core processor and 7900GT GPU isn’t going to be competing with a PS4. A modern, mid tier gaming PC will leave it in the dust, though.
There is no real limit to how powerful you can make your PC
Want to shove in some more RAM? How about spending a big chunk of change on two GTX 980s? Maybe a graphics card with more VRAM? Manufacturers are churning out bigger and better bits of hardware and software all the time. With money to pour into your obsession, it's always possible to stay ahead of the curve. You can build rigs of the future, right now, prepared to take advantage of things like 4K gaming, which is still in its infancy.
Say goodbye to generations
In five years, potentially half-way through the current console cycle, the innards of the Xbox One and PS4 will be five years out of date. But the PC is a platform constantly in the process of evolving. PC developers are not limited by old technology and are thus able to offer games that would not be possible on consoles.
Expensive PCs are exponentially more powerful that consoles
While big console games dodder around at 30fps and 900p, PC enthusiasts with high end setups are able to enjoy 4K displays at a reasonable (though reduced) frame rate. These monster PCs being built by those with lots of money to burn make consoles look positively Stone Age.
GPU manufacturers are already planning for the future
4K support is still pretty small, and not that many people are able to enjoy those 8 million pixels, but Nvidia and AMD are already planning for 8K. “For the human eye that resolution is close to perfection,” they say. The quest to create more powerful hardware and games than can make the most out of it is one that isn’t slowing down.
PCs are better value
There’s a good chance you’ll end up spending more on a PC than you would on a console, though less than you might think. But you’ll get more out of it, have a system that can be tweaked and upgraded and you’ll probably spend less money on games, too.
Cheap PCs are better than consoles
You can build a respectable PC that matches the PS4 or Xbox One for around £400, and pushing your bank account another £100 or so will get you what you need to outperform the consoles. Not everyone’s a builder, though, and going through a PC building service will cost a bit more.
PC games are cheaper
New AAA games might still be a bit pricey, but on PC you can expect to pick them up for about £10 less than their console counterparts. For every three games you get for you PS4 or Xbox One, you can get four on PC. There’s a bit more parity with indie games, though.
So, PC games tend to be cheaper than their console counterparts, but it’s the discounts that are most noteworthy. Seasonal sales get pretty crazy, with digital distribution sites flinging dirt-cheap games around like confetti. Actually, confetti’s probably more expensive.
Humble Bundles offer up collections of games that you can pay any price you fancy for. They tend to be sets of indie games with similar themes, but over the years larger companies have pitched in and given away big-name titles. The more you chip in, the more games you can grab, and you can even donate all the money to a lovely charity if you’d like.
There’s an abundance of digital platforms and shops
Steam, Origin, GOG, Uplay - some are loved, others reviled, but at least there’s no dearth of options. They make it easy to manage your game library and frequently host some of the absurd aforementioned discounts.