I'm curious about number 2. I've always played on a console (since NES days) and I have a PC as well but not powerful to perform better than current-gen consoles. Just enough to play some last-gen (PS3/XBOX360) games.
Let's say PS5 gets released on a $400 price tag on year 2020 for example. Will the PC upgrade that I will have to do to play PS5 games (or whatever games on that generation) cost me less than or equal to $400?
That's always the question that I have.
If within 10 years, 3 consoles get released for $400 each. Total cost is $1200 on consoles alone. Meanwhile, in 10 years as well, how much do I have to spend on PC plus the upgrades?
I'm not counting the cost of games (steam sales) since I've always purchased physical copies whether PC or console, not digital (Internet sucks here in our country).
I know PC can do much more things other than playing games but I'm talking about gaming only here. Other tasks that require me to use PC, I only have a mid-end PC for that. Just wanna know if I'm gonna get a new console or a PC for my gaming needs.
That's not an easy question to answer, because I have no idea how the hardware will evolve over so many years. It's still likely that you will spend less on consoles than you would on a PC, but not by as much as the article seems to indicate.
In theory, you will need to upgrade your PC when some massive happens. What I mean is that there are some milestones in the evolution of technology which usually require new hardware. 4K or VR for example. While nothing like that happens, you should be fine and not have to change anything in your PC. If you have to make changes, most likely you would have to change your GPU, which is nowhere near 400$, unless you go for the high end card, in which case you should be fine for years to come.
I don't know, the equation is massive. It involves money, performance, what games you get on each platform, how comfortable you are with it, mods, the fact that you can do so much more with a PC than you can with a console (as indicated by the fact that you do have a PC next to your console) and many, many other factors. Only you can work out the result of the equation. I will *always* recommend a PC, but that's just my preference, which is most likely irrelevant to you.