Console vs. PC: How Do You Roll With Your Games? [Reader Feedback]

Pc vs console

Perhaps it doesn’t rise to the level of the PC vs. Mac religious war, but PC gamers and console gamers often express strong opinions about their platform of choice. While one platform isn’t inherently better than the other, each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Which do you prefer, and why?

While I game on both platforms, the PC is my preference. Here’s why:

  • It mainly comes down to the interface for me. A controller just feels too constrained, and not nearly as precise as a mouse and keyboard;
  • The PC experience is more flexible and open-ended. Skyrim, which I’m loving, is an example of that. The game has been out just a few days, and already there are several mods online to expand or alter the game;
  • PC games generally look better. When the Xbox 360 and PS3 were first released, their graphics could compete with PCs. That didn’t last long, though. Now, you can build a budget PC that outperforms a console.

Yes, the PC has its flaws. The infinite configuration differences lead to more bugs, and you’ll spend more money on a PC than a console. But to me at least, the other benefits are worth it.

How about you?

Evan Kline

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6 Comments:

  1. I used to be all about PC — I liked the extra control and features, and console games tended to be angled toward instant gratification. There’s something to be said for instant gratification though…

    I find that I play consoles more and more (when I have time to play at all). It’s easier, takes less time to get started, less buggy (usually), and you don’t have to worry about your system configuration for every game.

    That said, some games just don’t translate well with the console’s limited button-set.

    • Some interesting points. I had always figured that older users preferred the PC, but older users also often have less time (as kids get older, more commitments, etc.) so maybe the old way of thinking is outdated.

  2. I agree with Bobby … usually quicker & easier for me to console now. My PC was great a few years back, but now it’s too out-dated and can slow down terribly.

    • I’m waiting for the day when hardware catches up to software, and computers don’t become outdated so quickly. In the past, I thought that was impossible, but we are seeing signs that games aren’t advancing like they used to (perhaps developers took the hint from WOW that they didn’t need to always push the envelope to be successful). Crysis, which is a few years old, is still considered to be one of the benchmark games.

  3. You will also spend a lot more time on installing and getting the actual PC games to work properly.
    But as far as what I prefer, I’m a PC fan all the way. Have been since I bought my first PC back in 1998. Don’t get me wrong I also love consoles but in general I prefer PC games.

    • You and me both Cristian. I bought Oblivion for my Xbox a few years ago and barely touched it, because I just couldn’t get into using a controller for an RPG. I’ve since bought it for the PC (Steam sale for $4.99) and might give it a whirl if I ever finish Skyrim.

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