This is an age old question that will only get more and more intense in the years to come as the Xbox 360 is in full swing and the PS3 and revolution releases. Which one is better? What system is right for me? Well, I would suggest both, but if you have to choose one or the other then you should consider a number of things.
Should You Buy a Gaming PC or a Console or Neither?
Price is definitely a big deal. I mean, when was the last time you didn’t even bat an eye when buying something 500 dollars or more? The bottom line: computer games are more expensive. Why? Because computers aren’t made just for games. They are a calculator, word processor, internet navigator, music player, movie observer, and photo editor. They are far more than just gambling machines. The console, on the other hand, is generally not. It’s only recently that the console has gone online starting with Dreamcast and I haven’t seen anyone printing from a spreadsheet or book report from one yet. The console is purely for gaming and runs between 100-500 dollars. PCs on the other hand are far more than gaming machines and run between 1500-3000 dollars and need to be upgraded every now and again to play the latest and greatest games.
Genre is a problem. If you are a fan of real time strategy and only have a console, I mourn for you. And if you are a platformer fan, then computer games will be a sad mistake. The genre made a big deal because of the controller vs keyboard / mouse problem. Different games play much better on different configurations. The best computer games for real time strategy (RTS) games, first person shooters (FPS), Massively Multiplayer online role games (MMORPG), flight simulation games, and point and click adventure games. Consoles on the other hand are better for fighting games, action / adventure games, platformists, role playing games (RPGs), and sports games.
Video Games vs Computer Games
Tech savvy might be a problem. Computers are a bit more unstable than consoles. I mean, when was the last time you saw PlayStation lock or get the blue screen of death? Never, right? The same thing comes here. Some computer games may be a little stubborn to set the way your computer likes or your computer might not meet the system requirements. The console, on the other hand, does not have that problem. The person who designed the game must comply with the console’s requirements so you don’t have a problem. If you have basic knowledge about computers, you will be very good. If not, the console might be better for you.
So as I explained, if you want more than a gaming system for school and work or you just like game genres like RTS and MMORPG games, I’ll go with a PC. If you like platformers, Action / Adventure, or sports games or your wallet is a tad on the empty side, I’ll go with a console. It won’t be able to surf the internet or help you with anything else, but it will play some great games.
If you want the console at the end of this article, then you have 3 choices at this time. You also have other choices. You can wait until the Xbox 360 comes out this month and get it or wait until the Nintendo and PS3 Revolution comes out next year.