Pc Gaming vs.. Console Gaming
A comparison between PC and Console Gaming listing advantages and disadvantages of both.
There are many videos, articles, and debates on which is better, PC gaming or console gaming. Unfortunately many are the inflated opinions of fan boys with little detail or explanation as to why they feel the way they do. I hope to break the mold and to give detailed facts as to which is actually better.
In order to be as objective as possible, I have to look what a video game actually is.
What is a video game? A video game is nothing more than interactive software, albeit complex, expensive software, that is developed and tested, then released to the public to be used on hardware, which is either a console or a PC. Think about it. You install software. You run software. You interact with the software. You also do the same things with a video game, whether you run it on a console or a PC. (On a console, you don’t install the software. I’ll cover that later.)
What is a console? A console is a device used for a specific purpose. In the case of this article, it is used specifically for playing video games. A console game consists of just placing the cartridge or disc into the drive and turning it on and you can play it without time-consuming or complex installation. Console games are usually less complex, mainly due to memory constraints, as game developers are forced to develop games within the console limitations. This meant that it had poorer sound and graphics quality and limited gameplay length. As technology increased, however, console games could become more complicated with better graphics and sound, even to the point of rivaling PC graphics, sound, and complexity. Console games are considered to be more user-friendly due to the lack of requirements for installation and the quick start-up. Just turn on the game and start playing.
What is PC gaming? PCs are far more complex than consoles, as they can be used for a wide variety of things, due to its expansive memory and storage capabilities. Even early PCs could be used for a variety of tasks, including playing video games. While early PCs were not as advanced as today’s personal computers, they still could be used to play video games. The very early personal computers may not have required installation as they were cartridge (not disk) based, they still offered more complexity, clearer sound, and more detailed graphics than their console counterparts at the time, largely due to their larger memory and storage capacity. During the very early days of gaming, where console and PC games intermixed, PC games had the edge due to the hardware they were run on when compared to the seemingly primitive technology used by consoles of the time. Today, PC gaming allows for more features than any console. Mods are not available on consoles, but are the backbone for longevity in PC games as modders can add to or modify any existing game to get more mileage out of it. PC games often have better graphics and sound, and not only that, these features can be adjusted depending on the capabilities of the PC the game is being run on.