Since their inception and introduction into the mainstream populous nearly 4 decades ago, video games have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment within the industry. Over the course of their history, video games – and the companies that produce them – have diversified in their uniqueness and creativity. Gamers presently have a multitude of options to consider when selecting the best platform on which they can enjoy their favorite games: Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo, & more. In addition to the more traditional home-entertainment consoles, PC gaming has grown significantly over the years. All of this has led to very passionate debate among the gaming community as to which of these platforms is the “best” medium for enjoying the plethora of amazing games available today. In this article I will discuss some of the similarities and differences that makes PC and console gaming truly unique experiences.
We’ve come a long way in video game graphics over the years. Gone are the days of block-y pixelated landscapes and textures and in are the hyper-realistic real world simulations. Most modern gaming platforms are capable of outputting amazing graphics, but what sets them apart? While the Nintendo Switch can produce some very good-looking games, the Xbox One X & the Playstation 4 Pro are the most powerful machines out of the big 3. Both consoles produce high quality texture details at high resolutions with both being capable of outputting in 4K. The Xbox One X is the more powerful machine of the two. It doesn’t suffer from the dynamic scaling issues that the PS4 Pro suffers from, and it often runs the same games at higher resolutions. So it would seem that the Xbox One X has the highest graphical capability, right? Not so fast.
With the announcement of NVIDIA’s 20-series GPUs, video game graphics have reached never before seen heights. Real-time ray tracing allows for the most realistic simulations of light in video games to date. The new cards also support DLSS: an edge-smoothing technology that uses AI to boost performance and outputs the highest possible resolutions. If you want the best graphics gaming has to offer, PC gaming edges out consoles.
PC gaming may have the edge in graphical capability, but it comes dead last in affordability. The Nintendo Switch is the most affordable gaming console and typically retails around $300. The PS4 Pro retails for around $399.99 and the Xbox One X follows at around $499.99. The problem with PC gaming is that one of NVIDIA’s new gpus will run you upwards of $1,000 – and then you need the rest of the PC!
You might like the Xbox. You might like the PS4. But maybe you prefer either consoles controller over the other. Maybe you prefer the Xbox’s playability but prefer the content exclusives that come on the PS4. With PC, you have many more options when it comes to customization. You can use a wide array of different controllers (including Xbox and Playstation), keyboard and mouse, joystick, etc. You can play games available on Steam, Origin, Epic, etc. Not to mention you can customize the PC itself far more than the consoles. Simply put, PC gaming offers more diversity and customization. Of course there are console exclusives that aren’t available on the PC too, however. At the end of the day, like all things your gaming selection will come down to comfortability and preference.