PC Gaming vs. Console Gaming: Which Is the Better Option? – LA Progressive

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The world of gaming is as vast as it is complex. If you’re fairly new to the gaming scene, you’re likely getting whiplash because of all the choices you can make. You might be asking yourself if you should pick a Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation. Or if it would be much better to go with a gaming PC.
But don’t worry if you still can’t decide. After all, you’re here looking for answers precisely because you don’t know what option to choose for your gaming needs. So to make the decision easier for you, here’s a comparison for PCs and consoles that you can consider based on three different factors:
Your budget is one of the biggest factors that will determine what kind of gaming platform you’ll be going with. This is because it costs money to actually buy yourself a gaming system, and you’ll also need a variety of peripherals and accessories to use the platform you’re choosing. Here’s how they differ:
From the get-go, a new PC will obviously cost more than a console because it comes with many hardware parts. You’ll need a monitor, CPU, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and other peripherals to complete your setup. And for gaming purposes, you might need a dedicated GPU to ensure that you’ll have the best visual display.
It can be difficult to find the right gaming platform because you have too many options. So to make it easier, here’s a quick comparison based on three factors.
But all those expenses can be worth it because your PC won’t be limited to gaming. It can also be used for other purposes like studying or working, which are tasks that you won’t be able to do on a console. That said, the prices of PCs vary greatly depending on the specs that you’ll want to have.
Compared to gaming PCs, consoles will be relatively cheaper because it doesn’t have many peripherals. When you buy a new console, it already comes with everything you’ll need to play your games, except, of course, the games themselves. And you won’t have to worry about compatibility issues or outdated hardware.
That’s because consoles are cost-effective in the sense that they can last for an entire generation, which is more or less five to seven years. This means that you can enjoy all the games released during that generation for your console, or at least until the new generation of consoles starts hitting the market.
If you’re the type of gamer that’s very particular with the hardware you use or the specs that they come with, then it’s likely that you’ll appreciate having the option to customize your gaming platform. This is a big factor for most gamers because they like personalizing their gaming experiences. So, here’s how they compare:
You’ll have more freedom to customize or tweak the specs when you go with a PC. Aside from having the option to upgrade parts individually without compromising the integrity of the entire setup, you won’t have to do it all at once. This means that you won’t have to break your bank just to buy a PC.
Besides, it’s easy to find the best gaming PC configuration website online that will allow you to customize your setup. You can focus on having a larger SSD than an HDD, get a dedicated GPU, or even pick the processor that you prefer. None of these mods apply to gaming console platforms.
When it comes to upgradability, the only aspect you can upgrade is the storage of consoles. It’s possible to get a bigger internal and external hard drive for a console, unless, of course, you’re going to buy a Nintendo Switch. Plus, you can only use a 2.5-inch hard drive to upgrade the internal storage, which is much more expensive, especially if you want the SSD. 
Of course, this comparison would not be complete without tackling games because, after all, this is a discussion about which kind of platform is better for gaming. Both PCs and consoles have their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the games they offer. And here’s a quick breakdown:
Games on PCs are easily more diverse and modifiable. With a gaming PC, you can play MMOs, MOBAs, or even strategy games, which aren’t available on consoles. You also won’t have to buy physical PC games because you can just purchase digital copies on services like Steam, a video game distribution software created by Valve.
Steam offers a wide variety of games; some are free, while others can be bought for as little a dollar. Of course, the new releases from popular game developers will cost more. On the other hand, games produced by companies like EA or Ubisoft can still be acquired via third-party online stores and gray markets.
If you prefer exclusive games and first-party titles, then you’ll enjoy having a console more than a PC. Both physical and digital copies of games are available for consoles, but they are restricted to their online marketplaces, unlike PC games. That’s why this is something that you should really consider.
Mods are also less common on consoles because they often require higher specs, which isn’t their strong suit. Although certain consoles support mods, modding is much better done on gaming PCs because it’s easier to alter the appearances and aspects of a game on a computer.
At the end of the day, the important thing is that the gaming platform you decide to go with can make you feel happy and satisfied because both of them will allow you to play to your heart’s content. So, the only question left is, what’s the better option for your gaming needs?

By posted on October 9, 2021
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