I love my XBox 360. It is one of the best things I have ever bought for myself. I also have a PC, but my XBox 360 is my entertainment hub, the thing I use not only for movies and television, but also for gaming. MOSTLY for gaming.
So why does my PC collect dust when it comes to video games?
It’s an argument I’ve had with many a friend of mine. They’re like “Oh, you should play so-and-so game on the PC. It’s SO much better.” So in case my friends are reading this (and many of you are), here’s why I’ll play that game on the console or not at all:
1. PC games rarely run perfectly out of the box. There are always settings to tweak and drivers to install and other such nonsense. When I put a game in the console, the most that might happen is that the game is updated, but I’m playing quickly without having to edit or tweak a thing.
2. I keep getting told that PC games look better and have better graphics, especially if you have the best monitors for gaming, obviously. That same game I’m playing on the XBox probably looks better on my HDTV than your bad computer monitor (although many of us do have our HDTV’s hooked up to our PC’s). But graphics-wise, I do not think there’s that big of a difference.
3. Console games run smoother for longer periods of time. Yes, there are occasional hiccups, and the occasional dragon flying backwards (Skyrim, I’m looking at you), but for the most part, you don’t get the blue screen of death that you often can see in the middle of a PC game. And there’s never any lag. I’ve seen first-rate PC’s running games and still have noticeable lag.
4. Better controls. PC gamers would argue this on me. But I’d rather have a controller that fits nicely in my hand than a mouse and keyboard. I feel that it’s much more accurate when moving in a 360-degree environment. And it feels better in-hand. I’ve developed carpal tunnel symptoms due to PC gaming, but never with the XBox controller. I also prefer button mashing to key mashing.
5. Game rentals. You can’t rent a PC game. Nor can you buy one used. This is a money-saver when you like to game a lot, like I do.
6. Comfort. I like to sit in my chaise lounge chair (check here video game chairs), legs splattered out, watching the game on the HDTV. I do not like sitting at a computer desk. Or looking down at a laptop (which makes my neck hurt after awhile). Yes, I know, this doesn’t apply as much to computer gamers who hook everything up to their TV and play with wireless keyboards and mice, but it’s still more comfortable with a controller. Especially if, like me, you spend all day at work on the computer.
7. Less Cheats. With PC gaming, there’s always a cheat available and a way to hack the game. Not so with console games. You’re stuck playing the game the way it was intended. It forces you to do so. Having played Dragon Age with cheats on the PC and without on the XBox, there’s really no comparison. I cheated myself by playing it on the PC, and in result, missed some key game elements.
8. Achievements. You get achievements with console gaming. Those are kinda’ cool.
9. One size fits all. You don’t have to upgrade your console to play games that are coming out for that particular console. Most newer computer games require newer and faster systems to run decently.
10. Cost. Purchasing a brand new XBox or PS3 is still cheaper than upgrading a computer to play high-end games or buying a new system.
So let’s have it, PC gamers. Tell me why you prefer PC over console. I promise you I won’t be swayed, but I am interested in your opinion, too.