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With PC Architecture, Why Game On A Console?

Your next console is going to be a lot more like a PC now. So what is the point of having a console?

There is no doubt about it, Sony has thrown in its lot with PC architecture for the next generation. There are some staunch loyalists who are very much against this move, but the overwhelming reception has been positive. The whole point is to make a console that is developer-friendly, and developers have been friendly in their reception of the changeover.

Never mind whether or not you think this was the right decision, I think everyone has already spoken their piece on that. What I'm interested in is, in this new world where consoles have crossed the line into simplified PCs, why do you plan to continue to do your gaming on a console?

It may cost a bit to build a gaming rig but then you've got yourself a PC that will run all the great third party games and many Microsoft games with the highest graphical fidelity and frame rates. Your hard drive is going to fill up much more slowly, the games themselves are significantly cheaper, and you often have access to mods. So what is it about the console experience that makes you stick with it? If you use both, what keeps the console in your life?

Is it brand loyalty? Playstation has treated me pretty well since I made the transition back in the 32-bit days. Is it the online service? What I pay for PSPlus is ridiculously low for all the games that I have access to throughout the year. Is the console of your choice where your friends are? Most of my friends have grown out of gaming so I can't help you there. Are you unable to live without certain exclusives? No more Uncharted sure would hurt. Do you just love having it as part of a big, mean entertainment center? One of the draws of PC gaming is the high-res monitors, not big TVs.

For me it's a lot of those things and more, but console gaming has always felt more like a full entertainment experience. PC gaming somehow feels like there's something between me and my games and I don't like that. What are your reasons?

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Clamedeus
Clamedeus
11 years ago

More of my friends play on Console, and I love the exclusives on console.

I would play more on PC if all of my friends played on PC, but so far it's mostly PC and PS4 for me.

gorezilla
gorezilla
11 years ago

I completely agree. To be honest, I use both. However, I play on my PC about 5% of the time. This is because I enjoy using a controller. When it comes to playing PC exclusives, they majority use mouse and keyboard controls and it doesn't entirely work for me. I do use my mouse and keyboard from time to time, but begrudgingly. And just as Clamedeus stated, I also prefer console exclusives.

EddPm6
EddPm6
11 years ago

Consoles don't have all of the memory overhead and hardware differences that a pc does.
You guys covered a story about, i think EPIC games boss, saying that they have a huge amount of memory to use in the ps4. whereas in a typical pc windows will only have a fraction of usable memory.
And with different pc hardware setups comes the fact that your game isn't going to run on every PC. Whereas one who buys the ps4 version, you have a defined hardware to make that version.

Personally i don't care for this pc vs console thing and never have. I prefer console because of the intention of it, to play games. My pc is for school/internet/ productivity stuff

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
11 years ago

The PS4 might be using a PC architecture, but I still do not have to deal with the annoying system requirements to play the games coming out for it. That and the exclusive games that will be coming out for the PS4 only. I see nothing to be worried about concerning the said move.

Kiryu
Kiryu
11 years ago

As mark cerny said:

Simple
Immediate
Social
Integrated
Personalized

Akuma_
Akuma_
11 years ago

Basically summed it up perfectly.

___________
___________
11 years ago

dunno about personalized.
unless $ony are going to allow you to change the bootup menu to whatever you want, change your desktop screen to whatever you want, change the look of the console, ect, ect.
personalization is one of the things consoles have a long, long way to go on!
in fact id refer to it like so.
ios to android.

Harerazer
Harerazer
11 years ago

Responding to the PS3/4 not being personalized I'd have to disagree. I have custom "desktops" with changing wallpapers and full sound for every account on my PS3, way more personalization than my static wallpaper and the ability to select from set color/font packages from Microsoft.

touchyourtoes
touchyourtoes
11 years ago

My PC gaming days were back in the Windows 3.1 era. Having to create my own drivers, create a boot disk, or boot the computer in a special (don't want to call it safe mode cause that's wrong) mode just got irritating eventually.

The only games I really played on PC were Sierra On-line adventure/puzzle games; Kings Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, Phantasmagoria, and of course Leisure Suit Larry. The rest of my gaming was/has always been on consoles; Intellivision (still the f'ing best ever!), NES, SNES, N64, PS1, PS2, Dreamcast, Game Cube, and PS3. I bought a $99 X360 but it's never played a single game, don't ask.

I guess I like consoles for the simplicity, no compatibility issues, and until recently there was no patching required. Hopefully PS4 being built like a PC will allow dev's to release a product without the need for day one updates. I know I'm dreaming about no more patching.


Last edited by touchyourtoes on 4/30/2013 11:24:04 PM

Simcoe
Simcoe
11 years ago

LOL I remember those boot disks! …Trying to remember the name of program that booted up the computer so that more of the RAM was allocated to a certain kind of memory! Ahhh, memories of gaming on a 386….

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

Consoles are streamlined gaming machines, thats their purpose. Its also the games. The first party support for consoles is a million times better than the pc. Most pc developers jumped ship last gen anyways, so…

Doppel
Doppel
11 years ago

Instead of one overpowered machine chained to a desk, I have a mobile 2007 Tablet PC for all my "PC stuff" and a console for all my games.

newchef
newchef
11 years ago

my biggest thing is price, you try and find me a gaming computer that runs as well as a console for a console price and ill get it

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
11 years ago

My PC is going to be 7 years old later this year, I'm going to be happy for the PS4/PC because with the said specs on the PS4 it already out shines my current PC.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 5/1/2013 12:06:07 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

You guys think PS4 exclusives like Uncharted will consider making their games available on PC since it would widen the sales and be easy to do? Or will they stay something you can only get at Playstation?

Also I should have mentioned having my PSXE friends on the network is nice for chit chats 🙂

EddPm6
EddPm6
11 years ago

They probably won't just because of the amount of work it still presents to make something for another platform. The transition from ps4-pc might be easier this generation but still might be an enormous amount of work to be done.

Beamboom
Beamboom
11 years ago

A vast majority of the PS exclusives would already have been multiplat a long time ago, had they not been controlled by Sony.

It's why Sony has bought them in the first place, to hinder them from doing so. So no, that's not going to change unless Sony splits up with them again.


Last edited by Beamboom on 5/1/2013 1:07:44 AM

Akuma_
Akuma_
11 years ago

if they were going to do that, they might as well make it fully multi-plat because the next-box will run on x84 as well.

Simcoe
Simcoe
11 years ago

While Sony might make money on software titles from those developers, their main reasoning was to move hardware.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
11 years ago

You ask why, I ask, Why not?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

"Why not" is an acceptable answer 🙂

kraygen
kraygen
11 years ago

I have a great pc now and to be honest it's all about the exclusives for my consoles. I'll keep coming back to playstation as long as they keep making those wonderful exclusives.

Honestly though as far as multi-platform games, if it runs better on pc or I can get it cheaper than I'll go that route.

Draguss
Draguss
11 years ago

Exclusives, plus the fact that I never have to worry about system requirements on a console.

Underdog15
Underdog15
11 years ago

Dedicated gaming device. I do game on my PC, but not as much. My PC does too many other things that other people in my home like to use while I like to game… just a couple reasons to start.

dmiitrie
dmiitrie
11 years ago

I prefer different systems for different genres. Some I think play better on pc, others I think are better on consoles. I'd also miss some of the exclusives if I weren't on a console.

Beamboom
Beamboom
11 years ago

My arguments for consoles remains unaltered from my arguments for the PS3.
Ease of use and livingroom-friendly design are my main arguments, but also:

– No maintenance
– Longevity due to the set hardware spec for years to come
– Good friends on the same platform
– Some interesting exclusives
– The sheer fact that it's a dedicated gaming machine

None of that has changed now with the PS4.
The change of architecture has for me only added to the list of arguments for console gaming cause now we are practically guaranteed games that works properly and a broader range of developers.


Last edited by Beamboom on 5/1/2013 1:16:14 AM

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

EXCLUSIVES. Sony ownes many of the games that I hold dearest to my heart. That is plenty for me.

Also, keeping up with all the latest computer hardware is too expensive and difficult for me.

556pineapple
556pineapple
11 years ago

First and foremost, it's the exclusives. I've really enjoyed the Uncharted games, as well as titles such as Twisted Metal, Heavy Rain, and Metal Gear Solid 4. Secondly, I use my computer for many different purposes. With more multitasking, the performance of the games might suffer. At first it shouldn't be a problem, but PCs tend to bog down over time unless you're constantly upgrading them, or you spend a lot of money on top-quality components (which are quickly knocked down several places within months). Thirdly, I suppose it's nostalgia. I used to play Mario, Duck Hunt, Contra, Pole Position, and other games with my older brothers on our NES, and the console tradition continued through Sega Genesis and PS1. I never had a PS2, and I did play more PC games during that era, but our family computer wasn't exactly the best gaming rig out there. I've had less headaches and better experience with consoles. I still plan on building a gaming rig this generation so I can LAN with friends, but I'm sticking with consoles as well.

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

Those are basically the same things I was thinking about, but you elaborated much more. Thumbs up!

iwillbetheone
iwillbetheone
11 years ago

My current PC will be able to play ALL third-party games much better than the PS4, so PC is my preferred platform next-gen, and will get a PS4 only for Uncharted 4, whenever it releases.

PC_Max
PC_Max
11 years ago

Well, I have seen a migration or exodus of friends from playing computer/console games. Its called having a family unless you have kids and then it becomes an activity of entertainment to enjoy with them.

For me well I went from the early console or games systems be it starting for me with Pong, then Atari, and a switch to PC (Apple2e and IBM clone). We'll skip all the early handhelds of the early 80's. Ah the days of playing Wizardry, Battlezone, Defender, etc. Those were the days. Then Kings Quest, Police Quest and all the other interations. I stayed with PC's up through the 80's tp the 90's until the Playstation One when friends said I had to try out some of the games.

There was a time I told friends that its easier to play with a keyboard and later the mouse when that made its appearance. BUT I picked up the Playstation and got use to a the controller, although certain games played out better on the PC.

Now I mostly play on the console and not much on the PC at all. Its a tough call as to whether its worth it. I use my PC for work now pretty much.

For me having it all in one basket is a bother. I like having a separate device that is connected to my TV that I can either play games or watch movies off of. Along with all the additional services it has. Its an entertainment centre, the console. The PC/Mac is my work, research tool and means of communicating with family and friends here and abroad.

Comes down to what you are comfortable with. I know I could setup my computer wirelessly to my TV and probably do all the same things the console can. That said I think a dedicated device for entertainment I think has its strengths and not have it multitask…. not too much anyway.

To each there own. Right now am happy with the current situation, if it changes… then I will have to make some decisions.

Keep Playing! (no matter you use)

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
11 years ago

For me alot of my favorite japanese developers don't make games for PC . Devs like Gust, Atlus, Arc System Works, Vanillaware, Kadokawa Games, and more don't PC. Plus most of my friends are looking forward to the PS4 and I prefer Sony's first party over the others.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

Perhaps Japanese doesn't like gaming on PC?
Yet visual novels and eroge are always on PC!!!

enjoi
enjoi
11 years ago

FIRST PARTY GAMES!

And if the PS4 is ~$400-450 it would be cheaper than building a decent gaming PC.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

2 reasons:
1) The exclusive titles on consoles, my PC-gaming friends always show off games like Starcraft 2 or Crysis at full graphic settings. I show off stuff like Uncharted and GT, doesn't shut them up but at least I'm putting up a fight.

2) This is the one reason why I don't game on PC, that's because you're required to upgrade your hardware if you're planning to play some newer games. And unless I'm made out of cash, no way in hell will I ever dedicate myself to PC-gaming.
Why spend tons of cash to upgrade your PC when you can buy one console that can last for years?
And I'm still playing my PS2 at times when I feel like it, that little guy has been with me for 10 years already.

Corvo
Corvo
11 years ago

Because i have a controller, because Sony has great devs, because psn doesn't have all the issues i have with steam. I could go on and on but i'll stop at those.

Beamboom
Beamboom
11 years ago

What issues do you have with Steam?

___________
___________
11 years ago

one thing i hate about steam is when your downloading a update it does not say the size of the update, it says the size of the game.
for instance i downloaded tomb raider today and went to play it but it had a update.
instead of saying 1/1000, ie you have downloaded 1MB and the update is 1000MBs.
it says the game size, so say 14GB/ then adds the patch on top of that.
just makes it really difficult to keep a handle on how much your downloading to make sure you keep within your contract limits.

o, and another thing every time i go to start a game it gives me this steam is too busy to complete your request, please try again later BS error message.
uhhhhh, no i wont try later i paid 100+ bucks for this game so i will play it NOW or you will give me my money back!
just seems that every time i go to play a game i have steam throwing some sh*t in my face………
exactly why i was so happy to see EA create their own service, as hated as origin is ive NEVER had any issues with it!
worked for me since the day it launched!!!!!

___________
___________
11 years ago

only reason to choose consoles over PC is noob friendly.
one thing i HATE about PCs is drivers, its such a pain in the a$$ to constantly have to download the latest drivers!
and even worse a game comes out that is not supported by the latest drivers, or there is no SLI profile for it, so you get sub 10FPS performance!
REALLY pisses me off!
i remember when max payne 3 came out there was a few hickups between nvidia and R* which meant there was no SLI profile, and there were some bugs in the drivers making the game unplayable even on the lowest settings!
hell i wish i could attach emails here i could upload a 20 page email chain between R*, nvidia and myself complaining about the games shoddy performance.

another thing i hate about PC games is you MUST download the latest update to play the game.
so many times ive gone to play a game and have had to go play something else because i cant download the update for whatever reason, or its really slow, or i cant connect, or whatever.
i paid 100+ bucks for the game i should be able to play it when i want, not when you want!
but im worried thats going to be coming to next gen consoles too.
the update to latest version otherwise you cannot play plague.
yea thats going to go down well if, or when $ony gets hacked again and has to take their servers offline!
or even during maintenance.

so i guess its the convenience really thats about it.
the knowledge that you can slide the disc in and it will work.
no spending half a hour installing the game, plus half a hour updating steam, plus half a hour downloading the latest update.
convenience really thats about it.

but at the end of the day ill suffer through the few download updates if that means i can have ports like bioshock infinite and crysis 3.
especially bioshock oh my freaking lord never in my wildest dreams would of i ever dreamt a UE3 game could look THIS good!
really is a feast to behold…….
that and the infinite supply of mods and community supplied content more than make up for the wasting time inconveniences!

Hand_of_Sorrow
Hand_of_Sorrow
11 years ago

console = less headaches 🙂

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

indeed

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
11 years ago

well for one a console is more "simple" and user friendly.. you put the game in and you play (most of the time)… with a pc you have to start the pc up, wait, navigate other menus before you can even get to the same, install it, check for updates, patch etc etc (yeah ps3 has installs and patches too but it pretty much does all that for you).

Also a gaming PC is more exensive than a console.. a ps4 will probably cost 500… a pc with the same specs would most likely cost 1000+ (especially she

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
11 years ago

easy consoles are cheap and more user friendly.. with a pc you gotta start it up….. wait for it to get to teh OS… navigate a buncha other menus, then put the game in.. install it, might hav eto patch and update, then at some point mods and all that other "complicated" stuff come sin. with a console you just put it in and teh console does everything else (even the installing and updating proces is automatic all you gotta do is say "yes" pretty much.

Also a PS4 will probably cost 500 wereas a PC with the same specs would cost you 1000+ especially considering I see PCs in the store everyday with WORSE specs than the PS4 and using integrated onboard graphics cards that cost 1000

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Yay, my most responded-to article and all I did was ask a simple question 🙂

CaptRon
CaptRon
11 years ago

Lol I love people's stupid comments on PC gaming. They act like it's still 1995. Truth is a PC is no more complicated than a console these days. I use my ps3 for movies, that's about it.

unapersson
unapersson
11 years ago

PC gaming still mostly relies on Windows, much like in 1995. I don't run Windows so having a PS3 has been great for gaming.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

"Truth is a PC is no more complicated than a console these days."

LOL

RIGHT.

amonte64
amonte64
11 years ago

For me, the main reasons are Sony games, controller, offline multiplayer and physical games. I don't have a problem with prices because I don't spend more than $30 on home console games anyway.

Rogueagent01
Rogueagent01
11 years ago

The only thing that ever got me interested in PC gaming was the MODS and certain developers that wouldn't put out console counterparts i.e. God games, RTS games, and MMOs. Now with the PS4 they'll have the option to put them on there, completely getting rid of any want or need for me to have a PC gaming rig.

I have always been a console player and plan on being one till they no longer exist(if that ever happens). A lot of people will always say that game looks better on PC and to that I say I don't care, I don't buy or play my games because of graphics, I never have. Not only that but I just have no computer skills, so when I need to troubleshoot something on a computer I am pretty much screwed, where as I have never experienced that with a console. Also as others have said hardware wise it is much cheaper to be a console gamer, where software wise it is cheaper to be a PC gamer. I just see little reason for me to be a PC gamer.

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
11 years ago

What was always unique to the cosnole world lies in the very question: the word "unique." For console and PC were worlds that were nothing alike.

Unfortunately, Microsoft opened a rift between these worlds. Online hits consoles, as does an abundance of shooters and mini expansions (DLC). A wave of multiplats result in a scourge of dumbed down games for consoles, nearly wiping out the existence of third party exclusives and the PC realm is definately suffering too; most multiplats are being designed to function for controllers and consoles, and their very own flagship genres are being defiled.

In terms of that picture though, the PC definately wins in terms of ventilation. COOLER MASTER HAF X.

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