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PC Is Better Than PS3 & X-Box 360

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Started: 2/20/2014 Category: Games
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Zedo_Mann

Pro

While Xbots and the Sony Defence Force argue among themselves, and Wii-mers (Wii-ers?) throw ever more ridiculous shapes pretending to play the tambourine or something, there is another group of gamers who quietly, happily, enjoy the best gaming platform yet invented - the PC.

And while, granted, some huge percentage of PCs are never used for anything other than Outlook and basic web, PCs remain the most flexible and happiest way to game. And, unlike Wii Sports, it won't cause you permanent physical damage.

1. Mouse and keyboard support

Well, duh. Console kids who have grown up with a controller in hand might argue, but there's still no better way of playing just about any game in any genre " not just shooters " than the combination of keyboard and mouse. It just works, offering orders of magnitude more precision and speed than fiddly analogue sticks.

2. High screen resolutions

While Microsoft and Sony scream about 'true HD' in their games " but in many cases don't actually deliver it " the PC has been happily running games at 1080p and above for yonks. In fact, the near-HD default res of 1,280x1,024 is very 2001; even a medium rig can handle 1,600x1,200 or more these days.

3. Free mods

Were you a raw naif, you might be forgiven for thinking that LittleBigPlanet et al single-handedly invented the idea of (nnnggh) 'user generated content'. But guess what? PC gamers have been coding mods (modifications) such as add-ons, total conversions, unofficial levels and all manner of other gubbins for" well, pretty much forever. And then distributing it for free, for the sheer love of it.

4. Upgradeable hardware

With the aforementioned higher resolutions and textures, chances are a new PC game already looks better than its console counterpart right now. But even if you can't run it with all the visuals tweaked to the max, processor and graphic cards prices drop so quickly that it's hardly bank-breaking to refit your rig in a year or so, for better graphics and more speed.

5. Cheaper games

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo's licensing and publishing costs inevitably drive up the cost of every single game released, and even pre-owned games tend to be far pricier than the PC equivalent.

6. You're not tied to one online service

Imagine not having to rely on a single, central server such as Xbox Live or PlayStation Network whenever you go online. Imagine not having to suffer downtimes, silly licensing agreements, or daft console-restricting DRM. Oh wait" that's the PC online, isn't it?

7. No extra dosh needed for playing online

Okay, this only applies to Xbox Live, but who's to say that Sony might not start charging for PSN as it keeps haemorrhaging money? And yes, Xboxers can use the free Silver service, but really " why would you?

8. Unlimited storage space

The Xbox 360 is limited to whatever can fit on a DVD (or, if you're unlucky, more than one). The PlayStation 3 has to struggle with turgid Blu-ray access and enforced installs. PC games, meanwhile, just sit happily on the potentially unlimited storage space of your hard drive. Easy.

9. Save game hacking

Like modders, PC gamers are rabidly enthusiastic about pulling apart save games and data files, fiddling therein, and finding ingenious ways to cheat or fix corrupted files. Try doing that with your Wii.

10. Unofficial fixes for older games

PC games such as Vampire: The Masquerade often get unofficial, free, support long after publishers have gone kaput and official support is abandoned, thanks to the tireless efforts of their fans. Bug fixes, enhancements, new hardware support " it's all there.

11. Abandonware

The geek term for 'old games which you can't buy any more'. There are a huge number of classic PC titles out there from years gone by, and many thousands are available to download, legally, for free.

12. No red ring of death

Well, you only get this on the Xbox, of course, but the last thing you want your gaming machine to do is to completely konk out. At least when a PC goes wrong, it really goes wrong. Like, with fire and everything (possibly).
Topkek

Con

First off,

"And, unlike Wii Sports, it won't cause you permanent physical damage."

Please provide a citation please.

Anyway, I will respond to each of your points, piece by piece:

1. Mouse and keyboard support

This isn't exclusive to PCs. The Xbox One and the PS4 now officially come with mouse and keyboard support right out of the box, which includes being able to game with them too. Admittedly, there are certain games that the mouse and keyboard are better played with, such as RTS, but some other types are better played with controllers, such as platformers and racing games. This is completely subjective to the preferences of the gamer. The extra gaming performance you see with a mouse and keyboard against using a controller is only marginally higher (1). As well, controllers are suited far better for ergonomics and comfort, whilst the mouse and keyboard have been linked extensively to injuries such as RSI (2) and carpal tunnel (3).

(1)
(2) http://en.wikipedia.org...
(3) https://umm.edu...

2. High screen resolutions

While it is true that PC games are currently and will most likely continue to lead in terms of graphics, that doesn't mean the Xbox and PS4 aren't able to compete with the PC in terms of other features, such as movies and TV shows. All three of this generation's consoles are able to play movies in full 1080p, and they are expected to support 4k films in the near future as well.

3. Free mods

Mods usually cannot compare with official downloadable content straight from the makers of the game in terms of quality and the amount of additional playing hours provided. In the past decade, developers have always favoured consoles when it came to DLC; most new content either became exclusive to consoles or their PC release was delayed.

While PC games will always have mods, most of them are insignificant little tweaks such as extra skins or a modified weapon. The large mods that could possibly compete with official DLC, such as total overhauls or completely new areas, take much longer to come out than official DLC, and are often very buggy.

4. Upgradeable hardware

Contrary to what you claim, constantly keeping up to date with computer hardware can be very expensive. New video cards alone cost in excess of $200-$300, and the newest, most powerful ones are released almost yearly.

5. Cheaper games

The difference between new games is usually no more than $10. Considering the savings a console gamer accrues from buying a $400 PS4 vs a $800 computer, I'd say that an extra $10 off a PC game doesn't make up for how much you spend for a PC in the first place.

6. You're not tied to one online service

Yes you are. There's no debating that Steam holds an absolute monopoly over the PC gaming market.

8. Unlimited storage space

This is irrelevant thanks to cloud storage.

9. Save game hacking

You can do this with a modified console too. Just need a bit more work, but it is possible.

10. Unofficial fixes for older games

On the other hand, bug fixes and patches roll out on consoles days or even weeks before they hit their PC equivalents. Just look at Skyrim and GTA V.

12. No red ring of death

PCs slow down all the time. They also crash and break down more often than Xbox One's and PS4's do. As well, they carry the risk of being infected with malware. The consoles today come with long-term warranties, and so far there haven't been large-scale cases of consoles bricking for these two, at least not at the scale of the RROD from last gen. On the other hand, PCs have a life-span of 2-3 years if you do not regularly maintain and upgrade them, which of course costs money.
Debate Round No. 1
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