6 reasons why PC games are better than consoles

I can’t leave you, my computer games.

Unlike some ardent “PC or nothing” enthusiasts, I don’t have any innate dislike for consoles. Heck, my oldest gaming memory is toys Super Mario Bros. Until midnight, after my dad came home with a Nintendo tucked under his arm when I was five. I enjoyed the Xbox 360 so much that I burned five of them. (Stupid red loop of death and disk read errors.) And sometimes—in my darkest hours, when I was faced with loose drivers or malfunctioning computer ports—the simplistic allure of consoles still whispered to me.

“Come on, my friend,” he whistles in my ear. Embrace the dark side! We have sweets and simplicity, and you’ll never have to worry about hardware upgrades.” And I must admit that the idea sounds appealing in those bleak times.

But then I boot XCOM 2 Or one of PCWorld’s Top 10 PC games of 2015 – few of which made it to consoles – and that temptation dissipates immediately. Sure, consoles have their own strengths, but PC game offerings Much more. How do I like computer games? Let me count the ways.

1. Cheap games

I’m not that guy, but I’m a family guy on a tight budget. The less cash I have to spend for games, the better. And PC games are a lot cheaper than console games, for good reason: Consoles are walled gardens, while PC game stores have to compete for your money.

Steam sale!

Results? The great freebie program “On the House” from Origin and Delicious modest packages, permanent Green Man Gaming 20 percent off coupons, and awesome and awesome Steam sales. On PC, publishers are regularly dropping cool old games to garner interest in impending sequels, as we’ve seen need for speedAnd the somaAnd the Dragon AgeAnd the elite sniperdevelopers recently. it’s great!

And before console fans say you get free games every month, stop. not do. You get the games through your monthly subscriptions to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live, which is not the same thing at all. Speaking of this topic…

2. You don’t have to pay to play multiplayer games on PC

Yes, that about sums it up. Yay to compete!

3. More types of games

You’ll also find a wider variety of game types on PC than on consoles. Not continuing to beat the same drum, but the open nature of PC helps here, as the relative ease with which developers can develop a game has led to an absolute explosion of indie titles on the platform. (Steam added nearly eight new games in a day In the first seven months of 2015, PC Gamer reports.)

Don’t worry about missing out on big games either. Gone are the days of massive console exclusives. is very Few of the released Triple-A games are closing themselves off on consoles now that development costs are too high and all three big consoles pack AMD hardware similar to what you’d find in (budget) gaming PCs. no Launching a PC version of Triple-A simply doesn’t make sense for third-party game publishers, who don’t have a stake in the dominance of a particular platform.

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Great strategy game endless legend It is exclusive to the PC, relies heavily on keyboard and mouse controls, and can often be found for less than $10.

But the reasons extend beyond the ecosystem alone. Keyboards and mice offer advantages of speed, accuracy, and complexity that consoles cannot match. There is a reason counter strike And the civilization The series blew up on PCs, but faltered when they tried to jump into consoles: dealing with it with a console isn’t the same.

The advantages inherent in the keyboard and mouse have led strategy and simulation games to find a niche of their own on PC. witness XCOM 2 And the Cities: Skylinestwo recent exclusive highlights for PC.

4. Play how you want to play

Which brings me to another beautiful aspect of computer gaming: you can play your games however you want. Many PC gamers swear by keyboard and mouse, but you can easily play several games with a gamepad if you want to – I know it’s sacrilege, but I often do it after typing to work all day. or you can go truly Nuts and housings for custom peripherals such as racing wheels and HOTAS settings. (Sims is another great place for PC for this very reason.)

play Dangerous Elite With an Oculus Rift VR headset on your face and a flying stick in your hands, you really feel like you’ve entered another world, but the game features KB&M and controller support as well. PC games are all about choice and flexibility, and choice and flexibility are always great things.

5. As real as you want it to be

This choice and flexibility extends to the hardware inside your PC and the gaming experience itself. Expensive multi-GPUs with attached resolution to 4K and every max setting is holding back all the headlines on Reddit – PCs scammed be Very exciting – but there is no need to break the budget to become a PC gamer.

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 both tend to play games at resolutions between 720p and 1080p (which makes sense, as most TVs fall in that range) at 30 to 60 frames per second, with graphics similar to medium to high settings on a PC . You can build a gaming PC that checks all these boxes for about $400, albeit without the cost of Windows. Then again, Linux gaming gets brighter than ever if you don’t want to splurge on the OS – or if you compare the price of Windows to the cost of Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus, the OS pays for itself in just over a year.

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Or you can use 4-way SLI graphics cards.

On the other side of the coin, you can drop a thousand dollars on your graphics card alone if you want eye candy that looks like realistic borders, create a nice multi-screen setup, or just make a little more sense and build a gaming PC that’s somewhere between two sides. Single-screen 2560 x 1440 at 60 fps is the current ideal for PC gaming, in my opinion, although shooters sometimes aim for a 1080p screen capable of 120 Hz to 144 Hz for reaction times. Faster – and consoles can’t do that.

But here’s the great thing about PC gaming: you can choose any hardware setup you want that suits your preferences and budget. If you want to stick to esports games like Dota 2And the League of LegendsAnd the Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveYou can even move away from the discrete graphics card in favor of one of AMD’s more powerful APU options, which integrate compute processors and Radeon graphics on a single chip.

6. Modify

You can’t play Grand Theft Auto As a crazy, fire-loving version of Woody from Toy Story on your Xbox. You can’t experience the crazy joy of only reason 2Multiplayer mode. And you cannot enjoy all the care, love and brilliance that goes into the society that society has created Half-Life 2 updateor bask in thousands of Skyrim Disc available.

You can do all that and more on your PC.

Mods make the game your own, unlock new adventures and/or fix issues that developers ignore. It’s a big part of what makes PC games great – and the vast majority of them are free. (There is the beauty of the open platform again.)

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Woody Mod’s GTA4. Don’t look into his eyes.

Don’t get me wrong: computers are not necessarily better of keyboards. They are different. Many people want to sit on the sofa and play a game after a long day at work instead of worrying about driver updates or Windows. Keyboards scratch that itch. Once again: the selection is great!

But between the cheaper games, hardware flexibility, and mods, the choice is a no-brainer for me. I can’t leave you, PC games, and I never would like to – even if you frustrate me from time to time. I love you for better and for worse.