3 Reasons Why PC Gaming Trumps Console GamingGAMING
Dark times have surrounded the PC gaming market. But if you feel consoles are the way to go, here’s 3 reasons why PC gaming is still better than console gaming.
The mining craze has exhausted entire tiers of the market and all but the cheapest (or most expensive) GPUs are either extremely overpriced or hard to find. Meanwhile high DRAM prices make even lower-end systems cost more than they should and further complicates GPU production. In these troubling times, making a high-end or even mid-range system is difficult without blowing one’s budget. It is in these dark times that people need to be reminded about some of the best things about PC Gaming — things that go even for old or cheap PCs!
Perhaps PC Gaming’s single biggest asset is its ability to play old titles either effortlessly or, in somewhat rare cases, with just a little bit of easy-to-find fixes applied. It truly is amazing how vast the PC Gaming library is due to this one simple, often forgotten fact.
On the same bleeding edge computer that plays the latest AAA titles at Ultra settings, one can also play the classics of many different genres. The same cannot be said for consoles. Now, to give credit where it is due, today’s Xbox consoles do have reasonable backwards compatibility options with older Xboxes, and PSNow is a reasonable if not great way of playing older PlayStation titles. Still, those platforms rely almost entirely on their creators for this support and it would not exist natively were it not for the extra engineering time spent on such solutions. The number of old games they can play is very limited and can’t really be expanded upon by the community.
The ability to leverage a gigantic community of retro gamers and tech enthusiasts on PCs helps tremendously. In the cases where an old game does not want to start on new components or operating systems, emulators or fixes are created. Sure, this does take some time, but being forced to tinker for a while is certainly superior to losing access to those games altogether. Decades of cult hits, classics, forgotten or infamous titles are available for purchase as well on sites like Steam, Origin and especially GOG, giving PCs the biggest library out of all possible gaming platforms, by a gigantic and insurmountable margin.
Getting The Most Out Of Those Old Games!
Suffice it to say, no gamers had access to 4K or 240hz monitors way back in 1998. Thing is, many old titles do support such resolutions or refresh or can easily be made to support them.
This makes the situation with PC Gaming an interesting one. Any time you upgrade your hardware, not only do new bleeding edge games run better or look better, but so too do older titles.
Remember the “Can it run Crysis?” meme? Well, thanks to the way PC Gaming advanced, many people, even those on a budget, slowly saw how each and every upgrade they did over the years got them closer and closer to the wanted Ultra settings 60 fps in this legendary title.
Want to play the GPU destroying monster that was DOOM 3 at ultra? Easy! Almost any modern day discrete GPU can do what even the greatest and most powerful cards could not back in 2004.
In addition, whilst games and their graphics do age and the once amazing, bleeding edge visuals and powerful graphics engines will look bad compared to new titles, not only are some of the games still amazing classics or peerless must-plays, but also we can experience them in a way that no one at the time could. Yes, Half Life 2 has aged, but playing it at 1440P, 144 fps… is an exciting experience still!
Not only do we have decades of game titles, there are thousands of examples of user-created content and modifications for those games (or even standalone!) as well. There are mods that make needed fixes for games and remove bugs, improve graphics, improve sound and add cool features to games. Mods can improve the replay value of a game considerably, adding all sorts of new content. They are a big deal. One need look no further than games with massive modding communities such as Arma series, Crysis, DOOM, Half-Life, modern Fallout series, The Elder Scrolls series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Killing Floor, Medieval II: Total War, Men of War, and many others. The quality on display is sometimes staggering. It is not difficult to install mods at all—some have an installer, but usually you just have to drop one folder into another.
To add even more value, some mods are grander in scope and actually attempt to challenge AAA gaming in both scope and ambition—and rather successfully most of the time at that. Free titles like Research and Development, Call of Chernobyl, The Dark Mod and Underhell may lack great animation and celebrity voice acting, but they can go toe to toe with million dollar projects in gameplay and story. Hell, a tweaked Call of Chernobyl is in many ways the pinnacle of open world FPS titles.
Now I do not want to lie — user-created content is not always high quality. In fact, like most things in life, the majority of mods are crappy. Some can be downright offensive or barely playable and untested, buggy showcases of bad game design. Nevertheless, many modders do get better or more passionate over time and since they have fewer constraints than most game developers and work for their fandoms, they do manage to push the gaming medium forward in gameplay depth and design. Quirks and all.
Unfortunately, few people realize what a massive influence user-created content has had on the industry. It is no secret that popular games like Counter Strike, Killing Floor, DOTA, or even PUBG started out as mods. Many expert developers of popular titles (such as a part of the Wolfenstein developers MachineGames) started their careers as modders themselves, and some future releases even in the AAA sphere are influenced by what the community has done with previous titles in the series.
The amazing combination of modding and backwards compatibility give high-quality content an edge over any and all consoles that is impossible to deny. Yes, consoles have finally started to address this gigantic flaw in their systems, and a few games on consoles do support modding, limited as it may be. However, a lot of time, effort and money will have to be spent before it can even hold a candle to what PC Gaming has.
There are many more inherent advantages to PC Gaming, but these are what most would consider the major ones. We do not want to attack console gamers here though, just bring some clarity to these often forgotten upsides to PC Gaming. Yes, graphics and frame rate can be major advantages to many, but they really are not the only reason people like our platform. Moreover, even those with very old or weak computers will likely benefit from PC Gaming thanks to all its advantages!