There are more and more people thinking about making that big switch away from console gaming. The vast majority of gamers who choose to do that make the move over to PC gaming, and it’s a good option for lots of people. It’s something you should think carefully about if you’re a gamer because there are arguments to be listened to on both sides.
Here are all the things you need to know about the reasons to leave console gaming behind, as well as the drawbacks associated with kissing goodbye to your PS4 or Xbox.
Reasons to Leave Consoles Behind
Lack of Customization
To put it simply, when you buy a console, there’s nothing else you can do with it; it is what it is. On the other hand, if you were to start using a PC for all your gaming needs, you would be able to change and customize the machine to your heart’s content. That’s one of the main attractions of PC gaming, and it can also save you money in some ways because there is never that one big upgrade that you have to do when a new console comes out.
In many modern games, micro transactions are a big problem, and they seem to be all the more common in the major console titles. That’s not to say that PC gaming is immune to this problem but there are more options and most of the PC-only games you’ll find on Steam don’t include micro transactions. If you’re sick and tired of this trend in modern gaming, getting rid of your console might be the best thing to do.
More Power is Available From a PC
If you care about things like graphics and power from your hardware, even the very best console on the market can’t compete with the amount of power you can get out of a good PC setup, so don’t forget that. Of course, power isn’t a huge deal for everyone but if it is for you, then you should think about building your own PC and making it as powerful as you can afford to make it.
Mobile Games Are Getting Better All the Time
You don’t even have to switch to PC gaming if you’re getting tired of your console. Thanks to the massive increase in quality of mobile games, it’s possible to make your phone your main gaming vessel going forward. Final Fantasy 15: A New Empire is one example of the high quality of modern mobile games. It’s not unrealistic to say that you could switch console gaming with mobile games these days.
The Drawbacks of Rejecting Consoles
The Console Exclusives
There are some games that simply can’t be purchased on any other platform than on the console they were made for. This only really applies to the Playstation and Nintendo consoles because Microsoft is beginning to release all its Xbox games on PC too now. But still, there are plenty of good PS4 exclusives that you’ll be missing out on if you decide to switch to PC gaming.
The great thing about consoles is that they have a fixed price, and that price will drop as the lifetime of the console extends. On the other hand, if you choose PC gaming, you might have to spend more on the various components of the PC if you want the very best performance from it. It all depends on where your priorities lie and how big your budget is.
Many gamers enjoy the physical aspect of collecting games and storing them on their shelves. This is something that’s still possible if you’re a console gamer, but it’s not if you switch to PC. The vast majority of PC games are only available digitally as downloads, so you will miss out on that old-fashioned aspect of game collecting. Is that a sacrifice you’re willing to make or not?
Controller vs. Keyboard and Mouse
Gaming on a PC is not easy when you take into account the fact that you’re probably going to have to use a keyboard and mouse. For people who have always used consoles, this can be a difficult adjustment to make and many traditionally console gamers simply hate it. That’s understandable, and it’s why you should definitely think carefully before you reject your console completely.
There are clearly great arguments on both sides of this debate, so you should consider them all. For some people, now will be the right time to ditch console gaming, but that won’t be the case for everyone.