With all the hype about the next-gen consoles coming out… Why not switch? We’ll tell you why:
1. The Catalog
Two words: backwards compatibility. Uncharted 2, God of War 3, Gears of War 3, Halo 3, Killzone 2, The Walking Dead, Bioshock: Infinite and Far Cry 3 are just a few of the games that I would love to play again on my brand new console. Unfortunately, I can’t, and that really, really sucks. PC gamers don’t have this problem. The closest issue they have to backwards compatibility is whether or not their system can run games from the 1980s. And, thanks to GOG.com, they often can. That’s right, if you go PC instead of console, you will have access to almost every game ever made. And, BONUS, most of the best games are dirt cheap at this point. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.
2. The NVIDIA and Ubisoft Alliance
(http://www.joystiq.com/2013/08/24/ubisoft-and-nvidia-form-alliance-to-give-pc-gamers-a-visual-ed/) It’s a rare thing to see a AAA game company decide to favor PC games over consoles. In terms of marketshare, the PC release of most big games doesn’t account for the biggest source of cash. And because of these numbers, PCs are sometimes relegated to getting ports of games designed for other (and more often than not, lesser) console systems. But that’s not so for Ubisoft! Ubisoft has promised that their games will look best on PCs (if you’re using an NVIDIA graphics card) and that there will be no drop-off when consoles get older and PC graphics cards start to destroy them.
3. Consoles Aren’t Upgradeable
This one is kind of a no-brainer, but I think it should be re-iterated. The console cycle has gotten incredibly long. Like, 7-8 years long. And, don’t get me wrong, Xbox 360 and PS3 games look REALLY good… Considering the fact that they’re running on computers from 2005. If you go the way of the PC, you’ll be able to upgrade every piece of your system every few years to ensure that you’re actually playing the game that developers meant for you to play. Hiccups, screen tears and frame drops have become all but too common on the most recent PS3 and Xbox 360 games. If you keep your PC updated, you will never have that problem.
4. PC Games are WAY Cheaper
While building your own PC might be more expensive than buying a new console, you’ll make the money back when you start buying games. If you buy a lot of games (like I do) then you probably wrack up a pretty steep bill when you head to your local game shop for the monthly console game binge. $60 a pop is a steep pricetag. Now, take a look at your digital purveyors of PC games. New games on Steam, Amazon.com and GOG.com often start at $50 and often have sales that bring them as a low as $40. Otherwise, they have sales soon after release for deep discounts. Just imagine if you saved $10-$20 on every game you bought for your Xbox 360 and PS3… Let that sink in.
5. PCs Can Play RTSs and MOBAs
There are some things that consoles just can’t do. And playing RTSs are one of them. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not the kind of gamer who sits down in front of his computer in the morning and plays Starcraft II for 12 hours straight. And I’m not the kind of guy who spends his entire weekends blasting through a couple games of DOTA II, but I am the kind of gamer who wants to have the ability to do that if I ever felt the need. Xbox One and PS4 do not seem like they’ll let me do that, and that seriously counts against them in my book.