PC offers better visuals, a greater number of indie titles, and more affordable games while being substantially more expensive to buy than consoles. It can also be plagued by compatibility and hardware issues. Consoles, on the other hand, are cheaper to buy and can last for an entire console generation, and are much easier to troubleshoot, but games tend to be more expensive.
This is no longer the case as titles are now available across platforms; and in nearly all cases, the PC title is better than its console counterpart. Why? Because most computers are simply more capable than consoles. Take for example the Sony PlayStation® 4; with a processor speed of 1.6GHz and 8GB of RAM, is bested even by some entry-level laptops. Thus, in the ongoing debate that is console vs. PC gaming, many gamers are starting to ask themselves why they should show allegiance to any one console when their gaming PC can support all of the titles that interest them – while also providing all of the benefits of a computer.
This was a tricky one. We originally budgeted for an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060—a modest but effective HD gaming card. Most of the time with that card, in most games, you get at least 60 frames per second (fps) in 1,920 by 1,080 gameplay with settings at or near maximum. But it's not a powerhouse. The GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition retails for $299, so from the start we were picking the rest of the components with a GTX 1060 at that price in mind. As the process went on, though, we were tempted by the more powerful GeForce GTX 1070. Something about going through all of the trouble to build a gaming-specific machine only to use a GTX 1060 just felt underwhelming.
If you wanted a Playstation 4, you would’ve bought one, right? You’re probably reading this guide because you know that consoles severely lack customizability, and they’re also not powerful enough to play the latest games smoothly at maximum detail, and modding games on them is considerably harder when it's even possible, and you're completely limited to the exclusives of that particular console family (and often also that console generation), and . . . well, you get the idea.
And so, after a lot of rationalizing and budget-slicing, we ended up with a Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1070. Its $399 price means some concessions to storage and memory, but we felt it was worth making them. A graphics card is the main factor in the performance ceiling of a gaming machine, and going with a solid but not great option didn't sit right. This card also allows you to play at a higher resolution than 1080p with better frame rates (say, if you have a 1440p monitor). On the flip side, you might feel, understandably, that a GTX 1060 is plenty for this type of rig—and that choice gives you $100 to put toward other components. Our reviews at the link will give you an idea of the frame rates you will achieve with the different cards in different games.
Microsoft, I must admit, is making good strides in the console space. Thanks to the Xbox Backward Compatibility plan, you can play select Xbox and Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One, Xbox One S, or Xbox One X. In fact, if you own a Xbox One X machine, the old games that you have in either physical or digital form receive performance boosts. Microsoft also offers the $9.99-per-month Game Pass, an all-you-can-eat, Netflix-style service that includes Xbox 360 and original Xbox games.
Most everything in this article is opinion based. But that doesn't mean that any of it is less true though. One thing is doesn't mention though is how horrible the PC community is. They think they are so better than everyone else, they're not though. Everyone hates them, even their own kind are constantly fighting with one another. It's a cesspool of a community. Only out to fuel they're self worth. Every gamer hates the PC community, for good reason too. I'm not saying buy a console, if you want a PC, go ahead. They're all preference anyway. I'm just warning anyone thinking about it. Your better off sticking to single player games. Cause PC gamers will come at you like a pair of wild animals, the second to log in.
Last year, Dota 2 and League of Legends, two of the most popular video games on the planet, dominated esports earnings. If you want hard numbers, here you go: The Dota 2 International's prize pool topped $24 million, while the League of Legends World Championship fell just shy of $5 million. So, get those mice and keyboards ready, and prepare to grind.
The case we chose is a big part of keeping things simple, as it's fairly roomy, without many restrictive design flourishes. Removing the tempered-glass panels through hand screws was easy, and from there, we had plenty of room to work. There was a moment of hesitation about how to install the power supply unit (PSU)—a white shroud covers its install location—but it was simple enough to remove the other side's glass side panel and slot it in that way.
The Xbox One X had almost year of technological advancements to utilize since the release of PS4 Pro in November 2016. It comes at a higher starting price point, even more so since the PS4 Pro went down a lot in price between it's release and the Xbox One X release. Each console has their own signature titles. Xbox lays claim to the Gears of War series and Halo, while PlayStation buyers enjoy games like Uncharted and The Last of Us. While these are only available on certain consoles, there are a plethora of games just like them that are available across both consoles and PC. Another thing to consider when choosing is who you will be playing with. If you want to game with your friends then you'll have to choose the console they have, since we still don't have cross platform play. Whichever one you choose, it will be a great edition to an epic lounge room gaming setup.
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Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle, and Amazon run gaming sales on a regular basis; sales that see even deeper price cuts during, say, the holiday season. Gamestop, Walmart, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Nintendo eShop have their sales, sure, but they don't often match the ridiculous price slashes. In fact, I make the bulk of my game purchases during Steam sales, times when select titles hit the 66 percent or 80 percent discount mark.
Unlike consoles, which can restrict the way you play, PC users benefit from a wide variety of controllers and mice to choose from. Gamers looking to kick back and relax can enjoy the freedom of wireless controllers, joysticks and even a steering wheel for racing games, like most consoles. However, when precision is key, PC users can utilize a gaming mouse. Gaming mice are particularly accurate, allowing you unrivalled control and accuracy during first-person shooter games. These are often favored by professional gamers, who can’t afford to have anything less than perfect accuracy.
The opportunity to sell cheap Ryzen/Vega games PCs was immediately clear to small British PC manufacturers, and there may be dozens of models available. UK suppliers include Chillblast, Cyberpower, Falcon, Fierce, Gladiator, Mesh, Novatech, Overclockers, PC Specialist, Punch Technology, Scan, Stormforce, Utopia and Zoostorm. I haven’t checked all their websites, but I expect most of them offer at least a couple of models. The problem is that I have no way of knowing which is best, or even if there is a best.
To kick off our list for the best gaming gear, we have arguably one of the most important parts of not only hearing your opponents and teammates but communication, which can quite possibly make or break your win or loss column. The HyperX Cloud has received thousands of user reviews around the net to back up its reputation. Designed for pro gamers as it is specifically used by professional gaming organizations, It’s super comfortable with some nice and light weight leather memory foam ear cups. You’re also getting an extra set of velour ear cups in case you’d like to switch them out or you’ve already warn the previous out. The overall design is ‘over-ear’, which means they’ll be engulfing your entire ears to isolate sound and disallow from other ambient noise from the outside world in so it doesn’t cloud your experience. In terms of additional specs, it is equipped with 15-25k Hz frequency responses as well as 53 mm drivers, giving this headset superior audio performance, not to mention its enhanced comfort on top of it all.
There are quite a few different gaming accessories we’ll recommend. But first, is there such thing as too many programmable keys? Perhaps for some, others no. This here is one of our favorite gaming accessories since we’re huge fans of increased game flow. The G13 by Logitech give us one need — buttons. You have 25 fully programmable G-keys to configure up to 75 functions (three different modes) using three macros per key. If you’re in LUA scripts you can also do so on the fly. There’s also a nice little LCD to give you data (real-time stats, information of your system, VoIP communication, as well as timers).
Our entry level, affordable Gaming PCs might be designed for those who are just starting out or who are looking for a more affordable way to game, but our low prices don't mean that you have to compromise on quality or performance. Fierce PC offer a wide range of powerful gaming computers for gamers starting out with PC gaming and looking for a cheap gaming PC, or the hardcore gamers looking to play on a budget, but at the same time not compromising the gaming experience.
Sony has made some rather interesting moves to enable backward compatibility, such as letting you stream PlayStation 3 to your PlayStation 4 (or, shockingly, to a PC!) via PlayStation Now for $19.99 per month. I signed up to stream PlayStation 3 games to my gaming PC, and found the entire experience unworthy, with lag and artificating being the major issues.
Note that with a Linux-based OS, you’ll need to install proprietary drivers manually, which can be a little tricky and will likely require some Google research. This option takes some extra leg work, because the drivers that Linux distributions usually ship with aren’t suited for playing games. That said, this is the cheapest way to get a broadly useful and reliable desktop-style operating system.
Last but not least, here’s a cool little spin to what some would consider a ‘gaming accessory’. This is more of a why not than a perhaps. If you’re into organization or are like us and really just aren’t a fan of cables (especially the annoying clutter you have underneath your setup), then these are not only cheap but super effective as well. We’ve seen quite a few different spins to ‘cable management sleeves’ but through research we’ll link you to one of our favorites and most reviewed.
Backwards compatibility on consoles is a somewhat dubious matter. While the Xbox One is fully compatible with older Xbox releases, the PlayStation 4 is not. This is a situation that might change in the future, so it’s highly unpredictable. Ultimately, there’s no telling if you will be able to play a current-gen game on the next-gen console without having to pay extra for services such as the PlayStation Now.
The gaming console you choose will be the brain of your entire gaming system. The graphics, load time, and overall gaming experience all depend on the capabilities of your console. So you want a console that is top of the line and will match the capabilities of your home theater. This is also where you decide whether you want to go with separate consoles or get a gaming PC.
That said, PCs still offer the largest selection of online games, and some of the most popular online games, such as World of Warcraft, are exclusive to the PC. Of course, there are many things to consider before deciding on a gaming platform. Foremost among these is deciding which games you want to play, how much money you want to spend, and whether you need a PC for other purposes. Ideally, having both is the best solution, but not everyone can do that, so here is a quick comparison of the two.
The only thing that we didn’t like about the setup are the 2 ultrawide monitors. Gaming with only 2 monitors is just inconvenient because of the bezels. Moreover, there are some issues with having only ultrawide monitors (which we have discussed in some of the above builds that feature ultrawide monitors). One Ultrawide is great, but we wouldn’t be opposed to swapping it out for 2 smaller 16:9 monitors. Of course, this might increase the overall build cost unless you’re going for 1080p monitors.
Though the title may not be something I can get behind (I know, I know, my name is attached to it, but hey, I gotta pay bills and this is only minor-league soul-selling), there is some truth in it. I recently penned a piece detailing how ditching consoles for a gaming PC improved my life, a far more nuanced approach to the same topic. Now, with a corporate gun to my head, I'm going to smash the metaphorical big, red button and launch this savage take.
Prices have come down a lot—graphics card prices especially. A 3GB GeForce GTX 1060 will only run you $200 on Amazon, which is incredible. Max out graphics at 1080p resolution and you’ll still hit 60-plus frames per second in basically every modern game. For only $200. And a more future-proof version with 6GB of on-board RAM only costs $260, and that’ll let you game at higher 1440p resolutions without problem.
Part of what makes a console enjoyable is sticking a game in and having the game just work. We tend to have to tinker with settings on PCs. Luckily, if you’re on Windows, GeForce Experience and AMD Raptr have automatic game optimization functions based on your system specifications. It’s not perfect, but it gets you playing the game at roughly the right settings quickly.
After spending a chunk of money on the screen you want to be sure you get the most out of it. You don’t want to position your seats too close to it or too far from it. There is actually science behind how far the seats should be from the screen. It mostly depends on the size of the screen. If you go with a screen that is 60” or more you need to have your seats at least 10’-11’ away from the screen. For every 5 inches you add to the screen, you can start your seat 6 inches further away. This will ensure you have the best view of the screen.
Now let’s get into some console gaming. The Razer Wildcat is simply going to take your Xbox gaming or computer via USB to the next level. Fully equipped with multi-function buttons, this is a controller that has the ability to remap other controls that are within it. Whether you are fighting combat on the battlefield or juking your opponent on the gridiron, one thing is for sure, the Razer Wildcat is built for additional control as well as reliability when compared to stock controllers.
So, the budget build isn’t overwhelmingly living-room-friendly. It’s kind of big, despite not packing in all that much power. But now we have something to build on, and can start to explore the more powerful options. This build will fit a little more snuggly in your lounge, and have a bit of extra power behind it for playing those beefier games. This is a much more elegant build, and really begins to resemble the ideal of a living room gaming PC (or a Steam machine).
Experience the enhanced comfort and feel of the new Xbox Wireless Controller, featuring a sleek, streamlined design and textured grip. Enjoy custom button mapping and improved wireless range.* Plug in any compatible headset with the 3.5mm stereo headset jack. And with Bluetooth technology, play your favorite games on Windows 10 PCs, tablets, and phones.