Playing games comes naturally to us since even as kids we have played a variety of games, either with friends, on printed card boards, with computers or even playing cards. Gaming is deeply rooted in history as well, as man, ever since he grew consciousness, needed a way to pass time and entertain himself. But these days, gaming means only one thing. Video games typically play in multiple platforms. The two leading ones are gaming consoles like the Xbox and PS3 and gaming computers that are built to take the punishment that modern games throw on them. The battle rages on though, for a true gamer, what comes out on top? Gaming computers or gaming consoles? There are a lot of things to consider here.
One, gaming PCs are usually dissed because of the many viruses and problems that developers have had with the platform. Gaming consoles have the history of being criticized for being too rigid, without the ability to become upgraded when new technology comes up. There are a few facets of both that we want to discuss here in this piece to give as fair a comparison as possible. First, let’s talk about connectivity and interactive capabilities. One may think that gaming computers have the upper hand in this discussion, being by default, connected to the internet and with a lot more networking capabilities and gaming rooms, giving success to many Massively Multiplayer Role Playing Games or MMORPGs over the years. But then, why are a lot of the more successful games in the recent year on popular gaming consoles and offer the ability for single unit multiplayer games? Picking up a controller and battling your buddy side to side beats battling a faceless player on the other side of the world, every time. And besides, gaming consoles are now more connected over the internet and offer the same over the web competitions as computers do.
Now let us talk about power. Because gaming consoles typically aren’t upgraded, meaning you really can’t add much to it after you buy it, manufacturers make sure that they release something that packs as much power as it can to handle future games that need more computing punch. This is where gaming computers have the advantage. Because they are highly customizable, the power of a machine is expandable based on its owner’s money and technical capabilities. But as the Nintendo Wii has proven, gamers, though historically fond of high technology and better graphics, can also be swayed by gameplay and plot. The Wii can simply not compete with the power of a purpose-built gaming computer or its rivals the PS3 and Xbox, but it has enjoyed more commercial success more than any of the other three we have mentioned.