So, there are several reasons that, if you're looking for a console, you should get a console.
But he also wrote:
I've also considered getting a gaming PC, whether Linux or Windows
but it's more expensive and game reviews show most are not as good as a dedicated game console.
The later could be argued.
First, You're going to spend more on a gaming PC than you will a console to get a benefit over consoles.
i3 6100 - $125
B150 motherboard - $65
2x4 GB DDR4 - $43
GTX 950 - $150
That's about as cheap as something console like could go if one had some old computer around. $383, add $50 for a controller and you're at 433. I don't know what a console cost in the US but it's likely not all that much cheaper.
If you demand "a benefit" and mean performance then you will of course have to pay even more, but there's benefits of both.
Games are tailored to the hardware in consoles. With PCs, there isn't that amount of fine tuning.
I agree, I assume part of the performance difference is the more efficient low-level access available as-well - something the PC have got now too.
But, the biggest point is that you lose out on console exclusives.
Can't the multi-platform titles be enough then? PC would be better for many titles too, less likely to play CS:GO, LoL / Dota2, Civilization V. There's likely a bunch of smaller titles too.
Also the PC is likely the best one to get access to all the old console-exclusives and it's backwards- and forwards compatible (that may happen with the others too now when they more or less are PCs too) meaning you've got access to lots and lots of games.
Things like Sunset Overdrive (probably the best Xbox One exclusive so far for someone like me) didn't come out on PC.
I don't know what that game is, but I know that there's exclusives for both XB1 and PS4.
You also get free games every month with Games with Gold... or the PS equivalent
They aren't free, you pay for online gaming with the consoles something which is usually free on the PC (or rather paid for by getting the game), if you had signed up to the Humble Monthly Bundle for $12 for November you'd get:
* Saints Row 4
* Legend of Grimrock 2
* Valkyria Chronicles
* Towerfall: Ascension
* Lethal League
* Sanctuary RPG
You could of course purchase any of the normal bundles with known content, like the recent Jumbo bundle 5 which at the top tier for $9 gave you:
* Men of War: Assault Squad â" Game of the Year Edition
* Abyss Odyssey â" Two Pack
* Blackguards 1
* Blackgurards 2
* Contagion â" Four Pack
* Euro Truck Simulator 2
* A Story About My Uncle
* Divinity: Dragon Commander
Beyond that there's lots of sales and if one are willing to wait for a better price the PC copy of a game released for all platforms will be cheaper on the PC than it will be on a gaming console.
Then there's the social aspects
Exist for both and it's all about what you friends use.
Back to his post:
I'm really wary on the PlayStation because of the 5 PS2s with broken optical drives sitting in my garage
Known issue with them. The Gamecube was very picky with what discs it would read instead but I guess the laser may have lived on longer there instead. Discs are kinda annoying anyway, the benefit is of course if you can sell your used games - You can't on Steam - You can however share them within "your family" at least.
I'm a Linux user for life after getting tired of their crappy operating system.
I don't see what's crappy with it. And I've used lots of Linux and BSD too.
The kids want Fallout 4, and I want Star Wars Battlefront and any version of Gran Turismo.
I assume Fallout 4 may be best on PC - how does it work with all mods on consoles?
A GTX 970 can run Star Wars Battlefront on Ultra in 2560x1440 in close to 60 FPS.
Mean-while the Xbox One run the same title in 1280x720 (at 60 FPS I guess but it's 1/4 the resolution ..)
I assume the GTX 950 I mentioned before is enough to run it at least as good as on the Xbox One.
On the PC you'll also be able to say play the new Unreal Tournament for free (and the arena style games.)
So, which gaming console should I get that will last a long time?
Wait a year and get the next Nintendo console?