You go to the store, put in your disk,
People still do that in the 21st century?
I never count on a game's launch being a window to actually get to play said games, reliably.
Fair point. I don't buy games at launch, because why buy $60 games? I do see this complaint frequently in reviews of console ports, but that was sort of the "not made by EA" jab. NMS just has no excuse.
You're also not factoring in cheats and hacks, which are HUGE factors for multiplayer PC gaming, that almost never effect consoles. Several high-profile AAA titles are sometimes nearly unplayable only because the mp component is on the PC, such as GTA V.
I was going to object "that's why on PCs you can run your own server", but I guess that ability is vanishing. Still, there are planty of multi-player PC games that aren't overrun by cheaters - if the vendor insists on running the servers, then they're signing up to police cheating. Very popular games like LoL don't have this issue, after all.
If you're just some random person, not too tech savvy, the process for installing and updating a GPU + drivers is far more advanced than simply confirming a mandatory install for a console's OS.
Sure, you need to buy an actual gaming PC, but GPU drivers come via Windows Update these days. So that's about the same.