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PC or console: which is better?
PC or console: which is better?

PC or console: which is better?
Every gamer has to decide: PC, console or both. You can argue about which is better, and it's the kind of debate that roundtable debates - what's cheaper, has the best graphics, or the best multiplayer competition? When it comes to deciding whether to buy a console or a gaming PC, we will help you decide what is best for you by thoroughly analyzing the PC vs. console debate.
Three things to keep in mind
Regardless of whether you plan to use a console or a PC, enjoying the game is important. Considerations such as your budget, technical skills, and available upgrades all play a role in determining how you can enjoy the game.

PC and console gamers both want the best value for money, but what that looks like and how it is measured is different for each group. For a console gamer, the cost is usually limited to purchasing the console, additional controllers, games, and perhaps online multiplayer passes. There are a wide variety of purchase options for a PC gamer, especially if you decide to build your own computer. Nevertheless, not every PC gamer has his own, individually built machine.

With so many options and different values, it is impossible to say whether PCs or consoles are cheaper. It all depends on the individual case. The level of customization and performance you are looking for will determine the size of the budget necessary to get the platform you want.     

technical skills

In general, PC games

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need more technical skills than console gamers. Although it is possible to have a console throughAdding new hardware to modify, it is usually not necessary. Console gamers need to be able to install the sequel or update of their games. PC gamers require at least a minimum level of technical skill, even if they have purchased a pre-configured gaming computer. And by technical skills, we don't mean the knowledge of writing HTML code, but the ability to set up a computer with a general concept of how it works. A PC gamer might also want to upgrade hardware components and install new drivers for these components, which requires intermediate knowledge.

It is possible to add new hardware to a console with minimal technical skills. With a PC, the upgrades can be much more complex. Each hardware component can be upgraded, along with other cosmetic features such as the case of the system. 
Benefits of console gaming
Consoles offer several advantages over PCs. They're easy to use, don't require upgrades, many friends have consoles too, so these are easy to play with, they're generally cheaper, and wireless controllers allow you to have a more active experience.

        1. Consoles are simple, easy to use, and inexpensive

Many gamers choose the console because it is easy to set up and easy to maintain. Console games can be launched minutes after the system is unpacked. You don't have to tinker with it or have technical skills to have fun.

Although the cost of consoles and PCs is controversial, consoles typically cost less than gaming PCs. Plus, newer consoles can be used to stream movies, TV shows, and music - another perk to owning a console. 
2. There is no need to upgrade the hardware

You can keep playing your games without worrying about outdated hardware components. In contrast to gaming on a PC, which may require upgrades as PC games are further developed, consoles are built by the manufacturer with the necessary system requirements. However, the console manufacturers will bring new consoles to the market according to technological developments, so there is still a risk that old consoles will not be supported by new games. The time between the new console versions depends on the manufacturer. So console gamers will have to consider whether or not to upgrade when the latest system is released.

Additionally, over time, many console gamers will have a proper console collection to play games across systems. The lack of backwards compatibility or the ability to play games on newer generation machines released for previous generation consoles means that gamers are often forced to upgrade.

3. Brings gaming closer to a wide audience and also improves multiplayer mode

Most of your friends have console systems too. It's easy to get friends together to play, and consoles are set up for multiplayer games.
4. Titles intended for consoles only

It is true that some games are not available for PC, but only for consoles. Before committing to a console, consider which systems offer the games you like, as not all consoles offer the same selection of games.

5. Wireless controllers

Wireless controllers allow you to be more active while playing. Many consoles have games that increase your physical activity and skills.
Benefits of PC gaming
PCs have several advantages: you can customize your PC, the graphics are crisper and more lifelike, peripherals are more accurate than a console, and you can change your games.

        1. You can configure the PC hardware individually

By building your own gaming PC, you can choose where, when and how much to invest in your computer. Some gamers invest in maintaining a very high quality computer and prefer to run the latest versions of games with the best possible settings. While others invest in an inexpensive gaming PC and only upgrade when necessary.
2. The graphics are better

It is one thing to beat the competition, but another to experience it with the best possible resolution.

Whether with integrated graphics or with a graphics processor (GPU) or graphics card, you are in control of how sharp the footage is. You can also play on multiple screens at the same time on a PC.
3. You control the way you play - with gaming peripherals

In contrast to consoles, which can restrict the way you play, PC users benefit from a large number of controllers and mice to choose from. Gamers who want to sit back and relax can enjoy the freedom of wireless controllers, joysticks, and even a steering wheel for racing games, just like most consoles can. However, when precision matters, PC users can use a gaming mouse. Gaming mice are particularly precise and allow you unrivaled control and accuracy in first person shooter games. These are often preferred by professional gamers who cannot afford to have less than perfect precision.

4. You can customize your equipment or your game

You can change the look of your PC, and in many games you can also change the gameplay by modding the game itself.

Imagine chasing opponents on a new map or swapping different character skins to add personality to your game. Often times, you can download other gamers' mods so that you don't even have to bother yourself. All of this is possible by delving deeper into the game and mods.
5. PC games cost less

While many gamers first think about the cost of building a PC, one of the less discussed benefits of PC gaming is the cost of PC gaming. Since numerous digital distribution platforms offer PC games, gamers can compare the offers and many find that PC games are cheaper than their console-specific versions. 
The winner?
In the epic battle between console and PC, consider not only budget, but also the overall experience you want. As a gamer, is it all about usability? Or about the cost? Multiplayer Online Gaming? Do you like it or are you interested in upgrading a computer yourself? Most of us here at Crucial® prefer PC games to console games, but we're all into games. No matter how you choose, the most important thing is to play.
1 One way to upgrade a console is to install an SSD, but some devices may void the device's warranty. However, this is often a small price to pay for faster, more secure performance. Learn more about the benefits of upgrading your console's SSD.

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