Top Ten Reasons Why Consoles Are Better Than PCs

There's already a list on why PC gaming is superior, but let's look at the other end of the spectrum on why some people still prefer to play games on consoles.

Note, I am not a console fanboy, I was actually a PC gamer before I saw what advantages consoles could offer gamers. If you prefer PC gaming more power to you. But it's not for everyone, as these reasons will show why.

The Top Ten

1 Reliability

Have fun with red-light-of-dead peasant

Said no Xbox 360 ever.

Consoles are usually more fragile than a PC. Neither should be willingly damaged though. However you can also buy pre-build PCs which do not require you to have any knowledge about building it yourself or looking for parts. You can also have a professional advise you an the parts and PCs if you don't know about them yourself. Furthermore when a console breaks it usually requires you to send it back to get it fixed or replaced, on PCs you usually can fix the problem yourself, or use the warranty as well.

First, console hardware is pretty much just modified components from PC, so PC hardware can last as much as consoles. Second, if something happends to your PC, like your CPU fried, dedicated graphics fried too, the RAM stopped working etc. In other words things most likely to happen to a console/PC, while on PC, most of those things can be ordered and easly fixed, on console, unless you are a professional, you got to send them back to the manufacturer.

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2 Cheaper

I have an inclination for consoles and here's where that's going to show up. I'll try to be as objective as possible, though. It's safe to say that a PC can be way cheaper than a PS4 both on the short and long term, after all, no one forces you to spend lots and lots of money on super high PC, when for around $200 you can build a PC based upon used components that will run most AAA games, at least on medium-low settings. But because I know most PC gamers brag about 4K and 60 stable fps (which you won't achieve with a $200 PC) and I'm not an hypocrite, I AM actually going to consider a true high end PC that can really benefit with what PCs do best: Graphics, resolutions and performance. To achieve that, I will need a huge amount of initial cash, like for example, $1000. Remember: I'm willing to build a monster PC that's going to give me not only 4K and 60fps but also the best graphics possible with some future proving (like consoles are). On that scenario, the PC will be more ...more - Hellome7

For around the same price you can have something that perform similarly to a console and can do a lot more, plus it is easier to upgrade and you can choose your parts, and buying games on Steam during sales is insanely cheaper than Game Stop and you have it as long as you have your login you'll always have your games

Terribly false, a $600 PC can run max settings 1080p, 60 FPS. If I have an Xbox One and want to play The Order 1886, I would then have to go buy a PlayStation 4. Ther you have spent an excess of $700 minimum.

Neither gaming option is better. It is a matter of preference. BOOM THE WORLD IS SHOCKED. WOW. Both sides need to stop bickering about which game system is better, and just play what they want to play. No one gets hurt.

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3 30fps is more cinematic than those PC elitists 60fps

Yes, I to Enjoy Throwing up in Vr and it is unplayable ON Fps And No It is not just 60 Fps it could be over 100 Fps But hey you Could keep your 30 fps cap

This is utterly garbage and of course comes either from a console nasty fanboy or an ignorant (with all due respect of course).

Assuming it was not sarcasm either, 30fps is far from being what makes something cinematic, cinematic. I'm not an expertise on the subject but if we want to be 100% meticulous, movies are reproduced at 24 fps, not 30. So we're starting on a wrong basis. The cinematic explanation is the one some (very few to be more precise) game developers employ to falsely justify their decision to make their game perform at 30fps. The last example I remember was The Order 1866 devs who said that to support their game. And besides it's silliness, the experience of playing at 60fps is far more gratifying and enjoyable than playing it at 30 fps. However, that only applies when we are talking about steady 60fps, since when the framerate is variable, then it's a pain. I far prefer 30 steady fps rather than variable fps (when that variation appears under then 60 fps of ...more - Hellome7

I think the only people that prefer 30 fps are people that haven't ever seen true 60 fps. If you think a game should be "cinematic" instead of smooth and responsive, then that's just your opinion and there's nothing anyone can do to change that.

Maybe 30 fps isn't fine for movies, because you aren't controlling the character! 30 fps has huge input lag. 60 fps however is smooth and clean. If you play a game on 30 fps, then 60 fps, you can feel it. By saying this stupid comment you're basically saying "I hate 60 fps. It's all smooth and clean, and has no input lag. I just hate REAL LIFE, everything's so clean and smooth. I just love limitations! "

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4 Controllers are more comfortable then keyboards

You can plug Xbox and PlayStation controllers into your PC. So, whether you prefer keyboard or controllers, you always have the option.

This depends, the keyboard and mouse are the superior input devices, but PC can use those and any controller of your choosing.

All the keys feel the same so you will end up pressing the wrong key and you have to stretch your fingers across the keyboard.

No they can break

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5 Consoles lag less than PCs

This claim is completely unfounded. Gaming PCs are not only lag-free but play games on higher settings than consoles with twice the framerate.

I love how all these idiot's are saying PC doesn't lag at all when it actually does I know this because I've played a lot of online games on pc and it lags and sometimes it loses connection

This is a joke, right?

If you are talking about internet lag, you are wrong. If you are talking about FPS drops, you are wrong.

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6 You just put the game in and play

False, you had to run to Gamestop that probably robbed you a few dollars. Meanwhile I just clicked a couple times and my game downloads in a matter on 5 minutes and I am playing.

This is true, to the point where if you deny it, you're being a fanboy. It's true that now, on consoles, it's no longer "put the disc in and play", since most games require 5 - 10 mins of installation + the download of a day-one patch (that is not always necessary to actually start and play the game, but is always advisable to download and install). However, what remains from those glory days, is the fact that when you get to start the game, you have nothing else to do to start having good times. On PC that's not the case, at least, on most cases. It doesn't mater if your PC is a beast, you will still want to enter the graphics configuration and tweak every and each item to match your ideal. You can either go crazy and max out everything like a boss, or start playing (it's trial and error) with each setting to know exactly how it impacts on the game and what can you do to improve the performance if you have constant frame drops. And that's without considering you don't have any ...more - Hellome7

Yes I agree because if you buy a physical disc for pc example I'll take gta5 it has upto 7-8 DVD's in it but per has only one disc install it and there you go in case of pc you should consider the cost of the internet

Except the day long game updates when you put the disk in.

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7 Playing on a big TV is more fun than playing on a small computer screen

PCs can be connected to any T.V. this side of 2007, and support a wide variety of wireless keyboards, mice, and gaming controllers.

Lol what? Are you stuck in 1990? Your list is already full of nonsense but this is definitely the cherry on the cake.

This is correct

PCs can play on a big T.V. as well. As a matter of fact, I could buy six huge 4k monitors, stack them 2x3 and play on a huge cinema screen-like display if I wanted to, which is something consoles could never hope to achieve.

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8 Console exclusive games

This is true. I often read how PC gamers, when for example a PS4 vs PC discussion is brought to the table, tend to mention how PC can play more games than a PS4 since they can play older games. And I always found that pretty unfair for the general debate. I like to compare apples with apples to be honest. And if the PS4 was released back in 2013 and we are comparing with the PC's library, we should compare it with the library of PC games released after 2013. When PC gamers debate these subjects with me, I usually tend to "win" the argument since well, I practically own all consoles released from the 90s to now and have access to almost all those games PC could play and I couldn't if I would only own a PS4, and that scenario is practically shared by a lot of console people. That argument is only valid, to be perfectly honest with you, when you're talking with a guy who right now, doesn't own neither a console nor a PC and wants to get to gaming. And probably these guy (which ...more - Hellome7

PC has just as many exclusives, if not more. We have titles such as We Happy Few, Undertale, They are Billions and plenty more. Consoles have great exclusives too, but we have just as many great games that consoles unfortunately just don't have access to.

Emulators. - Crovento

Most of my favorite games of all time are PC exclusives. There has only been two console exclusives that I felt I was missing something. - Democedes

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9 Consoles are better for multi-player games

When we relate "multi plat" to play split screen or with a friend next to you, yes, consoles tend to ease the process a little bit. But if we are talking about online multiplayer, then the equation gets a bit more difficult to clear out. Lets state a very simple fact: Online MP on PC is free, on consoles it's not. However, on PS4 for example (which is the console I own and know about), the online service is practically $4 per month if you buy a 1 year subscription (which is $52). Is that too much for PC gamers to brag about when they mention how PC online systems are free? I don't think so to be honest. So I would not necessarily consider the free online system a considerable advantage for the PC platform over the consoles, something that you know, I wouldn't put on the table to decide which platform buy. If you can't afford paying $4 per month (but afford spending $1000 on a super high end PC, lol) then hey, go for the PC. Back on topic, I just can't say which experience ...more - Hellome7

Umm, Pc games have support for local network games too. PC's can connect to ANY display with a video input slot, AND can use controllers. Not everyone sits at a desk to play PC games

Seriously - Chuckme

Consoles are the best way to play multi-player games with large community and free of cheaters or hackers.

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10 Console gamers aren't as big elitists

False, look on a Grand Theft Auto V post from IGN and tell me different.

That's true and it's why I think the console community is healthier. I mean, between integrates of the same community you won't suffer this problems, but when someone oblivious to everything stares to see both communities, then the PC community tends to stay a bit more insufferable, with stuff like "masterrace" or how they feel superior for having access to all previous console games (backwards compatibility maybe? ), better graphics, mods, customisation, etc, making you how consoles gamers are peasants, inferior consoles. It's ridiculous and it just make them look really stupid for thinking playing a video game on a specific platform makes them better. It's true there are a lot of console people who, on the other hand, brag about the exclusives and stuff, but in most cases, believe me, PC gamers tend to start the fight of provoke. - Hellome7

Most of those people are trolls, nobody I've ever played with on PC is actually like that.

Not all console players are console peasants, but you are. - Crovento

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The Contenders

11 Microsoft stopped giving a crap after Windows XP

You do know that it's not just Microsoft that makes PCs, right?

Microsoft DirectX 12. Porting Halo and Xbox exclusives games to PC. No need to say more - Diogogame

Have you heard of Linux, Mac, or the many other OS's out there. Windows 7 came out after XP and is still superior to any console OS. - Rewhirl

LIE DETECTED

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12 Console charges royalty for Online Multiplayer/Co-op

You can't work with a friend even if just two houses away, they have to come over and take half your screen.

Isn't this just proving that PC is better? Nobody wants to pay extra for playing with their friends. To be honest, I only found the console appealing when I was younger, but now, everybody just uses PC. - CommonSenseADurr

Every console charages extra for online, the pc does not, the only console now days that does not charge for online is the Wii U. - 170253

Every console charages extra for online, the pc does not, the only console now days that does not charge for online is the Wii U and ps3

13 PCs are really slow

Maybe if you stop surfing the wrong porn sites and downloading bluntware by skipping through install window of certain software you wouldn't have a lag issue.

Try not using a raspberry pi

Sorry but most people who work can afford something that doesn't resemble and function like a potato.

Speed is literally the fundamental thing PCs do WAYY better than consoles.

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14 Pro soles run at a measly 4K 60 FPS, while consoles run at a godlike 1080P 30 FPS, and you have to give the company money to play online, and all PC sites and games that you can play online for free are all ripoffs.

Wow... Well if this is sarcasm it is funny but if it is real just wow

Haha this made me laugh - CommonSenseADurr

15 PCs online gaming is more expensive

False, I have played numerous games online and not paid a penny past ISP and initial game purchase. Xbox live and PSN have a annual subscription that is mandatory for online play.

How is $0 a year more expensive than $50/$60 a year?

False, look at Steam sales.

Are you retarded? PC gaming online is 100% FREE. On console, you have to pay for membership in order to play online.

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16 30 FPS is more smooth than 60 FPS

More smooth?! Dude, I'm speach less... DID YOU EVER SAW AN IMAGE AT 60fps? - Diogogame

Guys, go easy on this dude. They're obviously retarded. - CommonSenseADurr

Is this a joke? 60fps is better than 30

Yeah, no, look at a comparison. If you love it that much there is an option to lock it at 30 on PC. - Rewhirl

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17 Popular games neglect PC

This depends on the developer. Developers such as Valve and CD Projekt work to optimise their games for the PC, so that PC gamers can see the potential and vision of the game, and then release a downgraded version suited for console. Other developers such as Rocksteady optimise their games for console. If they do release on PC, it will only be a slight upgrade. This is a developer problem, not a PC problem. Mods will come to fix or upgrade the PC experience.

PUBG, Minecraft, CS:GO, Dota, World of Warcraft, and League, just to name a few. Have you researched anything? - Rewhirl

right

18 You get to play with friends

More of my friends tend to use PC. Besides, with crossplay, can't you basically just play games with anyone despite the console? If I wanted to, I can pop in Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition and join people on Switch, Xbox or mobile. - CommonSenseADurr

But what if you don't have friends?

You can play with friends on consoles. - USGC

What, you can play with friends on PC too.

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19 Better FPS

Consoles can't go past 60 fps. Pcs go beyond 240. - Crovento

LIE DETECTED

What? No. Xbox runs most games at 30fps or lower.

No it's not because you can get a high end pc and clearly get a higher fps or a 400$ budget build and still get higher fps than xbox one or ps4 with a 1050 ti you can run Grand Theft Auto V on very high graphic and still get 50 - 80 fps - Rawrakien

20 Consoles are better at more gaming genres

False, PC is better at most games genres than console. Watch the Unreal Tournament players and tell me consoles are better for shooters. Consoles are better for sports games and fighting, but that is why you can plug a controller into a PC. In the end the console has no advantage here.

LIE DETECTED

Porn - Scotty147

Wel to you console peasants you have only shooters and platformers that's all

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21 PC has tons of shovelware games

True, but you don't have to install it.

Shovelware is fine! It's just like playing a console disc!

Not a strong argument. Nobody's forcing you to play them., - marmalade_skies

We may have shovelware, but the only strategy game you have is Civilization Revolution.

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22 Sitting down

I sit on a leather couch all the time and play my PC. This is about the most retarded and desperate reason for console advantage.

My monitor was very old, and my new gpu doesn't handle it. So, now I plug to the T.V. and play. - Diogogame

Can always hook up PC to living room T.V. - marmalade_skies

Lie detected. - USGC

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23 Less freezing

False, my PC hasn't frozen once since I built it. However, my roommate plays on a Potato 1 and his console freezes every now and then.

Both platforms suffer from the same things, one is not less than the other when it comes to software. If any freezing occurs at all, it would be on your console seeing as how it's hardware was outdated and inferior to PC's since the day it was released. - Rewhirl

Do you remember the infamous fortnite freezes of the xbox one? - Crovento

I bought a pc because my console would freeze all the time...

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24 Consoles are just overall cheaper

It's actually true! You know, just not including the controllers, online subscription fee, expensive prices for games, or the console itself, if you're comparing it to a budget build PC.
>.o - CommonSenseADurr

Here's a $448 PC that will easily run games at double the graphical fidelity any console will. I gave myself a $60 margin of error due to the fact that that's the cost of playing online for you. Not even to speak of the amount of money you'll save on things like steam sales. Consoles are cheap? What a joke. - Rewhirl

False. There's builds that provide the exact same speed as the PS4/Xbox One, except you pay 100 DOLLARS LESS for the privilege. On top of that, consoles are WAYYY more expensive in the long run because you have to pay for membership to play online.

Very well said

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25 HD televisions have higher resolutions than small PC monitors

False, most consoles play at 720p, while PCS are getting 4k, 8k resolutions.

First, false. Second, just use a T.V. with your PC if it bothers you that much. - CommonSenseADurr

Since when? Even in a universe where this was true, you can hook your PC up to a T.V.. - Rewhirl

You can play your PC on any modern television - marmalade_skies

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26 Console gamers don't care about which one is better, they only want to have fun

Same for PC. I like both, let's just stop this pointless arguing and respect each other

PC gamers do the same, however we don't have to make top ten lists of why they're better, we just know they're better

-_- You guys need to drink bleach. - TriggerTrashKid

Same for PC. We as gamers should really just enjoy whatever we play on. We are all just trying to have some fun after all. - Rewhirl

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27 Nerds

You're the one to talk. All your friends are online. Console Pesants

Nerds. You don't play on a PC because of nerds. Oh yeah, I play on a console, because of NERDS. Is this a joke? - PythonProgrammer23

At this point, you are not truly a gamer. - USGC

That is true!

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28 Easy to setup

It's easier? Sure it is, only to console peasants who don't even know what an IO shield or even hdmi is.

What?

Its conveniencel and easy to setup,not need too many upgrades. And also,PC can do anything than gaming like watch movies,documents,listen music and more but you can do these on others device like laptop,smartphones and tablets nowadays these days,not need go for PC for do anything that others device can do.

29 Consoles are more powerful

They are more powerful. Simple.

So hardware that was five years outdated when it first came out is better than hardware form 2018. - Crovento

False. - CommonSenseADurr

They get at least 60fps at 1080p no matter what

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30 Consoles run faster

No they do not

I don't know why I found this so funny

31 Some people may say that pc has more exclusives but console exclusives are much better.

Uncharted 4 got game of the year. That is your only bragging point. - Crovento

If you love them that much, just enjoy games at better resolutions and frame rates on PC than use an emulator later on for the exclusives. - Rewhirl

Oh, console exclusives are better? You mean those no good, unoriginal, action adventure games? Right... While on PC we have genres you're missing out on, plus unique exclusives. - Modainium

That is subjective and some might find pc exclusives to be better

Oh, console exclusives are better? You mean those no good, unoriginal, action adventure games? Right... While on PC we have genres you're missing out on, plus unique exclusives. - Modainium

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32 consoles get better each generation and pcs just stays the same

Wrong. You can choose when to upgrade, and you can still play your games when a new generation comes out. Since I made the choice of screwing myself over by buying an Xbox One S, I couldn't play most Xbox 360 games and kept on having to check some idiotic backwards compatibility list just to check if a game would work or not. With PC, you can play games both old and new regardless of what you have. If your specs are outdated, all you have to do is upgrade your PC instead of buying a new console. If your Windows (or another OS is outdated), all you had to do is just upgrade it, which would still allow you to keep all your stuff for free. (Microsoft even let people upgrade to Windows 10 for free! ) - CommonSenseADurr

Really what about ps3? The last gen PlayStation2 was way better than the ps3 - Chuckme

Your right. Nvidia isn't releasing new gpus for PC. Intel isn't releasing new CPUs. PCs from the 90s are the same as mothern day PCs... DUMB! OF COURSE THEY aren't DIFERENT! AND PC BRANDS TRY TO INOVATE, TO COMPETE TO EACH OTHER! - Diogogame

LIES! LIES! ANNOYING LIES BY CONSOLE PEASANTS! - PythonProgrammer23

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33 Convenience

Just turn it on, go to the game and play. PC has its convenience too, but its not same "plug-and-play" feel that consoles have.

A prebuilt pc is basically a plug and play. its almost the same as the convenience of a console. also laptops have more conveniance because they're portable

34 Consoles are made for gaming

My GTX 1070 GPU is made for gaming. - Diogogame

Consoles are made for gaming pc is not.

35 Consoles have cooler names

... Oh really? Tell that to my GTX 1070 in my ASROCK Z97 motherboard. There are stupid names, but there aren't cool names. - Diogogame

Correction, There aren't cooler nemes on consoles than on PC, every name is cool if you like your device. - Diogogame

36 It is harder to type and spread misinformation on the Internet
37 Consoles are more competitive

When you hit GE your a pro, If your playing Call of Duty with a bunch of 5 year olds then that's not a competitive game. Games like CS, League, Dota, and Dirty Bomb have real teams that play them along with there own strats for each game. For me I'm GE in CS GO so... That shows a lot of competitiveness

38 PC games can be modified

That's a good thing... - CommonSenseADurr

This is supposed to be a bad thing?

A lot of trainers and mods are there just see how amazing Grand Theft Auto v is with those mods and compare it to stupid console

That is good! What, do you have something against coding? - PythonProgrammer23

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39 You don't have to do all this research for the same experience at the same cost.

You should. You can get a budget build, that's cheaper and more powerful. Better bang for your buck. Not doing research is lazy, and a quick way to get screwed over. It's like saying you bought the latest iPhone without even comparing it to the competition because "Apple is good." - CommonSenseADurr

Your so damn wrong

Sure you may not have to research for the console, but at the same time, you don't get to choose how that console runs, nor do you get to customize it. Also, all that research? You are kidding right? I can google search one phrase right now, and find all of the information I need to buy/build a PC. This argument is unfounded, and invalid.

With consoles, you don't have to do hours of research to figure out how it works in order to get the "Best deal"
And the reward is not at all worth the research.

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40 Pc has an older community

I NEVER GAMED ON A CONSOLE. ONLY IN MY COUSIN HOUSE. - Diogogame

Trust me, that's a good thing. - CommonSenseADurr

Less squeakers. - Crovento

This is a joke, right?

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41 Better Graphics and mod support

That is completely wrong, you can't upgrade/download physical hardware with updates

Youve got to be joking, right? Pcs are specifically made for graphical excellence and mod support. The titan V is 20 times more powerful than the xbox one x, and that's judt one card! - Crovento

Consoles have optimized 4k hypermotors and ram gets patched every week or so, also you can download the best gpu for the game you are playing on consoles, by the way mods are easier to install on a ps4 than on pc

42 Consoles are easier to buy

But, can't run new games that aren't released on their console. If a game is going to be releasing in the PS5 by example. You can't play it on your PS4 even if the hardware handles it. Since PC is always the same platform (with improvements), I'm able to have my Farming Simulator 2019 (2018) togheder with Star Wars Battlefront II (2005). I can play games that were released on 2000 in the Pc platform while you can't play them if it isn't released on your console (a game released on the PS2 on 2002, you can't play it if it isn't released in your PS4, but if it was released on PC in that time, I could be able to play it). If my Pc can't handle a game to outdated hardware, I just upgrade it (it can be just some extra cheap memory or higher gpu, but it will be able to run it) your PS4? When the PS5 releases and a game is launched on the platform, even if your PS4 hardware just need 2GB extra of memory to run it, you gotta buy the new console to play it no matter what (300 at least! ) - Diogogame

43 Ps4 is portable and easy to carry around unlike the PC

Then buy a laptop - Chuckme

And? it is just smaller... And never heard of Mini ITX PCs cases? - Diogogame

Labtops dude

44 You need internet more on a PC

Well at least the 'internet more' doesn't cost $60 more A MONTH

I agree

45 Consoles can run games better

At 30FPS MAX? I'm getting 60 fps on PC... With the quality settings I want. I'm not stucked to min-mid in order to get... a playable game. And tell that to your 2010 hardware. - Diogogame

46 Easier controls
47 Paid online means that Sony can run the server Owo

No, Sony and Microsoft only run servers for their first party games, and they get the money from the sale of the game and microtransactions, in other words, from the game itself. The developers of the third-party games are the ones that pay and keep the servers, and they don't see a penny of those 60$. Your console makers LOCK you from playing the game you bought, with the internet connection you are paying, on the console you paid them for, on the T.V. screen/Monitor you also paid for, to force you to give them 60$ because you got no choice if you want to play online. - Diogogame

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