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 Conclusion: PC is better.

The services on the PC are better because there are multiple companies competing with each other. This means that they are constantly trying to make their service the best, which is good for the consumer. You also get FREE MULTIPLAYER. If you have one service monopolizing your system, they have no competition to make their service better. Once you buy their console, they don't care what you do.

Everything that consoles can do, the PC can do better. Exclusives? Well, that's a whole 'nother story.

PC is heaps better than the lag on console


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2 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.

Consoles are in some ways more reliable to me. I'm going to give my opinion mind you, I'm considering a console vs a high end PC that can handle games at steady 60fps 4K (to where there's enough of a graphical difference to call it an improvement of the PC version over the console version). I think both platforms are equally reliable but a high end gaming PC requires a lot of maintenance if (and only if) you're expecting to be on the safe side and not to encounter heating problems (and therefore the need to replace components) on the nearest future. Having to open the PC and remove the dust from it at least once every 3 months can be a hassle, when a console, on the other hand may not need that during it's whole life spam. Because PC's tend to be functioning more time than consoles do (since they are up to for more tasks and have different uses, probably for more than only one person at home) they are more exposed to light cuts and therefore the break of the PSU is more feasible, ...more - Hellome7

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3 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.


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4 30fps is more cinematic than those PC elitists 60fps

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.

Go to settings, change limit to 30fps. :-P - JuniorBlitz99

I honestly haven't noticed a significant difference. - marmalade_skies

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5 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.

Depends on the game. And yeah, PC's can run any controller - not just 1. - marmalade_skies

This is very subjective. The problem is that PC allows you to use both options while on a console you're limited to only one. that's why PCs have the advantage here. - Hellome7

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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

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

It can also be downloaded and I still have had more console games at least work after buying it instead of hours trying to solve stuttering or crashing issues on PC

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7 Consoles lag far less than PC'S

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

Internet lag is exclusively due to your network and your internet service provider not your gaming device. Input lag can be corrected on a PC by not buying crap components, and configuring your games for performance over visual quality. T.V.'s generally have a much higher response time than gaming monitors. - Democedes

Depends on the specs and settings. - marmalade_skies

False. I'm going to keep in line with what I stated on my previous posts above, and imagine I have a true high end gaming PC. That beast will give me at least 60 steady fps and no lags at all. And console games lag, a lot by the way. They tend to aim at 30 fps and for the most part, they achieve it. But there are a number of games that don't even achieve that, and tend to fun 30 - 20 fps. - Hellome7

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8 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.

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.

The statement is correct and while it's more common to see that scenario on a console than on a PC. BUT that doesn't necessarily mean you can't do that with a PC. However, I will say that for that specific setup, unless you're willing to have a PC purely and exclusively dedicated for gaming, a console would be way more convenient. And maybe that should be the title: "consoles are more convenient for bigger TVs". - Hellome7

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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

Play rust on pc - Scotty147


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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.

WE ARE - Scotty147

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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?

Vista, 7...
Are you still in 2009 dude? Today with DirectX 12, Mantle, Vulkan and friends a good gaming experience can be reached even more easily than before, and I don't understand why some games aren't running onto your PC. It may be the classic old 300$ PC bought in discount with Vista Home edition preinstalled, that doesn't even have a GPU.

Please, don't blame others if you have a crappy PC with crappy OS.

You do know that your Xbox One runs a version of windows NT right?
Stop messing with us glorious PC Gamers and at least try to make a good point. Your lack of intelligence should humiliate all console gaming pesants.

For Windows Vista and Windows 7 I could barely get any of my games to install correctly without additional charges. I couldn't even play any of my old games that worked perfectly well on Windows XP. At that point I just found cheaper console alternatives.

Microsoft, please go back to a time when you actually cared about your computers and don't dish out this crap like Windows Vista and expect us to like it.

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12 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

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

The fact of the matter is we all like what genre of games we like. So if there are certain console games you enjoy that you can't get on the PC then game on.

I can't list every game for pc but g-mod, I am bread, age of empire(1 2 and 3) hundreds of indi games, and every moba

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13 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?

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

As I said above, no, it's not more expensive, it's cheaper but not to the point where it becomes a considerable advantage. - Hellome7

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14 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.

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.

No point it debating nonsense stuff. - Hellome7

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15 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

"You've never been to the xbox live indie store before, it seams."

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16 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.

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

You sit down to play games, right? Well, how would you rather sit? Sitting up in a chair with your hands on a table and your head normally uncomfortably close to the screen; or on a couch or gaming chair with your hands gripping a controller while in front, yet at a distance, of the T.V. screen? Want a hint? What's the name of this list? - PeterG99

Pc gamers are saying they can plug into living room tvs, but they can't, the response time is simply too slow to game on them, maybe if they're using pcs no better than consoles but that's about it

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17 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.

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

As a pc gamer, this is actually true

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18 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.

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

Sure PC's are better for shooters and sim games, but platformers, racing games, music games, beat-em ups amongst others are done better on consoles.

Yes, PC gamers will obviousley say otherwise but the only games that pc gamers will play are horror and mmos

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19 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.

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

20 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.

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