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

Really, if one *tiny* thing is wrong on the PC (which it usually is, for people who don't care enough to dedicate an entire day to research), it's useless. With consoles, they are made by professionals, who lose EVERYTHING if they don't do it right. Even if they do, you can still have it fixed or replaced with only a few hours maximum wait.

Consoles also don't require memorizing the entire specs of it just to play Morrowind, for example. To play Morrowind on a PC nowadays, you have to physically alter the computer and game. With consoles, it works fine the second you pop it into the tray.

PCs just aren't reliable enough to be worth the extra time and money.

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.

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.

Plug and play my game straight away on consol. on pc ill be spending a week playing with settings and trying to figure out why I have lag and freezes on hardware that should be able to play the game on ultra settings.

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

Going back to the technical requirements to keep your PC up to date to play games you need to be prepared to splash out money to get these necessary components for the games to even be playable. Consoles keep required add-ons to a bare minimum and most games can be played with just a console.

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.

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.

3 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

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.

This is RIDICULOUS! What are you on about, the only thing I think when I see 30 fps is: wow, I wish I had this game on pc. On my pc I can run cs:go at 263 fps without lagging at all, and console is locked at 30.

I cannot agree with this at all, 60fps feels far more natural, and I have seen plenty of cinematic 60fps video's.

4 Controllers are more comfortable then keyboards

Console controllers are evil. There is no way to operate them properly. They ruins everything a console could offer, bringing suffering and hate. While the keyboard and mouse are godlike, useful in everything.

Personally, the keyboard feels clunky, with too many buttons, and was designed for typing with two hands. I am personally fine with a mouse, but the keyboard is clunky and awful

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.

5 Consoles lag less than PCs

You do understand what lag is, right? Lag is the time it takes for something you do on any machine to be transferred to the server which the game is hosted on. What you're talking about is frame rate, and no, neither one "lags" less than the other seeing as how PC's are just much more powerful than consoles and can handle a stable 60fps while your consoles are continuously locked at 30. No difference at all.

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.

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.

Well that's bs. Consoles may have a steady frame rate but its just not true that consoles get more fps and play on higher settings with a PC you can run Grand Theft Auto 5 in 4K at 60 FPS. (Better than your consoles 30 FPS) There are so many more games that prove this but I wont go in to it. Also PCs do stop lagging, if you have a good one.

6 You just put the game in and play

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

The reality with PCs is very different. You need a list on technical requirements like a more advanced graphics card or a higher power processor. This takes time and money and likely a fair share of error messages during installation. For consoles though you just put the game in and play it. Much easier.

You put in the game. You wait for it to download. The console turns off on its own. You have to turn on the console again to resume it. It takes 99+ hours according to the console because somebody else is using the internet. This can all be avoided by using an ethernet cable.

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.

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

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".

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.

With HDMI you pretty much can connect to anything, and that is a standard port, you aren't limited. Also there is higher refresh rates on monitors, as well as Gsync and Free sync, but console players don't understand because they can't get 144 FPS on low settings

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

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 certainly ...more

Most of the new games are becoming exclusive to the console. But seriously the only reason of not playing on a computer is the new dualshock 4 with those 2 new r2 buttons.Computers are gonna copy it but till then ps4 is the gaming device for me. Plus I really hate pc because of their fans who are constantly writing down pcmasterface and always ready for a fight with people who prefer to play on consoles.

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.

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.

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

Isn't it more fun to get people playing all around the T.V. than having them huddle up to a small computer screen? Sure the PC has online multi-player, but what about playing with your buddies? Local multi-player should not be forgotten here.

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

If you have a PC, you can only play online with other people. On the other hand, you can play with a friend that is right next to you which is also called playing locally.

10 Console gamers aren't as big elitists

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.

Oh look, the amount of PC fanboys who refuse to acknowledge anyone with the AUDACITY to prefer playing on consoles. Blasphemy!
To the next PC elitist who's first instinct is to downrate every item on this list, I implore you to try and be civil and show some common decency, otherwise you're just reinforcing this point.

Everywhere I go, I see PC gamers putting people down just because they don't give two cents about slightly better framerates, and/or can't afford to buy a pre-built one.

I mean, when's the last time you've seen a console player do that?

With people like you, they are. Don't let a community drive you away from a system. Just because people like you exist doesn't mean I still don't play Horizon Zero Dawn on my PS4 or Halo on my Xbox.

The Contenders
11 Microsoft stopped giving a crap after Windows XP

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.

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.

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.

12 Console charges royalty for Online Multiplayer/Co-op

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.

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.

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.

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

They take as long as Gabe Newell does to get from one side of a room to another while loading

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

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

15 PCs online gaming is more expensive

Games with online servers (like World of Warcraft for example) charge monthly fees for just that game. For PS3 the online is free and for Xbox Live you pay a charge and have access to all online games.

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.

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

I hope your joking because if you are then that is legitimately funny.

16 30 FPS is more smooth than 60 FPS

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

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

Is this a joke? 60fps is better than 30

your gay

17 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.

What, you can play with friends on PC too.

You can play with friends on consoles.

But what if you don't have friends?

18 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?

19 Better FPS

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

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

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

20 Consoles are better at more gaming genres

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.

Consoles are better for shooters

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

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

21 Sitting down

A: I don't know anyone in the world who stands up and plays on their PC.
B: Isn't that good for you, when all you do in your young life is sit inside and play bloody games rated M?

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.

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?

Lie detected.

22 PC has tons of shovelware games

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

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

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

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

23 Less freezing

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.

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...

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

24 HD televisions have higher resolutions than small PC monitors

You can play PC on any display you can possibly imagine. You can even stack monitors/plasma screens on top of each other to make a huge cinema screen-like display. Plus, PCs can play at 4K, whereas consoles cannot. Sure, the PS4 pro and the Scorpio will provide 4k, but it'll likely be with shady loopholes.

The highest resolution display is a 32 inch Dell Ultrasharp 8K monitor

You can play your PC on any modern television

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

25 Consoles are just overall cheaper

The problem here is that all these issues are separated. Sure, a pc can be cheaper and a pc can connect to the T.V. and generally a pc can run games at higher graphics without failing, but it can't do everything together. If you want your pc to perfectly run every game at high graphical settings on a television with a controller, it's gonna cost way more than a console will, and that's why I just prefer console gaming. It gives me all of the points made above at a reasonable cost.

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.

PCs are more expensive, but console gamers constantly have to buy a new console to play new games. PC gamers buy one PC, and get all of the new games on Steam, and have you console gamers seen the cheap game prices us PC gamers get. Overall, you will spend less money on PC gaming.

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.

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