Have you ever heard or been part of a console war discussion? It is mostly about people trying to convince others that their favorite console is the best and that all the others are trash. The longer this argument goes on the more people join in to leave their opinion on the best gaming platform. In the end, you have many hostile comments that don’t even explain why they like a certain console over another. While gamers love to argue about consoles, there are some legitimate reasons people choose one over the others. I am going to list a few here.
One argument you will often hear is that the performance of PCs outranks any current consoles and that the power of a gaming platform is important, especially by the increasing quality of games. While I agree that recent consoles should be able to run games properly, for me the power of a console is not such an important point as long as the game runs fluidly.
Just like me, many choose a gaming platform according to what most of your friends own. Who doesn’t enjoy playing video games with their friends, after all? Sadly cross play is not a prominent feature so choosing or sticking to a console where you can play with most of your friends is an efficient move.
Purchasing a gaming system isn’t cheap, so if you have to look at the price you probably don’t want to buy a PC since they are more expensive than consoles. It might only be cheaper if you build one yourself, but you still have to search and buy all the parts plus put them together, which might be easy for some but not for me. The easier and mostly cheaper way to get access to video games is to get a console, and if you can get it a year after release it’s cheaper still.
The most important point is the games you can play on each platform. What is the best console without games? Some games are exclusives to a console, so if you want to play a specific game you might be forced to get that console, which sucks for the consumer but is a good marketing move.
“The name of the game is the game.” – Nintendo
A small number of individuals might choose according to the company, so if they already like Microsoft they are likely to choose an Xbox. The name of a console can make a difference too. When I had to decide between Xbox 360 and PS3 I didn’t have the knowledge mentioned above so in my mind a PlayStation sounded cooler, which is what I settled for.
As you can see there are many variables or rather personal preferences, that determine what gaming system everyone chooses. For me personally, I stuck with PlayStation because of the exclusives and the many dear friends I made on PlaystationNetwork. To be honest, it doesn’t matter at all which console or PC you use to play video games on, the most important aspect is that you are satisfied with your purchase and that you can enjoy playing video games to the fullest.