As I sat here and look at my current setup I have my Wii U, PS4 and beneath both of them is the beast that is my gaming PC. Honestly, it’s my favourite platform to game on. I’m going to list my reasons why I believe it trumps the console counterparts. I also promise to try and avoid a “PC Master Race” standpoint.
So let's take a look at the glorious world of PC gaming!
Particularly with the bigger titles, especially those that were only available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Playing on the PC is the only way to get the true graphical capabilities to do them justice (if your system, particularly GPU, is beefy enough). Now I’m aware that graphics aren’t everything but when you play Bioshock Infinite and view the floating city of Columbia on the highest settings in 1920x1080, it’s very difficult to imagine it in any lower quality. Honestly I’m yet to experience any game at a lower resolution. While graphical superiority is a given with higher end systems, by far one of the greatest benefits of PC games are the prices (and subsequent sales). At the time of writing, the 2K Humble Bundle is live for the lean price of jusy $20.00, around £12.00 for us Brits. For this you get the Bioshock trilogy, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Spec Ops: The Line, Mafia II and The Darkness II, with more games yet to be announced. On consoles, altogether this bundle would cost you maybe in excess of £50.00. There are also Steam daily deals. Steam sales can admittedly bleed your wallet a bit, but it’s worth every penny and offers much better value for money than the sales available on consoles. Even new games or those yet to be released can be found for a much more satisfying price than their console rivals.
But money is one thing. Personalisation of a virtual world is another!
Let's take a look at PC Mods.
They can range from anything such as patches fixing bugs in the game, texture packs making the game look even better with regards to lighting, environment, characters and so on. Items that individuals have created can be included, a better UI (User Interface), new characters, new environments with most notable being a mod (created by Alexander J. Velicky) of his own land called 'Falskaar' for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim which took him a massive 2000 hours to create and added an extra twenty-five hours’ worth of adventuring.
I’ll give an example. Once, I attempted to hook up my Pikachu-themed Nintendo 64 (which is also my favourite console design ever) to my TV, but alas it was not meant to be. It worked for but an hour, I turned it off then came back to it to find a blank screen with the “no signal detected” flash up after a while. I honestly came close to crying but fortunately for me I remembered I could simply play them on my PC and the emulators can range from an Atari 2600 to a Wii. Of course you can configure it so your keyboard and mouse are the controls in use, which can be bested by no controller with regards to First-Person Shooter games, but you can just as easily hook up any controller you want. You can use an Xbox 360 controller if you wish, Wii remote configuration (which is a must for Wii games), even the Dualshock 4 or the Xbox One controller which only requires you to have the correct drivers installed to use. It may take some slight work and time to set up configurations but believe me it is worth it.
I still have slots for extra RAM should I ever need it, however I find 8GB is more than enough for my gaming experiences to run perfectly. If I ever run out of storage on my current hard drive (which still has over 400GB memory despite having roughly 50 games currently installed on it) I can simply add another. Actually I can put three more if I ever feel the need to do so, arranging the entire system to my needs. I will strongly suggest that if you own a PC and don’t have an SSD (Solid State Drive) for your operating system, get one and marvel at the loading times (or lack thereof). Currently I have one GPU and a XFX brand AMD Radeon HD 7870, and pretty much every game runs on “high” or “ultra” settings in full HD (1902x1080). Again, should I feel the need to I can add up to another two graphics cards or just upgrade my current one. While next-gen consoles have problems with running games at a native resolution of 1920x1080 on the PC gaming front, 4K gaming (that’s a resolution of 3840x2160 with four times as much detail as 1080p) is a playable option. Dishonored (pictured) looks magnificent like this, and this game is two-years-old now.
Even though in no way will 8K gaming be a playable concept anytime soon, it is a thing. Look at these 8K resolution screenshots for Crysis 3 from 'K putt' and try not to weep at all the glorious pixels.
Glorious PC Master Race strikes again!
Are you a PC gamer or do you stick to consoles only? What are your thoughts on PC gaming?