One of our writers honestly suggested that PC gaming is dead and that we should stick to consoles? While that person has brought up a number of points, they are primarily advantages of a console over a PC, which in no way indicates a decline of the PC as the headline suggested. Two can play at that game of course, and here are our own counterpoints:
No controllers like a keyboard and mouse
Controllers are nice and all, if you play on relaxing on a couch while playing games. That said, it’s in no way better than a keyboard mouse combination. This setup allows for greater precision than your average gamepad, not to mention the near limitless number of hotkeys (if you own a gaming keyboard) in which you can assign shortcuts to, to give you an edge over your opponents. There is no games you can’t play on it, and when pit against a console gamer, the PC gamer will always have an edge.
Perhaps the greatest aspect of owning the PC is the flexibility when it comes to upgrading your computer. You get to decide what’s important to you in enhancing your gaming experience and opt to improve that aspect of it. Want better graphics? Get a graphics card? Want games to load faster? Consider investing in more RAM or perhaps an SSD.
And from there on out, it’s a matter of configuring the settings to your preferences. If you can’t be bothered to set everything up, no problems. Programs like the GeForce Experience allows even the most casual users to have the best performance at a click of a button.
Lock and modded
Played through your favourite game? Good. Now look up mods for it. Chances are, if it’s a popular game, such as the Elder Scrolls or Fallout series, there is going to be a metric tonne of mods for it. With the right mods, the transformation of your favourite game can be astounding. New games now play differently, while for classics like Doom, it becomes almost becomes a new experience altogether. The sky is pretty much the limit here.
“But PC Gaming is expensive.”
Perhaps the biggest fallacy of them all. The fact of the matter is, prices of parts have dropped significantly in this day and age, due to economies of scale. As such you do not actually to that RM 10,000 rig with all the bells and whistles to play the latest games. You can easily get by with something that’s strung together in under RM 2000. In any case, it’s unfair to compare a RM 2000 PC and a RM 1800 Playstation 4 anyway, because you can do so much more on the computer at the end of the day. Furthemore, let’s not ignore the fact that with modern consoles, you now have to pay a nominal fee to be able to play online, meaning the cost builds up over time. Of course, you can argue the same with certain PC games as well, but this is far and few in between now, as subscription based models are no longer popular. At the end of the day, the best way to put this argument to rest is to acknowledge the fact that while PC gaming isn’t cheap, it definitely isn’t expensive either.