PC vs. Console: what to buy?

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When will it end?! The never-ending battle of supremacy over the PC’s and consoles seems to go on and on. But, finally it has come to a halting climax, but we’re here to set the record straight. We will use our incredible gaming forensics and intellect* to uncover the truth about these long time rivals and end the dispute once and for all.


Eye-candy will always be a strong selling point of any platform. How great the visuals and graphics appear from one platform to another will always result in a “mine’s better than yours” situation, but to be fair and realistic about the scenario, games on consoles look fantastic from their release day to their fateful scrapping, and while PC definitely costs an arm-and-a-leg to outpace its TV-side counterparts, the ever-developing hardware keeps PC half a step ahead of the game (no pun intended).

As much as the console fanboys will hate to admit it, PC takes this one.

Xbox vs PC

Crysis 3 (Xbox 360) vs Crysis 3 (PC)

Winner: PC


You’ve bought your brand new copy of Death Killer 12, you stare at the box, read the manual and analyse the disc all the way home. You pop it in your PC CD tray and to your dismay; the minimum requirements make your PC look like an electric toothbrush. Console owners laugh at this notion as they happily plug-and-play with little worry if their beloved home console can play the game, because it will.

I know what you’re thinking, yes the PS3 has installations, but there’s minimal clicking and configuring. Just stick it in, start it up, grab a Coke and prepare the thumbs. Console outshines PC in the accessibility department.

Winner: Consoles

Explosion GPU

Tough requirements can be obstacles for PC gamers.

Extra content

Thanks to those dedicated PC gamers and some generous game developers who leave their creations vulnerable to the wonderful world of modding, the customisation of a PC game is endless.

Modding your character in GTA to look exactly like Britney spears or Obama not only brings many extra hours of enjoyment, but a whole new dimension to a game. Some mods can alter a game so much that, for all you know, it could be a completely different title, giving new experience.

Modding even make some really bad games, good. Unfortunately the console lacks greatly in this department.

Winner: PC

Sonic GTA mod

If you can, why not?


Shelling out your college funds and telling your parents that the requirements for Microsoft Word are too extreme in order to score a new PC may be a bit of a gamble. If all else fails there is always the console. A console will give more bang-for-your-buck and will outlive the PC within the same generation.

Winner: Consoles

Fat cat money

(Pictured above) graphics card producer


At the end of the day, it all comes down to the games. The vast range of titles that you can (or can’t) get your hands on, ultimately decides your choice of platform.

In the past, great consoles with fantastic hardware (that could probably launch missiles) have failed miserably due to the complete lack of quality titles. While PC flaunts the still-untouchable Crysis, and the console boys wave their jaw-dropping Gears of War 3 and Uncharted 3 copies, one can only wonder how to settle this never ending debate.

The fact of the matter is, most games appear on all platforms, and while some benefit from specific hardware or controllers, one great exclusive always seems to even out another. For every Crysis, there’s a Killzone; for every Gears of War, there’s a Command & Conquer; so ultimately, it comes down to personal preference.

Winner: Draw

Gears Starcraft

Whether you want to be a bro-dude or a dude-bro, every platform has an option.

As much as we like to pull each other’s legs about how much better our preferred platform is than theirs, we are all here to play games and have a good time. So whether you’re an XBOT, PlaySlave or PC Fanboy, MyGaming loves you.

*No intellect whatsoever

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  • Poon

    I’ve read crap before, but this takes the cake… PC runs anything BETTER than a console! PC wins in all regards. If you want the best console experience, connect an Xbox controller to your PC, and there you go. The best Xbox 360 performance right on your pc

  • TehBrad

    I used to have this argument daily with an old work colleague of mine.

    It comes down to preference and needs.

    I play on a PC because I also browse the net, use applications (Illustrator) and use my study material. A console is not going to allow me to simulate Cisco routers and switches. I’m also not going to have a separate device to only play on. Plus I cannot do the FPS thing with a controller.

    I do play some console and console style games on my PC. Assassin’s Creed, Kingdoms of Amalur, Dark Souls etc. but I use an Xbox 360 controller to do so. They are horrid without one 😉

    PC’s are more expensive but they more uses, their games are cheaper, easily repairable and up-gradable.

    Consoles are cheaper but games are more expensive. They are aimed only at entertainment but cater for the hardcore and casual gamers. Pop a disc in and go.

    My choice is PC.

    Neither is better than the other really. They fit the user.

  • CrzWaco

    You clearly did not read the article.

  • Poon

    Clearly I did but your ignorance blinds you to it. GTFO

  • Nivek Datadin

    Got to look at next gen game requirements.
    Baseline is going to be 8gb gddr5 and close to 3 teraflop gpu to account for poor optimization.

  • http://twitter.com/jaco_vanderwalt Jaco van der Walt

    Why no Nintendo reference? It’s a strong pro-console argument because of its trend of unique console designs (Wii and Wii U). Most importantly is the sheer amount of exclusive titles available to this console: e.g. Mario, Zelda, Pokémon, Kirby, Pikmin, Donkey Kong etc which are most definitely not cross-platform. What I’m saying is that Nintendo consoles are being dismissed from the “Console” vs PC section…

  • agentrfr

    I disagree with value. For R3k you can get a mid-high level PC with a top teir AMD APU and FM2 mobo. As for games, Steam sales offer far more per rand than any console copy of a game will ever have.

    Also, if you really want you can plug an Xbox controller into a PC for certain console oriented games (Borderlands 2 etc.)

    PC > console.

  • Vorastra

    Calm down, fanboy, calm down.

  • UnskinnyBob

    What’s your formula for multiplayer console games on PC genius? As in 4 player.
    Fanbois be trollin’

  • UnskinnyBob

    Apples to pears. No playing games like COD or BF on consoles. No World of Warcrack, guildwars or any of the other MMORPGs. Some Xbox titles play well on PC with an XBox controller but there is no substitute for launching the lazy boy and kicking back with a console. Also, in console’s favor the exclusive titles as well as the fact that games that eventually get ported to PC are only ported months later. Clearly room for both in this world.

  • UnskinnyBob

    Also, how does Forza and Gran Turismo run on your PC? Hmmmm…?

  • The Rich

    I own a PC, an Xbox and a PSP and I love them all (ok not so much the PSP – that thing just gathers dust). I find that although I tend to go through phases of platform usage which largely depends on what game I’m loving at the time, my PC will always be my true love, mainly like Brad said, because of its flexibility. My PC is permanently hooked up to my big flat screen, so the missus and I can watch series, watch Youtube vids or play mp3s into our living area with the click of a button. My Xbox is great but I just can’t be assed to try and set up its media centre features and apart from that, it just doesn’t offer enough to be anything more than an occasional use gaming-only device.

  • Fnuik

    With ps3 you get ps+. For less than R500 per year you get more than 2 full games for free each month plus more discounts than you can count. No steam sale will ever beat that.
    Free games since December on ps+:
    Sleeping dogs
    Mass Effect 3
    Mortal combat
    Infamous 2
    Bioshock 2
    Dead or Alive 5
    Little Big Planet 2
    Quantum conandrum
    Motorstorm Apocalypse
    Batman Arkham City
    Ratchet n Clank

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jevon-Johnson/588645774 Jevon Johnson

    Um you could, if you had half a brain connect a usb controller hub and play it better than a console. Fact.

  • Poon

    How does Battlefield 3 and Crysis 3 run on yours?

  • Poon

    You don’t get 4 player games on console that often either clever guy… If you want to play Gears of War in 4 player, you must have Xbox live as you can only have two players per console.

    And you didn’t seriously just make a comment that multiplayer is better on a console right? (O.o).

    Uhm… Hello? Our stuff isn’t bound by some annual subscription service… Each game has an independent and free server

  • UnskinnyBob

    I’m not the one advocating one be better than the other, mate.

  • UnskinnyBob

    Name a 4 player game on PC. A USB controller hub? Derp!

  • UnskinnyBob

    Wii much?

    Did I SAY that multiplayer was better on either? Are you the product of our current educational system? Has reading gone that far backwards?!

  • Poon

    Answer the question. How does Starcraft 2 run on your console?

  • Poon

    Oh, yeah, when your argument fails, bring out the Wii! An absolute niche market consoles where their titles are not even comparable to the PS3/Xbox/PC variations. You seem to be the unintelligent one lad. And please. Finish high school before commenting on the education system that you so clearly are still under judging by your maturity.

    …It really would be sad if you’re an adult because then I question how your parents raised such a poor sod

  • UnskinnyBob

    When did I say Starcraft runs on console? YOU said PC runs anything better. I made no such foolish nonsense statements.

    Funny thing – Diablo has just been ported. Maybe Starcraft will too.

  • UnskinnyBob

    So it degenerates into insults when it loses arguments. Mature.

    FYI both XBOX360 and PS3 can pair with 4 controllers. Many sports games support 4 player games.

    The context of the article, incase you forgot, was PC vs Console. That INCLUDES the Wii.

  • Poon

    Err…. You have played games like FIFA on PC right? Totally supports 4 controllers bro on PC. So calling me a degenerate doesn’t help your case, especially since your average PC is packing way more USB ports than your console. AND THUS can do exactly as desired.

    Also, you want to include motion controllers, it should be noted that motion devices like Kinect have actually been far better utilized on the superior platform than the lame one it was initially developed for

  • Poon

    Did I say anything about Diablo? Also it hasn’t “just been ported” it’s just been announced. If you know absolutely anything at all about Starcraft then you’ll know that it will never work on console.

  • Snormossel

    “Just stick it in, start it up, grab a Coke and prepare the thumbs.” – Thats what she said!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jevon-Johnson/588645774 Jevon Johnson

    Go google it dumbass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jevon-Johnson/588645774 Jevon Johnson

    My god you think youre a know-it-all dont you?

  • UnskinnyBob

    There are none, troll. Care to share some first hand experience, or do you base everything on google results?

  • UnskinnyBob

    I’ve been stating my opinion and 1st hand experience – where do I claim to know it all?

  • UnskinnyBob

    I mention Diablo because it’s also developed by Blizzard. Deductive logic on par with your reading skills I see.

    Who cares if it does get ported? Again – you said PC runs anything better. I never stated the opposite.

  • UnskinnyBob

    Please share where you get that it totally supports 4 controllers for PC. A couple of searches indicate otherwise.

    I never called you a degenerate. Again, L2R.

    Who cares about USB? Consoles have this magic called bluetooth connecting controllers.

  • Poon

    Bru. PC’s incorporated bluetooth long before consoles.. You do know this right?

  • UnskinnyBob

    WTF does that matter? How is that relevant to the article? Just arguing for the sake of it?

  • Poon

    You’re just a troll. You obviously have no meaningful aspect of your life and I suggest you go back to mybroadband… It seems you got severely butthurt over there so you came over here to start your trolling anew

  • Werner Beukes

    SO damn true what you said. The biggest thing i have against why i don’t buy or going to buy a console is that for me, console games play a bit childlike. Difficult to explain but a good example was Crysis on PC and Crysis 2 on console. The one you had almost a simulator with arcade feel, the other was arcade style only with linear maps and you had to pick up little Statue’s of Liberty which is so console. Many people like this type of thing so Kudos to them, me as a pc player don’t like it. You can see when a game is ported and developed on a console and when it was done for a pc.
    But as you have said it’s definitely down to user preference.

  • Werner Beukes

    Why do you have to fight with other people’s choices. Let them be man.

  • UnskinnyBob

    LOL?! Mr Pot, I’d like you to meet Mr Kettle.

    I offered my opinion. I disagreed with yours and stated my case. Seems you have a problem keeping it mature and on topic.

    But if calling me names makes you feel better, shoot. Glad I can help. Someone needs to.

  • Nick

    Poon, as a fellow PC gamer, I feel I must point out that you’re being an idiot. Consoles have their perks and PC’s have their perk. It a matter of user preference. If you like just popping a disk into the thing and start playing without checking if your graphics card can run the game or if your graphics drivers are up to date..get yourself a console. If you like buying monster graphics cards and getting the max detail out of a game..get a PC.

  • Nick

    I am seriously considering to buy an xbox 720 (once it gets released), just for the Forza series (Providing the Forza series continues on the Xbox 720).

  • TehBrad

    This thread has gotten totally out of hand ;p

    Well done Jeremy. If this was a troll thread then you have succeeded with flying colours 😉

  • UnskinnyBob

    It’s their cash cow. I bet it will be one of the 720 release titles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1484350260 Jaid Orfali

    thank you :)

  • Johan du Preez

    Dude I suggest you shut up because you make all us other PC gamers look really bad. I get it you are a PC fanboy heck I am as well, I never owned a console and never plan to but sit back a bit and breathe dude….

    Its just games afterall.

  • Johan du Preez

    Borderlands 2 ?

    EDIT: oh nm saw without network play to late :)