In the past few years consoles have taken the gaming world by storm, with some honorable mentions being the release of the Nintendo Switch in early 2020, and then the PS5 coming out at the end of the year and selling out almost instantly. The specs and accessibility of these consoles are constantly improving, and it does leave some questioning where PC gaming stands if it still stands at all. So let’s take some factors into account and see.
Every few years there tends to be a new console release, and each new release brings big changes from the last generation of consoles. It is only speculation on what the next generation will bring after the release of the PS5 and the quality it has brought to the market, as well as the Xbox One X series. For PC gaming, however, there is never a full console to be released, rather you have parts you can buy to set up and improve your console. Of course, there are Gaming setups you can already buy, but these are not tailored to your needs and the games specs you might personally need. Building and upgrading a PC can get very expensive as well, although the PS5 is the most expensive console of this brand at £449.99 ($499.99), which is the exact same price as the latest Xbox console. Although this is expensive, you get everything you need for the console in one, apart from the games. For PC, the latest graphics card released costs £1749.99, and that is just one component needed to build a whole gaming PC.
With each new console that is released, there seem to be new games to go with it. The PS4 saw the revival of Crash Bandicoot, the Nintendo Switch brought a new Animal Crossing that brought millions of people together all over the world. However, this does give PC gaming the advantage, as there is no lost data or games with each new release, as you can just upgrade different parts of your setup and keep the old parts with the data on it. This is something that consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation are only just introducing with their digital copy of games, and even fully digitalized version of their consoles. Consoles also tend to come with a guarantee of certain games, as they don’t have the same range available to them that PC gaming does, so when a game is released for a console that does well, such as Call of Duty or God of war, the brand will offer them a contract to keep pushing out more games. You also have to consider what you can do with the games on each platform. Both platforms offer multiplayer and online versions, as well as single-player or story-mode games, but PC also allows you to play across multiple different accounts from one console for games such as Rise of Kingdoms. For console games, you can only be logged in to one account at a time, and when you log out of that account, you can’t access the game data connected to that account. But for Pc, you can play multiple accounts by using Rise of Kingdoms PC version which can help you to increase your score rapidly.
With the progression of technology there has been a massive progression in quality when it comes to games, just compare the likes of PS1 games such as Metal Gear to PS5 games such as Demon’s Souls. Graphics, sound quality, voice acting, and levels have all improved drastically over the years, but a Pc is more versatile in that when a new graphics card is released, you can update your software with it almost immediately (depending on if your other components can run it). For the console, the graphics you buy at the start, are the graphics you will still have by the time the next console comes out, whether that is three or five years later. However, the quality for new consoles are always the best they can be, and this certainly rings true for PlayStation’s and Xbox’s latest releases and can only leave fans speculating what the next consoles will be like when they are released. Not only that, but the consoles will be able to run any games that are released for them as these games are made for the specs of the console, but for PC gaming the newest big names in games, such as The Witcher series, makes its games for the best specs it can, so if your hardware is old, then you won’t be able to play any new games until you update it, which can be expensive as mentioned before.
Considering all this, it is hard to judge whether or not PC gaming has been toppled by console gaming, as they both individually have their pros and cons, and it is down more to your own preferences, and how much you are willing to pay for it. But the new consoles from PlayStation and Xbox certainly are good competitors to PC and will continue to be so in the future.