Posted by fugitsu-blackhole
Posted by DMG
Not necessarily true. Oh sure it costs more to build a gaming rig, of course. However, when you are not gaming, you can do anything else you would normally do on a PC. You can not however do that on a console. It is a machine designed primarily for one thing, gaming. Sure you can browse the internet, rent movies, download games etc... But they aren't nearly as versatile as a PC. So to say it is "a smarter choice" is not completely true. I have several friends who simply prefer playing on their PC, they hate using a controller. So a console may not be the "smartest" choice for them, and vice versa.
As for upgrading every two years, that doesn't seem to be the case at the moment. Infact, I think games (graphics wise) sort of plateaued in 2007 when Crysis (although technologically ahead of it's time when released) hit the shelfs. If your PC could max Crysis in 2007, you can max any game out at the moment. A decent rig will last for years, and should you need to upgrade, usually just a new video card is in order. Besides, it really doesn't take much nowadays to run new games at max, it's high AA/AF at high resolutions that really take a toll on your card.
Anyways, that's my opinion on the matter. Like I mentioned before, I have a 360, PS3, and a PC that i play games on, I try not to be biased. Racing, third person, fighting etc, I prefer a controller, first person shooters however, mouse/keyboard all the way.
See now I'm talking mainly about gaming. I was not talking about the extra little features that each platform has. Besides, for the upgrading part, I said every COUPLE of years. Not every 2. Every 2 is extremely low. When I say a couple of years I mean 3-5 years. This is due to newer versions (DirectX versions, operating system changes, hardware standards)
Let me rephrase what I said before to fit my purpose:
When looking for a platform on which you are able to play games effectively without FPS drops and still having it look pretty darn good, consoles would be the best choice for two main reasons
1. Practicality. What I mean by this is not having to upgrade for a while and still be able to play the newest games with some of the most advanced graphics.
2. Money. When it is all said and done, any good gaming computer would cost around 800 to 900 dollars. At this price you still won't be able to run a lot of games smoothly with higher settings. A console will cost you around 200 dollars, give or take a few more bucks when dealing with a 360.
That's the point I'm trying to make. Again, I am not talking about other features of the platforms, only gaming (what the subject matter of this thread revolves around). And I am also not speaking about preferences.