A tale as old as time: what gaming system is superior? The answer boils down to what type of gamer you want to be. Here we will break down the advantages and disadvantages to help you decide what setup is right for you. Read to the end for a special offer!
Gaming PC Advantages
One of the biggest advantages of a Gaming PC is the ability to customize your system. You can change essentially anything on the PC to suit your needs. From the case to the graphics card and every other internal component. This leaves you with seemingly endless options to customize the gaming computer of your dreams!
This is one of the main arguments in favor of PC gaming, as the hardware inside a gaming PC can outperform parts in virtually any available console on the market. As a result, games on PC are able to play with higher level graphic settings and play at higher and smoother frame rates than is available on a console system. If you value crisp, smooth graphics, advanced textures, ray tracing, and custom resolutions, a PC will likely be the best option for you.
The majority of PC gaming computers can be upgraded at your convenience. The most common upgrades for gaming computers are GPUs and CPUs.
Easy to Use
Probably the biggest benefit of a gaming console is that they are designed to be plug and play. They typically come with everything you need to get started quickly, setup is simple, and updates are done automatically.
Unified Experience and Multiplayer
When you play games on a console you can rest assured that everyone you play with is having roughly the same experience. Both consoles and PCs offer up a variety of multiplayer games, but the experience and functionality can be quite different. For example, if chilling on your couch with your buds playing co-op is your thing, you can pretty much count out a gaming PC. Sure it’s possible to connect multiple controllers and find the right game that allows two (or more) people to play together, but it’s often times more trouble than it’s worth. Unless you are into LAN parties, which is a whole other level of gamer dedication and we raise our Code Red to salute you.
Exclusive and Console-Only Games
While many more games are being released across all platforms each year, console exclusive games are still very much a thing. If gathering with your friends to play Red Dead Redemption sounds like your jam, you are probably better off with a gaming console. However, when it comes to the sheer number of games available, nothing beats a PC.
Gaming PC Disadvantages
Normally, high-end gaming PC’s or laptops can cost upwards of several thousand dollars. However, shopping at Tech Discounts can often times get you out the door with a stellar gaming system for under $1,000. We also sell parts to help you build your own!
Cost of Repairs
Repairing a PC can be tedious and costly depending on where it was purchased or which parts were used to build it. Fortunately, when you shop at Tech Discounts, we have repair services on-site and offer a full 1-year repair or replace warranty on all computers. You can even extend that warranty to 2 years for $39.99.
Unlike a console system, PC games may require separate apps or platforms to be playable. Instead of simply putting in a disc, you may need to purchase games through Steam, Origin, or Battle.net, just to name a few.
Game consoles are generally built to last around 5 years and while they may see incremental updates over that time, they will eventually become outdated and need to be replaced. PC components update much faster and can be upgraded and swapped out at your convenience while maintaining the same system.
Limited Input Options
Game consoles come with their own standard controllers and games designed to use those controllers. With PC gaming you can select whichever input device you would like - whether it’s a mouse and keyboard, a VR headset, or a standard controller. This allows you many more ways to customize your gaming experience.
Lack of Mods
Consoles can not presently be modded to improve graphics, add textures, or new gameplay elements. Mods are a huge part of the PC gaming community for those interested in more personalized gameplay.
While they each have their merits, at the end of the day choosing between a gaming PC or a console is all about personal preference. What sort of games do you enjoy? Are you a solo gamer or a social gamer? Stop into Tech Discounts today and we can help get you matched with the right system for you.
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Sale runs May 13 through May 18
$200 OFF Custom Gaming PCs
$75 OFF Basic Gaming PCs
$25 OFF Video Game Consoles
25% OFF Monitors with purchase of a Gaming Desktop
Ram*, HDD & SSD* ½ Price with Purchase of Basic or Custom Gaming PC
1 SSD per computer* up to 4 sticks of RAM*. Clearance and red tag items are not included.
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