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Gaming Console VS Gaming PC, which one should you get?

If I have money, I would get both and if I have more money, I will get myself an Xbox One, a PlayStation 4 Pro and also a gaming PC. Plus a gaming laptop so that I could take it to my grandmother’s house during the holidays. I might also consider Nintendo Switch and PS Vita which I could use while commuting to work.

If I have a lot of money.

There are so many gaming gadgets out there, but not everyone has the luxury to own all. Even if you have the money to buy all, I don’t think you can find the time to play with them all.

Let us just compare a gaming console (to be specific a PlayStation 4 since I own one) and a gaming PC for now. If you have limited funds, which one would be your choice? However, even between this two, deciding can be very tough. To help you make the decision, let’s consider some facts of both platforms.

Here is a list of reasons why a PlayStation 4 is better than getting a gaming PC

1. Cost

You can get a basic PlayStation 4 Console 1 TB Slim Edition for USD286, while an entry-level gaming PC will cost you at least in the USD550 range.

The games are also cheaper. Take Titanfall 2 as an example. It is USD38.95 for both Xbox One and PS4, but USD40 for PC. I got mine for USD20 on a Black Friday sale.

ps4 titanfall 2

2. Brands

There is a lot of brands to choose from if you want to buy a gaming PC. Ask ten of your friends who recently bought a gaming PC and you might get ten different models from ten different companies.

You only have two choices if you plan to get a gaming console. It is either Microsoft Xbox or a PlayStation. It’s simpler. I don’t consider Nintendo as a choice, but if you think it should be included, then there’s only three.

Between Xbox and PlayStation, Sony is selling more consoles than Microsoft. According to IGN, Sony revealed that their PS4 has sold more than 53.4 million units worldwide as of January 1, 2017.

3. Hardware Specifications

Whether it’s Dell, Sony, Asus, HP, Toshiba, Acer or Mac, you will also be overwhelmed with so many hardware specifications. There are PC manufactures that allow custom build to your specifications, but you still need to pick the right graphic card, CPU, hard drive, RAM, motherboard, monitor, mouse, keyboard and more. And whether they are compatible which each other is another issue. Getting the best specs will surely burn a hole in your wallet.

The only thing you need to worry when getting a gaming console is its hard drive size and maybe the accessories, or which game bundle you want to choose from. When I bought my PS4, I was stuck with either the Black Ops III or Star Wars Battlefront bundle. At the end to choose the Darth Vader-Inspired PS4 system.

4. Upgrade-ability

Buying a PC does allow future upgrade, but keeping up with technology is very tough. You must also know the compatibility of each hardware, whether the hardware you are upgrading would work with existing ones. Mixing the wrong hardware could easily cause your gaming PC to hang while playing. You don’t want that to happen in the middle of the game.

With a gaming console, you don’t have to worry about upgrading. Sony PlayStation 4 was released on November 15, 2013, in the United States. If you bought it on the first day, you can still play the latest games on it, of course except for PlayStation VR. Mine was purchased in Nov 2015, it has been a year and the only thing that I frequently update is the system software which is done automatically.

5. Warranty & After Sales Support

Both platforms have good warranty and support groups. However, for a PC, when upgrading your hardware components, you need to be extra careful. Although upgrading is allowed, you must make sure it will not void the existing warranty. Some manufacturers allow upgrade as long you go back to them.

My PS4 is still new, but for the past six or seven years using my PS3 slim, I never had any problem. Gave it away as a gift to my son’s friend and it is still alive and kicking.

There you go, I have listed enough reasons to get a gaming console. If you still think you should get a gaming PC, then go ahead, the choice is in your hand, but take note on these additional two reasons.

6. Hardware Standardization

Gaming house can meticulously optimize their games for a PS4, but not for PC. They must specifically state the minimum requirement of the PC spec that can be used with the games as the PC specification are limitless. Only if you have the highest spec PC you can be sure that you can play any games.

7. Gaming Console Reliability

If you buy a game for PS4, you can play it on a PS4 without any problem. Nuff said.

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