I’ve been playing video games since the early 1980’s and I’ve had almost every console that Sony, Nintendo or anyone else has ever made. However, for me, nothing can beat gaming on a PC. Here are some of my reasons why:
A fairly decent PC that’s comparable in quality to the latest consoles will set you back about £500. OK, so that’s about £150 more than the latest PlayStation however not only are most PC games about £20 - £30 cheaper to buy on release than PlayStation or Xbox games, you can also get big savings throughout the year in sales from Steam, EA or G2A. In addition, the online site “humble bundle” regularly offers great deals on PC games and there’s an abundance of free-to-play games, from first person shooters such as Team Fortress 2, Flight Simulators like War Thunder and the biggest ones such as League of Legends.
PCs are completely backwards compatible with older games, and with sites like GOG you can always have another crack at a vintage game, something that the latest generation of consoles from Sony & Microsoft can’t offer.
PCs are infinitely upgradable meaning that games can look amazing graphically. The latest generation of consoles struggles with displaying a full HD picture in lots of games, something PC’s have been doing for years. A relatively standard desktop from the Windows 7 era can play most games purely with the addition of a graphics card for about £100.
Compared to console sales, there are 27 million daily players of League of Legends and about 7.5 million playing at any given moment, and best of all, it’s free to play! Another big boy in PC gaming is World of Warcraft, which has been running for 10 years now and boasts 10.3 million subscribers.
The biggest thing to hit PC gaming in 20 years landed this spring and it’s called Virtual Reality. Two companies, Oculus (owned by Facebook) and HTC, have released devices which look like a cross between a ski mask and a mobile phone. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are both in fact ridiculously clever pieces of kit that, once strapped to your face, can fool your brain into thinking that you’re actually active within a game, ie from flying a spaceship to diving underwater with blue whales. They track your head movements too so that when you lean to the left or turn right, it does too. They are both amazing and pretty realistic.