With respect to Money-to-performance ratio, I think, consoles are a better deal. A latest console these days can get you a powerful graphics chip and sound system, a cpu, an optical drive, a mainboard to connect everything to, all for around $200. With PCs, $200 can get you the latest graphics card alone. You will have to spend more for the other components and will probably end up troubleshooting due to software/hardware incompatibilities. Consoles are a great deal for anyone who's into gaming and doesn't have a lot of money to spend on a PC. Games will ship-out to store shelves with little to no bugs in them due to game optimization for a single system. If you already own a Gigahertz-caliber PC with a Radeon 8500, then buying a console may be a waste of money.