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PC Building Simulator comes to PS4, Xbox and Switch today

By Cal Jeffrey · 9 replies
Aug 13, 2019 at 6:40 PM
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  1. You may already be familiar with PC Building Simulator. For those that aren’t, it is what the name implies. In free mode, you can virtually build any monster PC you can dream of using OEM licensed parts from makers including AMD, Razer, NZXT, Nvidia, Cooler Master, and more.

    Today, game maker The Irregular Corporation announced via Twitter that it has finalized and released ports of the game to PS4, XB1, and Switch.

    Yeah, we know: “Why not just build a real one?”

    Well, aside from the very real cost of building the ultimate gaming rig, PC Building Simulator is a game at its heart. The story mode is a quasi-RPG that has you starting with nothing working in your uncle’s shop dusting off old computers for dimes. Eventually, you will be repairing and building custom high-end PCs making the big bucks.

    In addition to name brand parts, you will have access to the motherboard’s BIOS and software like 3DMark at your disposal. So you can build, test, overclock, and benchmark your creations.

    Of course, all you will have to show for your efforts is a game save. However, it is a genuinely clever title that quickly went viral when it was released. Since its launch on Steam Early Access in July 2017, it has earned over 700,000 downloads with very positive reviews.

    For those who have never put together a computer, it can be a bit of a learning experience as well. It may even inspire one to give it a try in real life.

    PC Building Simulator has been available for $20 on Steam for a while. As of today, you can grab it from the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, and Nintendo’s eShop for the same price.

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +1,001

    Pay STEAM $20 to play a game where I build computers?

    How bout I take that $20 to Microcenter and buy the cheapest SSD they have and just upgrade my real life PC?

    I have my mind set on a 1TB Crucial NVME for one of my laptops= $100 and yet another 2TB SSD for my main desktop.

    I’m also very interested in a 2080 Super for my next build.
  3. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,562   +1,547

    Cause building your own PC costs money... hundreds or thousands depending on your specs.... and $20 is pretty darn cheap...
  4. Manya3084

    Manya3084 TS Enthusiast Posts: 20   +33

    Sooo, can I run a virtual 3d mark and post it to the virtual internet? also virtually overclock?
  5. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,562   +1,547

    Actually, you CAN run a virtual 3dmark.... it’s actually an awesome program :)
  6. Zorak

    Zorak TS Rookie Posts: 19   +6

    I found it pretty cool for testing a chassis I'm eyeballing before buying it. Granted, it's not as flexible you'd want (no side-mounted GPUs) or the part selection is still kinda poor, but it gives you a better idea of what you could end up working with in real life.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,524   +3,085

    The truth is, you may be an IT person, and still know very little about how to put together a whole PC. This is because this type of knowledge is a bit overrated these days. It's like your average car driver who knows little about its internals, unless you are into those things.

    Personally for me, I have been in IT for over 30 years now, and while I do know how to assemble a PC, I still do not do it, just not my thing, somehow. I have a friend who is crazy about it, so I buy all the parts, and give him to assemble my computers :)
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,503   +3,890

    Oh I don't know .... for those that have NEVER tried it, it could be a good tool but only if it has some strong support to explain each step, it's importance, and any variations along the way. Make it a bit more like the A+ certification course and it could be an excellent tool ..... but I imagine the actual PC makers will have some objection if more and more go toward building their own rather than getting one of the pre-configured systems.
  9. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,822   +419

    All jokes aside, the game kept my interest for a couple days. There's a little more involved in "just building a PC" but the game is overall, still very simple if you are someone coming to techspot, chances are you probably know how to build a PC or in the least exchange a part like the PSU or adding a hard drive. However, dealing with customer repairs and requests may be a whole other story for you.
  10. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,822   +419

    I am one of those friends! Love the build, do it "free"... but if you want your PC pickup fee cost you $50. ;) lol

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