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PC vs Xbox 360 vs PS3

By AnonymousSurfer · 92 replies
Feb 9, 2012
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  1. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,749

    I don't think you're as removed from the mainstream crowd as you make it out to be. A lot of people have been gravitating towards the older games on consoles and the indie game scene on the PC side of things. Frankly, most of the new games coming out do not feel as exciting as a lot of the older titles. There's been so much emphasis on graphics and fancy gimmickry over the last 5-7 years with games that they've lost a lot of their essence. Back in the prime of the PS2 or when I had a gaming PC, dropping cash on a new game was a low-risk trade. Now, not so much. $60 typically gets you a very pretty half-baked cookie and maybe some sprinkles. I've had more fun replaying Legend of Dragoon, Morrowind, Gran Turismo 2, and Final Fantasy X than I have with most of the current generation "hits."
  2. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    I so totally know what you mean here about the half baked cookie, because towards the end of my computer gaming career, I just didn't feel that I was getting my "bang for the buck"! I started to feel that the computer manufactures were loosing some ground to the computer software company's. Back in my day when I started gaming on a computer, software company's had to conform and comply to the designs and spec's of the computer. They had to gear their game as so it would fit the computer, with very little emphasis to the computer owner/user on needing to upgrade.

    With the computer games of today, the above and stated stuff I said no longer applies, now there is great emphasis to the computer owner/user that to play their game, even on 1 year old hardware, that hardware might not be "cutting edge" enough to play, so it leads the owner/user to be forced to upgrade. Now a day's to me, it seems like video card companies are just pumping out new models and fancy series numbers to meet the modern software company's demands.

    So ultimately I decided to give up the ghost and stop being a slave to the video card company's and software company's and gravitated away from computer gaming and landed smack dab in Playstation 2 land! I like my choice, for I'm not being compelled every six months or so, do to hardware upgrades or make advances to the existing hardware, so I don't have to worry about upgrading anything in regards to my Playstation 2. I like the fact that for my game console the software company's had to conform and comply to the console, with no worry about nagging the owner/user of having to have them spend their money on anything but the game. No sound card upgrades to worry about, no video card upgrades to worry about, no worrying about if ones processor chip is up to the job, no worry about if ones RAM count is high enough for the job, nothing, no worry's, just gaming!

    Plus I'm more of an old school gamer, as one of my factors when buying my Playstation 2. I like the look and feel of the classic titles. So I might not have all the "bells and whistles" that come standard on modern day consoles, but to me I really don't need them nor require them, I'm quite happy with what I've got.
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  3. marrie jonsan

    marrie jonsan TS Rookie

    PS3 is the best gaming console. I like to play so many game. I am a bigger fan of playing game. I fell free then I have playing game...
  4. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 548   +25

    PC for sure! You get much more for your money...the worst "features" with the consoles are the game prices :/
  5. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Posts: 321

  6. Nenuuael

    Nenuuael TS Rookie

    Its all a matter of opinion. I personally do most of my "Gaming"(other than World of Warcraft) on my Xbox360(which I prefer over the PS3 thats my opinion hate me if you want because I dont care) Yes PC gaming can be better on PC graphics wise considering the PC is upgradable as new technology is constantly coming out which makes it hard to keep up with lol. but considering I'm not really that good with wasd movement which makes me more apt to die in a game like a fps I'll stick with my xbox360 for gaming like I said only pc gaming I do is world of warcraft. as for the ps3 vs xbox360 arguement I dont see why people need to waste there time arguing over something so petty and stupid. Its all a matter of preference if you prefer the ps3 then you get a ps3 if you prefer the xbox360 get the 360. its up to you not anyone else. but if you ask me and this is my opinion I'd go for the 360 because its more affordable(Microsoft had peoples wallets in mind when they priced there system.) yes the 360 doesnt have a blu-ray player but who really cares if you want a blu-ray player and you own a 360 then go get a blu-ray player they arent that expensive anymore hell I paid $149 for mine which I rarely use. Now for the people that complain about the infamous RROD on the 360 need I remind you that ps3 has overheating problems as well its just not as bad as the 360. For Example I had a friend that went through 3 $600 ps3s because of overheating problems. and sony DOES NOT have as good of a warranty as Microsoft has Microsoft has a 3 year warranty where as Sony only has a 2 year program they might have more now but as my recollection goes this is what I know correct me if I'm wrong and I'll gladly admit that I'm wrong. and yes my friend did try contacting sony about his systems to no avail. needless to say he went out and bought a 360 and hasnt had any problems with the RROD and neither have I with either machines that I owned I had the original one which was only the arcade version w/o a HD and my new one with is a 250 gig slim yes its the top of the line version I looked at the 4 gig version but I figured I'd go ahead and spend the extra money on the top of the line. Bottom line is, is that you get what you pay for. as for online playability for both systems I'd go with microsoft any day because of reliability yes you have to pay a subscription fee for it but its worth it. Free isnt always better. and for those of you that say there isnt any hacking on psn what rock did you crawl out of. yes you have hackers get through on xbox live but its not as bad as the psn. I'm not saying that psn is full of hackers because that would be far from the truth. heck you have hackers on pc games as well and hopefully you have good staff looking over the servers to deal with hackers the same could be true for both console online servers. again let me reitterate(dunno if the spelling is correct and spelling is my best subject lol) that the choice is up to the buyer on which route they go. btw alot of games that are on the pc are also on consoles just look at Crysis 2 I have that for my 360. In closing choose the system that feels right for you dont just go on other peoples opinion yes its good to ask people there opinion because it could be a valuable tool just like doing research on the products you buy to make sure its a good investment. good luck on choosing a system if you are looking to buy one of the systems.

    Need I remind you PC gaming is actually been more stable than console gaming and has been more popular than console gaming considering graphics quality and alot of pc games have better storylines than most console games do. I do both console games and pc games and I find them to be equal. btw I dont consider wii gaming gaming at all all I find the wii good for is party games. yes its innovative but its not really practical. for you to be so closed minded about pcs as a gaming console is just being a hypocrite when you consider that all a console is is a low end PC since they are actually built the same way you open up a console and you see you have:
    1 A motherboard
    2 An Optical Drive
    3 A GPU
    4 A Processor
    5 Random Access Memory in some form or another
    6 in most cases excluding the WII a Hard Drive(The WII uses Flash memory for storage)
    the list goes on.
  7. ANTIjailbreak

    ANTIjailbreak TS Rookie Posts: 22

    even being a console guy all my life and others being the same its easy to tell the pc is a unigue platform for games. consoles are great but iv taken a bit more notice of pc. for those of you who take notice in everything technology related stories will know something called cloud streaming. its especially useful for pc. cloud streaming is services like onlive, gog or gaikai now gaikia was in beta longer then onlive but has now really came in its own. gaikai is a service that you use and the games are streamed over a online connection but is a very damandive service on bandwith just like onlive or gog. but for people who have enough bandwith and speed for that matter cloud streaming is great cause the games are streamed and that means you dont need to keep upgrading your pc. pc gaming is like electronic music its not as mainstream but is way better.
  8. oswaldo

    oswaldo TS Rookie

    Ps3 is better has best gamers and cheap so we got hacked so what come talk to me when 1000 of people stop getting hacked every day
  9. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 457   +126

    I'd say PC was the best in performance. I have a 'gaming' laptop, a budget thing, costing £450 with a half arsed graphics card. I'd say that it can be cheaper than a console, especially on release.

    But with a PC, you never really know how well a game is going to play until you try it, so I get most demanding games on my Xbox because I know for sure that it's going to run decently. Same with the PS3. I think that the Xbox is generally better than the PS3, most of my friends have an Xbox but my best mate has a PS3. I genuinely think that Xbox is better, and you pay for what you get, especially as I got mine for £180. PS3's are still quite expensive and they don't seem like they have that much effort put in to it.

    Also I'd say that games are easier to play on Consoles, because they're tailored for gamers, whereas a PC is built for all round purposes.
  10. Razer

    Razer TS Booster Posts: 126   +14

    Xbox 360 and PS3 is what we call game console..

    But IMHO, both PC and game console (wii, xbox or PS etc) can offer different experience in gaming, so if I can (assuming having sufficient money), I'll go for both PC and game console(s)
  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    PC then PS3 then XBOX and who even plays wii?
  12. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 457   +126

    While it may not require as much skill or anything like that as a PC or Console, I find that I personally have more fun playing it than other consoles.
  13. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,045   +206

    -Affordability xbox 360 easily, got one off ebay nearly new with 6 games and 2 controllers for around 100$ a year ago. Xbox 360 wins this one.
    -Gamers the same though some multiplayer pc titles are empty, no player base even when the game was released that year. And you can game with your friend on a console whats better then that? Consoles win this one.
    -Useful anti hacking on pc fails big time in this department. However you can get a ton of free games on pc. PC wins this one.

    I built my own rig and rarely game anymore on anything but seriously 100$ is dirt cheap, if you don't mind 6 year old console graphics then consoles are the way to go. However new generations are likely coming out dec 2013.

    Best bang for your buck xbox 360.
  14. Sheel

    Sheel TS Rookie

    I would obviously say PC because it has everything well... it's better than PS3 and Xbox for sure.
    You could do things that you can't do on PS3 or Xbox.
  15. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 713   +73

    Pc is top notch, and although you can build a really good gaming rig for cheap it will cost you more than a $300 ps3, or $250 360. However, PC games are always cheaper, and many console "ports" look better on PC if they get there. Some even release there dlc free cause they know most won't buy it if they don't. There is nothing a PC can't do and since we all own one anyway, why not have a good gaming one. Soon, our PCs will probably emulate ps3 and 360s games anyway. Console, I'd say ps3 is the best, although 360 games are usually $2-6 cheaper, free online is going to save you a-lot while still giving you a great experience. I play ps3 online and for free I think its really good. Also, ps3 there are no ads in your face like I enjoy oh so much with 360.

    1.PC (King)
    2.PS3 (Duke)
    3.360 (Count)
  16. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,045   +206

    Bottom line you get what you pay for, I got a xbox 360(hd) nearly new off ebay for 100$ with 2 controllers and 6 mediocre games. Not everyone can afford a gaming rig, I have one but 100$ is a pretty sweet deal, games on ebay are dirt cheap for the xbox 360 as well they haven't done the steam type thing yet so reselling games in a breeze. Games being bound to a account so you cannot resell is one of the main reason I will likely never build myself another gaming rig, unless my entertainment budget significantly increases.

    However all the free to play games nearly makes up for it and I suspect the next gen of consoles will do the same thing.
  17. TechMancer

    TechMancer TS Member Posts: 56

    I have stuck with a PC for 7 years and it has held up fine, no upgrades needed, because I rarely play games made past 2007. I got mine practically new on eBay for $120.
  18. Lunarvirus

    Lunarvirus TS Rookie

    Not to forget, PC gaming offers really unique features! Such as open source games like Minecraft, any Bethesda game really. Then you have your awesome indie games along with free2plays such as League of Legends, SMITE Beta, SuperMNC and much more! Let's not forget about Steam and its awesome digital downloads and the money saving sales that are 75% off on holidays! Got to love it. Being a PC gamer is pretty cheap when it comes to purchasing games. That's where you save your money after purchasing a $500 super computer that will run all of today's games on max settings around 60fps, which is better than any other console. I used to be into Playstation, then I went to Xbox and got tired of the 5th RRoD then switched to PC and play it daily! I love it, best decision ever!
  19. Matt12345170

    Matt12345170 TS Booster Posts: 105   +31

    It will take more than $500 to run all of today's games on max settings though! =P
  20. Lunarvirus

    Lunarvirus TS Rookie

    Most games just require a beefy processor now days. Doesn't cost much for a 3.2ghz I-5 quad and to bump it up to 4.0ghz is no problem if you have good ventilation. It's really not that hard to achieve. Just don't purchase pre-builds if you're looking to save tons of money.
  21. RoachBlogger

    RoachBlogger TS Rookie

    I like both PC and Xbox.

    PC is a great place to play games because it has up to date technology and you can really tell that in the quality of graphics on the game when it is played on a computer rather than the 30FPS and 720p that is present in Xbox. However I like Xbox because it allows me to talk to my friends better and play matches with them. I play my Xbox more just because I feel it has a better experience for playing games online but PC games are great too.
  22. Rickurd

    Rickurd TS Rookie

    I have both pc and ps3 and I have to say for pure visual quality my pc wins hands down, but for online play I prefer the ps3 due to more players being online.
    Also you don't have to spend loads to get a super gaming pc, I built mine about a year ago for £500ish and it runs every game I've ever tried to run on it at 1080p max setting at 60fps

    I run a 3.1Ghz Core i5 and it runs a treat, no overheating problems like my previous AMD quad did :s

    And like you said it doesn't have to cost the earth, didn't cost me much for that cpu, a mobo and 8GB DDR3
  23. Matt12345170

    Matt12345170 TS Booster Posts: 105   +31

    Never mind a graphics card, you don't need one of those
    or a power supply,
    or a case,
    or a HHD,
    or an operating system (namely windows)
    or a monitor,
    or other peripherals.

    It can get expensive in a hurry. :)
  24. Rickurd

    Rickurd TS Rookie

    I agree it can, but I'm saying if you shop around it can be affordable, plus most pc games are around 1/2 the price of the console counterparts

    I did cheat a bit with my pc, I kept the GPU, case, PSU, DVD and HDDs from the old pc
  25. ZBestGamor

    ZBestGamor TS Rookie Posts: 33

    Guys I dont know what to buy??? I want a pc but I have to pay a good one 500$ or should I buy a xbox for 220$??? I collected about 150$.... Though I can flash an xbox to play pirated games....

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