Gaming PC with DualShock 4 and Steam
A good game is worth the money spent on it, and the games industry simply cannot grow if games are not bought. I started my journey as a gamer back in 1993 on a personal computer, and in 2009 I continued on the Xbox 360 Elite game console, later, when the Xbox burned out, I purchased the Xbox 360 Slim and Kinect.
It’s no secret that the graphics on computers are much better than on game consoles, even if you take into account the new generation of consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Of course, first of all, games are released for consoles and only then appear on computers. Of course, there are also exclusive games that do not appear on the PC at all, but there are very few of them. It is easier for developers to optimize games for several configurations of game consoles than for a huge fleet of various computers. This optimization allows achieving excellent stability and maximum performance for games even on the old generation of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. Games are released at the beginning on consoles also because the level of pirated content on them has not reached the same scale as on personal computers, which means, and it is much easier to recoup the money spent on the game project.
It is worth noting that the cost of games for game consoles is much higher than that of their PC counterparts. For example the cost of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at the time of this writing was 2,999 rubles, for the previous generation consoles Xbox 360 and PlayStation the cost of the same game was 2,599 rubles, while the version for the computer cost only 599 rubles. The price of the set-top boxes themselves cannot be called cheap either. The cost of the Xbox One, at the time of this writing, is 27,999 rubles, and the price of the PlayStation 4 was 22,999. For this money, you can build a good computer.
In addition, to be able to play on the console in multiplayer mode, you will have to pay separately by subscribing to the corresponding subscription. The cost of an Xbox Live subscription at the time of this writing was 1,899 rubles, and the cost of a PlayStation Network subscription was 1,950 rubles. Subscriptions are valid for 12 months, that is, you will have to renew them every year if you want to use all the features of the game console. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that no subscriptions are required to play in multiplayer mode on a computer.
Of course, playing on a huge TV with a wireless gamepad while sitting on a soft couch is much more pleasant than sitting on a chair near the monitor. Of course, some games are more convenient to play on the keyboard, but, in my opinion, there are fewer such games. After many years at Xbox 360, it seems to me that without a controller, the comfort of the game is not the same. So is it worth overpaying for games, for the opportunity to play with friends, and purchasing a game console for not the best graphics? I personally think not, and therefore I decided to continue the path of a gamer on a personal computer as:
- PC games are much cheaper than console games, and you can also play comfortably using the best DualShock 4 wireless controller supported by Steam.
- more games on the computer;
- on a computer, you do not need to subscribe to a paid subscription every year to be able to play in multiplayer mode;
- better graphics on the computer; you can independently manage the performance of your computer by purchasing only the necessary components;
- on the computer you can not only play but also work.
It is worth noting that you can play all games on a computer that are adapted to control a gamepad, and since now almost all games are released at the beginning for game consoles, all modern computer games can interact with gamepads.
If you do not want to play on the monitor, then you can connect the TV to the computer as a second display or as the main one. This requires a video card with two HDMI interfaces. If your monitor does not have HDMI, then you can connect it via a DVI or VGA interface. It all depends on your video card and monitor. I have a TV connected via HDMI, and a monitor via DVI.
A computer has an advantage over a game console also because it can be used not only to play but also to work. Of course, the more powerful the computer, the better, but if it is still not powerful enough, then you can still play, however, you have to sacrifice the level of graphics. But unlike consoles, you can almost always replace individual components of your computer with new ones.
For example, buy just a new graphics card or install more RAM without having to change everything else. This is another advantage over game consoles. You spend as much money as you see fit to improve your computer. I am using an Intel Core i5 3.20 GHz processor, 4 Gb RAM, 500 GB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 graphics card. At the moment, this configuration is more than satisfactory for me. If you wish, you can build a good computer without a monitor within 20,000 rubles.