PC Gaming vs Console Gaming – Which Is Better?

PC Gaming vs Console Gaming – Which Is Better?


Video games have come a long way since the
likes of Atari’s “Pong”, a kind of two-dimensional
table-tennis game that at the time seemed
like an incredible innovation.
In the next decade of the 1980s, video games
really took off, with titles such as Pac-Man
and Donkey Kong becoming household names.
These could be played at home on a personal
computer, or played on a dedicated games console.
In the 70s and 80s such consoles didn’t
attract the audiences they have today, although
1977’s Atari 2600 and 1983’s Nintendo
Entertainment System were proof for the industry
that indeed these machines could be a mainstay
in any house.
But some people it seems won’t touch a games
console.
Why is that?
That’s what we’ll find out today, in this
episode of the Infographics Show, PC Gamers
vs Console Gamers.
First of all, we are not saying it’s a matter
of if you prefer one to the other and don’t
crossover from time to time, but it does seem
that gamers to an extent have a preference.
Let’s take a look at some statistics.
The global video games market in 2018 is said
to be worth in the region of 82.44 billion
dollars.
It’s expected to go over 90 billion by the
time 2020 comes around.
This was according to the website Statistica.
A Global Games Market Report shared different
results, stating that the entire global games
market by 2020 would reach $143.5 billion.
The mobile games market alone in 2017 was
said to be worth just over $50 billion.
As for the PC market and the console market,
they were almost neck and neck, with expected
revenues for the former being $32.3 billion
and the latter $33.3 billion.
Such high growth in the industry was mainly
down to the Chinese, U.S. and Japanese markets.
According to the same report, which was widely
cited, it seems PC gaming – including a
small part of people playing in the browser
– and console gaming will stay neck and
neck in terms of market share for the next
few years to come.
It’s anyone’s guess exactly how many gamers
there are in the world.
Are we counting someone who bought a console
and hardly ever played it, or someone who
is glued to their PC day and night.
For that reason, it’s difficult to say how
many gamers there are out there.
We can find some industry statistics that
tell us in 2016 there were 1.8 billion active
gamers in the world.
The 2017 Global Games Market Report tells
us that it was 2.2 billion active gamers that
year, with the lion’s share of players using
mobile and tablet.
Again, statistics differ, but it’s thought
that more people play games on a PC than a
dedicated console.
It’s said to be around 62% of gamers use
a PC, while 56% use a console.
This is not a split.
It just means 62% of gamers in the world play
on a PC, and some of those will also play
games on a console.
But why do more people prefer PC-gaming?
Well, there are a whole host of reasons we
can find.
We’ll give you a short rundown:
The main reason, and it seems this is the
reason why most hardcore gamers prefer the
PC, is the power of the machine.
Your PC packs a punch in terms of hardware,
and this means better graphics and smoother
playing.
This, however, comes at a cost, and is likely
the reason many players are content with what
their console provides.
Still, you can save some money playing on
the PC, too, as you might have to pay extra
when using a console to play multiplayer games.
It all adds up.
Another main reason people prefer the PC,
and another way you can save money after paying
for your powerful and expensive machine, is
by getting your hands on cheaper games.
The Steam platform, for instance, regularly
has sales that are much more enticing than
console game sales.
Not only that, but you have a much wider selection
of games to buy.
The one feather in the console hat here is
that some games for, say Playstation, are
exclusive to the console so you can’t get
them for PC.
These games are often very popular.
We might also add here that there are PC-only
games, too.
There are also a bunch of other reasons, such
as you can control games on the PC in all
kinds of ways.
For some games it might be easier to play
with a mouse, and if it’s not then just
connect your controller.
At the same time, when you have a PC you might
be able to modify the game, which could mean
enhancing graphics or adding special content.
Now, let’s look at these super-powerful
consoles out there.
Yes, we know they are being called the best
ever made, but you know full well that not
long from now another best ever made will
appear on the market and your old console
will end up online for sale.
That’s not the same with your PC, because
it’s easy to upgrade and won’t cost you
an arm and a leg.
Your PC has staying power.
So, in the end all that money you saved buying
a console may not be such a good thing when
you take all this into account.
Over time, especially if you are a dedicated
gamer, spending big on a PC might not be such
a bad idea.
But now let’s take a look at some forums
and see what you thought about this.
Browsing through various threads where this
question was asked, it seems players mirrored
much of what we have just said.
Most people prefer PC for the freedom of control
you have, backwards compatibility, better
graphics, modifications, and some say the
fact their PC is just more accessible.
As for the few that chose console, they said
the exclusives for their machine were things
they just couldn’t live without.
A few other respondents we found said they
just liked the simplicity of a console.
Another respondent that didn’t really add
to the debate, but we like his answer, said,
“Started on consoles, grew up on consoles,
now getting older on consoles, will die on
consoles.”
Actually, we could find quite a few people
that said they started on consoles but have
since moved to PC…and that they would never
go back.
In fact, it doesn’t matter where you look,
it seems PC gaming aficionados give pretty
much the same reasons.
Perhaps one of the more original points someone
made was that he said the PC online gaming
community was more mature and less annoying
than the often younger players that use consoles.
Another person added that the PC community
was thriving, welcoming and kind.
Just to turn that around, one supporter of
console gaming said on PC there are way too
many “elitists”.
There is actually a big debate out there as
to who is the more skilled and mature gamer,
with PC gamers seeming to say they take that
prize.
Some people divide gamers between elites and
peasants, but that seems more of a joke.
Still, some gamers take it seriously.
The best thing we can do now is turn this
over to you and get your thoughts on the matter.
Which do you prefer?
PC games or console games?
Let us know in the comments.
Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Minecraft vs Roblox!
Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe.
See you next time!

100 thoughts on “PC Gaming vs Console Gaming – Which Is Better?”

  1. Before you accuse me of any bias… I use my PC for strategy & sim games… I use a console for fps games (I enjoy just laying on the couch).

  2. I feel like PCs just like consoles require you to play the latest model if you want the newest games on the market so You’ll eventually need to buy a new PC depending if it breaksdown or cannot update

  3. Please guys stop the hates, we are all gamers so let's just face the fact that PC gaming is better and just be friends.

  4. Case closed.
    Consoles cant run emulators (like cemu and citra)
    win for pc
    But its hard to choose from console and pc
    i want console as its cheaper but limited on the graohics and fps
    i like pc too but its more expensive but im a competitive person which means i will buy a rtx 2060 pc if i choose pc
    Im not a very decisive person though

  5. Xb1x costs $500 a budget Pc build is $550.

    XB1X has 4k with 30FPS
    Budget PC cab run 1440p+ with 60FPS+
    Most people would enjoy having buttery smooth FPS instead of 4k

  6. I’ve played gta online on both consoles and pc and pc without a doubt has the best performance imo because with consoles the hardware on them is static meaning what you pay for on consoles is what you’re stuck with and can’t upgrade it with new cpu or graphics card like pc where it’s super easy to upgrade your components. I grew up with console when I was a kid but as I made more money over time I switched to pc and it is without a doubt the best choice I ever made. I’m just sharing my experience with both consoles and pc but I understand that pc can be fairly expensive and know why you play on consoles because it’s fairly cheap and you can play games which is fine but in terms of performance it’s pc that takes that title. I don’t hate consoles as they have their benefits as well. At the end of the day if you’re enjoying your games on your machine that’s what matters.

  7. Video Gamers are the most fractured group of people like

    PC (1) vs Console (2)

    (1) PC
    Intel vs AMD
    Nvidia vs AMD
    Mac vs any other PC

    (2) Console
    Sony vs Nintendo
    Xbox vs Sony
    Nintendo vs Xbox

  8. We need to stop fighting consoles and PCs/Laptops, instead we should focus on stopping mobile.

  9. For me it is only the subscription things that pulls me towards pc is that I end up paying for Xbox live and in Australia they cost a fortune and end up spending more on subscription then on games

  10. I moved to pc because you can replace your parts without even buying a new pc just buy the part then replace it with a new one, second you don't need a subscription all you need is your trusty internet.

  11. Why is pc more popular :
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    Pirated games lets get real my entire country plays pc mainly because of torrent and fitgirl if they had to pay 60$ for a game they would have never cared

  12. I prefer console because of the better controlled and monitored parental controlled environments, basically, I don't have to deal with a lot of inappropriate behaviour that you get from the freedom of pc. For example, it is almost impossible for me to find any bad games on PlayStation due to the store being carefully monitored, while steam you can upload any game!

  13. PC's are better yeah , but the PC "Master race" community is one of the most cancerous things within the gaming community. Play what you enjoy !

  14. if you like pc then your cool, if you like console your cool, but it crosses the line when you say your a gamer but you only play mobile games.

  15. One plus is lack of exclusivity. I mean you can’t play a game on PS4 or Xbox One that’s older than 8-10 years unless it’s a remaster. On Pc you can still play Secret of Monkey Island and that came out in 1990. 29 YEARS LATER. Can you still play SNES games on Nintendo Switch? No.

  16. I have nothing against consoles. I used to play on console exclusively in the PS3 era. I moved to PC though and I am happy. I wish consoles would get rid of the pay to play online thing, it's anti-consumer, and just plain greedy.

  17. Who honestly cares which is better, i have a PC, and a console, and I can say that I think all of them have advantages.

  18. I play PS4 and PC. I use PC to play Arsenal in Roblox, and SCP containment breach. I use PS4 for Mortal Kombat 11 and RDR2.

  19. I played console games when I was first around 6, played Mario, Yoshi, Zelda, and other Nintendo games and had a lot of fun. then I discovered pc, I felt like Nintendo was for kids so I played pc games and had fun for a few years, until I was grinding mobs for hours just to level up. I mainly played mmorpgs and sandbox games like Minecraft. I also tried Starcraft 2, mobas like LoL, shooters , etc, couldn’t really get into any of them. Years had gone on and I was just not having fun , I was only focused on leveling up. No modern game gave me the same joy I had from playing Nintendo. So one day I decided to buy the Nintendo switch , and I can say I’m having fun playing games again. not third parties but mainly games like mk 8 deluxe, smash bros, breath of the wild, Mario maker 2 which is coming and has me hyped like never before

  20. What I hate about console is that you have to pay for online muliplayer. Thats the whole core of a a console and they put it behind a pay wall. Pc you dont have to pay for that.

  21. I will play on PC for most games but if I will play console for retro games like the GameCube or the n64

  22. PC of course is superior, but you are going to have to pay much more to get a noticeable improvement over consoles. Graphics cards are getting way more expensive. Personally, I would go with consoles at this point.

  23. PC Gaming Is better. Xbox & PlayStation charge you money just to play online which is ridiculous and its really sad how you idiots pay these companies over nothing.

  24. reason i quit pc…..the hackers and trainer users , no clean gameplay no clean multiplayer. no fair and square

  25. NAME 1 PC KILLER APP?

    -NOT ON CONSOLE.
    -90+ AVERAGE SCORE.
    -FULL PRICE RETAIL GAME.
    -MILLION+ IN SALES.
    -AWARD WINNING.
    -PRAISED FOR VISUALS/GRAPHICS.

    😄🤣🤣😆🤣😄🤣🤣🤣😸😸😸🤣😆🤣😄😸😸

    COME ON… PC GAMING IS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN CONSOLE.

    JUST NAME 1 PC EXCLUSIVE. 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  26. If any one have Experience give me advice i have ps4 and i have fun with it without problems i have fun but i know pc is better first i Decided buy pc but but in e3 and I heard about next gen console 8k 120fps change my mind

    If any have Experience anything did go buy pc or wait next gen now i have 1000$ save it or Spend it on pc

  27. If we're talking about 'gaming' as a whole concept that means you need double-mates and they're being PC + PS4. Full stop.

    They're both gaming machines and both are unique on their own.

    My PC is not bad and works in high or ultra settings with most games but my PS4 always feels so special to me.

  28. Wow, I thought that this video would be an uninformed cop out, but it was actually mostly correct. Minus the part about PC being more expensive.

  29. If you buy a game every few months your gamer doesnt matter if you play onces every day or month you bought a game

  30. Umm switch anyone lol so many choices to play so many exclusive and cheaper then a PC and other console.. not only that portable

  31. here are some reasons why I am not buying a console
    >144hz
    >faster loading times thanks to my Nvme SSD
    >MODS
    >multi tasking (I like browsing the web while playing MHW)

    even though the PC is 5 months behind Iceborne, the reasons I have stated above are what is keeping me in the PC Master Race!

  32. I’ve always played on Xbox and decided to build a pc because the exclusives are gonna be available on pc for better performance. I still use my Xbox and I don’t see a problem with both

  33. my experience taught me that you should choose with your HEART,
    WHAT comes more convenient,

    and personally when i start my pc i become obssesed to stack games on my 4 tb hdd without playing any.
    Then i experiment with high quality graphics and mods.
    and dont play anything because OF the OBSESSION.

    SO console feels more natural and convenient for me. AND STRESS FREE.

  34. when it comes to a desired game,
    all that matters is the experience and the fond memory of playing it.

    who cares about mouse vs controller?
    or 30 fps vs 120fps?
    or 720p vs 4k?

    really!!!?!?!

  35. and sometimes in life you have to limit yourself with something that feels natural and INFERIOR, in order to not become a SNOB.

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