The thing that is always talked about in the gaming sector is the difference between console gamers and PC gamers. While everything isn't black and white, both platforms have their own advantages and limitations as well.
The Xbox One and the Playstation 4 are the latest-gen consoles. With the level of advancement, these are basically computers that let you game and do a bit more. But the PC environment lets you do that and a lot more. Here are the top 8 differences you will notice when you switch from console to PC gaming.
The standard control hardware for PC gaming is the legendary keyboard and mouse, This, compared to the simple joystick of the consoles, may seem a bit intimidating at first, but gamers swear by the almost perfect controls with a keyboard and a mouse. Playing a first-person shooter game with a mouse will help you aim much better than with joysticks on a controller.
Freedom of hardware choice
One of the biggest advantages that a PC has over consoles is of freely customizing hardware internals according to your personal needs. This, compared to the uniform hardware on a console, feels very liberating for users that want to expand the horizons of their gaming quality.
Despite being debatable, the point that PC gaming has an upper hand in graphics compared to consoles is no hidden truth. With powerful hardware under the hood, you can cross 60 FPS and 4K resolutions easily with a PC, but have a limit of 30 FPS on the next-gen consoles. Even with what the future holds, PCs will also remain on top as consoles are usually refreshed after long 8-year cycles.
Buying games to play
With consoles, buying and renting games is a rather strict task and restricted only to the manufacturer's proprietary gaming ecosystem. Along with that, they often come with compulsory annual fees that add to the burden. On the other hand, PC games are widely available through various offline as well as online stores like Steam, EA and Origin. This maintains a certain level of competition and keeps the prices down.
Although with major gaming titles being priced at the same band for both consoles and PCs, waiting for sales and buying them after launch day turns out to be a lot more cost-effective for PC gamers especially. Multiplayer and social features are free, too. You don't even have to pay extra to play games online, like you do on either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
Availability of games
This is yet another aspect where PC gaming enjoys the fruit of rivalry. Xbox and PS both generally have a lot of titles that are exclusive to them, making the other console left wanting for more. On PC though, you don't need to make the choice because almost every major game developer will make their games available for PC. Also, you can use your PC games to play on any computer of decent specifications at any time.
PC’s got mods
Mods or Modifications are the changes made by third-party developers, to certain games that aim to enhance the gamer's experience. With consoles completely out of the scene, mods are fun ways to experiment with games once you have completed them, the way they were meant to be played.
Focusing again on the console rivalry aspect, more and more games are going cross-platform, i.e., releasing for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 at the same time.
However, many games are still exclusive to some platforms. Just as a game might come out for one console and not the other one, a game might come out for console and not PC - or a game might come out for PC and not console. Not all platforms will have all the same games.