Ahhhh the infamous console/PC war.. what an interestingly wonderful load of shit it is. At face value, it really just is “what shape do you want your controller to be?” But of course, there is more to it than that. Let’s break it down.

GRAPHICS?

In terms of graphical capabilities, both Xbox and PS4 are now capable of marvellous graphics little 6-year old PS1 me could never even dream of. Comparing the graphics is like comparing two light beers; they’re both practically the same, and they’re both piss compared to anything stronger like a gaming PC or whiskey respectively.

GAMES?

Sony has some of my favourite titles of all time, most of them coming from Naughty Dog (got hooked on Crash Bandicoot and never left ND’s side since), including Uncharted, Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank (even though the movie was garb and clearly a desperate cash grab), Until Dawn, you get the picture. Xbox packs its own punch with games like Gears of War, Halo, Forza, and Sunset Overdrive. However, the 10 top-rated games according to Metacritic for each console yields surprising results: 5/10 of the top PS4 games are exclusives, while only 9/10 of the top rated games Xbox were available on both consoles. Realistically though, its like choosing between red apples and green apples; meat is still better, and there’s more types of meat to choose from.
(sources: http://www.metacritic.com/browse/games/release-date/available/ps4/metascore & http://www.metacritic.com/browse/games/release-date/available/xboxone/metascore)

CONTROLLER?

I’ll be honest, I’m biased here. As a lifelong SONY gamer and not picking up and Xbox till the One, I heavily prefer the Playstation controller – always have anyways. It just FEELS better in my hands, however, I have friends who say the opposite. It’s like a pair of shoes, some people just love running shoes, and others love skateboarding shoes. Both of those people are losers, however, because Heely’s are the bomb, don’t @ me.

FRIENDS?

Home is where the heart is, so wherever your better friends have made their home is likely going to be where your heart draws you to. No stupid analogy here, just real talk.

TECH/HARDWARE?

I make YouTube videos based on gameplay, not comparing which metal parts are shinier. Both use hardware that is/eventually will be outclassed by PCs. Deal with it.

THE VERDICT?

It’s all about preference: Preference for what console puts out slightly better detailing with shadow textures, preference for what franchise of shooter/racing game you prefer even though you’ll probably end up buying plenty of games available to both consoles, preference for which controller fits better in your hands even though you can custom order PS controllers for Xbox and vice versa, preference for who are your better friends, and preference for if slightly higher GPU or CPU gives you that much of a hard-on.

WAIT, WHAT?

PC gaming offers more variety in terms of the types of games (ie. real time strategy), the age of games (still playing Age of Empires II, a 1999 RTS game), controllers (keyboard/mouse not your thing? Plug in a controller), the amount of games (really, no comparison), and customization (these machines can be beasts). Despite all of this, many choose consoles because it is simplified, and that’s where many of the mainstream AAA titles are, à la Read Dead Redemption, The Last of Us, and GTA V (until it finally got a PC release). A PC may be better objectively, but that doesn’t make it the best for everyone.

SO… NOBODY WINS?

Well, yeah, we the gamers win. It’s about having fun and playing great games, not having a pissing contest to see who’s the best… cause pissing straight up in the air alongside other people is kinda weird.

GETTING OFF TOPIC…

The point is, people pick different machines to play on for various reasons; let them be. Don’t try to convert them like a Jehova’s Witness, nobody likes those guys! I play mainly Playstation because I like the games and controllers, and it’s where most of my friends are; I have a Mac for school/editing and don’t have the budget for a gaming PC. That doesn’t make it better, it’s just what I like.

TL;DR: enjoy video games for what they are no matter what platform they’re on. Stronger ≠ better.


edit: what about Nintendo? Eh. All I would own a Nintendo product for is Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, and Mario Party; all of which I’d play when I have a large group of friends over, which is rare, and, therefore, not worth my investment.

 

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