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"Just to be a good sport, Iâ€™ll leave out the $250 upgrade to the processor/RAM/motherboard or GPU upgrades that gaming PCs need roughly every three years. You can factor that in if you want."
I always hate this point. The fact is, if you're doing it right, you don't need this 'obligatory' upgrade. I built my PC in 07. I'm still playing every new game at maximum settings with no struggling. I know most PC gamers make upgrades like this regardless - not because they need to, but because they're tech enthusiasts.
Me I prefer the convenience of a gaming computer. All of my games are within mouse clicks so i don't have to bother with disks. Most games can be purchased online so I don't have to go looking around for games or being disapointed when its rented out at blockbuster. I can do work, play a game, ragequit, go back to work, get distracted by the internet, look at porn, play another game all from the same spot. You can't beat that value.
And, keyboard/mouse is still, by far, the best game controler ever.
I always hate this point. The fact is, if you're doing it right, you don't need this 'obligatory' upgrade.
I'm similarly not sure where you're going with your deficit argument. If I buy a game for $60 and get $15 back for it on resale, that game was $45. Same thing for my next game. And my next game. And my PC ga- oh, wait. It may be a net loss, but it's the same net loss you proposed in your article. I'm really not sure how you can't call "getting money back on something" good for the consumer - since that's exactly what it is.
2. Console gamers, though entry level prices may be slightly less, will STILL pay lots of more in secondary costs to achieve the same level of clarity and experience that PC gamers are getting practically out of the box for their setups.
Still going to need elaboration on that point. I had a nice TV and Z5500s set up as my home theater before I ever got a console, and I know there are people like me. What experience are you getting out of your PC that consolers need to pay for?
PC's have been gaming at HD resolutions for a long long time now, and with digital displays being the defacto standard, you have HD gaming at time of purchase now. I don't believe HDTVs are standardized and affordable yet for the average household, upgrading is mandatory to achieve said HD.
I have a laptop that does everything I want for my standard computing tasks. Its integrated graphics will NEVER run a reasonable game.
I don't care about the cost.
I have a PC, I am into PC's.. not Consoles. Used to have Nintendo 64 that is as far as I went.
If I want to game it will be on my PC.
Fine by me. I know which one wins.
It was long though that a good RTS would never come out on console. Then big ol' EA comes along with their recently purchased Westwood Studios and bam two decent RTS on console followed by Bungie's Halo Wars. My point being that MMORPGs will not last forever on PC.
I'm telling you guys 5-10 years from now we will no longer see exclusive titles. And it will come down to preference only. Controller vs. Keyboard/Mouse.
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