Gamers throughout the world have been engaging in a longtime argument: which works better for online gaming, PCs or consoles? Those of you still stuck in the twentieth century might not realize that consoles indeed can be used for online gaming: they have internet capabilities. And certainly people recognize that consoles were created for gaming, and thus that might make them superior in the online gaming realm. However, we have to recognize that the PC has far more memory and thus stability in the online gaming realm. Besides these two options, though, we have much more to consider when looking at these two options.
The biggest downfall of online gaming through a console is simply the lesser memory it has. The majority of gaming consoles utilize memory cards to save information, and these are incrementally smaller than the memory available on a PC. For example, a Playstation card holds approximately 8 MB of ram. Whereas a PC will typically hold hundreds of MB of ram.
You have barely enough room on a memory card to save what you need much less what you want. A person using a console will constantly find himself in need of more memory cards and thus he’ll be regularly forking over more dough to just save the elements of a game or he has to make the critical decision of erasing something that he wouldn’t have to even consider if he was using a PC.
Consoles also come with limited processing speed, which increases the upload and download speed of a game. A person cannot change his processing speed on his console once he’s purchased it. However an owner can upgrade his PC speed with a new processor chipset. His computer speed will jump astronomically. Additionally, these types of upgrades cost very little, and the PC owner himself can install them, thereby sidestepping the fees of a techie.
Sound matters to a gamer. And that’s why a PC might also surpass the console for the professional player. While many consoles come with digital sound, their sound processing chips have many problems, primarily the lack of adjustment and mixing options. With a PC, the owner can purchase and install a new sound card for optimal sound quality. He’ll have to find a store selling computer accessories, but after that, it’s high flying with easy installation. Great sound can make a mediocre game great.
Games of the twenty first century have set themselves apart with incredible graphics. But a person needs an incredible screen to see these incredible graphics. Those who use their console regularly to play online games risk stealing the television from a loved one in the house and thereby creating familial disharmony. However, we have to recognize that playing a game on a big screen TV certainly can make the game exciting. But in the end, you have to ask yourself what matters most: a big screen or a happy family.