In a world where we’re all trying to spend a little less without sacrificing the things we enjoy, making the switch to PC gaming is a step in the right direction. Looking at the initial costs may make it look otherwise, but in the end if you’re into both video games and saving money, you’ll want to ditch your console and switch over to the PC side.
Your Console Isn’t Cheaper Than A PC
You may think it is, but it really isn’t. Most families already own a PC. It may not be the best PC or the fastest or the most advanced graphically, but you already own one. It’s a multipurpose system that lets you watch movies and television shows, send emails to your friends, keep up with social media, do your homework and play video games. Computers have become as necessary as phones were a generation ago, and they come ready and willing to play video games of all kinds. Why spend the extra money, anywhere from $300 to $500, on a system that only plays video games when you already have one that does, especially in an era where most video games are released across all platforms – including the PC? For that same amount of money you could update the graphics card in your PC, allowing it to carry you through at least two more generations of gaming consoles. And those estimated costs don’t even include the various gadgets you’d need to invest in. Memory cards, extra controllers, and sometimes special controllers just to play your game of choice. PC’s rarely require these extra gadgets and come programmed to function just fine between your keyboard and mouse.
Games Are Cheaper
This is another one of those scenarios where the way it looks like on the outside isn’t exactly accurate. A brand new game release may be the same price across all console versions, but you stand a much better chance of getting your PC games for less because of one simple fact: market competition. Sure, some people will go into a brick and mortar store to buy their PC games, but most won’t anymore. Retail chains know that console gamers still mostly buy their games in stores, in part because the only other option is via their console’s digital system. PC gaming is not as restrictive. You can buy it in the stores, or from any number of online digital retailers.
Steam is by far the most popular, and also the company most likely to deal you in on some major deals. It’s not unheard of for Steam to mark down newly released games as low as $20 off the original price within a month of release. You’d be hard pressed to find an Xbox, Playstation or Nintendo deal that good that soon after release. We may someday when online market competition for virtual console games is just as high as it is for the PC, but today is certainly not that day.