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At what point does a PC become better than a PS3 or Xbox 360?

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May 24, 2013 6:44:05 PM

Most of my gaming friends swear to me that a PC cannot give a better gaming experience than a gaming console( PS3 and Xbox 360). I argued that it would cost more money, a PC can reach a point of being better. I don't know how to explain how it could be better though. Please help me.

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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2013 6:49:04 PM

Nvidia wise: 7800 GTX 512, 7900 GTO, 7900 GTX, GT 430, GT 530 Go (mobile): 550M
AMD wise: Discrete: X1900 XT, X1950 XT, X1900 XTX

Consoles play at a cap of 30fps at a max of 720p generally. It doesnt take that much gpu power to beat that requirement


edit: in reality, AMDS built in IGPU on their highest APU is about the same level. the upcoming intel gt3 should also be better than it.
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May 24, 2013 7:01:36 PM

The gaming experience itself can be different on a console and PC. The PC is more capable that the XBOX 360, or PS3, but that doesn't make it a better gaming experience, it just makes the graphics and games run better and faster.

I think that what they're saying is that you buy a PS3, and go get a game, and it just works without any drivers, patches, tweaks or anything else which translates into a better gaming experience. This isn't always the case with PC games because many games require newer graphics drivers, patches, and other tweaks.
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May 24, 2013 7:11:55 PM

The upcoming Xbox One and PS4 are using graphics processors similar to the HD 7790 and HD 7870 (respectively), so its performance is a little more matchable to the gaming experience on the PC. However, the cpus on the new gaming systems are relatively weak (understandable, since you're only going to be using a console for gaming and won't need the compute power for anything else). All in all though, when you look at the somewhat-affordable top of the line GPUs of today's market (GTX 670 seems to be popular at $350), it's still much better quality than those in the upcoming consoles. If you look even higher, at the GTX Titan and the HD 7990 at $1000 each, their quality is much much better.

However, since if you're on a console, you're probably using a TV and only rendering at 1080p (1920x1080), whereas on a PC you might get a triple monitor setup and decide to render at 5760x1080, the gpus in the consoles should be enough. But PCs are still better.
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May 24, 2013 7:38:48 PM

Essej Sniggoc said:
Most of my gaming friends swear to me that a PC cannot give a better gaming experience than a gaming console( PS3 and Xbox 360). I argued that it would cost more money, a PC can reach a point of being better. I don't know how to explain how it could be better though. Please help me.


when they say better gaming experience is it referring to graphic or gameplay or both? graphic wise PS3/360 won't be able to beat PC. gameplay wise it depends. some games are better with mouse and keyboard and some other with controller. for me any shooting games are better with mouse + keyboard combo (first and third person shooter). for games like DMC it is better played with controller.
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May 24, 2013 10:11:19 PM

renz496 said:
Essej Sniggoc said:
Most of my gaming friends swear to me that a PC cannot give a better gaming experience than a gaming console( PS3 and Xbox 360). I argued that it would cost more money, a PC can reach a point of being better. I don't know how to explain how it could be better though. Please help me.


when they say better gaming experience is it referring to graphic or gameplay or both? graphic wise PS3/360 won't be able to beat PC. gameplay wise it depends. some games are better with mouse and keyboard and some other with controller. for me any shooting games are better with mouse + keyboard combo (first and third person shooter). for games like DMC it is better played with controller.


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May 25, 2013 6:05:33 AM

None. It's like asking at which point do apples become better than oranges. Console games are written for consoles and their very specific sets of hardware. PC games have to conform to a lowest common denominator configuration (Minimum System Requirements).

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May 25, 2013 11:50:42 AM

To my understanding, you can have a choice between mouse+keyboard or controller on the PC. So would it be safe to say this: The more money you are willing to spend, the better experience you will get?
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May 25, 2013 1:20:44 PM

No, it's not safe to say that. You can spend $400 on a gaming console and have a great gaming experience. You can spend $400 on a graphics card for a PC and have a crap gaming experience or an incredible gaming experience. It all depends on the software. Software is written for specific hardware. Again, apples and oranges. You cannot compare the two (so stop trying).

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May 25, 2013 2:59:27 PM

What I'm saying is.... a $400 gaming will give a gamer a great experience; however, a $1500-$2000 PC rig will give an even better experience. If this was not true then why would companies manufacture PC components (MOBOs, CPUs, GPUs, RAM, SSDs) that are more expensive alone than gaming consoles? I believe the reason these companies manufacture such components is to allow an opportunity for a customer to create a better experience than a console offers.

-There is a good tasting apple and then there is a better tasting apple (going from a PS3 to a PS4). Finally, there is the best tasting apple (the highest level gaming PC). I understand that you cannot compare oranges to apples; however, you can compare apples to apples (both of them can be used for gaming).
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May 25, 2013 4:03:54 PM

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What I'm saying is.... a $400 gaming will give a gamer a great experience; however, a $1500-$2000 PC rig will give an even better experience.


Wrong. As I said, it's based on the software (game). If a game is written to run on the specifications of a $400 console it will not run any better on a $1500 gaming PC. If a game is written to run only on a $1500 gaming PC, then it won't run on a $400 console at all.

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If this was not true then why would companies manufacture PC components (MOBOs, CPUs, GPUs, RAM, SSDs) that are more expensive alone than gaming consoles?


Because there is more to the computing world than games. Some of us actually use computers for work.

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I believe the reason these companies manufacture such components is to allow an opportunity for a customer to create a better experience than a console offers.


Again you are mistaking a console gaming experience (apple) to a PC gaming experience (orange). The two are not comparable.

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February 3, 2014 7:36:50 AM

the problem with PC gaming is that u have to keep buying latest processors and gpu's around each 3/4 years and that is the case if ur current gpu is one of the best.. while an xbox or a ps3 has an awesome cpu and driver that could be ratted 9/10 when talking in pc language !
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February 5, 2014 6:36:04 AM

It has been a awhile since I posted this. But I have some thoughts that I would like to share. Ok so one is playing his xbox one or PS4. He takes a look at it and thinks to himself, "Yep. I bought that." Meanwhile. A PC gamer looks at his rig and thinks, "Yep, I bought, built, and configured that." A gaming PC will always give a better gaming experience just because we build them ourselves. One can take pride in what he or she has accomplished. With a console, one goes to the store and just buys it. With all that being said, look at a gaming PC. Taking gaming away from it and look what it is still capable of.



LONG LIVE PC GAMING.!!!!!!
DEATH TO CONSOLES!!!!!!
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