Join any online forum and you'll most likely find incredibly polarising viewpoints thrown around. The word fanboy (or fangirl/fanperson if you want to be politically correct) is then used to describe the extreme enthusiasts that are often unable or unwilling to see the flaws of the product/brand/technology they support.
For this article, the writers at HWM choose their sides and duke it out for topics close to heart. Can we find a middle ground, or is the world really just black or white?
WHY THE PC IS SUPERIOR
Power and customisability, the PC offers these and more.
by Kenny Yeo
If you are serious about gaming then there is only one platform for you. I'm talking, of course, about the PC. Sure, console gaming has its advantages, such as ease of use, relative affordability and all that, but the PC is superior, my friend. Let me tell you why.
Firstly, the PC is vastly more powerful than the console. This is especially true as the current crop of "next-generation" consoles such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are really disappointing from a technical point of view. Even today, both consoles from Microsoft and Sony cannot reliably render games at 1080p Full HD resolution. For example, Battlefield 4 and Watch Dogs are two demanding games and the Xbox One can only manage 720p for Battlefield 4 and 792p for Watch Dogs, whereas the PlayStation 4 can only go up to 900p for both titles. This is 2014 for goodness sake, and is 4K not the next big thing? How then can we still be fussing over machines that cannot handle Full HD visuals?
PC gamers have been enjoying Full HD gaming for at least the past seven years and just about any system with a modern mainstream graphics card can comfortably handle games at Full HD resolution so long as you keep the graphics settings at a moderate level. And, graphics cards are only getting better and more affordable; the fastest graphics cards today can handle resolutions of up to QHD (2,560 x 1,440) and WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) comfortably even with the graphics settings turned up to 11.
This brings me nicely to my next point - PC is all about flexibility. While consoles let you play games without worrying about system requirements, you have pretty much zero options when it comes to graphics settings and resolution. Some might enjoy this kind of simplicity, but like I said, if you are serious about gaming, PC offers more adjustability and gives users the ability to tweak the settings to their liking. If you have a powerful system, turn up the resolution and graphics settings and enjoy sharper, crisper images and better visuals.
And if you have multiple displays, better yet, you can get an even wider viewing perspective that can not only improve your gameplay, but can also provide you with a more immersive gaming experience. Admittedly, having a powerful system and an elaborate setup will increase costs, but then the PC is more than just a gaming machine. It can be used for other tasks such as web browsing, watching videos, emails, work and more, which can all benefit from your beefy system.
CONSOLES ARE THE FUTURE
Why do you think the PC is in decline?
by Salehuddin Husin
Consoles are awesome. That's not hyperbole, that's the truth. If you want hassle-free, fuss-free, plug and play gaming, they're what you're looking for. I've been a console gamer for more than 20 years, having played from the NES onwards and while I certainly enjoy gaming on the PC, I still find myself going back to consoles.
The PC Master Race will say that the PC will outdo consoles in all aspects, particularly in visuals. I'm not going to say visuals aren't important (they are), but I'd rather sacrifice visuals for better gameplay any day of the week and that's exactly what consoles offer.
Where else are you going to find titles like Halo or Marvel vs Capcom 3? For years, consoles have the edge over PC in terms of exclusives. Look at how Halo (Halo and Halo 2 appeared on the PC only years later) helped establish the Xbox brand or how Uncharted singlehandedly revived the stagnating 3rd person action adventure genre.
Don't even get me started on fighting games. All you need to know is EVO uses consoles for its tournaments. Why does that matter? If the pros only play on the consoles, why would you want to play on an inferior platform? Sure, recent fighting games like Ultimate Street Fighter IV and Blazblue have their PC versions, but a quick search online will show you that they've been plagued with net code or porting issues. That's the thing with consoles. They're simplistic. They do one main thing and they do it well. They don't require you to mess with video options or delve into .ini files to tweak settings. What you see is always what you get. Developers don't have to worry about making their games run, but rather making them good.
As PC gamers continuously have to fork out hundreds, even thousands for upgrades every other year, consoles have hovered around the same price point for decades. With consoles, that lone price is all you have to worry about. You pay that and you can be playing as soon as you get home.
The most important thing in favour of consoles is how they constantly innovate. From playing with samba maracas for Samba de Amigo to swinging a racquet with the Wii Remote, consoles have always been about adopting new ways to play. They might not always catch on (like Seaman) but they offer unique experiences.
The modern console isn't just a gaming machine either. Play Blu-ray discs, connect to the internet, run apps, stream music and movies, the console is now the centre of any connected living room; a complete entertainment system.
That's why, no matter how much I love gaming on a PC, the console will be my first choice for my gaming and entertainment.