PC-Gaming-vs-Console-GamingWhile most gaming is done on consoles, the PC actually wins hands down as a gaming platform – it's faster, upgradable and customizable. Console gamers might not have to worry about constantly upgrading or tweaking their hardware or checking to see if their hardware specifications meet the system requirements of a particular game, but they still miss out in a number of areas.

Ultimately, while consoles may be better suited to more casual gamers, serious gamers will almost inevitably go for a high-end desktop computer rig for the following reasons:

1 – Keyboard and Mouse Input

While console gamers usually use control pads which are designed exclusively for gaming, PC users normally use a keyboard and mouse for input. While keyboards and mice are not primarily designed for gaming, they are vastly superior with many types of video games. For example, in first- or third-person games, using a mouse is much better for looking around or changing the direction your character is facing than trying to use a fiddly analogue stick or D-pad. A keyboard also provides you with many more keys than any gamepad or joystick could ever do, giving you plenty of key-binding potential in the games which need it most.

2 – Better Graphics

Although console graphics are constantly evolving as well, they only do so with each new console generation. A high-end PC provides a great deal more processing power than any console could ever do, and while the best components might not come cheap, you'll be able to get a lot more out of your video games from even relatively modest hardware. Desktop computers also offer higher screen resolutions and much better quality textures than most console games, and this is possible because desktops have more memory and more powerful graphics cards. By contrast, the graphics in console games are often scaled down so that the games can run smoothly on machines which are already a few years old. A quick glance at the graphical settings of any PC game will reveal a huge amount of additional features which you can enable provided that you have suitable hardware. Console games provide virtually no such versatility.

3 – Free Fan-Made Content

Once you complete a console game, that's pretty much the end of it in most cases. However, many of the more popular PC games have large communities of modders who make free additional content for the game. Take the Elder Scrolls series, for example – the game has literally hundreds of mods available for it, including graphical enhancements, new player and non-player characters, new missions and even entirely new areas of the game to explore. The console version of the game has absolutely none of these other than the official DLCs released by the game's developers. In conclusion, the lifespan of such games is much greater with the PC versions, while consoles have no modding community at all.

4 – Upgradable and Customizable Hardware

Consoles are relatively simple machines. You plug them in, load up a game and start playing. It is their sheer ease of use and lack of complications which make them as popular as they are. However, most serious gamers would rather enjoy the freedom of being able to tinker with their machines in order to tweak and upgrade them. With console gaming, you can only wait for the next generation of gaming console to be released, and this generally happens only once every two or three years. With a desktop computer, you can upgrade at any time to take advantage of newer technologies. Many of these upgrades are quite affordable too, particularly if the components have already been around for a while.

5 – Cheaper Games

Most PC games are significantly cheaper than their console counterparts due to a number of reasons, including console licensing restrictions and the fact that, with a console, you are tied to one online service which prevents you from shopping around for a better deal. Publishing costs for PC games also tend to be lower, particularly given the increasing popularity of digital downloads over physical copies. After being out for around a year, new PC games also tend to drop dramatically in price, with many older titles being available for a fraction of their original prices.

Thanks to Craig and his team of writers and researchers at SellCell.com, for helping provide information that has been used in this post.