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Game Console Vs PC

 
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I just wondering why people would like to buy game console (PS3, Wii, Xbox360) for playing games. Isn't that a PC with the latest hardware a much more powerful platform? Or, I'd say, the most powerful platform in the consumer market. Besides, you can incrementally upgrade it with the newest h/w while upgrading a game console only means buying a new one?
 
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There are quite a variety of reasons, at least for me.

1) Computer games are always pushing the limit of the hardware, meaning the computer I bought 2 years ago will most likely be able to play all the games, but some of those games I might not be able to get the full experience. With a console all the games for that console will be presented in the best way possible (I'm ignoring different TV types and such).

2) Different games are available for consoles than computers. There are quite a few cross-overs, but nevertheless there are always games out for consoles that are not out for computer. Of course the reverse is also true.

3) The risk of something going wrong with your computer is much higher than with the console. If you have to reformat your computer hard drive you can lose a ton of progress on games, and with the length of some games nowadays that can be a lot of time invested.

Of course, I play games on both consoles and my PC, and really it comes down to a different experience. If it is a game that I have to do a lot while playing, like StarCraft 2, I will play on my PC. First person shooters like Halo and that type I will more likely play it on my Xbox.
 
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But, why would console have a market at all? What advantage does it have over PC? Developers write console game because the hardware is popular, not the reverse. If nobody felt the console had a market niche in the first place, nobody would develop game for it, not to mention developing game solely for console.

Also, my impression is that console hardware is always inferior to the latest PC hardware. Am I right ? For example, "upgrade" to PS2 only means buying PS3.
 
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Alec Lee wrote:But, why would console have a market at all? What advantage does it have over PC? Developers write console game because the hardware is popular, not the reverse. If nobody felt the console had a market niche in the first place, nobody would develop game for it, not to mention developing game solely for console.

Also, my impression is that console hardware is always inferior to the latest PC hardware. Am I right ? For example, "upgrade" to PS2 only means buying PS3.



The lure of console over PC for developers is one hardware spec to worry about. With a console, you know what hardware you can target. Which means you can push the limits to take the most advantage. With PC gaming, you have to consider so many different components and generally, you code to some least common denominator so that you get the largest market.

For consumers, not everyone is computer savvy. It's way easier for an 8 year old to pop a CD into a console and start playing than to go through a long installation process on a PC.
 
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Alec Lee wrote:But, why would console have a market at all? What advantage does it have over PC? Developers write console game because the hardware is popular, not the reverse. If nobody felt the console had a market niche in the first place, nobody would develop game for it, not to mention developing game solely for console.
Also, my impression is that console hardware is always inferior to the latest PC hardware. Am I right ? For example, "upgrade" to PS2 only means buying PS3.



Depends on what you mean by inferior. A computer is build to do many, many different things. A PS2 is build to play PS2 games, and that's it. It doesn't take as much hardware to do that one task.

Part of the reason consoles have a market, I think, is because it has been only fairly recently that computers have been catching up in the entertainment spectrum. I mean I played games on an Apple IIe when I was in elementary school, but Number Munchers vs. Super Mario Bros? The consoles had it. Computers were built for work, consoles for play. Nowadays computers are capable of both, with near equal or equal ability of a console. On the reverse of that, though, consoles are doing more and more things that were previously only available on PC (LAN playing, playing over the internet, streaming video, etc.) I think sometime in the near future we will see a PC/console hybrid emerge, creating a whole new market.

Just my thoughts.

 
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