So what would you guys say are the advantages and disadvantages of gaming PCs and consoles? Consoles Pros -Inexpensive hardware -Easy to set up and use -Standard hardware gives consumers peace of mind that they'll be set for a generation, and makes them easy for developers to program -Easier to use from a couch, which many find more comfortable -Usually double as a media center; the PS3 for instance is one of the best networked Blu-Ray players on the market Cons -Inferior graphics, ~720p and medium-low settings in most games -Expensive games, $60 new -Online costs money on the Xbox 360 -Inferior controls for certain types of games (FPSs, RTSs, MMOs) -Hardware can't be upgraded -Lots of screaming 12 year old brats in the online -Some genres are underrepresented or nonexistent, namely MMOs and RTSs. =========== Gaming PCs Pros -Superior graphics, especially on a high-end setups -Keyboard and mouse is superior for many games, especially FPSs -Upgradeable hardware -Digital distribution of games (Steam for instance) is far more convenient than physical media -Cheap games, often $10 or less during Steam sales -Better online experience with bigger matches and dedicated servers for most games -Older, more mature players online. You rarely encounter little kids or dudebros. -Piracy is easier, which means you can try before you buy. This is also a con as it tends to scare away developers. Cons -Expensive hardware, high-end video cards are frequently $300+ -Complicated; requires current knowledge of PC hardware to get the best experience -Genres like racing, fighting, and action/adventure are under-represented or non-existent -Laptops with integrated video suck balls for gaming, and unfortunately, that's what your average Joe Sixpack is running. This tends to skew peoples' perceptions of PC gaming. Verdict: Draw. Consoles have cheaper hardware than gaming PCs, but the games are so much more expensive, the cost ends up being about the same in the long run. PCs have better graphics, but consoles are easier to use and more comfortable in a living room setup; so it's hard to really say that one provides a better overall experience than the other. Both platforms have their merit, and your choice will come down to your priorities, personal preference, and which game genres you prefer. For instance, someone who's into fighting games wouldn't be happy with a gaming PC, and someone into strategy games wouldn't be happy with a console. Some genres, like RPGs, are a wash, and are fine on either platform. ====== This is not a troll thread. My actual motive is to drive traffic to our site when people search for "PC vs Console" in Google.