Those who know their way under the shell of a desktop PC can create unique gaming experiences.
Deciding between a dedicated gaming desktop PC and a video games console is one of the biggest choices a gamer can make. In the pre-Millennium gaming era, players had few alternatives to desktop gaming. However, the explosion of video game consoles and their state-of-the-art online capabilities has taken console gameplay to a whole new level – rivalling desktop gaming computers for realism.
That said, PC gaming still boasts a larger choice of games, both online and offline. If you are currently sitting on the fence about whether to buy a gaming computer or not, let’s consider the pros and cons.
The advantages of gaming desktops
The reality is that most people around the world today have basic desktop PCs. Many of which are upgradable to be transformed into dedicated gaming desktops. Better still, it’s possible to customise almost every aspect of a basic PC into a specialised gaming computer. By investing in a high-end graphics card, your computer will be able to churn out crystal clear, high-definition visuals on a par with games consoles (if not better).
You don’t have to sit around and wait to be told when you can have a next-generation gaming computer either. Unlike gaming consoles, which bring out new versions of their devices every five years, there’s nothing stopping you from upgrading your RAM or CPU whenever you feel like it. All that’s required is a steady hand, a screwdriver and a little technical know-how.
Although upfront and upgrading costs of gaming PCs are somewhat higher than buying a gaming console, the cost of the games themselves is significantly cheaper. In fact, there are plenty of mega popular free online multiplayers that prove just as successful as the video games that cost $50 or more.
The cons of gaming desktops
Of course, the primary issue with buying a gaming desktop or building one from scratch is that it costs significantly more than an entry level PC. Expensive computer issues like motherboard replacements will easily cost you three figures. If you don’t have the additional funds to hand immediately, or your credit history means that most traditional lenders won’t consider giving you the funds to splash out, a bad credit loan could be the ideal solution.
Even if you have multiple defaults on your history or even an outstanding default, you can get a short-term loan that’s assessed and approved on a case by case basis, rather than looking at your long-term credit history.
Furthermore, if you consider yourself to be more of a casual gamer than a serious one, a gaming desktop might not be the right thing for you. Too often, PC game developers get carried away with unnecessarily tedious and complex keyboard commands that can make gameplay appear confusing to those who prefer ‘pick-up-and-play’ action.
It’s also worth noting that not every PC game released will be compatible with your desktop. Some games require specific graphics cards and operating systems to run. That’s one major benefit of games consoles, as every game released offers 100% compatibility.
In summary, there will always be a demographic that loves desktop gaming. It’s the ability to modify your PC to create unique gaming experiences that puts games consoles in the shade. But it’s not hard to acknowledge the benefits of consoles among casual gamers that don’t have 24 hours of solid gameplay to dedicate to learning the ropes.