Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Games & RecreationVideo & Online Games · 2 months ago

Why are we continuously buying video game consoles, and not just using our computers?

I mean there must be a more cost efficient way to just keep upgrading your computer, and eliminating video game consoles.

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  • 1 month ago

    You could learn to build your own computer but that only goes so far. The problem us that the older motherboard in computers eventually can't handle the upgrades needed to keep up with newer games. Some graphics cards are incompatible with some boards, specific processor types only can be used and only up to certain specs (core count for example) and the RAM can only be increased so much vefore the motherboard cant take it anymore. As for the motherboard, thats the most expensive part on a computer (that and the processor), so if you plan to upgrade that, you might as well just go out and buy a new computer.

    A more simple solution would be to just go back to some of the older games. Retro games are becoming a big thing now. NES, SNES, SEGA Genesis, N64. Its making a comeback. You could probably find older computer games for a decent price too. I suggest looking into it

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  • 2 months ago

    Zelda and Mario

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  • 2 months ago

    computer gaming is way more expensive than playstion or xbox

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  • 2 months ago

    plumbers dont were ties

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  • JerryL
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    consoles are cheapter and easyer controls  two its made for video games three if you want a pc plays video games you got buy a gameing pc they more expsensive then consoles

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  • 2 months ago

    To put it in bluntly...  Ease of Use.

    Video game consoles are use-specific devices (playing games) that get technical updates with each generation to keep up with the times.  While it can do a few other things (like streaming media & possible web browsing), but it's primarily to play games.  It also tends to have that "Just Works" ideal as users don't have to worry about specs.

    PC's are GENERAL-USE devices.  They can be used for office work, web browsing, image / audio / video editing as well as playing games...  it's practically the "Swiss Army Knife" of electronics.  It can do a lot of things, but not anything particularly well unless specifically designed for it.  As a result, you have to fuss over specs in order to ensure a game will work properly.

    WITH THAT SAID, we are getting ever closer to that technical singularity where game consoles & PC's will be nearly indistinguishable.  Microsoft has been working on this with their consoles, as the XBox was originally called the "Direct X Box" as it was primarily utilizing Direct X for games.  They later created a framework (XNA) for XBox 360 & now the Universal Windows Platform with the XBox One, which made the conversion between console & PC easier (with little or no modifications to the code).

    About 5 years ago, there was a drive to make PC's more console like with "Steam Machines", which didn't span out as well as PC makers wanted & eventually discontinued such systems.  However, Big Picture Mode in Steam is a lasting legacy of this, allowing users to navigate Steam like it's a game console with their current Windows PC (as game publishers haven't warmed up to Linux, even though Valve created Steam OS as Linux-friendly option).

    HOWEVER, until PC's become as user-friendly as consoles, there's always going to be that separation between them.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Who is forcing you other than better and newer games?

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  • Jo
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Yeah seriously, using computers are way easier all around..

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  • Raditz
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Consoles has cheaper starting price, and it can still play games with little compromises after 6+ years. Consoles also pretty much still got the "plug & play" nature, which is still much easier to set-up than PC.

    PC has a much higher starting price, and you need to compromise some stuffs if you wanted to play games 6+ years later. Well, unless you upgrade your PC, which cost you more money. You also need to install lots of stuffs in order to play, and also compatibility check if your PC meets the requirements or not.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    A console is much cheaper than a gaming pc. The latest generation consoles are like $400 or so, a gaming pc might set you back 5 timss that much.

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