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Title: Status of PC Gaming?
Post by: kuoshu on January 27, 2017, 11:34:59 AM
So I've taken a break from PC Gaming... A LONG break from PC Gaming but I remember the halcyon days, the 90's and early 2000's where Best Buy actually had multiple isles filled with colorful boxes of PC games to drool over.

Now it's Steam, GoG, and other online options. I lurk on Steam here and there and it looks like a lot of poorly built indie games along with to high production value titles hidden in the chaf.

The thing is, I am also seeing a lot of folks on here talking about it, and I'm wondering who here is big into PC gaming and what percentage of your time are you finding your self on the PC vs Console?

I'm trying to decide whether to spend my refund check on a new gaming rig or not and I value people's opinion here.

Title: Re: Status of PC Gaming?
Post by: Udder Juice on January 27, 2017, 12:04:41 PM
I've typically always done some PC gaming while leaning towards consoles.  At the end of the Xbox 360 life span I made the switch to full on PC gaming.  I still buy Nintendo consoles but other than the rare exclusive title nearly everything it released on all platforms and the games tend to look and run better on PC.

Steam now has Big Picture mode designed for using Steam on your TV and with a controller it's just like a console experience.  And now I don't have to worry about backwards compatibility when the next generation comes out.  My game library will always be functional and ready to play.  I don't think I'll ever buy an Xbox or PlayStation console again.
Title: Re: Status of PC Gaming?
Post by: JP0le on January 27, 2017, 12:18:15 PM
I'm probably 90% PC, 10% console (only for console exclusives and Nintendo games). I have my PC connected by HDMI to my basement TV, and I have a Steam Link connected to my living room TV for streaming to a different floor of the house.

Agree that with features like Big Picture Mode and Steam Link it can be quite easy to play PC titles as if you were playing a console. There's definitely more troubleshooting involved because you're in charge of the software and setup, but the trade off is way more customization. A great example would be playing maxed out Skyrim with any mods you want on your big screen with a controller - best of both worlds!

Also, I would argue that I find way better "deals" on PC games (GotY editions, package deals, etc) than I do for their console counterparts.

As for cost, PC gaming can be scaled whereas console gaming your stuck at the MSRP. You can build the meanest PC rig around to game at 4k 120FPS, or you can build a more modest system that plays all the most recent content for around the cost of a console (or less depending on what you already have for parts).

TLDR: My PC is my main gaming solution because I love to tinker with it and love the customization. Half the time I play my PC games "like console" by using Big Picture mode on Steam.
Title: Status of PC Gaming?
Post by: SmorgasBorgnine on January 27, 2017, 12:40:39 PM
I was a console gamer until the late life of the x360. When they cut off the family plans I could no longer justify the expense of xbox live. I went all in on PC gaming and have no desire for any current gen console (Nintendo switch could change that.)

The pros are numerous. 
~Huge library that is backwards compatible (some really old games may require jumping through hoops, however)
~Cheap games (humble bundle, steam, greenmangaming, and more).  Subscribe to and it will email you when any game on your wishlist is on sale, and you can even set a threshold for the notification (ie 50% or lowest price ever)
~Better than cheap, there are free games.  Origin and uplay do freebies every month or two. Steam has given away left 4 dead and Portal before and humble bundle does freebies occasionally. 
~No fee to play online.  Most of the gaming features of Xbox live (party chat, game servers, online game manuals, forums, mods) are already in steam and the other dashboards (origin, uplay) or chat utilities (discord) without the ads.
~Better hardware which leads to better graphics and fps. You also can upgrade hardware as you see fit with few proprietary hurdles. 
~Xbox has play anywhere initiative so you can play Forza and gears 4 on PC and use Xbox live chat and matchmaking with xbone users so there is potential for missing out on exclusives is shrinking. 

The biggest negative is the initial cost.  If you buy a new top of the line pc, it will be expensive. You may also catch the upgrade and building bug and spend more than you need to in order to maximize the experience. 

You can build your own pc for far cheaper than a pre built and I would suggest doing a Google search for the potato masher videos to see how far you can really stretch a buck when doing a PC build with trying to get PS4 and xbone quality.  I personally feel I save money in the long run by getting games cheaper and not paying monthly fees but a lot will depend on your gaming habits.
Title: Re: Status of PC Gaming?
Post by: GRD 4 3L on January 27, 2017, 02:20:45 PM
I went backwards.  I started as PC gaming but switched to full console when 360 arrived.

My life is already complicated and I like simplicity at the expense of customization.  As for the cost, I buy maybe 2~3 full priced game per year so discounts are not of priority.  I also only play a handful of games a time and rarely play older games.

Plus, I've got a work laptop + work MS Surface as a secondary portable computer.  PC's just remind me of work . . . which I don't need at home.

Going to trade in current XB1 for XB Scorpio (probably will be about $500) later this year and I figure that's all I'll be buying for next 5 years or so.

Maybe Nintendo Switch . . . to play Zelda.

And in the distance, PS4 . . . to play Gran Turismo . . .
Title: Re: Status of PC Gaming?
Post by: Udder Juice on January 27, 2017, 07:21:02 PM
I forgot to mention the crazy deals on PC.  It got to the point where I would trade in console game because I wanted to reduce the price of a release day game but I hated doing it because I knew Gamestop was getting all the profit from that and the actual game creators got nothing.  Now even if I get the game on crazy discount I know the developers are getting a cut and not some third party.

I also got a pretty sweet work laptop last year and I installed Steam on it and a couple of my games that I was able to take to Maryland on Xmas vacation and play a few game at my in-laws which was cool.

I see it more as an all-in-one solution that you can upgrade as needed and your game library is going to last at least as long as you live.  :P
Title: Re: Status of PC Gaming?
Post by: VanishedNine on January 28, 2017, 08:51:07 AM
I am probably 50% PC and 50% console. I have a very good PC for gaming, a PS4 and Xbox One. I mainly play on the console on weeknights, due to the more pick up and play style, and for what GRD mentioned. I spend 90% of my workday on a it is nice to take a break from that sometimes. I play more on the PC on weekends.

I do like Steam, and there can be some great sales on Steam.

One of the downsides, is that everyone has a launcher now...Blizzard, Steam, Origin...and I am sure others as well...which can jumble up things some.
Title: Re: Status of PC Gaming?
Post by: Hawk1018 on February 01, 2017, 12:49:26 PM
I play PC only and switched when xbone and ps4 came out.  For all of its flaws I think I still like PC better at this point because I can always work around a problem and the games go on sale more often. 
Title: Re: Status of PC Gaming?
Post by: kuoshu on February 04, 2017, 08:57:12 AM
Some good points here, I used to build my own boxes all the time. Got out of that when I fled WOW back in 2009. Space is an issue so I'm thinking more laptop. Republic of Gamers is likely due to price point, limited space, and portability.

It sounds like I'll have to look at the online market more closely.

Thanks for the info!