My family’s love for the PlayStation 3 has soured of late. Ever since my 16-year-old son Max built his killer desktop, this household of three PS3s has experienced a revelation and a revolution — a literal game changer. I’ll let Max tell about it, but before he does, please allow me a “proud dad” moment. Max, a junior at Rio Americano High School in the Sacramento area, is also a part-time computer sales associate at Best Buy in Citrus Heights, and their top one at that. He’s a whiz at selling the Ultrabook and anything else Intel. Also, since the age of 14, he’s run youtube.com/unboxtechnology, a tech review site that helped him earn credentials at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. Bummer that he couldn’t use them. That darn school thing got in the way. ;)
Since I first started playing video games, it has solely been on a console, but with modern technology, the way I play video games is changing. Last month I built my own gaming computer, equipped with a ASUS GTX660 GPU and an Intel Core i7-3770K CPU. I installed a plethora of PC games, including personal favorite “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” and I’m blown away. The powerful 660 always maintains 60 frames per second on COD, and on “Team Fortress 2,” I get 300 frames per second. There are many debates on why PC gaming is better or worse than console gaming, and now having seen what a PC can do, my original opinion and partiality of the PlayStation 3 has drastically changed.
Now a convert, I offer my reasons why PC gaming is superior to that on a console:
• Consoles play games with 20-30fps, a PC with 60+ fps.
• Consoles have 1280×720 and even sometimes sub-HD resolutions, but PCs have 1920×1200 and 2560×1600.
• PCs have better graphics (lighting, textures, etc.).
• Consoles don’t have anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering.
• With a console, you cannot mod the game.
• With consoles, you cannot play multiplayer with more than 16 players, but with PCs, you can play with 50 or more players.
• With PCs, you have a dedicated server, but with consoles you do not. Consoles use peer-to-peer only and that is very bad because if someone lags then everybody lags.
• There are tons of exclusives on PC gaming including “StarCraft II” and “DayZ Standalone.”
• If you like RTS and MMORPGS games, then PC gaming is your only choice.
All in all, the debate of whether PC gaming is superior over console play will be a constant battle, but for this gamer, at least, I’ve seen the light. Thanks to an amazing GPU and CPU, console gaming is game over.