2013 Year in Review - PC

Whether you’re a traditionalist or all about the avante-garde, the PC had what you needed--and then some.

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soeppel
soeppel

PCGamer GOTY 2013 was "Splunky" and that says a lot. Terrible year, glad it's over. 2014 is shaping up to be fantastic though.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

So this video basically covers 4 weeks of the year and only the least interesting things or games released.

SPBoss
SPBoss

Should have mentioned Outlast (first person horror) and Assetto Corsa (racing simulator). Both are brilliant games, and the latter isn't even near completion but is already above and beyond those console 'simulation' racing games out there! 

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

This year was awful for PC gaming. Crappy indies flooding the Steam store. Not a single good game, and with a crappy game such as Path of Exile winning the PC GOTY sums it all up.

GreySeven
GreySeven

The lines between exclusive releases aren't blurring, they're being erased.  Invest in your PC.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

I've been playing PC games from the " Comfort of my own Couch " since 2003.  Wireless since 2006.  the only way to go.

anakvunky
anakvunky

Hmm... i played too much dota2 this year, missed many great games... :'(

HuSSaR83
HuSSaR83

time to play Rome 2 max settings :D

jocoolio13
jocoolio13

I think the PC will start to catch on alot more in the next couple years. Not just because of arguably superior hardware, I just don't think some people realize how practical it really is. Most people need a computer anyway and most likely already have one, and people tend to make a bigger deal out of upgrading a rig than it really is. Also with big picture mode from Steam its just as easy to play in your living room as it is with a console (and even easier later on with the Steam Box). Thanks to Kickstarter and Greenlight, PC's are becoming the forefront of indie development and innovation that was previously controlled solely by big teams in the industry. This competition should force the industry to innovate more frequently now that indie devs are biting at the heels of AAA companies. You can even find games alot cheaper than you can for consoles. The threat of PC game piracy forces companies like games to delve down to lower price points to satisfy their customers. Other than that Kevin did a great job highlighting  all the great things in PC gaming this year. Personally I'm still gonna have to buy a PS4 to enjoy exclusives like MGS:GS/V, but I feel like some people just stick to consoles because in some ways its still a more streamlined experience. If people just do a bit of research they'll realize  switching to PC's isn't all that intimidating. Regardless I look forward to enjoy my rig even more this upcoming year:)

obsequies
obsequies

the year the pc got a real operating system for gaming!

obsequies
obsequies

definitely the year of the pc. I think theres more hit mac games this year than there there were windows games in 2009. Thats kinda a sign that pc gaming is thriving well.

llort-ofthering
llort-ofthering

it was a very very bad year for pc i got Path of Exile for free.i hate free games.

lowgman1234
lowgman1234

All well and good for people with A) $1000+ to get 'next-gen' level hardware, B) don't mind fidgeting around with the many things that can go wrong on a PC (Drivers, software stepping on other software, etc), and C) don't mind ditching physical copies of games for trade in and/or lending. There's a reason consoles are still around, and not everyone likes to work at an office in an office chair for 8 hours a day and then go home and sit in a different office chair for another 4-5 hours.


The PC had a great year, and Valve is making sure it continues to, but the simplicity and price of a console is very persuasive.

WarFox89
WarFox89

@Mr_BillGates Totally agree with you. Steam is becoming a crap, poor budget indie titles platform. Steam machine ? give me a break, instead of pushing the PC gaming forward they are trying to sell console boxed PC's to us !? didn't saw even one good AAA game on PC this year.and even if it was - it's poorly optimized console ports like AC BF of broken games like COD 4 or CODGHOSTS.

Horrible year for PC gaming .

R10nu
R10nu

@KarmazynA quote from the article: 

"Even so, the PC version strikes out with clear advantages over the next-gen releases. A generous smattering of world details is in effect here, adding more grass, rocks, crates to the environment - mainly picked out during pre-race build-ups. Draw distances on PC are also much farther afield than Xbox One and PS4, but altogether, this is a luxury that doesn't affect the look of the game outside of these fleeting stationary moments."

Get some reading comprehension, mate.

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

@RubMyDucky I'd like to add that modding has become an amazing tool to enhance the gaming experience in old games. I recently played System Shock 2 with several graphic, texture and sound mods, and it felt like playing a "current-gen" game... almost.

You can see how the mod community has done wonders for games such as Oblivion, Skyrim, STALKER series, Witcher series, Arma series, etc. Only on PC.

quakke
quakke

@RubMyDucky

And lets talk about compatability.. I can take my 1998 "developed for Windows PC game" and quite possibly play it with a modern Windows. You can't take your 2002 Xbox game and play it with Xbone. Neither can you pop in your PS1 game into a PS3 or PS4 and have it work, since it doesn't support it. You maybe can play it by Re-Purchasing it from PS Store, but that's just more milking.

PC the most versatile.

teknic1200
teknic1200

@anakvunky I'd rather be consumed by one game for 6 months than play this that and the other thing a little here and there.


it's far more engrossing when one game can consume you.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@jocoolio13 If people haven't realized in the past literally 20+ years that PC is not only the best place for games but literally the most useful thing ever made, they aren't going to start realizing it now.

Xbmod_basic
Xbmod_basic

@obsequies Yes because my Win 7 rig has trouble playing games... I really am looking forward to steam trying to consolify my pc, no thanks... The whole reason I am a pc gamer is the fact I love pc gaming.. I don't need tv's or abstract resolutions like "1080p"... just give me my 27" 1920x1200 (yes that' a higher resolution then your magical 1080p) res 60fps and I'll game right here on my monitor, thanks.

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

@obsequiesI assume you're talking about Steam OS? Yeah that thing is nowhere near ready for mainstream use. Give it another year and maybe it'll get there, but right now it's a bit of a mess.

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

@obsequies I dont know what to say to you... PC has always been the "real" OS for gaming. I dont know what OS are you talking about? Does it have to do with the steam machines which cant perform 90% of the functions a "real" PC can?

Ragmon88
Ragmon88

@lowgman1234A - That is an extremely wrong estimation of a PC's price.

B - Software stepping on other software, maybe some anti-virus software. Drivers are no issue, you place your Driver CD in the CD driver and install the driver, download update if needed.

C - You can still buy physical version of the games, just that most people choose not to (you have an option).

Chairs - I am a PC games I have a nice comfy leather arm chair. No office chairs for me thnx. That and you can set up your PC into your living room and play from a sofa/couch with a controller if you want. Versatility the best property of a PC, you have option unlike with a console.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

@lowgman1234I have been gaming for the past 2 years on a $489 Notebook on a 50" tv running 720p with a wireless trackball & usb keypad with extension cable.  Starcraft II, Path Of Exile, BorderLands, F1 2012.  All the Half Life Series, Dead Light...  You can't go into a box store & be told what to buy from some teenager that works off commission.  If you don't know what your looking for or know when the sales are ACTUALLY good, you wont get what your looking for.  For gaming rigs, you need $1000→$2000 ,  That will take you 4-8 years & you can do EVERYTHING, there are no limitations.  The above games listed run higher then 30fps.  I will buy a new gaming rig when I can't play games anymore.  COF & LA Noir are the only games I have had issues playing with a mobile Radeon chipset.

realguitarhero5
realguitarhero5

@lowgman1234 If you get an Xbox One and pay for 5-6 years of Xbox Live, you are already paying $800+, not counting the fact that games on console cost more and you have to buy extra controllers and such.


$800/$850 will get you a computer that will max out almost anything, plus you get the benefits of an ecosystem that is constantly moving forwards instead of compromising.

quakke
quakke

@lowgman1234"and then go home and sit in a different office chair for another 4-5 hours." 

Another one of console imaginations. Or what do you call this?


I'm sitting on my couch, have keyboard on my lap, wireless mouse next to me, and i'm watching it through 37' flatscreen tv that is 2 meters away from me. Doesn't exactly sound like "sitting in a office chair" when i'm playing with my PC.

Hammershock6
Hammershock6

@lowgman1234Processor £160 Motherboard £100 Graphics Card £180 Memory £80 Case £100.  All this stuff was bought last year cause I failed on my last PC and didnt put the processor fan on correctly lol. needless to say most of this stuff I got is 2 or 3 years old appart from graphics card witch is older and survived.  Runs Assasins Creed 4 Black Flag with playable frames Full Graphics part from anti aliasing which is still better than PS4 and I havent even Overclocked yet.


Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77X D3H

i5 3570k 3.4ghz

AMD 6950HD 1GB

8GB 2000MHZ ram


gufberg
gufberg

@lowgman1234 You can buy a 500 dollar PC with better hardware than the Xbox One. I'll list you the parts if you want. 

andmcq
andmcq

@R10nu @Karmazyn Not to mention it's artificially locked at 30fps. Most high end PCs would have no trouble running it at 120fps.

scaperat1
scaperat1

@quakke You can use PS1 discs on a PS3. PS4 has Gaikai (Streaming games).

wolvexrex
wolvexrex

@Karmazyn consoles can never beat pc . It totally lies in the hands of the developers whether they want to do it for consoles or pc. consoles are just inferior  so if they start with it on the inferior version and try to port it into pc or simply try to rush it cause they don't care about pc it ends up pretty bad. It is not the fault of pc. A game is better on a certain console does not make the console better take a more realistic view and you will understand.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

@R10nu @Karmazyn just chill out mate, the whole point of starting discussion is to listen to other arguments, I stated one thing, u proven me wrong, I raised another quote from different source, u disagreed again, this way I have broader perspective on the subject. There is no need to get emotional or aggressive. Just check the video comparisons from the Eurogamer article.this is subjective, but in my opinion ps4 version looks better. I would play this game on TV and console version had nicer bluer effects and more appealing colour schemes. Undoubtfully you will not cone to the same conclusions after seeing the same video, it does not matter, this will only maketjis discussion more intrestting. Can u see how I have just addresses some of the earlier raised points, I did not offend u, I am showing u what I think about the subject, your response might be aggressive but I do for care, different people have different way of communicating...

R10nu
R10nu

@Karmazyn

Well, you've provided only written "evidence" that either directly contradicts your own points or is seriously outdated.

Feel free to post "pictures and comparison videos" and get wrecked on that front too, mate

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

@R10nu who says anything about reading, u need to look at the pictures and comparison videos to see that ps4 is visually better.just calm down, take a deep breath, relax your necks muscles and take it easy. U must have anger management issues, but this is normal these days. Just relax mate.

R10nu
R10nu

@Karmazyn

Now that is not even an article, but a first impression after a hands-on session dating Oct 18. Yeah, it came a month before the actual game release when proper comparisons could take place. 

Yet again, confirming you can't read for shit.

quakke
quakke

@Karmazyn@R10nu 

Yeah, and what's fault is it? Consoles. Because they only ported the shitty console version to PC. If they had made the game for PC and ported it to consoles, it would have worked since that's the proper way of doing things. They did that in the past and everthing worked. Now they develop an inferrior version and also try to get the inferrior version working on PC.


I don't want to touch this with even a stick because it's horrible casual racing game that doesn't even support manual transmission and steering wheel.

gufberg
gufberg

@lowgman1234 I'm and Nvidia/Intel user myself but i do think AMD offers the best bang for the buck although their CPUs are inferior to the Intel equivalents at higher pricepoints. 

gufberg
gufberg

@Sir-DJ @gufberg Yes but so is the PS4's CPU. The point is to make a console equivalent rig for the same price. 

lowgman1234
lowgman1234

That's a decent starter gaming rig - but if there were relative benchmarks for the new consoles and PC that had them in the same boat, I personally think the consoles (ps4 especially) would bench higher than this by a good stretch. In truth we don't really know how powerful the new consoles really are, and won't for some time. The way they're built is not completely like a traditional PC, and that has to speak for something. That said - I have a gaming rig myself already, albeit it needs some upgrades, but it gets the job done for now. If you're just getting into PC gaming this isn't a bad list (although I'm not an AMD fan). But that's me heh.

gufberg
gufberg

@lowgman1234  http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2kPq3 

This is a build that is pretty often recommended at the price range on r/buildapc. The Videocard can easily be overclocke to perform like a 7870 and the mobo leaves room for a CPU overclock as well. Thats more difficult though. 

All in all it pretty much equals the PS4 in terms of Hardware specifications and with a bit of overclocking it may compensate for the optimization advantage on the PS4 :)