Why You Should Buy a Gaming PC in 2014

If you are a serious gamer there are serious reasons you should consider buying a gaming PC in 2014 if you don't already have one.

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starburp
starburp

lol oh god I've been pc&mac gaming for over 21 years its funny how what use to be considered "Nerd Crap" is becoming an everyday fab

timothyt
timothyt

Personally I stopped upgrading my gaming PC about 5 years ago and I just don't see myself ever getting back into it, at least in the way I used to do it (every 2-3 years upgrading the CPU and GPU, and inevitably the MB, memory and hard drive because I like to play the latest games and "good" settings are never "good enough" for me.  I'm also a huge fan of playing on my TV and personally love controllers vs. keyboard/mouse.  While I love the PC mods I hate the PC cheaters, hacks, viruses and malware.  For me, buying both PS and XBox makes more sense (I bought a PS3 & 360 last gen, I bought a PS4 and am about to buy an XB1 for this gen).


What might change everything for me is the Steam box though, in particular the Alienware box.  We don't know how much they're going to cost really yet, but 99% of what I don't like about PC gaming can be summed up in one word: Windows.  With Steam OS there is no Windows, and while I honestly wonder if we'll see all AAA games ditch DirectX and switch to OpenGL/Mantle etc. so they can run on both Windows and SteamOS, it just might happen.  If it does, and the price for a decent (Alienware) Steam box is somewhere closer to $400 and less like $1000 then yes, I'll probably get back into PC gaming again.

cowenlang
cowenlang

I still prefer PC, because you can easily change/upgrade hardwares and softwares of it which is cheaper than buying a PS1 then buy PS2 then PS3 then PS4 (or XBOXs)...and so on...and most games have a PC version. the only downside is that, I'm a Final Fantasy fan so I still had to buy a console just to play it.

Bobdog52
Bobdog52

i have a gaming pc :) and a ps4 best match ever

randalmcdaniel8
randalmcdaniel8

You should always own a gaming pc it doesnt matter what year it is

Bhemont
Bhemont

Love this video, PC MASTAH race!


Though, was wondering if I should upgrade my rig in 2014 or wait a bit longer.  Hmm...

fester420
fester420

Most modern PC's are capable of gaming.  You may not get the best graphics but they are definitely playable.  Everyone who has a PC should be a PC gamer.

yoda101280
yoda101280

My favorite thing about the next gen consoles is that they're essentially mini-specified PC's so getting cross platform games will be a lot easier.  Titles that a lot of developers usually only did on consoles will likely start to cross over now, like GTA5 will probably be the last GTA that doesn't launch day and date with the console versions.

Falzonn
Falzonn

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for the PC (and indeed gaming in general), with many promising AAA titles, and high profile Kickstarter projects I can't wait to get my hands on.  I find myself looking forwards to this year far more than last.  2014 might indeed be a great year to get a gaming PC.

 I don't say this because I am a 'PC Elitest' spouting "PC master race Wooooo!" at every opportunity (ignore them).  It's because I can't really afford to buy every gaming platform, and I find my computer gives me the most bang for my buck.  I love the sheer number of games available for PC, and the MS & Sony exclusives don't really interest me.  A PC isn't just a gaming platform either, and no matter now many bells, whistles, and functionality Sony or MS put into their new consoles, computers still do most of those things, and can often do them better (like backwards compatability).

  Sure, consoles can cost a bit less, but some smart PC component shopping (some places even build your custom PC for you), combined with great digital stores like Steam, GoG, or Green Man Gaming, you can often get great deals on new games at used console game prices, without screwing over publishers and developers with a lost sale.  Those savings can add up quickly.  

Of course, the PC can have shortcomings, what with some technical knowledge required to build from scratch, to update components, or troubleshoot router/firewall, insallation, or other woes.  Consoles can be great for thir relative ease of use.  Nevertheless, PC's aren't that difficult for the technically inept.  I'm by no means a technical expert.  Everything I've learned about computers comes from Google and Youtube, and my computer is still going strong almost 6 years later without a single upgrade (mind you, I'll need a new dx11 graphics card.  Hello Star Citizen!).


TL;DR:  Don't let price tags fool you, PC's aren't nearly as expensive as console/pc flame wars tend to claim (you don't need top of the line everything).  Just look at the functionality and available games each system gives you, and choose from that.  Love Netflix & gaming on the couch?  Consoles are great for that.  Love Microsoft or Sony exclusives? Then buy their systems.  Love strategy games or mods?  PC's might be for you.  Etc. etc.

  Each platform has something to offer, and for me it's the PC.

Saketume
Saketume

It does look like a great year for PC games is ahead of us.

ooblah
ooblah

@Bhemont  

Depends on your current set-up, whether or not you're getting the Witcher 3.  And if you are getting the Withcher 3, and you want to play it on Ultra-Mega settings to take in all of it's splendor, and your set-up is more than 3 years old, you might want to at least upgrade that GPU.

ooblah
ooblah

@fester420  

I agree.  But one of the biggest draws to PC gaming is strictly the improved visuals and frame rates.  Your average laptop, and workstation desktop won't cut it if that's what you're looking for.

merrickx
merrickx

@fester420  True, but a PC appropriated for gaming will give a much better experience. The best thing is though, it's not 2005 anymore - powerful hardware is inexpensive and accessible :]

ooblah
ooblah

@yoda101280  

Uh, not likely.  It's more than just time constraints, and optimizing it for all platforms.  It's marketing.  Why only sell 25 million copies by releasing across all platforms when you could launch on consoles only and rack up 25 million sold, then release it on PC several months later and sell a few more  million copies.  It's all about maximizing profits.  A gigantic amount of time and money goes into developing games like GTA - they want to see a return that validates all of their hard work and their investments.  GTA V launched at the best time possible - a console transition.  They're inevitably going to release on next gen - people who haven't played it will buy it, and people who already own it will buy it again.  Then they can release it on PC and people who've been waiting for the PC release will finally have it, and many of the people who already own the current and next gen versions will buy it once more because they know the PC version will have the best visuals and an insane amount of mods.  It's marketing.

Bhemont
Bhemont

@Falzonn  FYI, I game on my couch, with my pc and my PS3, both connected to the same monitor.  You can customize your pc however you want, that's the beauty of it.