I feel like a little crazy for wanting a console

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#1 Posted by lamm77 (2 posts) -

I already have a nice gaming PC, and plenty of games, but part of me misses the "chilling on the couch" experience of owning a console, there's just something about them that make gaming more fun and comfy/cozy.

What I actually WANT to do is get myself a nice laptop (I love the laptop form factor) for mundane home office stuff, and either an XB1 or a PS4 for gaming on the couch next to the window.

Then I would somehow have to sell off my gaming PC and start building up a console collection (that's expensive.)

What to do, what to do.

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#2 Posted by Litchie (24348 posts) -

Get a Switch. Why would you get a PS4 or Xbox if you have a PC? Switch has games that aren't just worse versions of your PC games.

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#3 Posted by SaltSlasher (1318 posts) -

I felt crazy buying a PS4 and Switch, I mostly regret it, especially the Switch and Vita. Not cause I didn't love half the games, but felt excessive. There was plenty on my PC to play and had Xbox One for any console exclusives (like GTAV) and for 360 games. I didn't need to add anything on top with PC with great graphics. I made dumb mistake of buying an extra console over just overspending on my PC.

However, I do like having a system on my TV, and the HTPC I built just isn't for the kids, they love Xbox as do all my cousins and nieces/nephews. So the Xbox is perfect for living room, especially for media, especially since it doesn't block my TV channels like PS4 does cause wants me to use their own PS Vue TV service.

Switch would be nice if it wasn't a piece of shit with a few great expensive games. The Switch Lite might have fixed a lot of basic problems it had, but again, I don't want to get Switch again unless games I must play.

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#4 Posted by ButDuuude (1429 posts) -

@Litchie: Switch has games that are worse versions of PS4/Xbox/PC games...

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#5 Edited by Litchie (24348 posts) -
@ButDuuude said:

@Litchie: Switch has games that are worse versions of PS4/Xbox/PC games...

And PS and Xbox has some games that aren't just worse versions of PC games. But I think you still got my point.

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#6 Posted by pyro1245 (5264 posts) -

I built an HTPC for that.

Steam Big Picture mode + controller feels a lot like a console experience these days.....

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#7 Posted by Ten_Pints (3915 posts) -

Get both,

Or if most games are on Steam get a Raspberry pi zero and use it as a steam link to get the console experience without moving your PC.

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#8 Posted by Ant_17 (12908 posts) -

Bit late for a PS4 or Bone.

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#9 Posted by Random_Matt (4325 posts) -

Selling PC for consoles?

Laptop for office work? You can get a gaming laptop if you want to desperately want to sit next to the window.

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#10 Edited by pelvist (7455 posts) -

A friend of mine did this earlier this year. Sold his PC and got a PS4 and Switch with some games. He was raving about how much more convenient it is for a few months. Then the novelty wore off, he spent 1800 on a new PC 2 weeks ago and the consoles didn't help pay for it much as no one wants to pay any more than a bag of peanuts for them.

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#11 Posted by Random_Matt (4325 posts) -
@pelvist said:

A friend of mine did this earlier this year. Sold his PC and got a PS4 and Switch with some games. He was raving about how much more convenient it is for a few months. Then the novelty wore off, he spent 1800 on a new PC 2 weeks ago and the consoles didn't help pay for it much as no one wants to pay any more than a bag of peanuts for them.

He get ryzen?

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#12 Posted by WitIsWisdom (5370 posts) -

This late in the game unless you get a Switch I would just wait for the PS5 or Xbox whatthehellever.

Your reasons are the same reasons I've never bought a super expensive gaming PC. I do play a few games on my laptop though. I am just more of a console gamer and love playing on my couch with a controller. I like the element of human error while playing shooters and that is why I prefer using a controller. It makes it feel more challenging to me.

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#13 Posted by appariti0n (2807 posts) -

Agreed, that's the biggest downside to PC. Can't sit on the couch and relax with controller.

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#14 Edited by navyguy21 (15260 posts) -

@appariti0n: Why not? I have my pc connected to a 55in 4k HDR TV with the tower beside my home theater system. Also, build (or buy) a small form factor case/pc if you want it smaller.

I haven't played a pc game at a desk in almost 10 years.

Steam even enables desktop control with a controller or just use big picture if you want to go full console

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#15 Posted by pdogg93 (1678 posts) -

Get a PS4 pro. That way you have access to all the top rated games available. Xbox is a waste of money

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#16 Edited by appariti0n (2807 posts) -

@navyguy21: But I've heard PC is full of hackers. Arent you worried your TV will get hacked by being connected to it?

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#17 Posted by lundy86_4 (53870 posts) -

I'm chilling on my couch right now and using my PC. That being said, there is nothing wrong with wanting a console... They have some great games.

If you want a console, then save and buy one... Or move your PC to where your couch is...

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#18 Posted by X_CAPCOM_X (8706 posts) -

Is there a game or games you want on these systems? If you have a PC, you can play most games *any* way you want, meaning with a PS4 controller, X1 controller, even a PS3 or X360 controller as well as kb/m etc. You could also play them in an unequivocally better setting.

Unless you really want to play ps4 exclusives or Switch exclusives (or console/timed exclusives), I'd recommend you stick to the PC. It can also play Xbox games -- don't forget.

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#19 Posted by DragonfireXZ95 (25509 posts) -
@appariti0n said:

@navyguy21: But I've heard PC is full of hackers. Arent you worried your TV will get hacked by being connected to it?

Is this a serious question? Lol

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#20 Posted by clone01 (27551 posts) -

I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting a console, but I wouldn't sell your PC to do it.

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#21 Posted by Vaidream45 (2036 posts) -

Switch and PC make a fantastic duo.

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#22 Posted by Vaidream45 (2036 posts) -

Switch and PC make a fantastic duo.

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#23 Edited by lundy86_4 (53870 posts) -

@DragonfireXZ95 said:
@appariti0n said:

@navyguy21: But I've heard PC is full of hackers. Arent you worried your TV will get hacked by being connected to it?

Is this a serious question? Lol

It's not. appariti0n isn't a dumb-dumb lol.

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#24 Posted by uninspiredcup (35084 posts) -

@Litchie said:

Get a Switch. Why would you get a PS4 or Xbox if you have a PC? Switch has games that aren't just worse versions of your PC games.

Correct.

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#25 Posted by sakaiXx (6087 posts) -

Is the switch emulator ready yet? Just emulate the ps3 and switch for your console fix.

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#26 Posted by mojito1988 (3714 posts) -

I would just wait for the next generation If I were you. Most of the Xbox games are already coming out on PC from now on so that is just redundant. Ps4 would not be a horrible buy, but it is the end of the Generation so it would not hurt to just wait for Ps5.

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#27 Posted by pyro1245 (5264 posts) -

@appariti0n said:

@navyguy21: But I've heard PC is full of hackers. Arent you worried your TV will get hacked by being connected to it?

No no no....

TV's nowadays come pre-hacked.

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#28 Posted by with_teeth26 (9627 posts) -

I have my PC hooked up to 2 monitors and a 50" TV at all times. I can easily switch between playing on the couch with a controller or at the desk depending on the game.

however, consoles are pretty dang cheap so just get one to use as well for the exclusives.

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#29 Posted by Bond007uk (930 posts) -

Sorry, I don't get it. I

own consoles and a High end gaming rig, Unless you're into competitive online fps games, why can't you chill with a controller on PC? I mean after all I play nearly all my single player games with a controller.

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#30 Posted by Livecommander (1122 posts) -

@lamm77: community for third party games are usually better on consoles.

Less hackers

Less chance of family and friends wanting to use your system for non gaming reasons

Physical copies of games you want to keep in good condition

Come join the club bro lol

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#31 Posted by djoffer (1461 posts) -

Why not both!? A pro is like 200$ and only like 4-5 games worth playing on it, that you can’t play on pc.. bought a pro recently and quite happy about it, but not going to replace my pc any time soon

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#32 Posted by mrbojangles25 (44414 posts) -

If you already have a PC that is decent at playing games, you literally gain nothing when purchasing a console.

I was in your shoes and decided I wanted to buy a PS4 to play some of their alleged quality exclusives. Big mistake, simply not worth it.

Chilling on the couch? You can do that with PC, easily. Perhaps even better. You can use a controller (I love my Steam controller), or a "lapboard" mouse and keyboard set up.

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#33 Posted by NukleaWorfair (330 posts) -

@lamm77 said:

I already have a nice gaming PC, and plenty of games, but part of me misses the "chilling on the couch" experience of owning a console, there's just something about them that make gaming more fun and comfy/cozy.

But you can do that with a PC like what has been mentioned. Even connecting a PS4 controller to Steam. Or Xbox One controller. And get the same experience.

What I actually WANT to do is get myself a nice laptop (I love the laptop form factor) for mundane home office stuff, and either an XB1 or a PS4 for gaming on the couch next to the window.

Then I would somehow have to sell off my gaming PC and start building up a console collection (that's expensive.)

I play Skyrim on the laptop.

People are saying that now is a poor time to get an XB1 or PS4.

I'd say it's the perfect time, if not even waiting until it dies out to get bargain exclusives with a whole library of games out. All updates and bugs fixed, all reviewed. And all for peanuts.

I bought the PS1, PS2, and PS3 at launch.

The past year I bought an Xbox 360 for peanuts, and managed to accumilate a large games library of about 70 games, for next to nothing.

I've had a lot of fun playing it, and now begrudge paying full price for a game. I never did pay full price as I've always got 10% off games, but even 10% off I bedrudge paying it.

Gaming just has not advanced much in the past 10 years. I still think last gen was the best.

Personally I wouldn't sell the PC, keep it for online multiplayer.