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PC Gaming In 2021 – Just Buy a Console? Playstation 5 & Xbox Series X Vs PC Gaming

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The Playstation 5 from sony, and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S consoles have made quite a splash in gaming because of the amount of tech crammed into their smaller form factors for under 500 USD.

The Xbox Series X makes a great argument if you’re interested in the Microsoft ecosystem, and your money you get a Zen 2 class CPU, a 12TFLOP RDNA 2 GPU, 16GB of GDDR6 memory and of course the SSD.

Sony’s PS5 provides you with tons of exclusive Playstation 5 experiences, and whilst Sony will port those titles selectively to PC, you have to imagine that the latest God of War will take some time to get to PC. The PS5 specs are a close approximation of Microsoft’s, with tons of custom hardware.

Though of course, in the end the PC is an ever evolving platform – and the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 fall far short in raw pixel pushing horse power compared to say a Radeon RX 6900 XT from amd, or an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card. The issue of course is that the hardware shortages, the general unstable prices in the market and perhaps a little general confusion right now has lead to a number of people debating if they should sit the current generation of PC hardware out, jump on PC and then possibly wait until we see the RX 7000 series from AMD (Navi 3x) or the RTX 40 cards from Nvidia, along with either Intel’s Alder Lake or Zen 4 class CPUs from AMD.

Let me know down below what your thoughts are on PC vs console gaming in 2021, and how you feel the Xbox Series X or PS5 compare graphically to a modern day PC.

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  1. I’ve moved to series x from my 1080 TI. 3060TI’s are going for what I bought my 1080TI for, which is ludicrous. Console stock is a massive issue though. I ended up doing the payment plan thing to get an Xbox, whereas normally I would’ve just paid cash if there was stock.

  2. I left my pc for Xbox series x. Mostly because it took up so much room. I do miss my pc sometimes though.

  3. I needed a new capable laptop for work and I recently grabbed the Series S as a nice casual budget box. I think I'm set for a while. PSVR2 is the only reason I'll want a PS5 eventually.Series S is a lot better than it gets credit for. It's really nice if you're a fan of older games too.

  4. No way am I paying above MSRP for a GPU that’s already a year old. I’m going to wait for the 40-series next year and either buy that at launch or pickup a 30-series if prices come down once it’s no longer top-dog. I’m running an old Vega 56 but the thing is a work horse. Still plays every title I own at 60+ FPS on 1080p.

  5. That's kind of what I did buying a PS5 and spending a lot of time on it recently, but I already planned to freeze upgrades with the 2700x and RTX 2080 Super for a year or so after the consoles were launched until storage and I/O upgrades make there way into PC hardware at a decent price. With DLSS and FSR, I think I can lean on those and some lower settings for now while I wait for the next waves of Nvidia and AMD GPUs. I'm not overpaying at the current prices or willing to engage with scalping degenerates in any way, either. Under normal circumstances, I'd probably buy something in the range of the RTX 3080 and 3080Ti. Probably going to wait a bit instead this time.

  6. I have had the gtx1080TI since launch and loved it, but this time around I gone to Xbox and Ps5. As mentioned in this video people was daft enough to buy the £1500+ cards or even pay over the price to purchase from scalpers, so unless people say nah I ain’t paying the price keep your cards, the companies will keep testing how much your daft enough to pay them. I can’t see me going back to pc in a hurry.

  7. I still have no means to upgrade from a GTX 1060 laptop considering the horrible prices for graphic cards due to miners and covid shortages, even if i was able to get a new RTX30XX card at MSRP, i would have to shell out more money to build a future proof PC system around it. On the other hand paying $399(PS5 no disc) + tax($30-$40) + one game ($60) AAA title gives me a much needed upgrade and hence is the winner for me. So to play my FPS games(Valo, CS:GO) i will stick with current 1060 which still can pull impressive feats at QHD resolution. I am more intent on playing big cinematic titles like Ghost of Tsushima on the PS5 at 4K60 HDR on my big display

  8. To be honest, I can't get the new Concole still since it's always sold out and not buying from a retailer on eBay for the price of an rtx 3090. So going all PC from now on because of the issue just to get a Concole. Soon people will do the same if they can't get one. Even the new Halo edition that come out today was sold out instantly. It's already been almost a year and by now they should be over stocked, but these second hand retailers keep on buying them sucks

  9. I've always preferred the simplicity of game consoles, but made a relatively short "dip" into PC gaming almost 10 years ago. I had decided to build a nice general purpose computer, and as the PS3/XBOX360 generation dragged on a couple of years too long, it was only a matter of spending a bit more on the GPU in order to get next-gen graphics a year or two early. Important to note is also that back then, around $400 would buy you a really high-end card like the Radeon HD7970!

    Although it was initially fun and excited to be able to choose to be a "Graphics Whore" by sacrificing FPS in exchange for Ultra Settings etc, the constant hassles quickly began to take its toll on me. Constantly having to update drivers, which often tended to screwup settings for my general purpose applications. Weird issues like never being able to get sound in the original Bioshock. Lack of support for a controller in e.g. Bioshock 2 (even though it was a Games for Windows title), just to mention a few.

    However, the straw that broke the camel's back was myriad of different Stores/Game Launchers; Steam was great (and I'm assuming that it has only become better since then) and although it initial appeared to have most game, this quickly changed as many companies decided to sell their respective games exclusively in their own digital store, to a point where it almost felt as if each game required its own store (none of them offering the quality of Steam); EA Origins for Battlefield or Star Wars Battlefront, Uplay for Far Cry 3, Games for Windows for GTA IV… Simultaneously, the advantage of a lower price for the PC version also slowly got chipped away.

    Since the release of the PS4, I only bought like 2 games for PC, one of them being Rise of the Tomb Raider, a game which Phil Spencer payed a lot of money in order to deny Playstation players the opportunity to play it for like a year. Maybe that money would have been better spent on Halo Infinite…

  10. Not going back to consoles full time. They can't make me!! I won't do it!! Besides Total War and Age of Empires isn't on consoles.


  12. I was waiting to build a new pc but I couldn't find the parts like most people last year so I went with the XSX.

    Awesome console and I enjoyed it very much but last month I had the opportunity to get a 3070ti build so I've swapped back again.

    Consoles are very different to PCs and aren't flexible at all. PCs ultimately offer a much better gaming experience. But of course they are very expensive comparatively.

    So anyway, I went PC-Console-PC. To be honest that's probably the last console I'll buy now. They are just far too restrictive for my needs. Waiting on Microsoft just to unlock a game at 60fps with last gen settings is just depressing. Never again do I want to be at the mercy of developers. I want the choice of framerate, resolution, graphics. Give me control!

  13. GPU’s are sold out. Consoles are sold out. Gaming for me has resorted to Apple Arcade on iPhone now lol

  14. I don't F…ing care. No 300€ GPU is a no buy, period. Stop making excuses for these companies. Just look at NGreedia's and AMD's last three quarters financial reports.Their profit margins have skyrocketed. I bet AMD's profit margin on 6600XT is close to if not more than 100%. It's just greed and taking advantage of duopoly, pure and simple.

  15. I gave up on PS5, I've been saving up for gaming laptop. desktop PCs don't seem worth it right now. I am trying to hold off until 2022 until Either parts become cheaper and widely available again (lol?) or I can just buy a nice prebuilt. Also games are much cheaper on pc, and its easier to manage storage devices, i plan on having a huge library with various generations of games. I also don't wan to be at the mercy of Xbox Live or PS+ services and networks paywall to play games. most of these things I can ignore, but unless I can somehow build a steam library on playstation or xbox platforms it ain't worth it for me.

  16. For me I got a series x, ps5 and gaming pc I use ps5 for exclsuives only series x for everythibg else the only reason I turn on the pc is for warzone and fov slider that's it the series x hits 60fps in all new games and it's nearly as good quality as my pc

  17. Currently I'm mostly console gaming, have been for the last 5 or 6 years. Have ps5 and series x. A medium end laptop that very rarely gets gamed on it's about 4-5 years old now. As I am running out of electronics to buy I might build a pc next year, I really feel they currently aren't a big enough upgrade over the consoles to do both currently and I don't want to compromise in my machine when I put it together… I want good future paths for upgrading when I do build it.

  18. I'm playing everywhere… i have a 3600x + rx5700xt + 16gb (for games like Age of Empires IV), a ps5 (for exclusives) and a xbox series s (game pass). Buying a gpus at these prices just aren't for me right now. Waiting for the next generation.

  19. Honestly I'd only go back to console when both the ps5 and new xbox are available on store shelves. Not in a rush and not dealing with stock availability when supplies only last minutes on websites and of course not buying anything at scalped prices.

  20. If you're looking for a console, that'll be fine.
    But if you're looking for a PC that's a PC.

    If it's just the game you want, then go ahead! I'd personally choose Xbox. (Laughs inside how about how MS destroyed the "exclusive" game sony was playing in the gaming market)

  21. had series x sold it after 2 months i will never give up on pc

  22. I got a series S and really enjoying game pass I don’t think I will go back anytime soon. As a responsible adult it’s not about graphics anymore, it’s about value. Can’t drop big money on graphics cards or any other pc components anymore. This is a nice compromise and I still enjoy my games. Also don’t have to wait for a card.

  23. IF I can get me a PS5 this Winter I will totally buy it for ffxiv online and others. BUT these damn bots and scalpers is making it impossible for people like me to even get one. UGH.

  24. PC people are not able to play with the controller. This is their biggest obstacle. Rather, they spend $ 1000-2000 more just to use a mouse during games (buying a PC). Not many games use m&k support on consoles.

  25. Ps5 and series x not far off pc I'd say next gen will make pc look silly

  26. Xbox is the dominant platform.

    (More 'Active Monthly Users' than Playstation, second to Steam)

    More games for this generation, more cross play support..

    If you buy the games on their platform, it carries over to PC too… Win win.

    Playstation; you'd have to re-buy the game to play it on PC – when you are ready to get what you need to upgrade your PC.

  27. I own a PC(3080ti, 5800x), PS5, and a series X. I use my PC mostly…but I love my PS5. My PS5 is my bedroom—because it’s so ugly lol—and my series x is in the living room. In this current world…you need all of them. My humble opinion.

  28. I love PC gaming but am not going to pay the inflated prices on graphic cards. I have been playing the series x and the games play and look great. I will stay with consoles until prices come down.

  29. If AMD go Intel route and put low end graphics inside wouldn't it be great if AMD came up with a way to either shut down the on-board GPU if Discreet card fitted or re-perpouse it to do something else or boost the discreet Card.
    I'm no to console as pcs more fun but cash tight too so need it to wear many hats however if MS were to bring Office and other productive stuff like the Amiga had, I would consider it.

  30. I last upgraded my PC with a 980. I skipped the next gen but when the 20 series was announced I was underwhelmed by the performance and the cost increase. So I decided to wait another gen. Well they took so long and the new consoles came out. I always get the PS console for exclusives so I snagged a launch day PS5. While the new GPUs are better they are not amazingly better.

    Plus I would need to upgrade my GPU, CPU, and my monitor. The performance boost just really isn't worth all that currently and I spend less time gaming than when I was younger. Plus I feel like some massive jumps in things like ray tracing will be coming in another gen or two. So I am going to just sit back and relax.

  31. I'm expecting another wave of 'but actually good' affordable SteamBox's with RDNA2 APUs, which will finally help Linux gaming reach mainstream use & acceptance.

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