These days, the worlds of PC and console gaming are set to merge into one. As you’re probably aware, the PS4 and Xbox One are more or less gaming PCs in terms of their capability. However, there are still various differences which all noobs should be aware of. If you’ve finally given in to all your friends’ pestering and you’re ready to switch to PC gaming, here are some of the key differences you need to be aware of.
After years of using your favorite console’s controller, the thought of switching over to a mouse and keyboard may be a little heavy for you. Don’t worry, there’s a middle ground! While a keyboard and mouse are the standard input devices, they’re certainly not the only option. There are many console controllers which can easily be plugged into a gaming PC, and used in pretty much the same way. Xbox 360 and One controllers are the universal gold standard. This is mainly due to the number of Xbox games that have been ported to PC over the years. If some of your favorite titles have been on the Xbox, then you’ll be able to start playing these on your PC setup without having to learn a new control scheme. Having said that, it’s worth doing your research on gaming mice and keyboards for the titles that are designed for them.
When you buy a console, all the hardware is put together in a factory according to the fixed schematics. You can buy a bigger or smaller hard drive, but aside from that everything’s set in stone. Gaming PCs are totally different. Here, you have a whole world of choice when it comes to mice, keyboards, and monitors. Then, there’s graphics cards, CPUs, and other components which will have a profound effect on your gaming experience. Seen as you’re just starting out, it’s probably a safe bet to stick with gaming bundles that have everything wrapped into one. However, it’s worth doing some research into the different components and how they affect your gaming. You’re almost certainly going to want to upgrade a few months down the line!
Backward Compatibility and Market
The PC gaming market is significantly larger than that of any modern console. You may have been part of the mass outrage that kicked off when it was announced that the PS4 and Xbox One weren’t going to be backward compatible. On the other hand, you can still get games from the 90s on a gaming PC, complete with all the details which you remember from your childhood! Aside from that, there’s also a massive indie gaming community on Steam and other marketplaces. If you’ve had a brush with Xbox indie games, then you may be groaning at the word “indie”. However, the developers who release on PC first are generally a lot more serious than the console crowd. While there are certain games which remain console-exclusive, there aren’t that many, and PCs generally offer you the largest selection of titles.