Should I buy a gaming PC in 2022?

Should I buy a gaming PC in 2022?

Should I buy a gaming PC in 2022?

Thinking of upgrading your gaming rig and wondering, “Should I buy a gaming PC?” The reality is that gaming PCs used to rule, but these days they don’t carry as much weight in the eternal boxing match between consoles and PCs. In the mid-2000s, I owned two gaming systems: a Nintendo Wii and a mid-range gaming PC. My PC got a lot of attention back then and the first time I played through games like Batman Arkham Asylum, BioShock, Portal and so many others were on PC.

It was my gateway to a world beyond what Nintendo could offer. That momentum carried me through the last decade, and in 2019 I upgraded to a newer PC with an RTX 2060 Super GPU powering the RGB carnival sitting on my desktop. It was beautiful and quick, and one of my favorite statement pieces to display when people would come over. And then… things started to change.

The line between a PC and Xbox / PS5 has never been more blurred

Should I buy a PC - Kratos and Atreus climb a mountain in God of War

In 2020 I bought a PlayStation 5 at launch and a little over a year later I was able to find an Xbox Series X available at a local Target. Suddenly, games that were only once available to me on my PC could now be played from my couch with a controller, without any worries about system compatibility or sifting through countless video settings to make sure I was running the game optimally.

With these consoles now in rotation, my gaming PC, which is less than three years old, began to collect dust. I still turn it on from time to time, especially to play online with friends, but even with Xbox cross-play capability it became less of a requirement. My consoles ended up taking the lion’s share of my time, and that’s OK.

Since the last release of gaming hardware, the line between a home console and a gaming PC has never been thinner. Yes, gaming PCs still offer a number of performance upgrades that you won’t be able to find on a home console, but if you’re just looking to play the latest games and, you know, have fun doing it, an Xbox or PS5 is going to give you everything you are looking for.

Interested in third-person adventures with strong narratives? Sony has spent years developing PlayStation as the place to go for such games. Microsoft, on the other hand, is more interested in attracting a larger install base with a number of indies and AAA titles on Game Pass. Likewise, if you subscribe to one of the higher PS Plus tiers on a PlayStation 5, you’ll get access to hundreds of games pretty much instantly. PC has some comparable offerings, such as its own tier of Game Pass, but in terms of value, console is going to be the most bang for your buck, especially over time.

Are there advantages to a PC compared to a console?

Should I buy a PC - Razer PC

These days, gaming on a PC is almost more of a personality statement than an actual preference. A niche market that really cares about the fastest frame rates and highest resolutions will want a powerful build, but at literally what cost? I can respect someone wanting to put thousands of dollars and many hours into building the perfect rig so they can show off their RGB light show and enjoy how brilliant their Minecraft world looks in 4K HDR, but to the same I just want to ask the people: Are you satisfied?

Some describe building a PC as being akin to playing with grown-up LEGO, while others (some of whom are resident TechRaptor staff) insist it’s far, far more complicated than that. Isn’t it easier to buy a relatively inexpensive PlayStation 5 for $500 and just plug it in? The thing about consoles is that they just WORK, Xbox 360 red rings of death notwithstanding. Wouldn’t you rather just connect to a system and jump in God of War Ragnarok without worrying about whether your GPU needs to be overclocked to run it properly? I know I would.

Can a console replace a gaming PC?

Should I buy a PC - Marvel's Spider-Man

If you just want to find a system for playing games, you can research what games you love or what upcoming releases you’re looking forward to. First-person shooter gamers may be better off on an Xbox, while fans of third-person adventure narratives will find plenty to play on the PS5. Those lucky enough to own multiple systems can be less concerned about what’s available on a particular console and instead decide where they want to play a specific game. Whichever current-gen console you choose, you’re going to love the fast load times and current-gen features available on a PS5 or Xbox.

Current price points still make these an investment for most, but it’s still cheaper and easier than investing in a high-end PC. The best financial advice I ever got was to spend my money where I spend my time, and I spend a lot of time playing games. From a cost/benefit perspective, nothing can replace the value I get from my home video game consoles.

For most people who just want to enjoy a wide variety of games, any console can be a good investment over a PC, and they don’t need to feel like they’re getting a lesser experience than their PC gamers. After all, the goal is to have fun, and when it comes to fun, the PS5 and Xbox certainly deliver.

Gaming PCs aren’t as much of a necessity as they once were. I’m glad more people can enjoy games they love by buying a box of electronics and plugging it into the wall. When it comes to whether you should buy an Xbox vs. PS5? That’s an argument for another time.

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