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What's this debate on PC gaming vs. console gaming?

Anyone who's a gamer knows that for as long as there has been a divide between console gaming and PC gaming, there has been a debate on which is better. The console gamers have often argued that by virtue of their devices being dedicated gaming machines, consoles were better suited for gaming. PC gamers would counter-argue that PC machines have far more computing power than their console counterparts, and thus are for true gamers. The debate is only further muddied by the fact that many of today's consoles are now designed as do-everything machines. They can just as easily be used to watch Netflix or Hulu as they can be used for gaming. Which begs the question: If consoles are starting to emulate computers, what do they offer the modern gamer?

Why are many gamers choosing PC gaming?

In the battle of console vs. PC, many gamers are starting to migrate away from consoles to gaming laptops and desktops. The reasons for this are many. The side that people chose in the PC vs. console gaming debate used to be dictated in part by the game titles that most interested them. In the market's infancy, many titles were exclusively offered on one platform or the other – not both.

This is no longer the case as titles are now available across platforms; and in nearly all cases, the PC title is better than its console counterpart. Why? Because most computers are simply more capable than consoles. Take for example the Sony PlayStation® 4; with a processor speed of 1.6GHz and 8GB of RAM, is bested even by some entry-level laptops. Thus, in the ongoing debate that is console vs. PC gaming, many gamers are starting to ask themselves why they should show allegiance to any one console when their gaming PC can support all of the titles that interest them – while also providing all of the benefits of a computer.

How are PCs improving and evolving for gaming?

Desktop and laptop devices continue to offer ever more capable CPUs, GPUs, and network connectivity, all of which are crucial components in today's gaming environment. Many of today's most popular titles, like the Battlefield series, are massive multi-player online games. For titles in this genre, a smooth and rewarding gaming experience requires tremendous processing power and memory, along with a fast network connection – all traits that are associated with desktop PCs and laptops. In the debate of whether PC gaming or console gaming is better, it seems PC gaming is victorious.

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