Enjoying this thread.
I’m a long-time console gamer that picked up my first gaming pc about a year ago. I can’t imagine going back. The PC has provided solutions for me that consoles just didn’t deliver.
For example, I love racing sims, but was frustrated for years that consoles never (to this day) delivered a bona fide, true sim title. ‘Driving sims’ with racing elements like Forza and GT were entertaining for a while, but I started to get an itch for real racing, i.e., flags, qualifying, pitting, good AI, racing rules, etc. Console attempts at sim-cade titles were usually buggy or just poor representations.
I looked wistfully at older PC titles like GTR2, Rac 07 and its expansions, Nascar Racing 2003, etc. long enough to finally take the plunge and I’m enjoying every minute of it. You just can’t beat the mods, tracks, etc. the PC sim racing community put together. I’ve even gotten into Microsoft’s flight sims.
And those are older games. The new ones (Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider, MW3, Battlefield 3, etc.) look incredible. So in sum, when the PC provides:
* Download services like Steam (no having to drive to brick and mortar stores)
* Better graphics and frame rates than the console equivalents
* Ability to plug into my HDTV via HDMI, playing on my couch with a 360 controller (with software available to enable the controller for PC games that don’t support it yet)
* Ability to upgrade my graphics card for roughly the same price as a new console
…I’m content and have no desire for a new console.
Potentially I might be lured to purchase a next-gen console one day for Madden, but even then, it’s got to be Madden that’s received glowing reviews. This gen’s Madden releases have been unmitigated disasters with only the recent one being fairly decent (and some would argue that point, saying it still needs improvement). Even then, it’s hard to justify a new console for one game, though I have fallen into that trap myself.
In terms of console exclusives, I did purchase the PS3 for GT, but in the end, the title was somewhat of a disappointment. I enjoyed Forza, but I can’t see purchasing the next gen xbox just for that when I have even older titles on the PC that will satisfy the car itch, and racing sims to boot. All the other things the consoles have added like Netflix, etc. doesn’t interest me.