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Poll Results: Which Game Platform(s) Do You Use?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 45% (479)
    Microsoft Xbox 360
  • 23% (242)
    Nintendo Wii
  • 8% (89)
    Nintendo Wii U
  • 59% (618)
    Sony PlayStation 3
  • 45% (475)
    PC
1046 Total Votes  
post #61 of 218
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Yeah, I totally hear you; I don't play competitive multiplayer so I don't mind the console-pace of the Xbox 360 controller in single player mode... although when I first entered PC gaming w/ Half Life, I was a hardcore Mouse & Keyboard user all the way through F.E.A.R. *sigh* memories! 

the thing is though, with a console, everybody's relatively equal. which is far more appealing to me as a casual gamer, that i can log on and not be at a huge disadvantage because i don't have three monitors running off 2k worth of vid cards, and using a keyboard/mouse combo made specifically for the game.

i also like the fact i can pick up almost any game and be familiar with the controls in a minute because it's the same controller, and i don't need to 'map keys' or anything like that.

so consoles are still the ultimate for casual gamers. ppl that jump from game to game frequently and play somewhat socially rather than seriously. PC's are the ultimate for hardcore gamers, especially if they are going to play the same game for hundreds of hours and want to tune their systems to get the absolute most out of the game.

not to say you can't game seriously on a console or socially on a PC...
Edited by fierce_gt - 8/10/13 at 2:21pm
post #62 of 218
the poll results surprise me...I didn't think the PS3 would win over the Xbox 360...nor did I expect the PC to put up such good numbers...I think AVS is not the 'average' consumer but good to see...I thought the Xbox 360 was the better current gen gaming console while the PS4 looks to be the better next-gen one (while the PC will always be king biggrin.gif )
post #63 of 218
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

the poll results surprise me...I didn't think the PS3 would win over the Xbox 360...nor did I expect the PC to put up such good numbers...I think AVS is not the 'average' consumer but good to see...I thought the Xbox 360 was the better current gen gaming console while the PS4 looks to be the better next-gen one (while the PC will always be king biggrin.gif )

maybe because the poll is being done on an AV website and not a gaming website. the PS3 certainly has more to offer(if we ignore gaming) to the a/v enthusiast
post #64 of 218
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Originally Posted by fierce_gt View Post

maybe because the poll is being done on an AV website and not a gaming website. the PS3 certainly has more to offer(if we ignore gaming) to the a/v enthusiast

true...I forgot how many people purchased the PS3 for the Blu-ray player alone...but in that case would they even game on it?...would a gamer + AV enthusiast buy the PS3 just for the Blu-ray player?
post #65 of 218
PC and PS3 here

But I only play on PC, AGE OF EMPIRES II tongue.gif
Too much hassle to me trying to get the best equipment, still with my old P4 with XP
post #66 of 218
I have a PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, but my preference is PC (on a big screen with my PS3 controller). I am on a 56' Samsung DLP these days, but I used have a 2.35:1 screen that does wonders with PC games, since PC games can be rendered at any resolution and aspect ratio.


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post #67 of 218
I have a good PC gaming rig, Xbox 360 and a Wii. I play PC games at my desk currently, and the consoles are in the family room.

I am currently building a gaming/streaming htpc for the theater, and will add a next-gen console for the theater but not sure which yet (maybe both PS4 and Xbox ONE?).
post #68 of 218
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Originally Posted by bd2003 View Post

For the guys voting PC....do you usually play connected to your TV/PJ, at a desk, or a little of both?

For me, at a desk.
post #69 of 218
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Originally Posted by Webmonkey View Post

where is the poll choice for Mac ?

I counted my Mac in the PC option, because it is one, technically.
post #70 of 218
I have 0 interest in the ps4 or xbox one as they both charge a yearly fee to play online. Steam works great for me and I can't wait to see what happens with their steambox running linux. I have a separate pc hooked up in the theater room with a 360 controller for games as well. With big picture mode it works just like a console.

Other than that I'm fairly disapointed in the direction that games are going. I almost exclusively play strategy games.
post #71 of 218
PC, 360, PS3 (+3DS XL). My PC setup is at a chair and desk in my two-channel music room. My game consoles are in my living room, with my main HT system. I use my living room system for immersion-focused games like Far Cry 3, The Last of Us, BioShock 3, etc.; I use my PC to play games that demand KB+M controls or for some other reason really shine on PC, like XCOM: EU and StarCraft II.
post #72 of 218
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Originally Posted by bd2003 View Post

For the guys voting PC....do you usually play connected to your TV/PJ, at a desk, or a little of both?
Tv or projector for games played with a controller and smaller lcd for mmo, fps and rts games
post #73 of 218
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

true...I forgot how many people purchased the PS3 for the Blu-ray player alone...but in that case would they even game on it?...would a gamer + AV enthusiast buy the PS3 just for the Blu-ray player?

probably not a huge factor, but still significant. I would have never bought a ps3 if not for the BD capability. it's still the only BD player in my main home theatre room.

for me it was the combination. I wouldn't have bought the PS3 JUST for a bd player, and I wouldn't have bought it just for games either. but there was just enough interest in PS3 exclusives to make it worth spending an extra 100bux for the ps3 over a comparable BD player.
post #74 of 218
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Originally Posted by tlalotoani View Post

PC and PS3 here

But I only play on PC, AGE OF EMPIRES II tongue.gif
Too much hassle to me trying to get the best equipment, still with my old P4 with XP

Age II is the best RTS ever made.
post #75 of 218
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Originally Posted by DRaven72 View Post

Its funny you ask that. I had my pc hooked up to the 73" DLP, seats have shakers(leather motorized recliners), all connected to 7.1 surround. I had the keyboard on one tray table, mouse on the other. Bad Bad idea. 1 week of playing Mechwarrior Online and BF3 I had to get the pc off there!! Too addicting, kept me from the gym, lol. Back on the 24 incher for now..... Mechwarrior was freakin epic with the seat shakers and 73 inches of goodness Felt so real.

Hey man, I know the joy you felt! I have Crowson tactile actuators under my theater recliners and it enhances the gaming experience exponentially (movies too, but we're talking gaming here). It's a mindblowing experience to feel light vibration when I shoot a gun, and then seconds later, have my body shaken by a grenade that went off two feet away. Before long, You'll be back in the 73" room with the bass shakers bro....it's just a matter of when.
post #76 of 218
AVSFORUM, I'd love to see more "true 120Hz" coverage (in general) as well as gaming coverage.

As the former moderator of AVSFORUM Home Theater Computers Forum (1999-2002) working with David Bott and Alan Gouger....
I wouldn't mind helping AVSFORUM again as a guest writer from the perspective of game-compatible motion-blur eliminating technologies, e.g. writing an AVS-specific article about game-compatible motion blur elimination technologies.

I run BlurBusters.com Blog and the TestUFO.com motion tests -- which has a strong 120Hz focus, including:
-- 120Hz and 144Hz monitors, the territory of high-end PC gaming.
-- The recent discovery of some new HDTV's that manage to display native 120Hz from a computer (no interpolation)
-- The recent coverage of overclockable monitors on some websites (some Korean 1440p monitors can overclock all the way to 120Hz refresh rate).
-- The www.testufo.com Motion Tests (best in Chrome browser), useful to computer monitor reviewers and HDTV game mode reviewers; there is now a new test inside it that can measure motion resolution better than Blu-Ray motion tests
-- The new LCD's with CRT motion resolution, via strobe backlights. They include LightBoost (computer monitors) as well as Sony's "Motionflow Impulse" (Game Mode compatible low-lag interpolation-free motion blur elimination). They improve motion resolution a factor between 3x to ~12x and now allows LCD displays to have better motion resolution than plasmas. A recent development, google "LightBoost", and several websites in the media has now covered it, and there has been rave reviews by end users about the motion blur elimination capabilities of strobe backlights.
-- Gamers want low input lag. Not yet released (but by end of 2013), but I have also developed a new Arduino-powered input lag tester that is 4K-compatible and 120Hz-compatible, that works at any refresh rate and any resolution. (This is something Leo Bodnar can't do). This sort of stuff is of interest to reviewer websites, such as if you may test future HDTV's for HTPC gaming friendliness, etc.
___

EDIT:
I decided to go ahead and create a new AVSFORUM article in the General Gaming Forum:
AVSFORUM: New CRT Quality LCD's With Zero Motion Blur
(LightBoost Monitors, Low Lag Motionflow Impulse TVs)

Edited by Mark Rejhon - 8/10/13 at 11:05pm
post #77 of 218
Which platforms have I gamed on? Let me take a trip down memory lane,

TRS-80 model one - My dad bought me one for Christmas. I still remember saving every last penny of my allowance to buy Scott Adams adventure games. Good times. I gamed (and coded games) on that thing for about five solid years. Does anyone remember how great the manual for that machine was? I was an average little kid with no real interest in tech before I read it, and it turned me into a good programmer before I was 10 years old. The speed limitation of BASIC was the only thing that held me back.

NES - Wait a minute..... the arcade has come home for real this time?

SNES - all things considered, probably the greatest console ever made (a title perhaps shared with PS2)

N64 - meh, a bit of a letdown

PS - Hello, CD drive. Hello, Tomb Raider.

PS2 - How many games were released for this? A million? And a lot of them were good.

Current gen - I bought them all: Wii, Xbox 360, PS3. The PS3 is the only one that survived, and I still use it. The Xbox 360 died of RRoD, and the Wii stopped responding to the controllers.

I did buy a PSP out of curiosity. It's a good device.
post #78 of 218
post #79 of 218
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Originally Posted by JediSpork View Post

I have 0 interest in the ps4 or xbox one as they both charge a yearly fee to play online. Steam works great for me and I can't wait to see what happens with their steambox running linux. I have a separate pc hooked up in the theater room with a 360 controller for games as well. With big picture mode it works just like a console.

Other than that I'm fairly disapointed in the direction that games are going. I almost exclusively play strategy games.

I'm sure you're enjoying dota 2 then?

smile.gif
post #80 of 218
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Originally Posted by Mark Rejhon View Post

AVSFORUM, I'd love to see more "true 120Hz" coverage (in general) as well as gaming coverage.

As the former moderator of AVSFORUM Home Theater Computers Forum (1999-2002) working with David Bott and Alan Gouger....
I wouldn't mind helping AVSFORUM again as a guest writer from the perspective of game-compatible motion-blur eliminating technologies, e.g. writing an AVS-specific article about game-compatible motion blur elimination technologies.

I run BlurBusters.com Blog and the TestUFO.com motion tests -- which has a strong 120Hz focus, including:
-- 120Hz and 144Hz monitors, the territory of high-end PC gaming.
-- The recent discovery of some new HDTV's that manage to display native 120Hz from a computer (no interpolation)
-- The recent coverage of overclockable monitors on some websites (some Korean 1440p monitors can overclock all the way to 120Hz refresh rate).
-- The www.testufo.com Motion Tests (best in Chrome browser), useful to computer monitor reviewers and HDTV game mode reviewers; there is now a new test inside it that can measure motion resolution better than Blu-Ray motion tests
-- The new LCD's with CRT motion resolution, via strobe backlights. They include LightBoost (computer monitors) as well as Sony's "Motionflow Impulse" (Game Mode compatible low-lag interpolation-free motion blur elimination). They improve motion resolution a factor between 3x to ~12x and now allows LCD displays to have better motion resolution than plasmas. A recent development, google "LightBoost", and several websites in the media has now covered it, and there has been rave reviews by end users about the motion blur elimination capabilities of strobe backlights.
-- Gamers want low input lag. Not yet released (but by end of 2013), but I have also developed a new Arduino-powered input lag tester that is 4K-compatible and 120Hz-compatible, that works at any refresh rate and any resolution. (This is something Leo Bodnar can't do). This sort of stuff is of interest to reviewer websites, such as if you may test future HDTV's for HTPC gaming friendliness, etc.
___

EDIT:
I decided to go ahead and create a new AVSFORUM article in the General Gaming Forum:
AVSFORUM: New CRT Quality LCD's With Zero Motion Blur
(LightBoost Monitors, Low Lag Motionflow Impulse TVs)

 

For what it's worth, I am using a PC with 3D Vision 2 glasses and an Asus 248 that features lightboost. I keep lightboost on all the time, even in 2D mode. I do appreciate 120fps whenever a game runs that smoothly, it's just unfortunate that there aren't really any large flat panels or projectors that support it....yet.  

post #81 of 218

I run dual and can run 3 if i wanted but i never game on more than one. the bezels just piss me off. If someone made a zero bezel monitor so there was not a .5-1 inch black band between screens id fire it up again
post #82 of 218
I own a PS3, but I never play games on it. I've never really cared for gaming. Basically, when I hear guys talking about gaming, I respond with (and sorry for being crude here), "you have fun with all that....I'm gonna go have sex with girls!" I purchased a PS3 because I wanted something that could serve as a media hub, play blu rays, stream Netflix, etc.
post #83 of 218
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Originally Posted by morbidcorpse View Post

I own a PS3, but I never play games on it. I've never really cared for gaming. Basically, when I hear guys talking about gaming, I respond with (and sorry for being crude here), "you have fun with all that....I'm gonna go have sex with girls!" I purchased a PS3 because I wanted something that could serve as a media hub, play blu rays, stream Netflix, etc.

Not to start an insult war but couldn't somebody say the same about the media hub/blu/Netflix?
post #84 of 218
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Originally Posted by Sibuna View Post

I run dual and can run 3 if i wanted but i never game on more than one. the bezels just piss me off. If someone made a zero bezel monitor so there was not a .5-1 inch black band between screens id fire it up again

i've never done it(console gamer here) so correct me if i'm wrong, but wouldn't a 3 monitor system be fine? the monitor in the middle would be the same as using a single monitor, but then you can extra peripheral images as well. i could imagine a dual monitor being a real PITA with the split being dead centre though.

having said that, i did read in the projector forums about somebody who wanted to set up 3 projectors for this purpose. borderless 3 monitor gaming.
post #85 of 218
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Originally Posted by morbidcorpse View Post

I own a PS3, but I never play games on it. I've never really cared for gaming. Basically, when I hear guys talking about gaming, I respond with (and sorry for being crude here), "you have fun with all that....I'm gonna go have sex with girls!" I purchased a PS3 because I wanted something that could serve as a media hub, play blu rays, stream Netflix, etc.

you'd be surprised who games these days. for all you know your future wife is logging in right now, haha. but really, with the wii, and kinect type stuff, there's a LOT of girls gaming these days. it's not just nerds locked in their mom's basement. so yeah, i'd agree with the other user. somebody could say the same thing about watching movies, or playing sports, or pretty much any hobby.

that all being said, when i was in high school, i never played games. i didn't have the time(good student plus tons of sports). it wasn't until 2nd or 3rd year university that i got back into it. i think the market is definitely catering to the older crowd now though, 16+, but i've never had the same kind of excitement i did when getting the nes, snes, and n64 as a kid. nes i was almost too young to really appreciate, we had 'always' had an atari, and i'm sure the nes was out for a couple years before we actually bought one. but when the snes was released, i remember every trip to the mall ended with me going to the electronics store to play on the demo console. and the n64 was the first console my brother and i bought with our own money. unfortunately that also meant we played nothing be waverace for like a month until we could afford some games or one of our bdays came around, haha.

home video games have definitely changed though. it no longer seems like a way to waste your time. it seems like companies now want to take control of all your home entertainment needs. not be pushed off to the side and only brought out to kill time on rainy days
post #86 of 218
Wii golf ALL THE WAY....we play for money biggrin.gif
post #87 of 218
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Originally Posted by morbidcorpse View Post

I own a PS3, but I never play games on it. I've never really cared for gaming. Basically, when I hear guys talking about gaming, I respond with (and sorry for being crude here), "you have fun with all that....I'm gonna go have sex with girls!" I purchased a PS3 because I wanted something that could serve as a media hub, play blu rays, stream Netflix, etc.


Yes I have to agree......more women than ever are gaming. Just because a guy games doesn't mean that's all he does every waking moment of his day...just a stereotype gamers still have.....the nerdy guy gaming and eating pizza all day, lol. In fact I really doubt you can tell a nongamer from a gamer nowadays.....in fact it's highly possible those gamers are having way more sex than you while getting their girls involved in gaming.....smile.gif

Back to the topic on hand. I have all 3 consoles....the Wii, PS3 and Xbox360.
I got the Xbox first because it was the first thing out. I loved it but the Red Ring of Death happened to me numerous times which was crazy considering I didn't play it that much...nonetheless Xbox Live is great....Playstation network has a lot of catching up to do even though I love the free games they offer every month. Xbox should do something similar. But now my Xbox is collecting dust. Most of the exclusives I want are on PS3 but whenever I want to play an online game like Call of Duty or Gears or Battlefield then I fire up my Xbox. I still like my Xbox though. I loved 1vs100 and still don't understand why Microsoft ended it after 2 seasons and never replaced it. They were pushing the "mass interactive" game show thing. I loved it and so did 100s of thousands of others. That was the only time I "scheduled"my gaming time.....I would rush to get online so that I could play along when the event started. Hopefully with the Xbox one they will try that concept again since they supposedly had a lot of planned things similar to 1vs100.

I got the Wii second because I was hooked to the Wii Sports and it does make a great party console. When you have friends and family over everyone can jump in and have fun...and look foolish doing things like the Michael Jackson game etc. especially if no one has rhythm lol. And I was excited about a game called Red Steel...a sword fighting game....not bad....but yeah the cool factor wore off quickly and my Wii is collecting the most dust out of the 3....I still dust it off if friends are over but for the most part its just sitting there. I hadn't fired it up in so long I didn't even know that Nintendo had ended online support for it months ago. No more downloading classic games or Mii's anymore.

I got the PS3 last because it was the most expensive but it had exclusives like Heavy Rain, and Uncharted and Killzone etc that I wanted. I already had multiple Blu Ray players so I never used my PS3 for movies until I got my 3d setup....Even though I am saving up for an Oppo 3d blu ray player now....but I got the PS3 to game on....even though its cool seeing that its more media centric geared than the Xbox which is picky on what formats it plays etc. Online gaming isn't bad on the PS3 but the Xbox seems more polished online. Even so I game the most on my PS3....just feels the most comfortable even though the Xbox controller is good too.....guess I'm just used to the PS style controller from my PS1 and PS2 days. Plus I'm not worried about my PS3 breaking down. Seems like I have to baby my Xbox.

I actually used to enjoy PC gaming last generation (when the PS2 and first Xbox were out) I played Doom 3 and Half Life 2 and Far Cry and Unreal tournament etc. I actually loved it and yes at that time PC graphics blew away consoles....But likewise I made so many upgrades during that time....What started out as a simple processor upgrade led to a motherboard upgrade with a faster FSB and support for faster memory...which led to me buying said faster memory and a lot of it....you know 4gb of pc3200 back in 03-04 was very expensive.....that helped but games still lagged....which led to a graphics card upgrade....the ATI XT800 extreme. And that definitely made a huge difference but likewise as soon as I got into a game and pushed its limits it would reboot....which led to a power supply upgrade....So I ended up completely rebuilding my PC but wow....gaming was great....likewise my PC had gone from quiet to sounding like a jet because of course I had to add a ton more cooling. (back in the Pentium 4 days....you know those things burned hotter than the sun, lol. Especially at 3.4 Ghz) But I loved it...never got a controller. Just used the Logitech gaming keyboard and mouse. But interests change....I had always been a movie guy....I moved out....gained more responsibilities which cut away my free time so I could only focus on one hobby....so i turned to home theater....over time the space in the bedroom became cramped as I added speakers and receivers and a bigger TV etc so the computer desk was moved up front with my desktop.....then when I decided to put a projector up front along with a full tower system (towers for fronts and rears) the PC lost out again...computer desk was eliminated and the desktop was put in the closet...I just use my laptop for everything except gaming of course. I focused my energy on getting my Klipsch systems perfect and years passed and I didn't even look at the Computer showdowns and processor showdowns etc. So now I couldn't even tell you the name of the fastest processor or graphics card...Of course I know that nowadays compared to 10 years ago PCs are way easier to integrate into your Home Theater but nonetheless I'm sure there is still maintenance involved as far as keeping drivers updated but making sure you read forums first because some updates affected certain games negatively etc. If I had more time I probably would try the gaming thing on my 120" screen but nonetheless I would be starting from scratch and you guys know how we enthusiasts are....we have to research and research to find that combo that will get us the most FPS....and now I do care about noise so I would have to find a way of building a somewhat quiet system too. With general life duties such as work, in addition to the gf and other things taking up most of my time its refreshing to be able to sit down and pop a game in a console....no searching for updated drivers etc....no buying a new game only to get home and find out that it works better with Nvidia cards (but you have an ATI card) etc. No hassles...just put it in and go. I do want a true media hub that I can save Blu Rays on. Like a Kaleidoscope system but $18,000 cheaper....so I may eventually build another pc but then it would probably only be used for media in my home theater.....

Yes I will probably end up with both a PS4 and Xbox One. (I have gotten every console the last two generations. Yep I even had a Gamecube) because once again each system has exclusives I want but this time around the PS4 will probably come first because its the cheaper system this time around. The WiiU hasn't really shown me any compelling reasons to upgrade it over my Wii....I'll probably just keep buying games on the Wii if something catches my eye.

Yes my gf games with me...no we don't meet the sterotypes. We both workout and have great social lives. I'm not afraid of sunlight and do P90x. smile.gif Just felt like throwing that in for the heck of it. LOL.
post #88 of 218
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Originally Posted by fierce_gt View Post

i've never done it(console gamer here) so correct me if i'm wrong, but wouldn't a 3 monitor system be fine? the monitor in the middle would be the same as using a single monitor, but then you can extra peripheral images as well. i could imagine a dual monitor being a real PITA with the split being dead centre though.

having said that, i did read in the projector forums about somebody who wanted to set up 3 projectors for this purpose. borderless 3 monitor gaming.

yes with 3 the bezels are to the sides but they still annoy me enough to the point where i don't bother
post #89 of 218
So many of the hassles with PC gaming have been erased over the years. The only driver that ever needs updating is the video, and the control panel app notifies you when it's available. With steam, no more worrying about patching, cd keys, etc. Steam big screen even lets you launch with a controller. Really the only hassle that remains is games that stubbornly refuse to integrate properly with a controller-only setup. I just started up far cry 3 blood dragon, and it detected my controller and popped up a dialog box asking me if I wanted to use it...but I had to use my keyboard to hit enter to confirm it. Seriously?
post #90 of 218
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Originally Posted by bd2003 View Post

So many of the hassles with PC gaming have been erased over the years. The only driver that ever needs updating is the video, and the control panel app notifies you when it's available. With steam, no more worrying about patching, cd keys, etc. Steam big screen even lets you launch with a controller. Really the only hassle that remains is games that stubbornly refuse to integrate properly with a controller-only setup. I just started up far cry 3 blood dragon, and it detected my controller and popped up a dialog box asking me if I wanted to use it...but I had to use my keyboard to hit enter to confirm it. Seriously?

most people don't want (or don't know how) to update anything on their PC's such as video card drivers hence the reason a lot of people prefer consoles...they are simple to use with no upkeep required (any updates are automatically downloaded)...ALL games created for consoles are optimized for that system...the biggest issue with PC is probably the upgrade cycle...to maintain the highest frame rates and graphics quality requires frequent upgrades...plus not all games are optimized in the same way...Bioshock Infinite had major issues for AMD owners when first released...Tomb Raider had issues for Nvidia owners...RAGE had texture pop in issues which wasn't patched for months...all these things contribute to the perception that consoles are 'better'
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