Nvidia Says That PCs Are Still Better Than The PS4 & Xbox One

Nov 29, 2013 by  

Nvidia PC Better Than Next Gen

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have both launched to astounding success, each selling a million units on their respective first days of sale in North America, suggesting that consumers are adopting the new generation in a big way. That is in spite of numerous rising platforms challenging the console’s living room dominance in the mobilePC and handheld markets. The PC sector has seen a revitalisation of late anch each step of the way GPU creator Nvidia has voiced its doubts for the console market‘s future.

In light of both console launches, Nvidia still appears unfazed by the new generation’s sales figures. In an interview with MCVNvidia’s Consumer Sales Manager Matt Wright argued that for players looking for the best gaming experience should pick up a PC instead a new console.

“We are proposing small form-factor PCs to be a viable alternative to the next-gen consoles. Enthusiast players want the ultimate games system and that is the PC”

The PC is a flexible machine that can do many of the things that current gen consoles marketed heavily to persuade buyers. Twitch support, 60 fps 1080p resolution, larger game libraries of more affordable games and improved online play are all available on PCs and that’s before even factoring in all the other non-gaming related functions a PC can do. Wright echoed this sentiment and called the platform “far superior to any console.”

Nvidia Better On Next Gen

It’s worth pointing out that there are reasons that the PC isn’t the dominant console now.  To new buyers, it can be hard to understand the choice on offer. While the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 come out of the box the same for every consumer, PCs are interchangeable devices that can offer a daunting amount of choice for those uninitiated with how computers are built. It’s also important to note that for developers, it’s also easy to craft games around one platform design and set of specs.

Wright continues, explaining that Nvidia is trying to simplify the process and “become more relevant and appealing to casual gamers,” although he doesn’t specify what that entails. Recent reports, such as this one from Forbes, suggest that PC gaming is on the rise and could soon see the platform overtaking consoles. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are providing incredible graphic intensive experiences for now, but with PC gaming moving so quickly it’s going to be hard for consoles to match that performance years down the line. Even now, the multiplatform titles still perform the best on high-end gaming rigs.

Valve’s Steam Machine, coming to retail next year, will be a serious experiment in upgradable consoles working with PC architectures, so time will tell if that is a viable alternative to a desktop computer and if it can appeal to traditional console gamers. Nvidia believers that ever increasing performance mixed with the functionality of computers makes it the better overall platform to its console cousins. Seeing how this tug of war plays out over the next few years is as interesting as it is exciting.

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Source: MCV, Forbes

Tags: Nvidia, PC, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One

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  1. for the record the reason i got all 3 is because consoles for exclusives and my friends mainly are on them, and pc for personal competitive gaming, and old classics like half life, etc.

    • Yep, I also think we need to just play on what we prefer. I just like to troll the trolls, lol. I can’t help but respond when people make the inevitable remark about how PC gaming is only for rich people and how there are no good games for it…

  2. Reasons for buying a PC over a console

    Hardware Customization – When you buy a PC, you can choose what’s inside.

    Hardware Upgrading – PC users can replace pieces of hardware with faster ones and add more RAM.

    Mouse/Keyboard – Yes, consoles support these devices too, but how many console games do?

    Better Graphics – PC Monitors support a far better resolution, and all the games aswell. Anti Aliasing? A console gamers dream.

    Economic Superiority – One of the most common arguments for consoles is their price. Sure, PC’s cost more. Initially. But you’ll get more for the money than from buying an overpriced console, which is in fact a small PC too…but the hardware is dumbed down and all the fancy buttons are gone so they won’t confuse the average kid. Games for consoles are about 20% more expensive than games for PC. Let alone all the extras like cameras, charging stations, cable extenders/adapters etc. It’s all overpriced, non-standard, like Apple hardware is. If you own a console, you’ll soon be spending more money than the average PC dude.

    More Storage Space – Stock PC’s already have a bigger hard disk than any console. A friend of me got 16x4TB hard disks in his PC. Show me the console that can do the same.

    Mod Support – Many PC games can be modded. Mods can enhance you gaming experience by several hundreds of percent.

    Free Software – The selection of apps and games is ultimately larger for PC’s. PC exlusive titles outnumber the console exclusives by far. And there’s so much stuff for free!

    Free Internet – Other than paying your ISPs fee, your internet is not bound to any more costs. On consoles, it’s an entire different story. The Online Services take even more money out your pocket.

    User Servicable – Your Video Card melted? Your CPU exploded? Not a problem for a PC, just switch the broken part with a new one. Console users still need to send the whole device to the manufacturer.

    Variety Of Uses – Video editing, photoshopping, audio altering/producing, doing homework, spaceshuttle navigation computation etc, etc, etc. The possobilities are endless. On consoles…not so much.

    Maturity – There’s much less profanity in the PC community, PC gamers are more mature and won’t tell you what they’ve done to your mommy last night. The majority of console players are about 12 years old.

    • Lol this article is so old and you elitest scum are still trying to prove a point.

      Reasons why consoles are better for the average gamer

      1. Consoles are far cheaper. $300-$500. Any decent PC is $1000+. (Remember I said decent.)

      2. Consoles are easier to use. You buy the console and plug it in. That’s it! No downloading OS’s, no driver updates!

      3. Renting games. On consoles you can rentvgames and try as many as you want. Gamefly and Red box offer 100′s of games. PC has no option like this.

      4. DRM denied! Buying a game on disc means you actually own the game. You can even let your friends borrow it. Something the PC only dreams of.

      5. Playing with friends in real life. On consoles you can play many games with your friends via split screen and LAN. 16 player zombie parties anyone? On PC you each have to lug around your computer or buy a crappy laptop.

      6. Over 9000 exclusives. No joke. Between the three major consoles there are literally 100′s of exclusives that PC’s will never get. And I’m not talking about indie games or free to play garbage. I mean actual AAA games! I think PC has 2 of those that are exclusive. Oh and they have some MMO’s.

      7. Used games. Sure the developer doesn’t see any of the money, but you just saved $40 so who cares? The ability to buy games used for a lot cheaper than retail prices and even make money off games you are done playing blows the slightly reduced price of PC games out of the water.

      There are probably more things to put but I’m currently at work and my break is over. BTW I also love playing my PC (that cost $1050) mainly due to MMO’s. I just love shutting down elitest scum so bring it on!

      • Lol people are still commenting on this post. Anyways, I can argue some of your points. A decent pc is more or less 600 if you go custom built, although that would require you knowhardware. Consoles do require updates and installation of games now but ya, alot easier then pc games. One could try to argue emulation when it comes to exclusives, but let’s face it, emulation is crap if you try to go past snes era. Used games, eh not very often you will save 40 dollars. Console games are expensive unless they are like 7 years old when often you can find those same games in pc, via steam or origin, for alot less. I won’t say anything about renting games, I personally hate renting.
        Honestly I’m nit fire either sideas well. I just game lol. And if theres a game I want on any system I can get it Cus I’m not stupid with the whole “pc master race crap”.
        (Ignore the typos, did this on my phone lol.)

      • dethfuse

        Really? Do you never learn your lesson? I have pretty much debunked everything you just said here, multiple times. Need me to copy and paste it again? LOL, you think I don’t get email notifications to replies to this? Come on man. :-D

      • Hey, that Typhoon guy also has a Terminator avatar… Great minds think alike… lol

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