I am sure you have seen some of your favorite console streamers turn to the “dark side” and have started gaming on PC. But why do people make the switch from console to PC?
Why do Console Players Switch to PC?
Console players switch to PC for several reasons. These reasons include:
- Better Graphics
- Better Frames Per Second (FPS)
- Ability to Upgrade Your Hardware
- Don’t Have to Pay to Play Online
- PC Holds Value Longer
- PCs Can Be Used for More Than Just Gaming
- More Digital Options for Games
- Better Backwards Compatibility
- PC is Easier to Repair Than Console
Are there other reasons that people switch from console to PC? Well of course! But these are the most common reasons for switching from console to PC.
In this article I will discuss more reasons why people choose to switch from console to PC as well as what the transition is like. Having, made the switch myself, I can speak of some of the pros and the cons and why switching is so good!
Is It Hard to Switch From Console to PC?
It is not hard to switch from console to PC. In fact, many people notice that their gameplay drastically improves when they make the switch from console to PC. PC typically has better graphics and better frames per second which help to make the switch from console to PC easy and smooth.
When I first switch from playing on console to playing on PC it was not a difficult transition at all. I always felt limited by my console and I have not felt that way while gaming on my PC.
What I mean by I felt limited on console is that I would think of a move I should make, but that move wouldn’t come off as quickly or as smoothy as I had envisioned because console gameplay just tends to be much slower than PC.
On PC however, I have not felt that way. The gameplay has been smooth and quick. The PC feels like it is better able to keep up with what I want to do in the game. I never felt like that was a steep learning curve having to switch from console to PC.
To me it would be like always playing basketball with weights on your ankles. Then one day, you take the weights off and your skills are the same, but now you can run and jump higher than you ever could. That to me is what it felt like switching from console to PC.
The only hard part really was leaving some of the homies behind on Xbox. RIP to all my Xbox Live friends. Those parties were LIT!!
Is Switching From Console to PC Worth It?
Switching to PC from console is absolutely worth it. Those who switch from console to PC often enjoy better graphics, better FPS and better gameplay. You can also do a lot more with a PC as far as video editing, streaming, recording and other things than you can’t with a console.
Given the improvements, and the variety of things you can do with a PC, a PC is more than worth it.
If you are saving ups for a console, I would recommend just waiting a few extra weeks or months and getting a PC instead. You can get a quality PC that you can stream and game on for about $1,200.
That is exactly what I did. A few months ago I had a little extra money that I wanted to put towards my stream, but I didn’t know what to get. Lighting? Camera? Stream Deck? But then I talked to my brother and he is the one that convinced me to get a gaming PC.
He knew I wanted to get into live streaming and Youtube, and that I am a low key gamer at heart and so a gaming PC just made the most sense. So I sucked it up and spent the roughly $1,200 to get the Legion 7 (click here to see it on Amazon) and I can sincerely say that I have not regretted the decision one bit.
With a PC I can do all my Youtube edits, stream and game all from one spot. When I streamed on console back in the day I was having to connect my console to a capture card and then the capture card to my laptop that I streamed from.
So if you think about it, if you want to do the whole live streaming and Youtube thing, you will have to buy a console ($400), a laptop (about $800 give or take) and a capture card (about $160 give or take).
Now I am no mathematician, but that appears to be more than the $1,200 that I paid. And all these devices combined are not as good as one ballin PC. Trust me on that one.
Now if you just want to game, and play mostly single player games and so things like frames per second don’t really matter, then a console is the right move for you.
But if you are into things like YouTube, live streaming and playing online against others then a PC is what you should go after. I got way better at video games, especially shooters, once I switched from console to PC.
If you have the money, or if you can save up the money, then I absolutely think that upgrading to a PC is worth it. Trust me, video games will never be the same once you get a PC.
How Log Does it Take to get Used to PC Gaming?
It takes about 1-2 months to get used to PC gaming. The hardest thing to adjust to is the improved response time and higher frames per second. PC gameplay is much faster and smoother than console and this can take some time to get used to.
But really this will depend on how frequently you play as well as the game that you play. I play Warzone, a shooter game, and so it did take me about a month to get used to how much quicker the gameplay was.
And I won’t lie to you, the first time you play on a PC after making the switch your mind will be blown at how much better it is. I know mine was. Like I keep saying the gameplay is just so crisp and smooth. It would be hard to go back.
For me, I hit a point gaming on console where my mind was thinking of making plays that my console just couldn’t do. If you are at that point, it might be time to switch.
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In the end, if you can save up and get a PC then it is absolutely worth it. There are so many things you can do with a PC that you can’t do with a console. Not to mention the major upgrade that it is to your gameplay.
When you consider all these things, PC is a no brainer.
Best of luck out there my friends.
Eric streams 3 days a week on Twitch and uploads weekly to Youtube under the moniker, StreamersPlaybook. He loves gaming, PCs, and anything else related to tech. He’s the founder of the website StreamersPlaybook and loves helping people answer their streaming, gaming, and PC questions.