Console Graphics Vs. PC… Or Simply Incomparable?

March 24, 2014


The console vs. pc debate

Gamers and tech gurus alike continue to debate which is better: console or pc graphics. Avid gamers will argue that the graphic quality of console cannot be beat, due to its true-to-life color and dimension. But PC gamers are growing in numbers, and as of 2009, PC game revenue had increased dramatically while console gamer revenue had decreased. So, what gives?

Recent trends

In 2010, we saw a shift toward PC game sales ruling the day over console games. It seems people would prefer an all-in-one solution where they can work and play at the same station. Yet, console game accessories and units are still selling well in the market with no signs of slowing down. Right now, it seems there is a close race going on.

The graphic quality

If you look at the graphic quality of a typical PC game vs. the graphics on a console, it is sometimes difficult to see the difference. But, with the HD quality most modern HDTV’s put out, most people would still prefer the stunning full screen graphics of their TV’s over the smaller PC screen display. At the same time, PC graphics cards and screens have improved too. With the improved graphic capabilities of most modern PC’s, it would be hard to declare a winner in overall graphics quality.

The need for speed

Gaming screams for increased speed. Even true console gamers must admit that the PC delivers a faster game. This is, of course, only if you have a fast computer and network to begin with. But, all things being equal, most would prefer the speed of the PC over the console platform most of the time. So PC has the console beat on that issue.

Which console rocks?

When you look at specific gaming platforms with the console variety and try to pick a winner, PS3 usually comes in at first place. Running at approximately 550 MHz, it still gets caught in the dust of the PC, which averages 3-4 GHz of speed for the average computer.

Does the new technology favor the PC?

One of the strongest points for the PC platform right now is the fact that, as developers create the games more and more graphically enhanced with 3D capabilities and HD visuals, it is going to be increasingly important to run at lightning speeds, a feat only the PC can deliver. The new technologies seem to point to favoring the PC and developers prefer sticking to this platform, since it tends to deliver the speed they intended when they built the programs.

In a nutshell

In the final analysis, there is no declared winner yet, but the PC wins in speed most of the time, especially due to the need for the new games that need a smoother and faster running platform. The more a game does, the more it demands this speed, and enhanced graphic capabilities like 3D and HD make this even more the rule. When all is said and done though, while both platforms have their selling points, both are alive and well and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for either. Even with the talk of the PC being on the way out due to mobile technology, it is clear the PC and the console graphic platform will be around for a long time.

How to choose

If you are wondering which platform you should choose, simply think about which is ultimately most important to you, graphics or speed, and choose based on that. Either way, gaming is here to stay and the sales of both platforms speak volumes.


  1. Your a dumbass

    April 10, 2014 at 1:35 am

    WTF are you talking about? PC has ALWAYS been MILES ahead of consoles. You will always get a much better picture quality from a computer monitor compared to a TV screen. Try doing some proper research and educate yourself.

    • bongobob

      April 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Try learning some grammar rules before telling someone to be more educated.

      • Megapril

        May 15, 2014 at 11:51 pm

        You Fail

    • lol

      April 25, 2014 at 6:23 am

      Yep he’s a dumbass, PC wins speed most of the time? what?

      “Avid gamers will argue that the graphic quality of console cannot be beat” – Says no one ever

      • evilahole2

        April 29, 2014 at 7:46 pm

        to be fair, console fanboys would say that lol

    • Κωνσταντίνος Κ.

      April 26, 2014 at 12:28 am

      best graphics come from pc’s, period.

    • Mike Gilmore

      May 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      I agree. The Console market I think will always be the secondary game market. I think primarily because of the licensing costs for companies that develop games on consoles. Additionally, consoles have fixed hardware constraints which often require game developers to tune their game performance to fit within the limits of the hardware (which, often, are shockingly limited when compared to PC hardware). For PCs, the sky’s the limit as far as performance is concerned.

      If you’re a game producer, your goal is to target the largest market segment so that you can sell as many copies as possible. That automatically places you in the PC market.

      Another thing to consider is that most ordinary PCs these days can be converted to a gaming PC with parts cheaper than the cost of entry-level consoles (for example, upgrading RAM and GPU).

      TVs are making leaps forward but they’re still not at parity with Laptop or PC LCD monitors.

  2. mcrawr

    April 28, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    lol console gfx are not even close.

    • ImJustAGuy

      May 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Yea, that notion had be scratching my head. Yea, you’ll need to spend some money, but consoles can’t touch high-end PC graphics. As you said, not even close.

  3. That's a funny joke

    May 2, 2014 at 7:11 am

    isn’t it that someone would consider graphics better on a console over a PC. Hmmm…do I play COD on my 5 yr olds Wii or on my PC with SLI GTX 780 Ti?

  4. You Really Think That?

    May 4, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Hmm, consoles can only beat pc/laptops if they have no graphics card like this one 🙁

    On top of that, who the hell uses a monitor these days? 99% of people i know use regular hdtv as it’s more versatile than a dedicated monitor, therefore all graphical in-equality is from the computer in question.

    The only reason consoles do as well as they do is perceived convenience:- people still see pc gaming as complicated (what is so hard about pressing the install button?).

    And consoles are made up of mass produced, sub-standard, parts so they are competetively(sp?) priced but burn out in no time so you have to go out and buy another one.

    • nunyabizness71

      May 15, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Sorry for replying to an eleven day old post… You asked “people still see pc gaming as complicated (what is so hard about pressing the install button?).”

      I believe the problem here isn’t installing the game, it’s just that there are so many buttons on a keyboard, and then…there’s the whole mouse thing… way too complicated…

      • Metal in PA

        May 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm

        Most of the time it’s not even anything more then purchasing a game online and then clicking download, the rest is taken care of for you….STEAM, gamestop online (bleh), and origin (EA is the devil). In some recent instances I’ve had much easier times installing PC software then installing parts of games on consoles from discs as some games recommend.

  5. nunyabizness71

    May 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm


  6. JoeBlow

    May 23, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    He never even mentions Mods. Consoles can’t hold a candle to PC’s when it comes to Mods, as most consoles have no ability to easily Mod a game.
    Also he doesn’t mention that fact that a decent Gamin PC will cost 2-3x any standard console.

  7. AL

    May 28, 2014 at 1:38 am

    I don’t know if this is an urban legend so can anyone confirm or deny it: I was told that when the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 hit the market, the US military bought dozens of them and reverse engineered the processors to find out how advanced they were. Is there any truth to this? I would NOT be surprised if it was even partly true as I’m told that engineering plans for these consoles is a tightly guarded secret and Sony and Microsoft almost never hesitate to empty out their wallets in the name of getting the biggest, fastest, baddest console possible. A report said that in the US ALONE, the gaming market is worth a whopping $20 BILLION! I wouldn’t be surprised if this is true. Computers may beat consoles every time but these aren’t your daddy’s NES and Atari 2600s!

    • Metal in PA

      May 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this. Consoles at the time used hardware from mainstream companies that were just tweaked to fit the system specs. At the same high end PC hardware was already well ahead of what was being put in consoles, if you were willing to spend. And highest end government and military PCs may have some yet unreleased hardware in them or system specific hardware, but it’s never too far ahead of the absolute highest end PC hardware.

      In short, there is zero reason for most any modern government or military to try to backwards engineer hardware in systems that are, as of release date, weaker then what a high end PC user can and will often use.

    • Mike Gilmore

      May 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      These consoles are essentially highly specialized PCs. There’s nothing special about them other than their operating systems are extraordinarily lightweight so that game software doesn’t incur a lot of overhead.

      Having been a military contractor myself, I can say that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were waged on 20-30 year-old technology (and even older in some cases).

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