orcbuster wrote:I don't want a mouse and keyboard in my living room, and my rig has nowhere to go. Consoles do fine at that one thing and thats all I want from it. I turn it on and can game instantly from my couch. I play PC type games in my bedroom and console ones in my living room. It's the optimal sollution for me.
There is the Steambox and Steam controller. Can't comment on the Steambox, but I've heard lots of really good things about the controller.
Frencho wrote:Consoles on the other hand look and sound very convenient and practical. That's why I'm considering it as a temporary solution for my gaming needs.
They're relatively cheap, 400-500 $.
And when you have to leave the country in a couple of years, you can sell them off easily. Especially in Latin America or Africa where it's a bit harder or more expensive to get consoles due to import tariffs.
On the other hand, selling a DIY gaming rig is harder, obsolescence kicks in twice as fast. Most of the time you don't sell the rig as one package but piece by piece.
You can make a pretty good gaming system for that price, though. And you won't be locked into a single service provider and forced to pay extra for online play on top of your internet service.
This generation of consoles are literally PCs with more restrictions on them; the PS4 is literally a PC under the hood.
I've had consoles as well; hell, I started out on an NES and later SNES. I get the practicality of consoles. But the way they work these days is so far removed from those old easy plug and play days. They're being sold as much as a service as anything, made readily apparent by moves like the PS4 not being backwards compatible with PSNetwork purchases from last generation and forcing you to repurchase and re-download them. Even the whole "turn it on and play" doesn't really exist anymore because there's day one patches and updates, not to mention the network for downloading is worse than what even Steam offers.