22 thoughts on “How is the ease of use of PC gaming compared to game consoles?”

  1. It’s objectively more work. You have to deal with the OS (Windows, usually), drivers, hardware. It’s part of the hobby, though.

  2. Now it’s pretty straightforward, Steam, origin Uplay etc are easy enough applications to play your games. Of course there is the building, or paying for building component and the initial startup cost.

  3. After initial setup it’s very simple. GeForce Experience/AMD’s equivalent make driver updates easy and there tends to be new ones for each major release.

    Other than that just let the different clients do their thing. Steam, Origin, uPlay all are simple to use, but origin is a little clunkier than the others in my experience

  4. Agree with the comments here. Game updates are par for the course on PC and console platforms and are usually automatic today. Once the initial PC setup is done, I tend to not update drivers until forced to – that usually means less than once a year. Overall, I think that the console is slightly easier but only slightly. The ability to add mods and other DLC to PC games that cannot be done on console is a real advantage.

  5. Not as easy. In consoles you just pop in the disc and you’re ready to play (once it’s done installing onto your HDD of course) but on PC the process is a bit longer and a bit more complicated.

    On PC you’ll have to do many adjustments and fine tuning in the graphics settings of the game to get the perfect setup for you i.e reaching the limits on what is achievable on your machine to get the best graphics fidelity.

    There are applications that’ll do this automatically for you (like Nvidia GeForce Experience) but they aren’t always accurate or reliable.

    Often times you’ll also have to change or adjust certain settings outside the game but where you can adjust these settings isn’t always clear. For example, ive seen at least 10 posts on reddit where a person who has a high refresh rate monitor didn’t actually get more than 60 FPS because they forgot to change the refresh rate setting in the Nvidia control panel or monitor settings. Another example is having to turn on/install DirectPlay in ‘Optional features’ of Windows if you want to play someolder games like AoE 3. If you just bought the game with the intention to play it asap these quirks and settings can be incredibly frustrating and the solution isn’t immediately obvious.

    Then there are the errors and crashes. My PC has crashed many more times than my PS4 has.

    Having said that, if you’re a person with patience and you like troubleshooting stuff because you find it rewarding or whatever you won’t have an issue. Once you’re done with the initial setup for your system and the game you’re trying to play it should be smooth sailing almost all the time.

  6. If you are familiar with how a PC functions and all the basics of operations and how to navigate the UI, playing games on PC is very easy and simple.

    All you need to do is install windows (if its not already, and its fairly straight forward), allow windows to download and update for like 20mins to an hour. Then download the latest GPU drivers (default windows ones are fine, albeit slightly dated; however for usually best performance, the newest are recommended), by going to AMD it Nvidias websites. Nvidia and Amd both have software which comes with drivers, to make updating simple with a single click in the future.

    Then download and install steam, make a steam account, buy a game on steam (there are some free to play games on steam), click install on the game, and after its done you click play. EA games you need to install origin (though EA says they are going back to steam soon). Ubisoft games you have to install Uplay. And there’s a few other games which require you installing their own store/launchers (which is unfortunate).

    Windows will automatically install all the drivers and updates and stuff you need for the PC to function. Installing steam installs everything you need extra for gaming, including controller support (windows only supports Xbox controllers by default usually), so for example PS4 controllers are plug and play if you have steam. After steam, there is usually only a small number of things which you could consider required

    A few software I believe is “required” are:

    -Firefox/Brave/Vivaldi (web browsers. Default windows browser is garbo). Although its popular, I dont recommend google chrome (for many reasons)

    -Discord (gaming messaging, voice chat, friends application. Everyone uses it, if you ever want to play games with other people, probably want it)

    -7Zip (file archive/compression software. Its used to compress files to make them smaller, and allows you to extract and manipulate .Zip/.7z/.rar/etc files you will download from the net. More so required if interested in any kind of game mods. Even if not modding, highly still recommended)

    -OBS (open broadcaster studio. It allows you to record, save replay recordings-like last minute or w/e, and stream video. Necessary if you want to record anything game related or do streaming. Windows has one built in, not very good)

    -ShareX (screenshot software. Allows you to take screen shots and very easily share them with others online and a few editing tools. You may need to share screenshots for help online, so recommended)

    -VLC (software and codec to play every video or audio file imaginable. Again windows built in one is garbo)

    Thats it. If all you want to do is gaming, this is basically all that is necessary. Btw, the default security software from Microsoft is good enough. If you want another free scanner, malwarebytes is the best. I dont recommend anything else aside from the windows built in with malwarebytes (free is fine).

    Most of these things can be downloaded and installed with a single click using https://ninite.com The website just allows you to download and install software easy, fast, and to avoid installing bloat. It lists some of the popular software for different tasks. However I find it doesnt list a lot of good software and some of listed software is obsolete.

    There are many more cool and useful pieces of software. there’s also more software ewhivh may be required if doing a certain task. I just feel only the above are the one *everyone* needs if they want to game. You can ask around for software recommendations.

    Lastly this is a great resource: https://pcgamingwiki.com

    It has information on just about every single PC game, and gives information about how to troubleshoot problems, certain bugs and possible how to fix them. It also gives information about tweaks and mods to improve games.

  7. Most of the time the hardest part is finding the right sliders to tune to get the game to look how you want. Where it becomes considerably harder to deal with is when something goes wrong and you can’t just hard reset as a fix all like you can on a console.

  8. The potential for things to go wrong is higher, but you also get the tools to fix them. While if you get tech issues on console, you are usually out of luck.

    You have to deal with drivers and configuration yourself if you want a non-crappy experience, as well as weedwhacking windows 10 into shape if you choose to use that disaster of an OS – i highly recommend Enterprise LTSC (fully manual feature update only, manual driver updates, zero bloatware/uncontrollable software) or at the least Pro (gives you the ability to disable/control most things except quarterly updates), Home restricts control and has a number of potentially serious stability issues.

  9. It is good for some games especially competitive ones. I prefer couch gaming with console for single player story driven games.

  10. As someone who uses both, though is primarily PC

    Games are much easier to manage than any of the current consoles.

    Sometimes PC ports aren’t great but are generally a bit of under the hook tweaking will get you what you need much better than consoles, which might not give you that option at all.

    Steam is the best home for your games, with only a few ads on start up but they’ve pretty much always been relevant to me with game sales and new releases on my wish list.

    Steam makes connecting new input devices dumby easy so it’s very plug in and play.

    All in all, there’s nothing PC does worse, you just might need to take a few small steps yourself for some of the tweaking stuff you can’t do on console anyways

  11. It’s simple just install steam your games and play, if you like min maxing you have more tools to play with, like overclocking, mods and modifying game files for more performance which you can’t do on console. Sometimes you will have some problems with a driver or something but nothing google can’t solve

  12. These days its really easy. Buy a fully assembled PC ready to game. Install game launchers like Steam. Buy and install the games, you are ready to play.

  13. To summarize from someone who hates consoles with a passion and only use them for exclusives:

    * Console is easier, with basically everything.

    However I prefer the versatility of the PC platform.

    * Game runs shit? Throw more hardware at it so it runs better.
    * Game looks shit? Mod it, so many options to make games look better.
    * Game crashes? Google it, diagnose it yourself, at least you can try to fix things on the PC.
    * Old game that no longer runs? Emulate it, virtual machine it options here are endless compared to consoles.
    * Prices… I generally pay around 40-45 euros for a AAA downloadable game, on the PS4 I feel like I’m always paying 59 euros for a product that runs worse.

    In the end, I don’t need a gaming platform but I need a PC and it can do both.

  14. It depends on what you want out of the platform, but it’s certainly a LOT simpler than it used to be when I PC gamed back in the 90s and early 00s.

    The game performance is (pretty much always) higher than console, but you might need to mess around a little with drivers and tweak a variety of graphics settings to get each game to run at their best unless you have an absolute beast of a PC and can just crank everything to max. It’s more complex than a console, sometimes you need to troubleshoot problems with games not running properly and there are game settings I still have no idea what they do or how they affect performance, but often you can just select “low”, “medium” or “high” quality graphics and avoid that.

    PC gaming is very good indeed but it’s quite different to console gaming where I don’t have to worry about recommended specs, drivers and settings and can just bung in a disc and play. I spend a lot more time thinking about settings and performance on pc, whereas on the PS4 I generally don’t worry about any of that and get a bit more immersed in the game. Just how my mind works, YMMV.

  15. For modern games it’s fine. However many older games have bad pc ports, so you have to be fine with fiddling with it until it works (usually Pcgamingwiki has all the mods and tweaks you need though).

    Basically pc gives more freedom but also forces you to get your hands dirty sometimes

  16. In the 90s and early 2000s it required some base knowledge of troubleshooting. These days, its pretty damn straightforward on windows.

  17. much easier. Once your pc runs, you can do so much more stuff in a much more confortable manner. Like multiple monitors so you can just google stuff during loading screens, multitask with everything. No idea what people do on a console when it loads, especially since they take 3 times as long.

  18. It’s a bit of a bummer when trying to share games with non-pc gamers. I plug a controller in, but some games really phone in the controller support (looking at you, outer worlds)

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