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Which current-gen gaming system do you own?

samgloversamglover Minneapolis, MN Admin
edited January 2016 in General Discussion

I'm going to buy a new gaming system, but I'm not sure whether to get an Xbox One or Playstation 4. I'm curious what you have/recommend. (Figuring out which system allows me to race/kill more lawyers online seems like as good a way to choose as any.)

I'm also considering whether it might be better to build or buy a gaming PC. I always played games on my computer until I bought a Mac mini, which struggles with newer games. A console seems like better bang for the buck, but I could probably be persuaded. Plus, I've always wanted to build my own PC but haven't ever done it.

Feel free to select other and pitch me on a Steam Machine or whatever.


  • andycabsandycabs New York

    Sega Dreamcast FTW.

  • Gaming PC is the route you want to go if you want the best of the best and don't mind paying a premium for it.

  • chadmurraychadmurray Decatur, IL

    I had an Xbox One and traded it in for a PS4 when I realized that I have a little kid and the racist and/or mom-boffing tirades are about 30% as frequent on PS4.

  • samgloversamglover Minneapolis, MN Admin

    @chadmurray said:
    I had an Xbox One and traded it in for a PS4 when I realized that I have a little kid and the racist and/or mom-boffing tirades are about 30% as frequent on PS4.

    Huh. Hadn't considered that. Why is that, do you think? Older players?

  • chadmurraychadmurray Decatur, IL

    Not really sure. I had a PS3 before and almost never encountered it. Noticed it on the XB1, but the PS4 has been pretty tame even playing the most recent Call of Duty.

    Also, the XB1 controller is pure hot smelly garbage. But that's a personal taste thing.

  • HoldenthePageHoldenthePage Saint Paul, MN

    PS4 all the way.

  • I should clarify. Specifically, I thought it would have a bigger game selection. Also, I am used to the PS4 controller - which is a derivative of the old Super Nintendo controllers back when I was growing up.

    Also, Street Fighter 5. Nuff said.

  • Adam LillyAdam Lilly Cumming, Georgia

    I'm still waiting on the Nintendo NX, because I really just want Mario Kart.

  • thedanshermanthedansherman Maple Plain, MN

    No love for the Wii U?

    Ours gets a lot of use.

  • samgloversamglover Minneapolis, MN Admin

    @thedansherman said:
    No love for the Wii U?

    We do have a Wii. The Wii U was so widely panned (Mark Kart being a notable exception) that I couldn't see a good reason to get the Wii U. I mean, I love Mario Kart to bits, but I can't see buying a gaming system for basically one game.

  • thedanshermanthedansherman Maple Plain, MN

    @samglover said:
    ... but I can't see buying a gaming system for basically one game.

    Our Wii had broken so we upgraded, but I take your point.

    In the NintendoLand set of mini-games there is a hide-and-seek game called Mario Chase that is more fun for a group than anything I've played since Super Monkey Ball on the GameCube back in college.

    Building a PC is a fun project, but if you want simplicity, get a PS4.

  • Have to agree with Sam. Back in the 1990s, I bought every single game system at the time (Turbografx 16 - including that expensive expansion CD rom, Genesis, Super NES). I spent 80% of my playing time on the Genesis, and then 45%/45% with the Genesis and the Super NES a few years later.

  • samgloversamglover Minneapolis, MN Admin

    Although in fairness, Nintendo has a well-earned reputation for fun games that anyone can play (and will want to). You won't find serious games with serious graphics, but you are far more likely to get your whole family to play games together.

  • ramseyhanafiramseyhanafi San Francisco, CA

    Finally, a thread I feel qualified to comment on. ;) Short answer? Get both.

    The long answer? It boils down to what you want to play. Once you figure that out, then the rest falls into place. If you want to play Halo, or some other console exclusive, then there is your answer. Get a console. For basically anything else though, PC is the way to go IF you're willing to drop around $800-$1200 on something good. (Except for Call of Duty, which no one plays on PC. You should get a console if that is your game of choice.) Personally I own both an Xbox One and a "gaming" PC and both are hooked up in my living room to my TV. You can use an Xbox controller on the PC wirelessly so I just enjoy the best of both worlds. I play mostly everything on the PC, but fire up the Xbox for the handful of games I can't play on the PC, or games my friends play on Xbox, or games no one really plays on PC (Call of Duty).

    PC gaming gets you better graphics, more customization options, more access to community mods, Steam (a superior marketplace to anything MS or Sony offers) and the most important part--it is fun to build your own. If you like gadgets and customizing things until they are "just right" (and I get the sense you do from your blog) then try building a PC. It is super duper easy these days, the only risk is receiving faulty parts, and I can assure you that is rare. With regards to building your own, in addition to satisfying my urge to buy technology and play with it endlessly, I also do it because (a) building a mid to higher end PC is cheaper than buying pre-built, and (b) your options for cases are enormous. There are some beautiful PC cases out there that you cannot get a pre-built in. A lot of pre-built "gaming" cases on the other hand are hideous, ugly monstrosities with garish bright LED's and brutalist jagged lines everywhere, and they make me want to stab my eyes with a screwdriver when I look at them.

    I built my current gaming PC, and the four or five that came before it, myself. It was so much fun I also decided to build my home office PC and my "real" office PC (a NUC) myself. It is addictive! I will never buy a pre-built PC again, except for my employees, who all get cheap, boring, reliable (and importantly, covered under warranty) office computers.

    If you do decide to just get a console, the console discussion is a little different (and boring, frankly). All that really matters there is (1) do you have any friends on either console that you want to play with, and (2) do you have any exclusive titles you want to play? Those are the only real two significant dividers between the Xbox and the PS4. Hardware wise the PS4 has a slight edge, however for the OS and online experience I think the Xbox may win out. The Xbox 360 controller was miles ahead of the Dual Shock for the PS3 but the PS4 has mostly fixed that issue, although I still find the Xbox controllers more comfortable. This is really a toss up.

  • nnynasnnynas Finland

    I haven't really spent too much time to check the differences. Based on previous generations I'd say you can buy whichever, unless you need some specific platform-only games. And there will always be SOME for whatever platform you're considering. If you just want to play, say most of all-platform games, I'd choose the one that feels right. You can't really go wrong here. I think the only console that really differs from the rest, is WIIU, because of it's Nintendo-only-titles. But if you'd want a Nintendo, you'd now that already :) If you're playing only single-player games, I'd consider PC. It has the most titles and most affordable games because of online marketplaces (e.g. steam)..

  • nnynasnnynas Finland

    One thing I forgot to mention, is that you might want to check the availability of indie titles too. There are a bunch of great games in that category. Most are available for PC, some for Xbox, some for PS4, some for all platforms.

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