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February 12th 2014 11:52 pm

I have a pretty decent gaming PC but find myself attracted to the Xbox One for some reason anyway...should I give in to my temptation to get one?

Pretty happy with my gaming PC and I have a large collection of games on Steam. I upgraded my PC a year ago.

For some irrational reason, I still think the Xbox One looks neat when I see it in the stores, so I'm wanting one now.

The rational part of me says:
  1. I don't really watch a lot of cable TV. I have plenty of ways to watch Netflix and Amazon video. Several devices that could be used for Skype.
  2. I have plenty of games, and my PC video card is plenty capable of playing current gen stuff maxed out.
  3. I don't even have time for gaming, between work, the wife, and a small son.
  4. In addition to the system cost, I'd be hit with Xbox live costs, and new games
  5. Even with deals & price drops, pricing per game on a console rarely approaches Steam deal pricing.
  6. Not many games on Xbox One that excite me yet. Titanfall looks cool, but I can get that for PC and I know it will look plenty good on my existing system.
  7. It's not like I have $500 just sitting around, and if I did it could sure be put to better use on other things.
The Irrational part of me says:
  1. The controller feels good
  2. I imagine that the Xbox experience might be still be easier than the comparative experience on a PC (though Steam has come a very long way in making installation super painless & seamless)
  3. Using the Xbox for skype calls with family that live far away could be neat
  4. might be a better netflix & amazon video experience on the Xbox One
  5. I'm pretty excited for Titanfall and I think I have more friends that will be playing it on Xbox One than on PC (too bad it is locked to Origin...it might be a different story if it were on Steam)
  6. A lot of my co-workers have Xboxes and Xbox Ones, it might be a good way to bond with some folks from time to time.
So...is there anything I'm missing? Just wondering.

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> Not many games on Xbox One that excite me yet. Titanfall looks cool, but I can get that for PC and I know it will look plenty good on my existing system.

That should be your biggest reason for holding off. Most of the people I have spoken to about next gen consoles all share the same opinion: I'll get one once I see more games come out for it.

If you like the controller just pick one up to use with your gaming PC. They haven't changed THAT much from the 360 controller and you can find those all over the place. You'll likely have to map a lot of the buttons but some of the newer games should support it out of the box.

To me it seems like you're getting pulled into the features more than the actual device. You mention things like Skype and Netflix, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy an Xbox just for them.
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I've had my Xbox One since launch day, and while, I expect it to become irreplaceable to me within the next 6 months to a year, right now, Honestly I don't really use it. I mostly use my 360 still.

The only games I have (or was even interested in, so far) for Xbox one are Assassins Creed 4 and Battlefield 4, and even though I'm still buying them, Battlefield hasn't excited me since Bad Company 2. While Assassin's Creed 4 is an absolute wonderful game, once I finished it, well I was done with it. So Now what, well until Titanfall drops (which after playing in the Closed Alpha, I'm super excited for) I have no use for my Xbox One. Skype is cool on the Xbox, but none of my friends use Skype, so doesn't do me any good. The HDMI passthrough is nice for TV, but there again, I have Time Warner, and their cable boxes suck, so half the time, the HDMI won't work on my cable box, and after replacing it twice, and always having the same problem, I just gave up on that idea.
Also, the apps for the Xbox one just aren't there yet, way more video apps on 360, which is why I find myself using it more.

I'm not trying to be all negative about it, the graphics are great, I love the controller, the system is easy to use, I love the multi-tasking. It has a lot of great things going for it, it's just until some really goods games drop, my Xbox One has became a giant paperweight.

Do I recommend it, Yes, but do I recommend it right now, NO. It's going to be a great console, I just think it needs 6 more months to get there, and if you buy it now, you could be dissapointed in your purchase.
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If you have a gaming PC there is absolutely no reason to buy a console for another year or two (once there are actually some exclusives). The Xbone is being outsold by such a large margin by the PS4 we are bound to see a significant price drop in that timeframe. Currently all of the games worth playing are on PC in superior form. I'm normally into Forza but it seems the Xbone Forza was so badly done with it's microtransactions that is is actually a game to avoid for the time being.
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My reasons for having both....
I enjoy my games both on the PC and the XboxOne.
My living room TV is 60" and my monitors, 27".
I have different friends that have either. I wanna play all of them.
Surely the performance is not gonna be equal to each other. My PC destroys my Xbox One.
And I don't even have cable.
And seriously, the whole skype with family is unbeatable.
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The screen size differences is nonsense :P Think about it: perspectively the 27 inch monitor is MUCH bigger because it fills your entire peripheral vision when seated in a desk computer setup. The 60 inch tv on the wall is across an entire room, plus has a lower pixel density, so it only fills up a fraction of your peripheral vision.

I see so many people make this argument about their 80 inch tv being soooo big, but it's complete bunk and all psychological! haha
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Yeah but still 60 inches is bigger either way you put it. Unless you are really that far away. And most monitors are 1080p at 27" unless you have a WQHD monitor.
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I solved this issue by hooking my gaming PC up to my living room entertainment center.
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No.... :P You've exacerbated the problem! haha. Don't you see? People mainly play on PC and monitors to get better graphics, but then putting that on a tv makes the graphics experience crash and burn :P It's like driving a Ferrari on a dirt road and calling it more fun than a paved race track.

TVs have LESS pixel density at 50+ inches than most monitors do at 24 inches, which equates to how much peripheral they can fill up.

4K monitors (desk) need to be like 50+ at 2 feet away for target whereas for an ideal tv target, you'd need an 80+ or perhaps even 100+ inch tv at that same normal room size of 6-10 feet! It'd need to be projector practically to let people keep their same room configuration.

Other option is HMD (head mounted display) like the Oculus Rift. Although currently pretty lores, that should provide the MAX possible peripheral immersion and high resolution for PC for a fraction of the cost of these TVs :P
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I've no desire to sit inches away from a small monitor. So I use a large screen TV for more comfort.
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How close are you sitting to the 60 inch? 6-7 ft is about the target distance so given the pixel density (way less than a monitor) it's going to absolutely be smaller peripherally, which is all that matters.

Try this, even if you don't wear glasses, go find some and put them on. Now, sit in front of your computer monitor. The screen should "fill up" basically all of the glasses and you can use that as a visual guide. Now, sit in front of the TARGET distance from the 60 inch. To determine that, load a 1080p image and pause it. Now get right next to the tv so you can see the pixels. Slowly walk backwards while looking at the tv until you can't see the pixels. Then move closer to where you can, then back again. The spot directly behind from where you can see the pixels is the TARGET area. And trust me, the tv will fill up MAYBE 1/4 of the glasses, which is MUCH smaller than the computer monitor.

The real trade off in setups is sound. It's much easier to put a 5.1+ setup in a 60 inch tv room and for a computer room, unless you are a HARDCORE beyond hardcore gamer and can set aside an entire room for PC gaming :P

Cheers :)
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I also have a gaming PC and consoles. Lately though, I wonder why I still console game. I can use a 360 controller with most games and the games tend to glitch less and look better on my PC. To compare, I played Tomb Raider on Ultra on my PC and then on a PS4. Except for elements added to the console version, which will be added to the PC version via a patch, they looked no different. Plus, I paid less then 10 bucks on Tomb Raider for my PC. Since you mentioned you could spend the money better, get a new graphics card like the GTX 770 for 250 bucks, buy a few AAA titles for the cheap and still have money left over.
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It's isn't worth it at all if you already have a gaming PC. Do you really want to take a step backwarrds in the graphics fidelity of games? The only reason I see buying a console is worth it is because of exclusives and even then do you really wanna shell out 500$ plus 60$ for the 3 or 4 exclusives that you may want to play. With Titanfall look at the screenshot comparisons and see if it will be something that you want to play. From the current standpoint it is a night and day difference between pc and console and since you'd be coming from pc I'd wager graphics quality is something that you put forward. I also see that you have friends that play XBox this is another valid point to getting it if you want the ability to be able to play with them. As for the controller just get a Xbone controller and hook it up to your pc. For the streaming services you are already paying for, do you really want to pay more just so you can watch them on another device since you already have plenty of ways to watch them without paying a "service" fee to XBox live. In the end it's completely up to you but these current "next" gen consoles are such a disappointment. I was really hoping for something like when the xbox 360 and ps3 came out and it was at least on par somewhat with pc's at the time.
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I am in the same boat. I have an Xbox One and PC. I bought the Xbox One mainly for gaming with friends and exclusive releases (i.e. - Destiny).

My biggest pain point for console gaming is attempting to re-master the controller after spending a significant amount of time using keyboard + mouse. I am strongly considering giving the XIM4 a shot so that I can stick to one style of play using km on console + pc.

Buying the same game for PC and Xbox One
Building another latest-gen PC (~$1500-2000)
4K (3x Monitors = ~$2400 once PB287Q arrives)
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Look, it's about having fun. I have myself a half decent gaming rig with an i7 and gtx680 and also have the XBOne. The main reasons for this is 1- I've owned every xbox since they've been made, 2-I still love console gaming, 3- and most importantly, ALL my friends play on XBOne. Not a single one has their own gaming rig and all refuse to get used to gaming w/ a keyboard and mouse because it "looks so complicating" blah blah blah. The biggest downfall is having to purchase 2 copies of games you really enjoy. I've already got BF4, Ghosts, and pre-ordered Titanfall. As well as premium for BF4 on both platforms. Why we gamers don't get a deal for buying multiple copies of the same game is beyond me. But it all comes down to fun. So if you like gaming w/ your friends, well, it's a no brainer. Get the dang thing and have yourself some fun.
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I have both an Xbox One and a PC for gaming on and I still find myself playing exclusive games like dead rising 3 on the xbox one. For now dead rising 3 is only on xbox one and there are other very good games only on it that why I have both.
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I transitioned to console gaming. Reasons I did it are:
1) Most of my friends are playing, and I find that social aspect by far outweighs the performance differences.
2) I prefer the seamless matchmaking experience of console over manually looking for a server on PC
3) Significantly lower instances of hacking/cheating
4) It just works. Never have to deal with DRM/plug-in/driver issues. Ex. I spent an entire evening figuring out how to get Battlefield 4 to launch due to the ridiculous Origin browser plug-in approach (turned out to be a Windows Firewall setting)
5) No upgrade costs vs. hardware upgrades regularly needed on PC to keep up with the ever increasing hardware demands of newer games.

The only difficulty of the transition is that the console controller can be really hard to learn. However, there are a few keyboard/mouse adapters out there. And if you play on a TV, the video apps are excellent (much better experience that watching in a browser on a monitor).
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I totally agree! I spend 200 bucks on PC only to go into the "lag zone" after 6-12 months! Sure, a 400 dollar console is more money up front, but it lasts for 5-8 years and the graphics get better and better, rather than worse and worse. And by "graphics," of course the resolution falls, but the frame rate stays high and techniques like animation with mo cap, lighting, draw distance, etc all gets better over the console lifespan :) It's sooooo much easier to just buy a console and use it for a generation rather than having to constantly upgrade and worry over drivers and staying up for hours troubleshooting.

Still, tons of the indie games I like ONLY come to PC or have a very long exclusivity period.
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Hold your capitalist spirit. If you want a HTPC build a mini-ITX with AMD's latest APU and continue with your pc gammer. =p
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Thanks for all the thoughtful responses! I'm still holding off on the Xbox One purchase for now.

Have been playing some Titanfall Beta on the PC in the meantime this weekend. I don't think I'm missing anything if I stick to the PC version of it.
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Good choice :) The consoles are tempting, both of them, but I too am holding out for bigger games, like Halo 5 or Deep Down or whatever Quantic Dream's next game on PS4 will be!
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Honestly, wait. Everything worthwhile that's coming out will be on PC. Even then, most xbox exclusives come to PC anyway. I would be more inclined for a PS4 if I PC gamed.
Overall I say forget the superfluous features and worry about the games
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I'd keep both PC and console :)
I'm 24 now and started gaming back around 1995 on the Genesis. In ALL my gaming years, console has ALWAYS been easier for games that are graphically intensive. Yes, the resolution and fidelity is maybe 20% lower, but the frame rate is always great on console and games almost never crash/glitch like they do on PC.

PC runs everything, not just gaming/apps so a lot more could go wrong. I've never had a "bleeding edge" gaming PC, so maybe this is why I've had problems, but for stuff like Diablo 3 on launch, my computer could run everything on Ultra with no lag but the movies would crash the game! wtf?!? lol. So more headaches and hours of trouble shooting rolling back drivers, ugh!

This is my point, something always has gone wrong for me on PC whereas console, even if lower res or fewer options, performs much better, the experience and UI is light years better and you can easily do local or online multiplayer in a unified service that even if 60 a year extra, is hands down a better platform than all others.

PC has multiple fragmented marketplaces so it's easy to forget you even bought the game if it's not on Steam! lol, I forgot I had Starcraft 2 for a whole year or so when I got a new computer, lol. With console, all my digital/disc games are right there, in one store, waiting.
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Actually, frame rates are consistently better on PC. Like you said, you've never had a bleeding edge gaming PC. I build all my own rigs and don't have any issues. I also console game, but only for exclusives. Not only does my PC play the games as well or better then the current consoles, but the game are way cheaper and there is way more variety. I'm a little tired of half the games or more on consoles being shooters.
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That's a broad statement. My point is that ALL consoles, say Xbox 360, run at the same performance whereas the PC has to bleed for it to keep performing well for AAA modern games with complex 3d graphics. And with SimCity or Diablo 3, not counting launch windows, there are infinitely diverse possible system setups and problems to occur where again, consoles only technically have a few background hardware models, but are essentially the same.

With that said, the Oculus will probably move me to go PC all the way this gen, what are your thoughts on the Rift? Ever tried it?
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I would get a PS4
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