Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Kicking the Corpse of PC Gaming

For some time now I have agonised over whether or not to upgrade my gaming PC. I doubt if my existing 3 year old hardware will be able to cope with next years games but as I watch the centre of gaming influence desert the PC for consoles I have developed a gnawing feeling that I am backing the wrong horse by spending more money on PC gaming.

PC hardware prices have never been cheaper (at least in euro zone) so I could go out and invest in a new graphics card as a prelude to a complete system replacement. Alternatively I could use the cash to buy an Xbox.

Yet today I see an article in the Inquirer suggesting that the market for gaming hardware is booming. Perhaps there is life in the old dog yet.

One interesting point from the article is that the high price of HDTVs is proving a disadvantage for consoles. That is a significant issue for me actually. If I get a console I really need to get a TV to play it on unless I want a nightly fight with my wife over whether or not she can watch Desperate Housewives. The price of TVs has become just silly since the advent of flat screens. Remember when you could get a decent family TV for €250? Nowadays that would only buy you something slightly bigger than a postage stamp.


CrazyKinux said...

I'm in the same boat as you are. Next year, I won't have a choice and will need to upgrade my PC (more likely get a new tower) and also get an HDTV to really enjoy my Xbox 360.


mbp said...

Hi CK, another factor to consider before upgrading your PC next year is the Vista factor. Vista is likely to be replaced by 2010 and the experience of Windows Millenium shows that you really don't want to be left holding one of Microsoft's failed operating systems.