Let’s Compare The Cost of Consoles To PC Gaming

IGN revealed a new comparison for Titanfall that examines the PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. One thing that I noticed, beyond Xbox 360 obviously looking dated, is that Xbox One and PC look extremely close. A lot of people were saying you can’t even tell the difference if nobody told you.

Arguments aside, it is a close battle, so that left me to question. Are consoles a good deal? Well lets see if you can get a PC to run Titanfall for the price of an Xbox One ($499) and how well it will run.

So I start with a list of required items. First are the minimum specs, which may not achieve what we want, but its worth noting.


They list a Celeron E3200 Dual-Core 2.4GHz, which retails for $15, but honestly that processor is horrible. So I went with a Intel Core 2 Duo, which retails for $50.

AMD’s processor is a Athlon II X2 220, which technically speaking can cost you the same. It is retail at $200, but I easily found it for $50.

Next the graphics card, which is GeForce 8800 GT. I can find budget friendly ones for around $70. Again, AMD in a similar range.

Next, 4GB of RAM. I can find anything from $25 and up, so we will go with the short stick.

Next the game requires Windows 7 at least, that will run you $99 for a license.

Then you have odds and ends, and we will go with cheap stuff. $80 for a hard drive, $50 for a case, and lets splurge a little and say $150 for a  keyboard, mouse, odds and ends etc…

Tally that all up and building a PC to run Titanfall will cost you: $524 (give or take)

Now this is for the bare minimum, and as any PC gamer knows, this won’t make you happy. It will get the job done, but thats about it. So how much does it cost for “recomended” specs?

Without diving back into detail, the added cost of an upgraded specs will add another $100 to $200 on the bill. Now granted this is Titanfall, it isn’t exactly a top of the line power hungry game by anymeans. If we were talking more power hungry games that make PC gamers proud, that is when you start pushing the $800 and up mark.

In terms of pre-built computers, I found some “off brand” computers on Amazon and Newegg that will run all the required specs of Titanfall perfectly fine, and then some, for around $499. Which hits the mark dead on the head, but with the added bonus of being a computer it gives PC gamers those bragging rights. This was for desktop PC’s with no monitor though, but the thing is you don’t really count the cost of a TV with an Xbox do you?

As for laptop gaming, you can still hit the mark rather close. Laptops built for gaming will run anywhere from $600 dollars for decent specs, all the way to thousands of dollars easily.

Now for comparison sake, I would say it is a fair battle and for what it does Xbox One comes in at a fair price. It plays the same game at about the same quality, so nothing to worry about. If you ever debated jumping to PC gaming, and are in the middle of jumping to a new console, now may be the time to jump and check it out.

As for PS4, I think you are getting more bang for your buck. In all comparisons, it comes in at $100 under AT LEAST, which is a steal. This is why console gamers remain console gamers. Overall these are also current specs. As the generation goes on, PC gaming will seperate, but it will also become more costly as upgrades and changes are needed.

So what is your call? Is it a fair deal? What side do you fall on? I personally still remain a console gamer, my PC is purely for business. Plus I’ve also burned out my fair share of PC’s with gaming!