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The upcoming consoles by Sony and Microsoft have been highly anticipated for the past year. They release this holiday season with upgraded graphics, resolution, loading speeds, and a plethora of games to play on release day. Both the PS5 and Xbox: Series X will set a new standard for console gaming, with upgrades in all areas. While the PS5 and Xbox: Series X do sound very promising and lucrative with their 4K resolutions, and upgraded loading times are they worth it?
Many gamers have debated the benefits of having a console over another gaming utility such as a PC. Each party sides with their preference, with many PC players believing they are better and have more efficient game stations than console players. As of now, the PS5 and Xbox: Series X are looking to be competitive at around 500-600 dollars. With the same money, a mid-tier gaming pc or gaming laptop could be bought. But most likely that same PC will be unable to run games at 4K, or resolutions as high as the next-gen consoles. While the PC is great for other utilities, a PC at that price point won’t be able to compete graphically wise against the next generation consoles.
Furthermore, if you’re looking for console exclusives and the next round of new and improved video games, the consoles are your best bet. While services such as the Epic Game Store and Steam have a large inventory of games, version exclusives can’t be played elsewhere. If you’re into a specific niche type of game found only on the console, buying a console is worth it.
On the other hand, buying the next generation of consoles also comes with other costs such as extra controllers, accessories, games, and TV screens that will cost a hefty sum. Since the new consoles will be able to run at 4k you’re going to have to invest in a monitor or TV that will support higher resolutions up to 4k. Monitors with high resolution and higher Hz will be on the more costly side. If you’re looking to play with the highest settings possible on the new consoles, you’re going to have to invest in a pretty expensive monitor.
The consoles are worth it if you’re into version exclusives or like the feeling of playing with a traditional controller. Consoles are also a great way to start gaming as they are not as costly as good gaming PCs and can be played with a preexisting television.