Gaming Platform Face Off - Top 10 Most Popular Games On GD

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Feb 1, 2015 2:00 PM

One of the key arguments that often comes when debating which platform is king is cost. The outlay for a decent gaming rig might be fairly massive in comparison to splashing out on a console but it's often been said you can save this many times over via cheaper PC games and magic that is Steam sales.

We thought the easiest way to drill to the truth of this would be to put this to the test, taking a look at the 10 most popular games on Game Debate, and comparing how much each of these would cost when bought on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, both physically and digitally.

Now then, first to those games. These are chosen from the little block a little ways down the front page which is automatically chosen based on which gamepages are the most popular. It’s a pretty hefty bunch of AAA titles, and all but one of them are available on all three platforms, although a number of them aren’t even out yet. For these we’ve hunted down the best prices we could find both digital and for a physical copy, at the time of writing, which is earlier in the week. The prices might fluctuate slightly but the point is just to see how the platforms compare within a moment in time.

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Far Cry 4
  3. Assassin’s Creed: Unity
  4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  5. H1Z1
  6. The Witcher 3
  7. Dying Light
  8. FIFA 15
  9. Evolve
  10. Dragon Age: Inquisition

PC 

PC Build Equivalent to The Witcher 3 Recommended System Requirements = ~£779

First up is PC then, which is a bit of a logistical nightmare thanks to its oodles of online stores and methods of purchasing games, but we're pretty confident we've found some of the best deals out there at the time of writing this. It's worth noting that most of these games have been cheaper than this before, but only during specific sales etc. 

Picking up a brand-new PC, and the current top 10 titles on Game Debate would set you back around £1013.73 digitally or £1070.35 boxed. That sounds like a lot, but if you were to extrapolate that over the five year lifespan of a games console, you're looking at under £400 each year. Take into account the deep discounts from Steam sales and the like, and you could easily get it down to less than £300 per year. 

PlayStation 4

Cost of Platform = £329

The costing of picking up a PlayStation 4 is less than half the cost of a gaming PC that can play The Witcher 3 at recommended settings. What you're getting here is ease of use though, and in the case of the PlayStation 4, the market leader. You know with confidence it'll be able to play everything out for it over the next five years, but you're going to be paying a premium for the privilege. The cost of buying the console and the 10 biggest games on GD is £805.41 digitally and £693.66 for boxed copies. This is quite a short-term saving on forking out for a PC, potentially saving you over £300 in the first year. Spread this over the lifetime of the console though and things aren't so clear cut; you're looking at £542.71 per year digitally, and £430.46 per year boxed, over a five year period.

Oh, and we should mention, the PlayStation 4 costs also don't factor in the tenth title, H1Z1, which will likely arrive on PS4 once it's F2P. 

Xbox One

Cost of Platform = £299

 The Xbox One is the cheapest console on the market to buy right now, particularly if you keep an eye out for them bundle bargains. The console can be widely had for under £300, making this the cheapest entry-level product to modern gaming. Microsoft's console will be good to go for the next five years, but how much will it set you back? 

Well, buying the console and the GD community's top 10 favourite games right now will set you back £728.91 digitally or £667.92 for boxed copies. Once more H1Z1 is not included, namely because it won't be arriving on Microsoft's console. Over a five year period you're looking at the Xbox One and ten top-tier games annually costing you £489.71 digitally, or £434.72 physically.

Closing Thoughts

Okay, first things first, and that's those digital prices on console games. We already know that the digital prices can sometimes be a little crazy on the newer titles, but with the PlayStation 4 you're paying nearly 31% more for every brand new title, and 16% on the Xbox One. It stands out in particular against PC, where digital reigns supreme and is markedly cheaper. 

In terms of five year cheapest costs, this is how much you're looking at for each platform:

  PC PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Price of Hardware £779 £329 £299
Cost Per Year £390.53 £430.46 £434.72
Total Cost (5 Years) £1952.65 £2152.30 £2173.60

Total costs were actually far more similar than we'd initially anticipated, with only a couple of hundred pounds setting them apart from each over the five-year period. Of course this doesn't take into account the digital deals which are rife on PC, which could potentially knock hundreds upon hundreds off the price. 

Which do you think is the best option in terms of value and hardware?

Which is the best value long-term buy?

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11:12 Feb-03-2015

Things to consider:
a.) how hard core of a gamer are you (how many and what type of games do you buy) - i.e. fewer games = lesser savings from going PC (and the opposite is true)
b.) whether you need a PC (and what specs) outside of gaming - if you do, then the [additional] cost of PC gaming is lower

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19:21 Feb-02-2015

OK I have PC and I never bought any game in my life so that means 0$ but if I have PS4 or Xbox1 then I will have to buy games so That Sucks. [Heil PC]

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18:21 Feb-02-2015

I Own Both PS4 and pc but voted pc because it last longer then consoles

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15:20 Feb-02-2015

you can use that 200 bucks that you save to buy a new GPU every 2.5 years :)

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12:12 Feb-02-2015

Worth considering:
a.) how hard core of a gamer are you (i.e. how many and which types of games do you buy each year) - i.e. the cost savings of PC gaming increases the more games you buy (and the opposite is true)
b.) whether you need a PC (and what specs) regardless of gaming - makes it cheaper to go for PC gaming

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10:53 Feb-02-2015

This is such a good article, I'm so glad I built my own pc :D
Anyone knows whats that cheapest website to get Grand Theft Auto V?

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10:50 Feb-02-2015

With Pc, you can also play old games without switching platform.

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12:55 Feb-02-2015

At the moment I believe here: http://www.nuuvem.com.br/produto/2086-grand-theft-auto-v


Around £22

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10:06 Feb-02-2015

299 GBP for Xbox One, surely ? damn, Xbox One has a high price like hell in my country. :3

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07:58 Feb-02-2015

PC has higher entry costs but consoles are more expensive long term. PC has more raw power while consoles offer more simplicity. I can write a several page report on this topic but you can see the point. PC and consoles are for two different types of people. They both fulfill nich roles in gaming.

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09:27 Feb-02-2015

True +1

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07:43 Feb-02-2015

Though, to be fair on the consoles, if we really are talking of averaging costs of a platform over a 5 year period, to keep your PC at the recommended specs point, your going to want to upgrade your GPU at least once in that 5 year period, which'll be another £200 - £500 depending on what you go for (again, aiming at recommended specs)

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06:35 Feb-02-2015

won't online subscription become more of a reality for pc games in the future THE CREW is an example of what is to come.

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09:15 Feb-02-2015

yeh might be true :/

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06:16 Feb-02-2015

#PCMasterRace just stumped PS4 and One,


189:7:4 :D

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03:43 Feb-02-2015

Its the price of games that makes the choice for me. While we're seeing a trend of PC games costing $60, we still see PC games getting massive discounts regularly. Console games will sometimes remain $50 or 60 for months.

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02:23 Feb-02-2015

Don't forget that almost all if not exactly all people with a console have to buy a non gaming grade pc, because at this day and age a pc is practically mandatory. Also let's not forget that' on pc we can play all games no matter how old they are. Oh, and emulators!!!

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00:12 Feb-02-2015

I can get The Witcher 3 for £22.57 and GTA V for £22.60 - WHERE?! Cheapest I've seen The Witcher 3 is £34.99 and I haven't looked into GTA V prices yet. Where are these great digital deals to be had?

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22:47 Feb-01-2015

And so the Consoles VS PC battle continues... haha

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22:01 Feb-01-2015

lol that graph at the bottom

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21:37 Feb-01-2015

10 peasents have betrayed the master race today

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haha thats really funny

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21:20 Feb-01-2015

FINALLY someone put on paper what I have been telling people for ages now - in the long run consoles cost WAY more than a gaming PC... And let's face it, most of us don't just get 11 games per year, we buy way more than that, in which case a console becomes even more expensive every year :)

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22:08 Feb-01-2015

IMO 11 games per year is crazy amount. I don't think i would even buy nearly that many games in one year. I'm buying like 2-5 games every year.

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15:19 Feb-02-2015

11 is a crazy amount?
me, and many other pc gamers buy that amount every 1 or 2 months.

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17:15 Feb-02-2015

My record is maybe 10 in a year, some years ago when i did more gaming.

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20:16 Feb-01-2015

I'm glad I switched to pc from ps3

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Same here man!

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