Up For Debate - Do You Struggle to Play Console Games?

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Sep 8, 2018 2:15 PM

We’ve all been there. After hopping into the wonderful world of PC gaming, with its high frame rates, lofty resolutions, and the ability to customise each and every part to our heart’s desire, we boot up the latest 90+ Metacritic console exclusive to find it running at a sludgy sub-30fps, smeared with depth of field and motion blur effects, and struggling to hit a native 1080p. A fantastic game marred by the hardware it's tied to.

This isn’t elitism, it’s just a marked change from what many PC gamers are used to. It can make playing even these highly rated games a struggle, especially for those who are particularly sensitive to low frame rates.

The slightly sad part is that before you touch PC gaming, consoles seem perfectly fine. There’s nothing inherently wrong with them when you’re used to them. Like eating a fine steak before having a gristly pork chop though, the fall from grace can be disappointing. We get used to using a mouse & keyboard; modding out gameplay elements we don’t like, or tweaking the graphics settings for visual perfection.

Some struggle far more than others. I’ve heard plenty suggest that console games are now unplayable to them. If you’ve become accustomed to 144Hz the drop to 30fps is no doubt significant. For me personally, I don't really struggle. Sometimes it gets to me, particularly when a game slows down, knowing that it would run faster on a different platform. Usually though, only takes me a few minutes to become accustomed. 

So how do you find switching from PC to console games? Does the drop in frame rate and/or resolution bother you, or are you just happy to play the great games wherever they are? Get voting and let us know why below!

Do you struggle to play console games?

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18:11 Sep-08-2018

Pfff if anything I have started to prefer console gaming to PC gaming due to lack of problems as I've grown tired of solving problems after 15 years and me not buying into the 60fps is a must and shiny effects that barely make graphics matter... -_-

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17:54 Sep-08-2018

Not A Problem playing at 30fps but prefer 60+
but if i can emulate it ill for the extra Res and Fps

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17:35 Sep-08-2018

I haven't owned a console since the Gamecube, soooooooo.....


I don't "hate playing all games on console." But I just don't really have a reason or desire to. There are some Switch titles that look interesting but I doubt I'll go out of my way to play them.

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17:07 Sep-08-2018

Yes, even if it's a superb game. Best examples would be Red Dead Redemption on PS3 and Bloodborne on PS4.
The games themselves are incredible and definitely playable but the decreased performance and visual fidelity was always noticeable. Add in long load times and you're left thinking "This would be great on PC".

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16:56 Sep-08-2018

I haven't played a game on a console in years, but on ocasion i use a controller when i play on PC depending on the game, because some games were not meant to be played on keyboard and mouse. I guess everyone just plays on the platform that they feel more comfortable with.

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16:37 Sep-08-2018

It's the controls that suck on some games.

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16:15 Sep-08-2018

i struggle buying one. Damn you nintendo for never dropping your prices.

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15:37 Sep-08-2018

I didnt struggle to play console games ( when i had my PS4 ) , the only struggle was after playing with a KB+M so long it took some time to get used to a DS4

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15:36 Sep-08-2018

I sometimes struggle to see well on my ps2, the graphics are often way too blurry.

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15:21 Sep-08-2018

No, I never player games not on pc!

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15:14 Sep-08-2018

The lack of backwards compatibility ruins the consoles for me, then theres the 30fps caps or low resolution on some games, lack of turning off motion blur etc, the last console i had was the ps2, now im a pc gamer and my consoles games i can use on emulators

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15:41 Sep-08-2018

well i get what you wanted to say about backwards compatibility and i agree to a degree. While consoles just lock out of running older games its not flawless with pc/windows either. If you dont want any troubleshooting running like 10 year or older game then you will have like 50% chance of playing without any crashes or bugs. Best way to enjoy old pc games is to actually have appropriate hardware for it, there is no way around it if you want decent experience.

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15:03 Sep-08-2018

I don't really have a big problem switching back and forth between the two. My biggest problems with consoles stem not from their visual failings but from the fact that it's a completely closed platform with a lot less end user choice. If you pick a console you're tied to that console and it's market place. With PC there is a lot more choice.

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15:01 Sep-08-2018

I dont struggle because i stopped playing game consoles since 2011.and probably never get back to consoles.

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15:05 Sep-08-2018

I am console less right now, by choice even. If it weren't for the fact that I have to save for a move I'd be picking up a PS4 soonish for RDR2. I wish I could completely give up consoles forever, but there's just too many good games that I want to play on them.

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14:41 Sep-08-2018

Consoles take a tonne of measures to ensure that it at least looks smooth and maintains the framerate. A lot of these measures I wish existed for PC's.

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14:36 Sep-08-2018

The only real problem I have is console fps games, aim assist can't beat a mouse and keyboard. Apart from that it's not really a big deal to be honest

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