8 reasons to choose a gaming PC
Compatible with most consoles and super powerful, gaming PCs make a great gift choice for gamers this Christmas. Here are 8 reasons to choose a gaming PC…
Traditionally, a console has been the Christmas gift of choice for gamers, with PC gaming reserved for the specialist few. But with the growing popularity of PC gaming, it’s no longer reserved for those hardcore few who are happy to spend a whole weekend dismantling their desktop.
Why is PC gaming going mainstream?
A pre-assembled gaming PC is becoming a much more affordable Christmas gift – with more models boasting powerful processing and graphics tech.
The rise of online gaming platform Steam, which has tens of millions of users, makes the latest games more accessible and offers a platform to share tips and chat.
Latest developments with Windows 10 mean there’s even the opportunity to play with friends who’re playing on console.
PC gaming also leads the way in free-to-play games, like iconic eSports title League of Legends.
What is a gaming PC?
Traditional desktop PCs with a higher processing power than you get in an average PC – enabling you to play demanding games.
With a gaming PC you can enjoy…
- Smooth gameplay at 60 frames per second in Full HD with high-end NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics
- Smooth running of the most demanding games with Intel Core i5/i7 processor with 4 (quad) cores
- Pushing your PC to its limits without overheating it, thanks to innovative cooling technology
- Much faster load times of your games with lightning quick SSD or solid-state drive storage
8 reasons to choose a gaming PC this Christmas
- The gaming experience is unbeatable
For a hands-down incredible gaming experience you cannot beat a gaming PC. The potential for playing the likes of Assassin’s Creed Origins and Overwatch at 60 frames per second or higher is really something.
For the very best experience play games in 4K. You’ll need a 4K TV or monitor, while only the best graphics card – the Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – will do. Wolfenstein II and Call of Duty: WWII – released on 3 November – are among the great 4K games available.
- Future-proof your gaming system
As long as you have enough space in the tower you can upgrade the different components throughout the year – keeping you constantly at the cutting-edge.
You can always add more memory or a new graphics card further down the line. This can be a challenge but you can find a tutorial on YouTube if this is the route you want to go down.
- They’re Virtual Reality ready
Virtual Reality is the next big thing in gaming, and it’s here today. HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, the most powerful headsets, will only run on a PC with the required spec.
VR through one of these headsets and a high-end PC will be more immersive than through its console counterpart.
Steam is among those creating games in VR.
Even for gaming PCs, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive require some serious oomph. What do I need for VR gaming?
- You can play mod versions of your favourite games
For as long as games have been played on PCs, enthusiasts have created mods to make them better.
From new costumes and high-tech armour to updated graphics, mods can make you fall back in love with older games while new ones become more exciting. What’s more, they’re often free.
- Not just for gaming
The same features that make your PC great for gaming, such as power and speed, also make it the perfect computer for day-to-day use and more.
If you do a lot of photo editing or work with expansive worksheets in Excel, you’ll appreciate the capabilities.
But you don’t need to run powerful software to get the most out of it – choose a wide gaming screen for cinematic Netflix boxset binges.
- They have Steam
Steam is an online PC gaming service with 125 million users worldwide – Xbox Live has 48 million, to put that into perspective.
Valve, the developer of iconic games like Half Life, is behind Steam. Once installed on your PC, you can download and buy games that are saved in your own online library.
- And play nicely with Xbox One X
Windows is committed to narrowing the gap between console and PC gamers. Games bought digitally can be played on both PC and Xbox with the Windows’ Play Anywhere feature.
You can start a game on your PC then pick up on your Xbox later – and play against friends online who are using Xbox while you’re playing on your Windows 10 PC.
- Better aim and more control
When transitioning from console to gaming on a PC you can still use your Xbox controller for playing games. But if you want better precision, especially with first-person shooters, you can’t beat the mouse and keyboard.
And, depending on the game, you can set up your favourite hotkeys all over your keyboard for game play. Real-time strategy games benefit the most from a mouse/keyboard setup.