The end of PC gaming has been prognosticated for over a decade now, and yet it continues on. The first culprit that was supposed to lead to its demise was consoles. The PC gave gamers flexibility that simply was not available at all or was not as common on consoles. One of these is the ability to play mods that fans of particular games develop and release for a given game to enhance its playability. Even when expansions for games are available in the world of consoles, it’s typically in the form of downloadable content that console owners have to pay for. Additionally, with a couple to a few years between generations of consoles, PC owners have been able to stay at the cutting-edge of graphics longer whereas console owners have to wait for the next generation to come out with their enhanced built-in capabilities.
Despite PC sales decreasing overall over the past few years, the sale of PCs specifically for gaming has actually been growing recently. As mobile devices and laptops have begun taking over for common computer tasks, the PC is increasingly being seen as a tool for power users. A PC enables someone to assemble the components they want, such as a high-end video card, that will give them an exceptionally performing gaming system that will beat consoles in graphics and other feature and performance metrics.
Some gamers are buying high-end computers simply to get into the exciting new world of virtual reality (VR) gaming. While there are VR headsets for console gaming as well, a high-end PC gives one the power to really push this technology to its limits. PC gamers who are putting a lot of money into a system purely for VR gaming might want to be cautious. Some developers, such as CCP Games, are backing off production of some VR titles after initially being bullish on the technology. CCP Games is famous for the EVE and EVE Valkyrie titles. Those who are considering buying a cutting-edge PC just to play plenty of VR titles may want to hold off for a few years. It shouldn’t be long before there are enough game titles on the market to justify the expense since this technology requires a fairly powerful video card among other components that need to be up to the task.