This is going to be a tale of a 20+ years long console gamer:
So, I started with the original PS1 and basically got all PS consoles, except the handhelds. It’s quite comforting to have a reliable console infrastructure to base your hobby on.
The big thing that kept me from fully converting over to PC/Console or just PC was mostly the money aspect. If you know how to do it, then even as a teen in the early 2000s it wasn’t too hard to afford a wide library of console games and share it with friends. The sharing is the big differentiator here. A new game comes out for 70€ (after taxes) and effectively me and my friends never really payed more than 25 bucks for a game each. And in the end, once a game has been largely forgotten we just talked about who should take it. That and the quick price reductions of consoles made console gaming way more appealing, especially for younger people.
But there is more to it: Depending on where you live it can be dramatically different to buy a PC. In europe, where I live, it has been until around 2010 that PC mid-range builds had become affordable enough to warrant spending money on a PC to use as a gaming platform. Somehow before that we almost always had 1 component that was vastly more expensive. When I build my first own PC in September 2012 I had already waited out a large drive shortage that caused the prices to explode. And all that hassle can be intimidating for newbies. The fact that you can throw most pre-build PC’s straight into the trash didn’t help either.
So yeah, there definitely are some clear points to console players for being exactly that. Now the twist…
Since AMD finally got their ■■■■ together there was basically no better time to build a PC than in the last few years. The parts have never been this cost-to-performance efficient and it’s only getting better. Combine that with the way the performance curve behaves currently and honestly, a new PC was probably the best thing to do for me.
I saved up for a rig of around 1000€, but due to trading experience and a ton of research I wound up with a rig that would have been worth 1400€ for around 1150€ (plus 50€ dinner for the guys that built the thing together as I just couldn’t be bothered - yes, a true first world problem).
Now, there is one big point people get really nasty over - utility. Yes, you can do thousands of other things on a PC, from editing to working to doing your taxes (I myself write music and will soon try to get a foot into video editing). But that’s the fallacy here: Is the option of more things to do worth anything if you didn’t miss the lack of said option beforehand? Don’t you waste time trying out stuff that you end up never really doing anything with?
And while I see both sides here and neither is right or wrong, I just see it as a thing of personal perspective. Do you need or want more options for productivity or would a bigger pool of options make you less productive in the end? What are your needs? That’s why I see the appeal of consoles. It’s a more focused experience. It’s a very basic philosophy that’s applied to martial arts and mostly known by Bruce Lee, but “leaving out what’s unnecessary” really helps.
The current consoles just don’t cut it anymore, we all know that and that’s nothing unforeseeable. But that’s a thing console players know when they buy the thing. They know that those machines are a closed system that won’t be upgraded and will be outdated in probably a few months and the current consoles even were ancient already when they were released. This now passing generation of consoles was a miserable one in terms of performance. The next generation of consoles looks promising in that aspect and at least seems to solve the problem of long loading times, which is probably the worst aspect of consoles. It’s not the worse graphics as there are truly some amazing looking games on consoles, but the loading times that made playing on consoles a chore. Well, that and the fact that BL3 just generally runs horrible on consoles, but BL3 isn’t the only game out there.
All in all, I am very happy to now have my PC and be able to run BL3 at 60 FPS with loading times of usually below 5 seconds, but that doesn’t take away the fun I had and still have with Borderlands and games as a whole on consoles.