Is PC Gaming dying? Or is it even worth it anymore? This is a popular topic in our Discord Server. We see too expensive graphics cards with high-power needs and generally costly products. Decent basic gaming PCs priced at $500-600 are not an option anymore if you want a dedicated graphics card. And talking about gaming, the graphics card is an essential part. EVGA, one of the top graphics card manufacturers, stepped down from the GPU industry. Nvidia offers overpriced products, while AMD struggles to make its share in the GPU market. Driver issues, low-quality products, and beta games are things to consider. Intel has a long way to go to be a menace in the GPU game. However, it overcame many issues in a short period.
Games prices are usually unaffordable for the average user. And all of these without adding the extra cost of decent peripherals for the best user experience, such as monitors, keyboards, etc. Steam and Epic are a pleasant note in this game. And I believe that Steam is why PC gaming has re-introduced itself to consumers back then. Peripheral manufacturers offer overpriced products that have only more RGB. And no, adding more RGB in your Build won’t get you more FPS or make you more successful, popular, or a ladies-man. What still bugs me is Nvidia’s “policy” to gamers. Of course, it is a private company, and profit is its primary goal. But it doesn’t seem to care about PC gamers. There was a time when we had to blame mining, or Covid-19, or suppliers, or whatever. But even now, things didn’t get any better.
GPU prices are still high, and who should we blame now? TSMC’s monopoly, the car industry, high electricity prices, or AI? Salaries are still the same or even lower, but prices go up constantly. That makes me dispute that mining and all those mentioned above were the actual problems—more like cheap excuses. AMD, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to care about competing Nvidia. Considering all the facts, it tries to offer decent products at a reasonable price, but… its efforts are still inadequate to earn a better share of the market. I don’t have something to add about Intel, but I get the feeling that I have to expect way more from the blue team than the red. That is just my perspective, tho.
Some might say that features such as Ray-Tracing, DLSS, and FSR are welcome features. Of course, they are, but do they justify the price? Another popular topic is VRAM. I mean, OK. Of course, this is something that should be taken into consideration. But VRAM alone doesn’t mean much for a well-written game or for those who still play at full HD displays (according to Steam surveys) or FPS games, etc.
Moreover, there is something that I might not be allowed to write, but I feel I have to. Nowadays, the price you must pay for a powerful gaming PC is justified only if you profit from it. I don’t know if paying more for less is a good practice if you don’t need to.
The last thing I have to mention is console gaming. Yes, if you are a gamer, consoles are a solid option. Season passes, etc., are decent options, as well. Even if games might not be cheaper than their PC version, still the cost is justified. It is also a hassle-free option because it is way easier, e.g., to apply fixes to a “locked” environment like a console rather than a PC that might have different combos, as a developer, etc. You can have a decent PC for your needs and a console for your gaming sessions. But still, there is a caveat. Console gaming is still not PC gaming. Whatever that might mean for you is a fact. And facts can’t be ignored, can they?