PS vs PC – which one to choose?

New gamers are born every day who sometimes ask themselves the question: “but where do I start?”. And one of the first steps is choosing the right platform. In this we will help those who may now want to enter the world of gaming, or who have changed their current gaming platform.

It is important to note that our article only deals with currently available platforms. It won’t cover machines and services that are already out of date, nor will it cover the already announced but not yet available console generations – there will be a lot of material on the latter. In the columns of our family.

To the best of our knowledge, we have tried to collect as much information as possible about each platform that may be useful to a user who is about to purchase. Still, our article should not be confused with a step-by-step installation guide, as there is plenty of material on the Internet.

But to give users a little extra help between buying and using, we link to relevant forum topics on each platform, where knowledgeable forums and their more ignorant peers can exchange ideas.

The Sony PlayStation probably doesn’t need to be introduced to anyone, as you’ve even heard of it from someone who doesn’t follow the console market after all. The PlayStation is on the 5th generation platform, but it’s not worth buying a console that is older than the PS4.

The “older” version, the PlayStation 4, should also not be thrown away as it also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) display. Still, the 4K resolution is the exclusive privilege of the Pro, as is the 1GB primary storage for the 500GB Slim.

However, if you’re dreaming of a PS5, it’s worth knowing a few things about it. The new console is big enough: set at 39cm high, 26cm deep and 10.4cm wide without a base, so bigger and wider in its thickest parts than the first, chunky version of the PlayStation 3. And speaking of the design, we should mention that the manufacturers have promised us new colors for the cover.

The four and a half pound console can be stored upright and down. The basic package contains the necessary base, the mandatory power and HDMI cable, DualSense controller and accompanying charging cable. Interestingly, the white caps are also easy to clip off, suggesting that there is a good chance that versions will be available in the future, which will change the look of the machine.

On the front of the console, the power and disk eject buttons are barely noticeable, as are a USB-A (2.0) and a USB-C port, an HDMI 2.1, a LAN and two USB-A (3.1) ports on the the backside. ) next to the power outlet. The device also supports Bluetooth 5.1 and WiFi 6.

Underneath the case is an eight-core, 16-thread, 3.5GHz AMD Ryzen Zen 2 processor with an AMD-based RDNA-2-based graphics chip with a computing capability of 10.3 teraflops. This is complemented by 16 GB GDDR6 RAM and an 850 gig SSD. The latter is incomprehensible because the PlayStation 4 Pro was already introduced three and a half years ago with a 1-terabyte disk, and of the 850 gigabytes only roughly 620 GB can be used after the first boot.

In terms of performance, it’s at least double that of the PS4 Pro, but lags behind the Xbox Series X in terms of sheer brute force, but that doesn’t mean anything is much more fun or faster on a competing machine. The PS5 can also display 4K/60fps, and Sony says there will be games that can pull in 120 frames per second.

Of course, this also requires a display with an HDMI 2.1 connector, which is essential for data transfer. It’s also worth noting that the console is relatively quiet when idle. I didn’t measure more than 35 decibels of noise when inserting digital games, but the optical drive was hot when copying data, in which case 45-50 decibels were not uncommon. And when it comes to discs, the PlayStation 5 is finally able to play UHD Blu-rays.

As for the controller, we can see that not only has it changed in appearance compared to the DualShock 4, but it comes with features that are a significant improvement over the previous generation. The shape is reminiscent of the Xbox solution, but the layout of the buttons has not changed, and this time we will not be without a touch-sensitive interface or light play.

One of the novelties is that the controller already has a microphone, eliminating the need for a headset for communication, and a related change is a new LED button to mute the microphone. Anyway, the traditional connection is also missing, so connecting a headset or a flat ear is also possible. The latter is also important as the PlayStation 5 still doesn’t support Bluetooth headphones, so only official accessories can be connected to the machine.

DualSense has been given a 1560 milliamp shaft, one and a half times the battery in the DualShock 4, and delivers up to 13 hours of power, a significant improvement over its predecessor. However, this time interval may vary depending on the game you are playing, as each program uses the engines in the controller in different ways and amounts.

The most cost-effective solution is of course a desktop PC composed of components of our choice, where we can decide which components to spend more on and which less, depending on what we want to achieve. We won’t give a specific example of the various sections this time, as this would become a never-ending article, but our news and tests on the links included and, where appropriate, our category analysis provide a great starting point or forum topics where anyone can get help that is tailored to their personal needs.

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There are plenty of options, tests and processor equations, motherboard, graphics card and memory quartet on the Internet, but it is relatively rare to summarize what we need in addition to the above to get to the beginning of the game.

In addition to the components mentioned above, we also need to buy a processor cooler (in case we don’t get one for the processor from the factory or if it would not be efficient enough), a power supply for the power supply and a machine housing in which we can install all the components . you also need to have the best operating system, Windows 10, to run games, because of its prevalence. Another advantage for the PC is the variability and complexity, because while on a console you can only play and watch movies, a PC can do much more. It is a great working tool, whether you need to do presentations or video editing, you also have many free games on the internet, which don’t even need to be downloaded, such as online blackjack spell.

However, with the right knowledge and/or daring, we can do the assembly ourselves, but most specialist shops commit themselves to assemble the selected parts for us at a small additional cost. It is recommended to use this option. This allows us to ensure that the delivered device consists of compatible parts and that the computer arrives at us in working condition.

Of course, some manufacturers already offer factory-assembled desktops (such as the Acer Predator Orion series), and distributors are happy to sell their ready-made models, and there have been notebooks specifically designed for gaming for several years now, which they are not necessarily designed for gaming on the go (since the battery lasts no more than 1-2 hours with such use), they tend to be easier to move around than a desktop computer.

In addition to the PC, we need a mouse and keyboard, which are essential for controlling games. Instead of the latter, we can also choose special input devices such as the steering wheel, joystick or controller, which can be more convenient and accurate in their various simulation games (car, truck, airplane, etc.) than their button-click counterparts.