(Original post by padanew)
I'm going to try to breifly sum up my veiws on this - having used consoles since the Dreamcast, and a PC for many years, I feel that I can reasonabley see both sides of the argument:
I saw a post saying that you need to pay more for PC's in order to game - this is untrue. My current rig cost me a total of £200, (excluding my two monitors) and I can play any game that I want. Sure, i'm about to pay another £100 ish to upgrade my graphics card, but that should be able to fill my needs for at least three years, and i'm the sort of person who likes to play on ultra high details and on very high resolutions. When you also take into account the fact that I am gaming at much higher resolutions and aspect ratios than a console can handle, I feel that I am getting much more bang for my buck than I did with a console.
I would say that buying an Xbox 360 or PS3 now would not be a good move either. Sure, you can get them dirt cheap now, but we have to consider the life span of a console. The life span of the PS3 and 360 has been 7 and 6 years respectively. Sure, there are new iterations which sport marginally better hardware, but when we look back to previous generations, most last only 4 to 5 years iirc. So chances are if you spend on a console now, you'll regret it down the line.
This ties into what I said above - when the lifespan of a console ends, you are forced to upgrade the whole unit in order to play new releases (A notable exception again with the PS2 and Xbox receiving releases made for the PS3 and 360 months down the line). This is not the case with the pc - virtually any component you purchase can be changed when necessary in order to keep up with the curve. While this may look expensive in the long run, the myth about PC components being out of date after a year is greatly exaggerated - If PC components are outdated in a year, how has the console been able to hang on for so long? And if upgrading is not an option then just turn your resolutions and graphical settings down a bit to compensate.
To summarize I really think that by buying a console at this time you are really giving yourself a bad deal. Sure, it's a reasonable, low-cost alternative to a PC, but a PC has additional functionality beyond gaming, and it's a smart investment to make. You can use a load of game pads with the PC, so you don't have to use the mouse (although in many games it is a huge advantage), you can get games dirt cheap, and it will last longer. I get why consoles are used, and i'm not arguing that they are not a viable alternative to a PC, I just think that a PC, especially at this point so far into the life cycle of the current generation of consoles, is a much smarter buy than a console. Just my two cents.
Oh and poster above, they scrapped the cross-platform stuff on CS:GO :P