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    Hiya

    I would personally stick with the PS3 and give the games ago to get the hang of it and then once you enjoy the console give it ago longer and then if you are still pleased with aim to getting ana xbox one/ps4 for christmas
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    (Original post by MrFudgeTheGuy)
    Or get a PC and get EA Access. But no one really has that ****. Unless you play sports games. If you play sports games, go outside and play sports you lazy wazzock.

    Overall PC is cheaper anyway.
    I'm lazy because I play a different genre to you? By that logic don't play COD join the army. Just gave a suggestion don't try act like a big man on a gaming discussion thread.
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    1. Buy/build a PC
    Get a console if you want, but PC is far better performance and graphics for money, not to mention there are far more games and the pis generally less restrictive.
    I used to play console, but built a PC and never looked back.
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    Yeah, if your PC is any good then work with that for now. You have the PS3 to play on, and there's plenty of decent free to play games on PC too, even if you just use them to figure out what you're into. Get Steam and have a browse around. The Summer sale is coming up too, so you'll be able to get some good bargains on there.
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    Step 1: Play some games.

    After you've done Step 1 for a while and have a clue what you actually like, move in a direction that helps you, be it investing in a gaming PC, a console or stick with your current hardware if you're fine playing phone apps/flash games on laptop.
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    (Original post by Samz15)
    I'm lazy because I play a different genre to you? By that logic don't play COD join the army. Just gave a suggestion don't try act like a big man on a gaming discussion thread.
    Ehh true. I'm sorry.
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    (Original post by Lazarus26)
    1. Buy/build a PC
    Get a console if you want, but PC is far better performance and graphics for money, not to mention there are far more games and the pis generally less restrictive.
    I used to play console, but built a PC and never looked back.
    Yeah, that's a smart idea, recommend someone who's never even really touched a game to build a frigging PC.
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    PC MASTER RACE!
    Money, well.. A decent gaming PC setup is quite expensive, but the outcome is worth the price!
    It also depends how many games you want to play or get something like FIFA and spend most of your time playing it.
    Games on PC are actually cheaper than on console so if you're aiming at huge amounts of games it may overall after few years be cheaper to get a PC.
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    free games such as league of legends is very fun to play with friends and on your own, as well as, very cheap games such as Counter Strike:Gobal Offensive
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    Rust. Join Ser Winter, Vertiigo and Faceless.
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    (Original post by Lazarus26)
    1. Buy/build a PC
    Get a console if you want, but PC is far better performance and graphics for money, not to mention there are far more games and the pis generally less restrictive.
    I used to play console, but built a PC and never looked back.
    There's no doubt the PC does have superior performance but I have to disagree on the price front.

    For less than £300 you can buy a PS4 (with one controller). There's no realistic way you can build a gaming PC for that price. Even if you take into account the cost difference between games (usually no more than £10) & having to pay to game online (£35 per year approx) then you'd have to buy a lot of games to offset this.
    Plus realistically you need to upgrade your gaming PC every few years to keep it at a level where you're out performing consoles whereas your PS4/XB1 will be good for at least 5yrs. Sometimes it's as much as 7-8yrs.

    PC definitely does have more niche/specialised games & control but your mainstream casual gamer doesn't care so much about that.

    (I'm both a PC & console gamer).

    My PS4 when I bought it cost me the equivalent of £280 (mine's an American one) whereas my GTX 980TI graphics card cost me £580. A 970 will cost you at best about £220 & then you've got to buy/build the rest of your PC too.
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    This is going to be a long ass post...

    Best consoles? TL;DR - It's all a matter of opinions and preferences. PC is my preferred platform, Xbox is my prefered console.

    There's really no best, and frankly, most of it is down to opinion. Personally, I'd go with Xbox because of the exclusives and the better experience I've had with their service overall.
    For portable consoles... You're pretty much just looking at the nintendo DS here. The PSP (or whatever the modern variation of it is) is still around, but it doesn't seem to get much attention. Of course, there's always your phone.

    That being said, overall in terms of gaming, my prefered platform is PC but it's not quite as simple as setting up a console, especially if you build your own PC. Not to say that PC gaming is a hassle, it's still quite easy, but there's a bit more to it, i.e. graphical options, key bindings (although a lot of games have controller support with the 'typical' sort of control layout). With future xbox exclusives making their way over to Windows 10.

    The PlayStation side of things? It's not bad, it's just my preferences are elsewhere. Though I was PlayStation guy before the hack of '11... The way Sony handled that was absolutely poor imo, thus I switched over to Xbox.

    Best gaming channels?
    Again, it's a case opinions. My personal recommendations:
    -Vanos and his 'crew' (Most of the featured channels on his channel)
    -Mini Ladd (sort of part of Vanos' crew, but he doesn't do as much with him)
    -FrankieonPCin1080p (His upload schedule has been all over the place for a while, but he can put out some seriously good videos imo)
    -Seananners
    -Markiplier (popular, seems to largely focus on horror games though)

    Cost?

    Consoles are generally going to have a cheaper initial cost compared to something like a PC, especially if you want a high end gaming PC. However, PC generally tends to be cheaper in the long run thanks to free multiplayer services as well as (generally) cheaper game prices, especially if you wait for Steam (digital marketplace among other things) to have a sale.

    I'd take the cost of the platform + 2-3 games + Subscription fees (if any).

    Recommendations?
    As in games? Just saying, not all of these will be on all platforms.
    -Audiosurf (sort of like guitar hero, but you move a vehicle into the blocks rather than press a button)
    Far Cry 3 (and Blood Dragon)
    - Grand Theft Auto series (mainly the games on Xbox/PlayStation and PC)
    - Star Wars Battlefront 1 (The one published by LucasArts, not EA), 2 and Renegade Squadron
    - American/Euro Truck Simulator
    - Colin McRae (DiRT specifically) series
    - Fallout 3, New Vegas and 4
    - Grid series
    - Just Cause 2 and 3
    - World of Tanks
    - War Thunder
    - Left 4 Dead 2
    - Need for Speed Most Wanted (2005 and 2012), Pro Street, Underground 2, Carbon
    - RC Revenge
    Probably missed a few games out.

    Improving technique
    It's just a case of playing games. The older games will help, that being said, with them not being as popular, your improvements will be limited. Single Player only goes so far, and small multiplayer populations limits your encounters with different playstyles.
    These techniques are generally transferable across similar sorts of games so there isn't really much of a learning curve with most games.
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    (Original post by TheMcSame)
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    To be fair to the PSP / PS Vita, there have actually been some absolute crackers on both. I do agree it's a heavily ignored console though and with both PS TV available and many of the best PS Vita games now being available on steam I would struggle to recommend one.
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    (Original post by Tempest II)
    For less than £300 you can buy a PS4 (with one controller). There's no realistic way you can build a gaming PC for that price. Even if you take into account the cost difference between games (usually no more than £10) & having to pay to game online (£35 per year approx) then you'd have to buy a lot of games to offset this.
    Plus realistically you need to upgrade your gaming PC every few years to keep it at a level where you're out performing consoles whereas your PS4/XB1 will be good for at least 5yrs. Sometimes it's as much as 7-8yrs.
    I built my PC for £450, so not too much more, though got my PS4 for £200.

    An upgrade may be needed once in a while, but only a part at a time if that. While you might decide you want a new graphics card in a few years, your processor can last forever. People are still using the 2500K, released in 2011, and there's no need to upgrade any time soon.

    Consoles don't last 7 years though, they last forever!
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    (Original post by Neverdie)
    I built my PC for £450, so not too much more, though got my PS4 for £200.

    An upgrade may be needed once in a while, but only a part at a time if that. While you might decide you want a new graphics card in a few years, your processor can last forever. People are still using the 2500K, released in 2011, and there's no need to upgrade any time soon.

    Consoles don't last 7 years though, they last forever!
    How exactly did you build a decent gaming PC for that? A 970 is ~£230 an i5 is about ~£150. That gives you £70 for RAM, Mobo, Case, PSU, HDD, Windows. Not to mention an SSD.

    Also if they don't have anything they'll need a Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers/headset.

    Not to mention even if you only upgrade the graphics card every few years and nothing else, a graphics card alone can often cost more than a console.
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    (Original post by isabere)
    CALLING ALL GAMERS!

    For the past 3 months or so I've really been into the whole idea of gaming but never really taken it up because I just don't know where to start.

    What are the best game consoles?
    Best gaming youtube channels?
    How much money am I going to have to invest?.. (or my parents)
    Any recommendations??

    I currently have found my brother's old PS3 set (haven't used it in yearsss) He has games like Crysis 2, Resistance 2, Fight Night Round 4, Heavy rain, Fifa, Killzone 3 etcc

    Should I start playing these and get some good technique and then move on to the better ones... it's just that they're quite old and not that popular anymore - the walkthroughs and gameplays are like from 2013 .

    With the summer holidays coming up I've got sooooo much time to get into gaming so, I'd really appreciate some tips please
    Personally i would suggest you get a PS4 (Though the PS4.5 wILL BE ARRIVING SO LOOK UP ON THAT) has phenomenal exclusives like God Of war, The UNCHARTED sERIES, The Last Of Us (Trust me this an amazing game a unique and matchless experience i would recommend playing it. Personally this a game you should not play casually if you want to understand it, you really have to dissect it because it is such an exceptional game) and the upcoming horizon zero dawn. Also the current PS4 can play games at 1080p, so thats a perk. Also i would highly advise you play the Metal Gear Solid Series if you can.
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    (Original post by Elivercury)
    How exactly did you build a decent gaming PC for that? A 970 is ~£230 an i5 is about ~£150. That gives you £70 for RAM, Mobo, Case, PSU, HDD, Windows. Not to mention an SSD.

    Also if they don't have anything they'll need a Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers/headset.

    Not to mention even if you only upgrade the graphics card every few years and nothing else, a graphics card alone can often cost more than a console.
    I guess the simple answer is the obvious one: bought stuff for less, bought good value.

    Someone could say a PS4 is £300, extra controller £35, PS Plus £40 per year, games are £45 each, proper TV/monitor £200. That's not true in real life practice though.
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    (Original post by Neverdie)
    I guess the simple answer is the obvious one: bought stuff for less, bought good value.

    Someone could say a PS4 is £300, extra controller £35, PS Plus £40 per year, games are £45 each, proper TV/monitor £200. That's not true in real life practice though.
    You must have bought very good value if you managed to get all that for ~50-60% of it's RRP. Can you provide links to where I can buy CPUs/GPUs for that cheap please?

    Your point on a PS4 is ridiculous, it doesn't require an additional controller, it doesn't require PS plus, everyone owns a TV and games prices don't come into it until you've got the thing.

    Please tell me how you control your PC without a keyboard and mouse if these are optional extras?
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    (Original post by Elivercury)
    You must have bought very good value if you managed to get all that for ~50-60% of it's RRP. Can you provide links to where I can buy CPUs/GPUs for that cheap please?

    Your point on a PS4 is ridiculous, it doesn't require an additional controller, it doesn't require PS plus, everyone owns a TV and games prices don't come into it until you've got the thing.

    Please tell me how you control your PC without a keyboard and mouse if these are optional extras?
    Sure! I used the Bit Tech marketplace for most of my stuff, and also Scan.co.uk.

    That was exactly my point! Although no not everyone owns a full HD TV, a family household will require an additional controller (certainly if they bought a console without one), and game prices absolutely come into considering the cost of a console, unless you don't plan to play any games on it! Similarly the PC things you were listing weren't all necessary or were just one model.

    Keyboards and mice are worthless, find one in a charity shop or a car boot sale for £1 haha.
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    (Original post by Neverdie)
    Sure! I used the Bit Tech marketplace for most of my stuff, and also Scan.co.uk.

    That was exactly my point! Although no not everyone owns a full HD TV, a family household will require an additional controller (certainly if they bought a console without one), and game prices absolutely come into considering the cost of a console, unless you don't plan to play any games on it! Similarly the PC things you were listing weren't all necessary or were just one model.

    Keyboards and mice are worthless, find one in a charity shop or a car boot sale for £1 haha.
    You said a decent gaming PC, I listed decent parts, going less than them and you won't have a decent PC. I didn't exactly go straight to a 1080/980TI. Or were you suggesting a graphics card is not necessary?

    If you don't own a TV , I'd suggest you invest in one of those over a gaming PC tbh. You'll likely get more use out of it. The £10 saving per game will take rather a long time to pay off a gaming PC vs a console.

    I mean you CAN get a keyboard/mouse from a charity shop for £1.... but it seems a bit pointless to play a £450+ piece of kit with a £1 control method. I mean it's kinda like buying an expensive drum kit and using sticks you found in your back garden to play them. Personally I advise getting a nice mechanical keyboard and whatever mouse suits your ergonomics.
 
 
 
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