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At least PC games dont cost £50-60 to buy!

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Well, you can get a lot of console games cheaper. £30–£40 is the average I've seen on the PS3, having gotten most of my games for that or below (including GTA4). It's not too much more than PC games really, which are typically £25–£35. Consoles are for the most part excellent value for money IMO. :)

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Consoles are good, but they do have plenty of hidden costs. Get a PC, its a big investment up front, then a few years down the line you could (not have) to upgrade parts.

Consoles you pay less at the start but things add up. Want wireless with your 360? £50 please. Want an extra controller? £30 please. Games? £40-£60 please. Batteries in your remote need changing, best buy some more or an expensive rechargeable one!

I think consoles get you in the long run. Especially when after the standard 5 year cycle the next one comes out.

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Consoles are good, but they do have plenty of hidden costs. Get a PC, its a big investment up front, then a few years down the line you could (not have) to upgrade parts.

Consoles you pay less at the start but things add up. Want wireless with your 360? £50 please. Want an extra controller? £30 please. Games? £40-£60 please. Batteries in your remote need changing, best buy some more or an expensive rechargeable one!

I think consoles get you in the long run. Especially when after the standard 5 year cycle the next one comes out.

I think your criticisms are more specific to the 360 to be honest. To get a PS3 controller costs roughly the same or less than it costs to get a decent PC keyboard and mouse, it has wireless built in, the controllers have internal USB-charged batteries, and I've not paid over £40 for a game yet.

Your big investment point is even more so with consoles, which typically go 5-7 years before they're succeeded. A PC will generally start to struggle with the latest games after only one year or so (anyone who doesn't acknowledge this is kidding themselves), regardless of how much you spend on the hardware. After just a few years you'll be effectively forced into upgrading due to a lack of emphasis on proper scaling for older hardware by developers (referring to both optimisation and looks here).

Combined with the fact that at least the PS3 can save you a lot of money on other non-gaming activities (it can handle DVDs, Blu-Rays, audio, pictures, and data just as competently as most dedicated units), the value for money is supreme. The 360 is also great value for money, albeit slightly less so IMO due to an absence of various built-in functionality.

If I had £400 or so to drop on either a PC of my dreams or a PS3, it'd go to the latter any day without a moment of hesitation.

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BTW, this is slightly irrelevant but I wanted to point out that LOVEFiLM is excellent if you get through a lot of games. I've tried out loads of PS3 games for a flat rate of ~£16 per month, which you can keep for as long as you want before you send it back. They cover pretty much all games and it's just as fast as delivering from Amazon or whatever. You can even keep 3 games at once on my plan. Highly recommended, especially for those who take issue with the price hit required for trying out lots of console games. :cool:

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LOVEFiLM might not cover your locale, but there'll probably be a similar service in your country. The idea in general is sweet as hell, and pioneered by the US's Netflix I believe. :)

It's also been ripped off by other companies such as Blockbusters and whatnot, so check such big companies in your country out too if you can't find much via Google. Most in the UK are just white label resellers of LOVEFiLM though. :D

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Consoles are good, but they do have plenty of hidden costs. Get a PC, its a big investment up front, then a few years down the line you could (not have) to upgrade parts.

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Consoles you pay less at the start but things add up. Want wireless with your 360? £50 please. Want an extra controller? £30 please. Games? £40-£60 please. Batteries in your remote need changing, best buy some more or an expensive rechargeable one!

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Your big investment point is even more so with consoles, which typically go 5-7 years before they're succeeded. A PC will generally start to struggle with the latest games after only one year or so (anyone who doesn't acknowledge this is kidding themselves)

IS TRUE

, regardless of how much you spend on the hardware. After just a few years you'll be effectively forced into upgrading due to a lack of emphasis on proper scaling for older hardware by developers (referring to both optimisation and looks here).

IS TRUE...

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