If you’re planning on learning how to build a gaming PC but still need a small incentive to snatch you away from your PS4 or XBOX, we’re here to let you know that there are a lot of reasons why PC gaming is much, much superior to the console experience.
A gaming PC is highly-customizable, and not just in terms of aesthetics. While consoles give you some small sense of customization with the option to choose 4K or 1080p, white or black, a PC allows you to customize it for multiple resolutions, different quality presets, and a plethora of different visual options that best fit your style and environment.
Throughout the next paragraphs, we’re going to give you five concrete examples of games that are much better on the PC than on any of the major consoles.
You can’t be a gamer and not know this game. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt constantly pops up in discussions about what’s the best game of the decade. Praised by critics and fans alike, CD Projekt Red’s crowned jewel took the gaming world by storm, setting a new bar for AAA developers for years to come.
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 is one of those games that really take advantage of the PC’s superior hardware and active modding community. From a graphical point of view, the game has support for 4K at 60+ fps, with plenty of mods, which improve on both the game’s already stunning visuals and the gameplay.
Mod the game to play as a vampire, get new spells, eliminate your weight inventory limit, these are all great improvements that make the game more immersive and give it more playability. You’re not going to find any of these on PlayStation or XBOX.
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare
One of the most played first-person shooters of the past year, COD: Modern Warfare is a breath of fresh air for the franchise. Super fast-paced action, stunning visuals, and a player base that’s online 24/7, the PC release of Call of Duty really helps you experience the game the way it was intended to.
We’re talking high refresh rates, an advantage that helps you outperform opponents with inferior hardware. High refresh rate displays are only viable if you own a PC. You’ll eliminate any ghosting that might occur as well as any screen tears. The mouse is also a much better controller for FPS games, so if you’ve got great reflexes, then you can definitely step up your game on PC.
Star Wars Battlefront II
One of the most ill-received game launches in history. Star Wars: Battlefront II is an entirely different experience now than it was at launch. DICE really took their time to rectify EA’s mistakes and the game flourished into a well-polished action/shooter.
If you’re on PC, then Star Wars Battlefront II has amazing graphics. Really, it’s a stunning game that really makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of a space battle. While that’s a big plus, you can also install mods. Most mods are limited to visual changes, but some of them can really make the experience much more immersive for the avid Star Wars fan. For example, one of the mods gives Darth Maul his bionic legs from the Clone Wars animated series, while another gives Darth Vader his battle-torn appearance from the Legends comics.
Red Dead Redemption II
RDR2 is arguably the best-looking game of all time. The attention to detail that went into making 19th century America is overwhelming, and the storyline is so immersive, you’ll be riding on horseback for hours before feeling even a hint of boredom.
While the PS4 version is amazing, the PC brings a ton of new mods, some that affect gameplay, and some that affect graphics, Thought it looked good on PS4? Try slapping a photorealistic shader mod and rethink that.
Dark Souls 3
Dark Souls has become a classic series, and the PC community is definitely the most active. With a compelling story and a great art-direction, Dark Souls 3 is an amazingly deep and introspective game that immerses players in its melancholic and rich lore.
If you find yourself wanting to experience more of what this seemingly-linear game has to offer, then the PC version of the game comes with a lot of improvements. Better graphics, support for modding and active communities who you can interact with, it’s amazing how fresh a PC release stays 4 years after its initial launch.
These are just a few of the games we consider to work and look better on PC compared to the console releases. Please note that you need a decent system to run some of these games, like RDR2 and a modded Witcher 3. If you don’t currently own a gaming-capable system, then don’t worry. They’re more affordable than ever and learning how to build one has never been easier.