How proud I was when I built my first damn fast high-end PC many years ago! The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X were out of the question at the time, but even when they came out, the PC versions of games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Control were vastly superior to their console counterparts.
But that has changed over time – many games have since been released or optimized for the current generation of consoles. The advantage of my always-up-to-date calculator has slowly melted away in the face of tech hits like The Last of Us Part 1 and Horizon: Forbidden West.
How fitting that Nvidia – my favorite brand – is launching a new line of graphics cards meant to make a fist and stand out from the PS5 and Xbox Series X! However, at an absurdly high price that scares me so much that I’m ready to swear off the PC completely.
A luxury I no longer want to afford
So far I’ve replaced my PC’s graphics card every two years and always within the same price range of just under $800. I started in 2016 with a GTX 1080, which became an RTX 2080 in 2018 with then new ray tracing accelerators (which were supposed to provide beautiful reflections and great lighting), followed in 2020 by the RTX 3080.
It will probably stay with the latter, as Nvidia’s new high-end model with the distinctive “80” will no longer be available for around 800 to 900 euros, but for 1,469 euros. It only gets cheaper with a slimmed-down version for 1,099 euros, but it is also slower and has less graphics memory. In addition to the rising price, the hunger for electricity from the new components is also increasing, making PC gaming more and more unaffordable.
You can learn more about the RTX 4000 series on GameStar here:
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RTX 4000 presented: all about specifications, release, prices and performance
No improvement in sight
As a regular earning PC enthusiast, the price expectations of the leading graphics chip maker Nvidia are just way too high for me. But the competition doesn’t fare much better either – AMD’s current models are only slightly cheaper compared to the GeForce RTX series, but that won’t change much with the next generation due to the worldwide chip shortage and the immensely high entry-level prices of Nvidia. change. Anyway, my expectations are low.
No downgrade: Due to immense demand – fueled in part by the cryptocurrency mining boom, which really took off in 2018 – graphics cards, which are perfect for mining many virtual currencies, have never lost their value.
Market saturation has not yet set in. This should ease a bit in this generation as the hype about Ethereum and Co. has declined, but for many players, the 3000 Series MSRP, originally planned two years ago, is now within reach. The demand is uninterrupted, even when it comes to “obsolete” products.
A third player doesn’t help much at the moment: The processor manufacturer Intel is launching its first series of graphics cards this year. These are in the mid-range or low-budget segment, but they are still considered relatively energy consuming and poorly optimized. However, if these issues are addressed, there could be more competition in cheaper regions. After all, mid-range graphics cards are already at a level you would get a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X for.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have come at me with open doors
I’d also currently strongly recommend buying them as they not only pack an existing gaming experience into higher frame rates and have a hefty price tag, but also embody real technical advancements.
Load times in many games are incredibly short due to the NVMe SSDs, 3D sound has been given a huge push and then there are the haptics of the DualSense controller, which are being used more and more.
In addition, consoles have filled in gaps: 120 Hz and variable refresh rates are no longer purely a PC domain, but have also become the future standard for televisions and consoles. Console gaming is also way ahead when it comes to HDR as the technology is easier to implement and much more common in TV screens.
In fact, for my GameStar hardware colleague Sören Diedrich, HDR is the pinnacle of modern gaming:
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My TV tempted me to buy with 4K, but won my love with HDR
Of course, the PC still has its advantages, such as the openness as a platform, basic mouse and keyboard controls, which make fast-paced shooters and strategy games more fun to play, and higher performance, which also makes Fortnite and Halo games sweeter.
But when I see what future prizes will be for experiencing modern graphics on the PC in technically demanding titles like Assassin’s Creed: Mirage or Stalker 2, I can no longer just speak of an expensive hobby, but must see it as a luxury product.
That’s why I prefer to connect the mouse and keyboard to my PS5 or Xbox Series X (which works in many games!), I enjoy the most beautiful HDR and I don’t have a bad conscience when I check my account balance. Almost 500 euros for such a technically well-rounded total package is for me an absolute bargain compared to a powerful PC or even a current graphics card.
Have you also switched to consoles in the last two years or have you always been a console gamer?