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What do you think a "Console" really is?

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2 years ago#1
Do you view a "Console" just as a budget, proprietary PC? - Results (684 votes)
Yes, it's essentially a cheap PC that is locked down
43.42% (297 votes)
297
No, a console is a completely different type of product than a PC
56.58% (387 votes)
387
This poll is now closed.
Was just thinking this over considering the insane amount of rage on these forums the past 2 weeks between Xbox/PS4/PC lunatics. Isn't all of this kind of pointless because in the end, a "Console" is just a PC without the ability to alter/upgrade/change it? It has PC components, and has a custom operating system. You can now do many of the things on a console that you've been able to do on a PC for a long time.

The only REAL, tangible differences between the 2 products are:

- A console is locked down to the product out of the box where as a PC is not (this of course breaks down into a PC needing to be upgraded, install drivers, have the ability for higher graphic fidelity, etc) Consoles are, for the most part, plug and play.
- Selection of games

I mean if someone is of the view that a console is "better" than a PC, aren't they just saying that they prefer a PC they don't have to tinker with?
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2 years ago#2
Well Ps4 is just a weak PC.

Xbox One is a smart device, enternainment system, etc...

If anything I think the Xbox One is actually worth the money, while the Ps4 is a waste of money.
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2 years ago#3
If we start using such a broad definition we can start calling everything a PC. So no.
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2 years ago#4
A console is something that shouldn't be discussed on the PC Hardware board.

/topic
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2 years ago#5
Consoles and PCs attract two totally different audiences/demographics. Consoles are home entertainment centers which are systems that perform a specific task (media). PCs are multipurpose devices that can do a myriad of tasks.

Now Consoles using PC-like hardware is going to happen because that's what's cheap / efficient now.
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2 years ago#6
WyzeGye posted...
A console is something that shouldn't be discussed on the PC Hardware board.

/topic


Yes I know, an attempt at civil discussion is a horrible, awful thing.

/thisstuffisstupid.
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2 years ago#7
Let me first ask you this: what does the acronym PC stand for?

Edit: What about you DerpCake? You know the answer?
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2 years ago#8
GoIrish80 posted...
WyzeGye posted...
A console is something that shouldn't be discussed on the PC Hardware board.

/topic


Yes I know, an attempt at civil discussion is a horrible, awful thing.

/thisstuffisstupid.




No, that's not what I'm saying at all. I'm just sick of console topics. They've all been discussed to death. They all devolve into petty bickering or just fall off the page because nobody is interested. and there's far too many of them.

nawmean?
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2 years ago#9
I like to think that a console is a thing you can use to enter commands into
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2 years ago#10
All of these people voting " Yes, its a cheap PC".... why are any of you on the PC board if you don't even know what a PC is?
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