A beginner’s guide for those transitioning from console gaming to PC gaming

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The PC gaming industry is booming with massive tournaments. Even console-exclusive games are jumping ship and coming to PC, so what’s stopping you from switching to PC from console?

Oh I understand; you have the last remorse, just like I had four years ago when I switched from PS4 to PC.

But do not worry ; I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the transition to PC gaming so you can move forward with a firm step.

PC games can seem very intimidating, but believe me, it’s not. Playing games on a PC is as easy as on a console. You do not believe me ? Well, the detailed guide that I am going to present to you will do that.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

What is the learning curve of a PC?

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I know you’re hesitant because the PC doesn’t have a particularly user-friendly reputation. However, I’m not saying that the learning curve of the PC is steeper than that of a console.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get used to how PC games work.

This will require additional time; ideally, we’re looking at a month if you’re a complete beginner. The second thing that scares most console gamers is using a mouse and keyboard.

Using mouse and keyboard to play seems dreadful. However, I wouldn’t call you about it because I had the same anxiety about mouse and keyboard use when I ordered my first sub-$1000 gaming PC.

Yes, I only had $1000 at that time. So look at me, you don’t need to spend a crazy amount of money on a gaming PC either.

My movement was capricious, and my aim – well, even if I would call it that, was horrible. However, I got used to the feel of the mouse and keyboard after a while.

So there is nothing to worry about. Keep your head up, be patient and everything will come naturally.

Why do you need to switch to PC gaming?

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I’ll spare you the boring conversation; these reasons will convince you to switch to PC gaming.

An endless library of cheap games

PC having an endless library of games – sounds strange, right? PC has a huge collection of indie games. Nice retro platformers like harvest moon to competitive FPS games like Valorant. You will get a richer library on PC.

PC games are also very diverse – unlike consoles, the PC is not a one-trick pony offering mostly AAA games.

There are also permanent sales. Don’t get me started on mods. Mods can totally change a game and provide a whole new gaming experience. Want Henry Cavil in Witcher 3? Well, you can do that with mods.

Upgradability and user-repairability

A PC does not tie you to specific hardware. You can always upgrade if you want; therefore, a PC is the cheapest option in the long run. Want 32GB of RAM instead of 16GB? Well, buy the extra RAM and apply it – it’s as simple as that.

A PC is modular, which makes it easier to repair than a console. For example, suddenly your motherboard dies, well you can get a new one right away, but with a console, you’ll have to buy the whole console if you’re out of warranty.

No online fees

Do people even pay to go online? When I used consoles I was stuck paying $50 per year, which has now been increased to $60 for PS plus. On PC, I don’t pay a penny to enjoy online games with my friends.

Important PC Components You Need to Know

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You’ve decided to buy a gaming PC, but unlike a console, you have to decide on the various components of the PC yourself. So what should you go with – well, why am I here?

Remember that I’m giving you a base specification; you can modify them according to your taste.

  • CPU: The CPU is the brain of the computer; therefore, if you want a powerful PC, get at least a 6-core, 12-thread processor.
  • GPU: The GPU is the PC component that renders graphics for games. Make sure you buy a GPU powerful enough to play your favorite games.
  • RAM: RAM is the temporary storage of the PC. 16GB of RAM is the bare minimum you need in your gaming PC.
  • Storage: A storage drive is where you permanently store all your games and other files. Get at least 1TB of storage – No HDD, only SSD.
  • Motherboard: A motherboard is the foundation of your PC, so get a decent quality motherboard with all the ports you need.
  • Cooling: Heat is the kryptonite of a gaming PC. Therefore, you need an AIO liquid cooler and 3-4 case fans.
  • Case: Any sleek case that can hold all the other components of the PC will do.
  • Power supply : The power supply provides power to all other components of the PC. A 450W 80+ power supply should be the bare minimum. If you get high-end hardware, bump it up to 750W.

Some helpful tips to ease your transition to PC gaming

These tips came for me, so to ease your transition period, I want to give you the following tips:

  • Activate game mode: Game Mode is the ideal setting that you should enable if you want to enjoy a good gaming experience.
  • Disable mouse acceleration: By default, mouse acceleration is enabled in Windows, which adds unnatural movement to your mouse. So, disable it as soon as possible.
  • Select high refresh rate: If you have a high refresh rate monitor, most of the time the high refresh rate is not selected by Windows. It must therefore be selected manually, which you must do next.
  • Disable automatic Windows updates: By default, Windows tries to update itself automatically, which can screw you up if you’re in the middle of a game or some important task. So, turn off automatic Windows updates.

Conclusion

You should have no trouble switching from console to PC. Remember, PC gaming is great, but like anything new in life, you’ll have to give it some time to get used to it, so be prepared for that.

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the Internet. It mainly focuses on topics related to technology, business, marketing, and just about anything tech-related. When he’s not writing, you can find him playing guitar or cooking up a nasty storm for your friends and family.

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