7 Common PC Gaming Myths, Debunked
PC gaming has come a long way, from the first
DOOM to the birth of Steam. Despite the fact that the community has been around
for decades, newcomers to the platform usually share certain similar
assumptions. Fortunately, the majority of these are based on incorrect
information or outmoded views.
Today, we’ll dispel seven typical PC gaming
fallacies, the most of which revolve with performance. Let’s set the record
straight and learn the truth about everything from pricey hardware to platform
1. You Need a High-End PC to Enjoy Gaming
This is an all too widespread fallacy in the wake
of horribly damaged Triple-A games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Fallout 76. While
having a powerful computer with top-of-the-line components can improve your
gaming experience, it is not required to enjoy PC gaming.
These days, most modern titles will work fine,
even on entry-level or mid-range hardware. Sure, if you want to see how ray
tracing works or play games at 4K, you’ll need a high-end setup. However,
there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had on a budget. You can play hundreds of
indie games, emulate older consoles, or esports titles such as Valorant or
2. More Cores Are Always Better
Having a CPU with a higher core count is
generally a good idea. Tasks such as rendering or running a Virtual Machine
benefit from having access to more cores, as your computer can run multiple
processes simultaneously. However, the case is different for games.
Modern processors usually have six to 10 cores.
Most older games rely on a processor’s single-core performance, but newer
titles need at least two to six processor cores. But even so, processors from
2013 already had four to eight cores, allowing you to run most games.
Learning about the differences between core count
and clock speed when buying a CPU is a good idea. But generally speaking,
higher clock speeds are more important for gaming.
3. More RAM = More Performance
You want as much RAM as you can afford if you’re
a video editor, CAD designer, or music producer. It’s a completely other
stories when it comes to gaming. If you’re attempting to figure out how much
RAM you need for gaming, the answer is very situational. While more RAM makes
your PC faster on paper, it does not always translate into better frame rates.
For example, if a certain game only uses 10GB
RAM, then having 64GB in your rig is a waste of money. While games are
constantly getting more demanding with each release, you’ll still be OK with
16GB RAM for the next few years. If you only play casual games or indie titles
that are not as demanding, you might even be fine with 8GB RAM.
4. High Refresh Rate Gaming Is a Gimmick
Until recently, console games were either capped
at 30 or 60 FPS. With the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, select titles
now finally have support for higher refresh rates. You can now play certain
games, such as God of War: Ragnarok, at 120Hz. Of course, PCs have supported
high refresh-rate gaming for a long time.
This is an interesting development, as some
console gamers used to argue that high refresh rate gaming is a gimmick. If you
play competitive shooters, you know that playing a game like CS: GO at 144Hz
gives you that competitive edge. So, despite what anyone may tell you, a
monitor’s refresh rate matters.
5. There Are No Exclusives on PC
Sony and Microsoft both have a slew of exclusive
titles for their respective consoles. Exclusive games improve console sales,
and most console gamers are devoted to them. PC gamers have a slightly
different culture because they like to play whatever their builds can run.
However, the claim that there are no exclusives on PC is completely untrue.
Popular exclusive PC titles include Valorant, CS:
GO, Escape from Tarkov, and Half-Life: Alyx. In addition, the PC is the home of
the modding community for thousands of games. Without those communities, games
like Skyrim and Fallout 4 would not be as successful. Furthermore, there are
many fan-made games on sites like Itch.io that you cannot play anyplace else.
6. Overclocking Is Always Important
A lot of PC gamers tend to believe that
overclocking is always necessary. Most of the time, it’s a free upgrade for
performance, but there are certain risks. For example, while you can safely
overclock your GPU, there is a chance that it will cause issues with stability.
On top of that, overclocking modern hardware won’t always give you the boost
you’re looking for.
If you’re happy with your PC’s performance,
there’s no need to overclock. On the other hand, if you feel you can safely do
so and get some extra performance, that’s up to you. We’re just saying that
overclocking is not always mandatory, while many gamers think the opposite.
7. PC Gaming is More Expensive
This is one of the more logical arguments in the
never-ending battle between console and PC gamers. Currently, the PS5 and Xbox
Series X offer high-end PC-like performance for under $500. This is, however,
always the case with new console debuts. When PC hardware catches up and prices
fall, the story invariably changes.
There’s also the argument that you can do more on
a PC. Apart from playing games, you can treat your gaming PC as a workstation.
Also, while a PC may be more expensive, games are cheaper due to more frequent
sales, you don’t have to pay to play online, and there is room for better
So, while a PC may be more expensive in some
cases, you might find it a better value than a console. The cherry on top is
that you can emulate many older consoles with the right programs, which adds
even more value to a PC.
Ignore These PC Gaming Myths and Game On!
PC gamers tend to worry about the little details
a bit more than the average person. As a gamer, you should stop worrying about
overclocking, upgrading, and frame rates all the time. Sure, all of that is
important, but you can easily get caught up in the wrong arguments, some of
which we discussed in this post.
However, there’s one thing we can all agree
on—desktop gaming PCs are always better than gaming laptops. Most gaming
laptops have poor battery life, tend to run hot, and are more expensive than
their desktop counterparts. While you might want to buy one for portability,
you should know the setbacks.