How can a video game console run a high end game but cost way less than a good computer which does the same?

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Most video game consoles sell for around 500-600 dollars and can run very high performance games like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 while also being able to access the internet.

But if you want a computer that can do the same, it tends to cost way more, like above 2000 dollars. The processor or graphics card components alone can cost more than an entire console.

Why? If it seems like they have the same things in terms of hardware, why are the prices so different?

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The 2,000 dollars computer is a lot more powerful and can deliver better quality visuals that some people obsess over when most of us will barely notice. They don’t make game any more fun though.

Another reason is that consoles are “subsidized” by Microsoft and Sony – they don’t make much money of them, they instead make money with services (like Gamepass) and selling games.

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The 2,000 dollars computer is a lot more powerful and can deliver better quality visuals that some people obsess over when most of us will barely notice. They don’t make game any more fun though.

Another reason is that consoles are “subsidized” by Microsoft and Sony – they don’t make much money of them, they instead make money with services (like Gamepass) and selling games.

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On a 2k pc you can run rdr2 at 4k with everything maxed out. It blows the console version out of the water.

The hardware is no where near the same. Yes consoles do have the advantage you are only producing for a very specific spec but a Ryzen 5090 with a Nvidia 4090 is god 3 or 4 more times powerful. 4k at 120hz sure. Consoles still struggle to do 60fps (4k or hell new Jedi can barely do 30fps on a PS5)

Just not apples to apples comparison. Two very different things

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On a 2k pc you can run rdr2 at 4k with everything maxed out. It blows the console version out of the water.

The hardware is no where near the same. Yes consoles do have the advantage you are only producing for a very specific spec but a Ryzen 5090 with a Nvidia 4090 is god 3 or 4 more times powerful. 4k at 120hz sure. Consoles still struggle to do 60fps (4k or hell new Jedi can barely do 30fps on a PS5)

Just not apples to apples comparison. Two very different things

Anonymous 0 Comments

>God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2

>if you want a computer that can do the same, it tends to cost way more, like above 2000 dollars

This just isn’t true at all. The Steam Deck can run both the games you mentioned very well, and it’s a $400-$650 handheld.

The price point you’re talking about is for top of the line, “future proof”, 120-144Hz @ 4K beasts. The majority of PC gaming is not done on such machines.

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>God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2

>if you want a computer that can do the same, it tends to cost way more, like above 2000 dollars

This just isn’t true at all. The Steam Deck can run both the games you mentioned very well, and it’s a $400-$650 handheld.

The price point you’re talking about is for top of the line, “future proof”, 120-144Hz @ 4K beasts. The majority of PC gaming is not done on such machines.

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Computer parts have massive mark ups.

Consoles are mass produced with negotiated low mark up prices.

On top of that usually consoles are sold at a loss

The GPU equivalent in the Xbox 360 was an 1800xt which at the time of the 360s release didn’t even exist on PC. If came out months later.

The GPU retailed for $500 which was less than the entire 360 cost.

It was the same manufacturer. But Microsoft not only negotiated high volume low cost for the part but sold the Xbox 360 at a loss.

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Computer parts have massive mark ups.

Consoles are mass produced with negotiated low mark up prices.

On top of that usually consoles are sold at a loss

The GPU equivalent in the Xbox 360 was an 1800xt which at the time of the 360s release didn’t even exist on PC. If came out months later.

The GPU retailed for $500 which was less than the entire 360 cost.

It was the same manufacturer. But Microsoft not only negotiated high volume low cost for the part but sold the Xbox 360 at a loss.