Originally Posted by Otis1337
I had a big discussion about this on t'Twittorz when the review was published. Simply put: no, a £120 graphics card *doesn't* run Titanfall better than the £450 (now ~£370) Xbox One. Do you know how many frames per second you'd get on Titanfall using the pictured card? Zero. You can't play a game on a graphics card alone
If you read the review, you get a clearer picture: the £120 GPU beats the Xbox One in Titanfall performance when paired with
a £170 CPU, £130 of RAM, £100 motherboard, £120 PSU, £25 cooler, and £90 SSD. Oh, and £80 OS. Plus you're going to need a case for that, so you can add on a fistful of tenners for that. Basically, the machine that beat the Xbox One also cost twice as much - and didn't include a controller (that's another £30 pleas, sir) or Kinect (which may or may not be a problem, depending on your personal preference for a device that SEES ALL AND HEARS ALL.) Or a free game.
The discussion then took a sideways turn into total cost of ownership (TCO). Even there, the case for a PC isn't as clear-cut as you might think: using the specifications for a mid-range PC (build cost, including an Xbox for Windows controller but excluding Kinect, around £600), we worked out that the overall costs are very similar. That's even allowing for buying eight new-release games at the full £50 rip-off Xbox Marketplace cost compared to the same games at £40 for PC via Steam, basically 'cos you're going to have to keep upgrading the PC roughly every three years to stay on top of the latest titles. (Three-year figure reached by having a shufti at how similarly-priced components from three years ago fare in today's games. By contrast, in March I could buy Titanfall for the Xbox 360, a console now nine years old, and it'd play fine. T'won't look as good as the PC version, true, but the PC version won't run on nine-year-old hardware no matter how far I dial down the settings.)
I even did a graph. No, really. Here:
That's TCO for the PS4, Xbox One and the aforementioned PC, tracked over a seven-year lifespan (and assuming no hardware failures in that period - if only that were true!). Both the Xbox One and the PS4 include the cost of annual membership to their respective online services, at full bought-through-the-console price.
In short: you might
save money buying a PC instead of a console, but you won't save much.
Think I've gone off on a bit of a tangent now. S'amazing what I'll do instead of the work I'm actually supposed
to be doing, innit?