Basically I have been a console gamer for life (SEGA Megadrive, PS2, X360, PS3, PS4 back to PS3). I have been happy for the most part, until the past year or so. Since, Ive been intrigued by PC gaming, I want in on more indie games, better variety, cheaper prices and (without causing arguments) better optimisation .I have steam/origin and have a library only made up of Football Manager, Amnesia and Peggle (Oh and a game won in Bobs competition, thanks btw!).
Now I feel I need to try it for real. However in my ideal situation I would try to utilise my 32" TV as a monitor, hooked up to a tower and use a xbox one or 360 controller to play my games in big picture mode on steam. Now I'm sure this will face palm many of you hardcore gamers but entertain me for a moment whilst I ask some silly questions.
Is it possible to do this? Essentially using my tower as a Console.
Things I recognise and have considered are:
Can my tv be used as a monitor? It has PC-VGA so it can right?
Not all games can be used with a controller or have partial support. Now how restricted will I be to the games I wish to play? (I will go onto most likely games played shortly)
Will I have a problem using using Origin or Uplay by my method of playing?
I do not have the space for a desktop and I use my laptop for work and everything I need so I would be getting a 'rig' for gaming use only and it would have to be able to handle games such as games on my wanted list like Watch Dogs, Thief, Titanfall, Witcher 3, Alien Isolation, Shadow of Mordor, Evil Within and all the games I currently play such as Skyrim, GTA, Dark Souls.
I have interest in playing many indie titles for a change but I understand I won't be able to use controller for this. I also understand that many people would think it would be easier for me just to buy a PS4, Ive had one, it was good but it didn't excite me enough. I am serious and I have heard of the steam box too as another option but things have gone quiet on that.
Is all this possible? What complications will there be and what else do I need to consider?
Also as you've probably guessed I have a very basic knowledge on hardware and wouldn't know where to start to build one, so I would preferably need to buy one ready to go. Where do I look? And what do I need?
I saw this deal recently posted by mcclunyboy and thought it might do the job but could be wrong. http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-envy-i7-16gb-ram-2tb-1-5gb-graphics-538-91-currys_pcworld-1956147?page=2#comments
Thanks for reading and for your answers in advance.