Agree with pretty much every point raised in the discussion. The only reason I am still gaming on PC is for the higher frame rates but with PC gaming costs rising and Console cost decreasing, it's harder to justify paying the premium. Graphics have improved so much that the difference between the two are narrower than it's ever been, looking at comparison videos between console and pc graphics it's not night and day like it used to be. There becomes a point where you're engrossed in the gameplay that you don't even notice the minor differences (I know I don't). PC still has a sector that it dominates: VR. PSVR doesn't even come close to what the Vive & Oculus can offer and the momentum is there to keep it pushing forward. I love my Oculus but it really needs higher resolutions along with beefier cards to drive it and when they do arrive I'll be picking them up. From this mining craze, I'm most dissapointed with the retailers cashing in on the GPU shortage though. Gouging the enthusiasts that have supported them for so many years when nvidia themselves are selling at msrp has left a bad taste in my mouth. Fortunately I already upgraded to 1080Ti before the mining craze but if any of these price hikes put people off pc gaming I wouldn't blame them.
Yep, agreed. They're essentially pricing their own customers out of the hobby. Once all the muppets stop mining, there will be a much smaller customer base. If it carries on like this we'll see the decline of PC outlets like Overclockers, Scan etc. I disagree about framerates - The difference between my 60Hz display and my 2 165Hz ones is phenomenal. It's really something when you get a full lockout of 165Hz, especially with GSync.
I think this is not the case, unfortunately. I'm a member of a large gaming forum that regularly features threads on new graphics cards etc. In these, I always see posts from members along the lines of 'hope I have a job in the summer to afford this (premium graphics card)' or 'I've been saving up for months/years to upgrade to this (premium graphics cards).' Nvidia have got people by the knackers with their marketing, making it seem as though these expensive toys are an absolute must.
It's true, 'premium' graphics cards (which really starts from anything above a 1060 now because of Nvidia's continual price hikes) are essentially a massive con if higher framerates than 60fps and/or 4K resolution are things you can live without. I can. And the later you can get with a £260 PS4 Pro for all intents and purposes with that console's 4k checkerboard upscaler. I'd challenge anyone to notice the difference from sitting distance. The problem is, AAA PC games are tethered by the specs of the weakest console out there (Xbox One), so mostly everything is built from the ground up with the lowest common denominator specs-wise in mind. Those PC games that are PC-exclusive are not given the budget or time to offer boundary pushing graphics either. What I'm trying to say is that its absurd Nvidia charging £500+ for graphics cards that essentially are used to power games that can run with good settings on much cheaper hardware. You are now, more than ever, paying a monumental premium to enjoy a tiny improvement in visuals. Subjective opinion of course, but framerates above 60fps I don't notice nearly enough to justify a few hundred pounds more of GPU power. 60fps is perfect for me.
Lol normally this isn't an 'either or' situation and let's be honest if you have £500 spare for a graphics card you don't tend to be short short on money