The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs you play on different platforms from your normal gaming?

    
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I can't say it would be worse, exactly.

When I’m playing an MMO, I’m playing it on my computer. My PC may be getting a bit older, but it’s still a very good machine, and there’s the benefit of familiarity and hardware. Heck, these days I do most of my gaming on my PC; console exclusives often just wind up being things I straight-up don’t play, so games like Destiny wind up in the ralm of vague curiosity.

But I don’t know if I’m the usual or the outlier. Sure, for a long time MMOs were pretty firmly limited to PC players, but these days you can get a number of games on console as well; part of me thinks that games like SMITE would actually work better on console than on PC anyhow. And that’s not counting games which you might play on the PC even when you play most of your games on other platforms, which is how I started with Final Fantasy XI. So what about you, dear readers? Are there MMOs you play on different platforms from your normal gaming? And if so, why?

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Pandalulz

I’ve been pretty PC centric for the last decade+ or so, but this box I built somewhere around 2012 is starting to age out (god bless the GTX770), and I’m finding that the idea of building a new box just doesn’t seem nearly as fun as it used to back in the day (can’t bring myself to buy one pre-built). So I bought myself a PS4 and have been having a lot of fun, just chilling on the couch with a controller. Playing MMOs is still a bit weird on there, given that there isn’t really a good control scheme for bars full of abilities, no matter the setup, but it’s doable. And communication is awkward since most converted MMOs don’t really have voice chat, and I don’t have a keyboard attached to the console. But considering I seem to be inevitably moving away from MMOs in general, it’s not that big a deal. I do most of my multi-player gaming on the console anyway, as that’s where most of my friends have gone as well.
I still have the PC for RTS and ARPGs, but as I finish those up, I think at some point I’ll just retire this guy. I’ve moved from buying anything on the Steam sales to PSN sales instead.

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Toy Clown

To this point everything’s been on PC. However, with my favorite MMOs moving to other platforms, I’ve started to get curious! I’ve been building and upgrading my own gaming rigs for at least 15 years, and it can get expensive at times, especially when I’ve upgraded a computer as far as I can and have to spend for a brand new build, which is on average every 5 years.

Console MMOs sound attractive and I wonder if they’d work out cheaper in the long run with less headaches. My favorite MMOs have all moved to consoles, or will be soon. Something I’m researching.

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Bryan Correll

No consoles for me and tablet ‘gaming’ is just something to do while watching TV. So PC Master Race all the way.

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NeoWolf

I only play MMOs on Pc, the thought of trying to play one without a mouse and keyboard makes me shudder in horror lol

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Estranged

I won’t MMO on a tablet, too clunky.

My gaming is about 50/50 on consoles versus PC. Using different methods of control reduces repetitive stress injuries.

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A Dad Supreme

I played Skyforge on PS4. It was well suited to console vs when I played it on the PC. The same with Neverwinter… much better on console due to the contortions I had to make with the mouse.

The problem is some MMOs/games have you do silly things like “jump” with a mouse button or point/click to run, etc and don’t give you the option to rebind keys. On console you don’t have to worry about jump being stuck to R2 or ‘down’ most of the time, they get pretty standardized.

Playing STO on PS4 now and wondered how they would tackle the huge amount of hotbar skills required to play on PC and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the vast majority of skills could be set when battle conditions hit certain triggers (once your shields/hull gets 25, 50, 75%, once battle starts, 10 or 20 secs after battle starts, etc).

It’s nice playing MMOs on console because I don’t have to worry about my one pet peeve regarding them on PC… macros and required add-ons to compete. On console everyone is usually on the same level playing field.

It’s why I don’t play ESO, WildStar and a few others anymore. Too many required Curse addons and macros these days although I may try ESO on PS4 a few months from now.

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Sally Bowls

For the very limited subset of functionality it can do, I prefer to play WoW on my iPhone instead of my PC. My theory is that while the iPhone is at a technological disadvantage to a PC, it has a huge advantage in having fewer Real Gamers.

In game, on a PC, if I want to collect a mission reward, I have to hearth to Dalaran, go to the portal area, take a separate portal to my class hall and then walk around to multiple locations, sometimes trying to remember whether the equipment NPC is upstairs for this class. After this is done, I still have to travel back to where I was. Anything less, and the special snowflakes would not get their immersion. I can turn on my iPhone, access the WoW app, get my focusing crystal, champion equipment, and completed missions in less time than I could even boot the PC or start WoW, not even counting the ingame travel,

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mistressbrazen

Several years ago I purchased a console to try it out. That lasted…oh, maybe 6 months. The grand kid ended up with the console, but interestingly enough, he still mostly gets online on PC to play with me. I’m not sure what I didn’t like about the console experience, but it just wasn’t satisfying to me.

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deekay_000

i haven’t owned a console in more than a few years now which i only bought for rdr and didn’t play much of due to tedious loading screens.

i also don’t game on my phone.

i’m considering a ps4 pro for rdr2 tho. :P

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Estranged

I’ll see you on the PS network. ?

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deekay_000

idk i wouldn’t bet on it. console stuff is so annoying to me even just playing with a controller. it’s another reason i sold my xbox360 LOL.

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Estranged

The PS4 units load fast, install games quickly and generally perform well. I can see your aversion, however.

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deekay_000

yeah i’ve heard they finally have decent hdd’s now. but i don’t really care for using console controllers in my old age. :P

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Estranged

I feel the same about keyboards. Habits, I guess.

Unless I can map most control keys to my mouse, I sorta lose interest. lol

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deekay_000

maybe you need a nostromo :P

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Pandalulz

Funny part is, I think the PS4 still has a 5400RPM drive by default, they’ve just gotten better at using it.

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Bývörðæįr mòr Vas´Ðrakken

A played a lot of games on my phone which when you want to kill twenty minutes in a doctors office, means reading a book on my phone or playing a video game. I think it was kingdom of hearts, but there have been a few other games you can play via unity based games which simply stream images to the device rendering the content.

As far as consoles go the network is all microsoft, sony or nintendo, so if there are any issues you end up dealing with having to work with the network so that things like a bunch of fragmented packets destabilizing the server due to too many people losing connections for what ever reason that normally you can fix by taking the server down for a few minutes while it reboots or swap the connections to a standby server or restarting a proxy server all have to be coordinated through someone else. The controller from the xbox works on the pc with a wireless adapter that microsoft sells so some games that work much better with a controller like mortal combat can be played on higher fidelity equipment. Consoles have set equipment which gets cheaper to make as the console gets older pc have equipment that can be upgraded long after games are no longer supported. So take everquest and ashron’s call when they came out they had impressive graphics for an mmo but not for a pc game, that was unreal for a long time after it came out in 1998. Now people look at bdo as what to aim for graphics wise. A console could render that environment but not with thousands of characters on the screen and possible not with the sieges. MMOs when people think about remember iron forge in wow crashing as ten thousand people were in the city at one time before the instancing helped prevent the city from crashing. I remember phantasy star online as they brought the pc crowd into the game and people had ps4 or pc above their names at first because there were limits to what you could do together.

I played need for speed online and I could see where that might have been fun to play on console but due to the open world nature it needed pc’s to be able to store the environment files to render a full city. With the xbox one upgrade from 500 gigabytes to two and a half terrabytes you find that the same for the memory is now enough to store more games since most detailed games run upwards of forty gigabytes in space. The thing is the consoles are designed at taking things in and out of memory fast but not being able to keep a lot of things in memory they are getting better but the simply fact is that the first five years most companies only make money on the console games not the consoles and by the time they are making money on the consoles the equipment is roughly seven years behind the high end pc rigs and five years behind the mid range equipment and three years behind the entry level. so the best pc is almost always going to be able to show off more eye candy for more players at one time than the consoles which is really where the graphics in an mmo need to aim for because they take four to five years to make not including the game engine, simply to create the code and art assets. Writing the dialog for quests and building the assets for cut scenes takes time. If you aim at the low end machines when you start when the game is completed it looks dated. If you aim at the bleeding edge you can always down rez or build cheaper to render versions of the existing art, since there is usually a lower resolution version of the assets for people with less expensive rigs and people that want more frames per second. Consoles have one hardware design as a selling point that when you buy games they should look equally good on the consoles. The long and short of it is there are fun games on the consoles but they seem to work best for first person shooters and small groups of players.

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Nick Smith

When it comes to first person shooters on a console i feel handycaped due to the controller. :(