In today’s world there are three types of gamers: casual gamers, mid-level gamers, and hardcore gamers. The casual gamer is someone who plays Facebook games all day. The mid-level gamer loves the high-end graphics of a console. Then there is the hardcore gamer, who not only plays the most memory-absorbing, graphic-pounding games out there, but also has to do it with the best hardware. But which machines are best for each type of gamer? And do hardcore gamers still require the advanced power of a desktop?



These little touchscreen computers are coming up fast in the technology world. Yes, some short games can be played on them, but these are more for the casual gamer.


These dynamos can do almost everything desktops can do, but they’ll cost you more money. You’ll have to pay a lot more to have the same level of power as a desktop compacted into a lightweight laptop. Laptops also don’t have the same ease of replacing parts as desktops. While they usually meet the requirements for playing most games when you first purchase them, later when the new release or the expansion comes out, they might not. One big advantage the laptop has over the desktop is mobility, but the consumer has to decide if the mobility is worth the price.

Upgrading a laptop can be difficult because parts are harder to replace than in a desktop. Adding new memory or a new hard drive may require you to bring the laptop to a professional, unless you buy an external hard drive, which cuts down on the laptop’s main advantage, its mobility. Video card upgrades are a very complicated process, and if you want a larger screen, you’ll have to purchase an external monitor. By the time you buy the external hard drive, monitor, keyboard, and mouse, you may realize that a desktop would have been much cheaper in the long run.

Laptops are best for the mid-level gamer, but hardcore gamers that can afford to purchase a new laptop every couple years may benefit from them as well.


These expensive toys are selling better every year. New features and unique games keep the consumer coming back for more. The great thing about consoles is that they are made to play games: Their memory cards are designed to play games, their video cards are designed to play games, etc. Many games are made specifically for the console, so you don’t have to worry about whether your system has the requirements necessary to play them. Matt Peckham wrote in Time about his desktop, “Truth be told, I played two, maybe three games on it. The rest of the year I spent on my Xbox 360 and PS3….”

The console is another good choice for the mid-level gamer crowd.


The desktop appeals to the hardcore gamer because it can be altered at a moment’s notice. If the video card stops working, you can run out to Best Buy and pick up a new one, go home, install it, and continue playing. As new games come out with more intense requirements, you can easily upgrade the desktop to meet the evolving needs of the game. The desktop computer’s upgradability is the main reason the veteran gamers require it (remember: analyze your internet speed before any big purchase with a speed test).

But does the hardcore gamer need a desktop? No, not really. There are so many games out there to play now. Many people like the shorter games they can find on a console, not the games that require years to play and will never be beat. In fact, many games that require monthly payments to play are switching to a play-for-free mentality. Times are changing, and the hardcore gamer will have to adjust with the times.

And according to Popular Science, smartphones will be the only device hardcore gamers need in the future.

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

Paul Williams brings a wide range of experiences to his writing. He worked extensively in technology, as a software engineer, technical writer, and now a technology writer. Known as the leader of one of the top American Spacerock bands, his forward-looking music continues to be heard all over the world.