Tekken 7 PC or PS4 -- Which One is Better?
Bandai Namco's latest entry into the Tekken franchise has been rated pretty highly across the board. So if you want to pick it up, the only real decision you'll have to make is which platform you should play it on -- PC or PS4?
Gameplay-wise, the two versions of Tekken 7 are basically identical, with both versions having aggregate scores of 82 on Metacritic. So to decide which version is best for you, we'll take a closer look at some of the other aspects to find out which platform offers the better play experience overall.
The aspects of the game we'll be looking at are the online community, graphics, extra features, and of course, the price.
If the Tekken series has a home, it's most certainly the PlayStation. With the majority of the Tekken games being exclusive to the four main iterations of the system, that is where the fanbase primarily rests. If you want to play Tekken 7 for its competitive online multiplayer, then the PS4 is going to be your best choice. The competitive Tekken community is almost exclusive to the PS4, and all face-to-face tournaments are played on the system.
The PC's community isn't non-existent -- in fact, it should be quite vibrant for a long time. But historically, the community around fighting games tends not to last as long on PC as it does on consoles. And the PC community will largely be based around mods rather than the competitive side that the console community focuses on.
The PlayStation 4 version of Tekken 7 looks and plays fantastically. At 900p at 60 frames per second, it runs as intended and looks beautiful while doing so.
The PC takes this one hands down. If you want to play this game with the best visuals possible, then it's a no-brainer to play on PC. Running in 4K at 60 frames per second, you can behold Heihachi's weird hair wings in all their glory, just as Bandai Namco intended.
For whatever reason, this version of Tekken 7 has an exclusive PlayStation VR mode built-in and ready to go if you own a PSVR headset. The novelty of playing in VR and looking at character models wears thin real quick, and doesn't give you much reason to go back after a couple of tries.
Personally I don't feel that the exclusive inclusion of a VR mode should sway your opinion towards getting the PS4 version, as it really doesn't bring anything unique or exciting to the table.
As with almost any PC release these days, modding is big part of why many gamers stick to playing on their desktops -- and Tekken 7 is no different.
If you're into mods, the PC version is for you. Even in these early stages of its life, I've already come across a few different mods for this game that range from graphical upgrades and music enhancements to a bikini outfit for Leo and the not-so-subtly named "Sexy Sweat Mod".
Going for a pretty standard $49.99, the PS4 version costs what you'd expect a AAA title to cost. However, playing online requires PS+, which'll set you back $59.99 for 12 months. That's a fairly big investment for one game -- but if you want to play competitively and be part of the PlayStation Tekken community, then that's how much it's gonna cost you.
The PC version, on the other, hand is $10 cheaper than its console counterpart and requires no subscription fee for online play. Not only does the PC have those benefits going for it, but the PC version also goes on sale more often than the PS4 version.
Before we make a final decision about which platform you should choose for your copy of Tekken 7, let's quickly recap what we've gone over so far:
- Thriving competitive scene
- 900p at 60fps
- Built-in PSVR functionality
- $49.99 (plus $59.99 PS+ subscription for online play)
- Booming modding scene
- 4k resolution at 60fps
- Unlimited extras and improvements via mods
- $39.99 and often on sale
Really, the verdict on whether PC or PS4 is better for playing Tekken 7 depends on what you want to get out of the game as a player. If want to play competitively, be involved with the biggest Tekken community around, and have no qualms about paying top dollar for the game, then you should play Tekken 7 on the PlayStation 4.
But if all you want is to experience the story of Tekken 7 in the most visually impressive way, whilst paying less and having access to mods, then PC is the platform for you. I would wait until the game goes on sale before snatching it up faster than a Mishima family dinner descends into chaos.
Hopefully this has helped you to decide which platform is best for your Tekken 7 experience! Be sure to leave a comment down below to let me know which platform you chose and why.
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