Subject says it all. what are the major differences? what makes someone buy a $600 console system (XBOX) which can never be upgraded vs. spending that same $600 on a kick butt video card and stuff for your PC? Are the games just that much better on the XBOX, GC, and PS2?? I thought programmers pretty much wrote games to be played on as many platforms as possible so what comes out on the XBOX should be out on computer within time. Is there a limitation of a computer regards to gaming? Is there certain stereotypes about computers that they do everything so would not be as good as a console? I have a good friend who is a computer GURU and he advises me to spend what little money I have on a new upgrade. I'm just not sure which way I should go. Since this is the console forum, what is it about consoles that makes you want to play them versus play the same(?) games on your computer?