Do you care what your PC or console looks like?

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Not to date myself (seeing as no one else can, right?) but when I was growing up, we didn’t really have pretty choices when it came to gaming consoles or PCs. Everything was gray. Well, actually, we did get wood-paneled consoles, but that didn’t last long. Now, consoles come in sexy black and white versions, plus there are tons of decals to customize them and make them look even better. PCs offer even more customization options, with a variety of cool cases and notebooks, as well as a variety of LED lights across a spectrum of colors – you can truly make your PC look uniquely yours. But do you even care?

During rAge, I got to chat to the guys from Acer who were introducing their new Predator range of gaming devices to the country. From tablets to gaming rigs, they are trying to convince us all that we should go for their computers (which we originally told you about when they launched the range in New York), but do their words convince you?

I get where they’re coming from, and it’s cool to see a company investing in sexy looking gaming devices that range from tablet to gaming rig and everything in between. I’m keen for them to send us the review samples so that we can tell you if there’s more to them than good looks.

It did get me thinking, though – is it just about the guts of a machine, or do the looks matter, too? I think for a notebook or tablet, the look and feel is important, but I’m less inclined to think that way about consoles or gaming rigs. Then again, I keep saying that I don’t care about sexy decals for my PS4, but when I see other people showing off their gorgeous game-playing boxes, I do get a bit envious. I might cave at some point and buy a decal for my devices, but then I’d have to choose which decal and that might be next to impossible.

When it comes to consoles and PCs, do you just stick with the standard black (or maybe white), or are you all about getting the sleekest design possible?

Last Updated: October 13, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Guild

    Originally I didn’t care. PS4 is black and fits in with my other electronics but I bought a decal at rAge and I’m quite chuffed I did. Looks pretty awesome.

    • Nikola

      Yeah the one you got is pretty cool! I want to get the Punisher one!

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  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    My pc box is really old and not very fancy (it used to be built into my desk, but I had airflow problems).
    My friends are always telling me I need a nicer box.
    I probably should, but it’s not a showpiece.
    That said. I’ve always wanted some awesome custom controllers.

  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    Seeing the Predator in the heading just makes me want to watch it again.
    And my wife and I only watched it about two weeks ago in our “yearly viewing” of the movie.

    • Dutch Matrix

      Fake Alzheimers? No. That is wrong.
      Convince her she watched the movie with her boyfriend, and if she has any intention of saving your marriage, she WILL watch it with you.

      • Commander JJ of the Normandy

        She loves it though. Possibly more than me, so it won’t need much convincing.

        • Dutch Matrix

          Lucky you. My fiance kind of had it with Predator. She does not understand the inspiration behind Arnold’s manly, primal challenge to the Predator, all covered and mud and armed with a bow that would give Legolas an orgasm…

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            That’s the best description I’ve ever heard of it. I’m sending this comment to my wife, she’ll love it.

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Feedback: She thinks it’s pretty much spot on.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Tell your wife she has excellent taste!

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy


          • Dutch Matrix

            Kind of was expecting :”Of course, she married me…”

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Damn it

    • Skyblue

      Great choice, I also get around to watching it every other year.

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    It is not what is on the outside, but what is on the INSIDE

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      But that’s what you said to me….does that mean you think I’m ugly?

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        Oh Lenny, I know your HEART, so you are all right to me

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      • Skyblue

        No it means he had Mr Olivander’s special wand inside you ;-p

  • Not that much, but decorative computer towers are neato.

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Have to agree with you. There are some damn cool looking towers out there.

  • Lardus-For the Emperor!

    Prefer if it fits with the rest of my setup, which is black. But if I cannot get what I want in the colour I want, it is not a train smash.

  • Dutch Matrix

    Apparently PC towers depicting semi clad women is not in high supply… 🙁

  • Skyblue

    As long as it has Resogun inside it can be as ugly as it wants to coz it has a beautiful personality.

  • Zander Boshoff

    Don’t care. If its functional and fits all the cool stuff i want i’m happy

  • konfab

    Nah, I would use a sun-bleached beige case if it contained decent hardware.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Of course I care what my baby looks like. That said, I like it to be pretty simple. Those garish cases with their go-faster LEDs look like crap.

    • Nikola

      Yeah but did you know more LED’s you have the faster your PC is? The same applies to cars;)

  • Pandabrander

    I think this kind of stuff sits well with consoles as the specs are fixed for the most part so cosmetics is the only real hand you have in your device. With a PC any extra money you can put towards your hardware actually matters more than how it looks. So this I imagine would only really appeal to the person who already has maxed their rig and doesn’t know what to do with their left over monies.

  • Nikola

    Well I would definitely not want my console to look like a square black box that weighs a ton haha;)

    I got a Destiny decal for my PS4 actually most of us did at Rage and it looks pretty sweet, it’s a nice change!

  • JHN

    When I was gaming in my bedroom at my parents house I didnt care, but now with my own place with my stuff in the lounge you want your items to at least match.

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