I guess that is what it boils down to. I spend $$$ on my computer because I do a lot more than just game with it, and I do a lot of gaming on it. Most people don't need a high powered rig like mine and probably never will. A PS3 will always be cheaper, and you would only miss out if you want to do VOIP chatting with others, although that can be accomplished on nearly anything these days. I have a Mumble server running on a Raspberry Pi and I can connect to it with my iPhone.