You can’t beat a PC for playing games.

That’s the overwhelming conclusion to be drawn from a recent PC Advisor poll.

More than 70 percent of readers are keeping the faith, with nearly three out of four of you agreeing with the statement: 'when it comes to gaming the PC rules.'

The thumbs up for PC gaming comes despite Micorsoft’s ‘Life is Short TV’ advertising campaign.

Support for Xbox has increased by just over two percent, from 6.1 percent to 8.4 percent, since we last polled our readers on the subject at the end of October.

According to the finance news service Bloomberg, sales of the £299 Xbox have so far proved disappointing in Europe. It quoted Electronic Art’s president John Riccitiello as saying that Microsoft had “had its teeth kicked in, in both Europe and Japan".

Microsoft, meanwhile, remains characteristically defiant.

“We are very pleased with the results of the survey. This is only round one,” Richard Teversham, UK Xbox and PC Marketing Manager, told PC Advisor. “Imagine what the line up will be like in a year's time.”

While Microsoft has been shouting loudest about Xbox, it clearly has a vested interest in the PC gaming platform as well.

Teversham pointed to upcoming titles for the PC from the Microsoft stable, including Dungeon Siege, Age of Mythology and Impossible Creatures, which the company hopes will cement its position as a mainstream games developer.

PC Advisor readers have their say

“I personally think the PC is much better,” says PC Advisor reader Firaas Rashid. “A costly investment, perhaps. But why should I pay for an XBox when I can do everything I need on the PC? The gamepads for the PC also appeal - my motion-sensing one is excellent for games like FIFA.”

“I feel the PC will always carry greater appeal than consoles because of its upgradability, flexibility and widespread use,” says fellow reader Paul Bournat.

“Consoles are pretty much static. Once they are out of date that's it. A PC can be given a new lease of life with a faster graphics card, bigger hard disk, and more RAM. PS2, XBox, Game Cube all look flash now but I feel they will be put to shame by PCs in the near future.”

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