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Gaming Desks for Console and PC Gamers

Brendan Roun looks at the differences between gaming desks, along with their advantages and disadvantages

The gaming industry has evolved a great deal over the recent decade, with better games and gaming equipment being invented by the day. PC and console gaming have particularly advanced to heights no one would ever imagine, but what most people don’t really realize is the improvement in PC and console gaming desks could make to the experience in terms of user-friendliness and aesthetic value.

PC gaming desks and console gaming desks are quite similar and as a result, most people cannot tell the difference. As similar as they may appear, their small differences are actually what makes them particularly suitable for their respective categories of gaming. Let us look at the similarities and differences, as well as the pros and cons of the PC gaming desk and the console gaming desk.


Although the PC gaming table is specifically designed for playing games on a personal computer or laptop, while the console gaming table holds the display screen that transmits game graphics from the console, for the most part, they are very similar. Their main job is to accommodate display screens, controllers, computers, gaming accessories and other peripherals on their tabletop, and provide enough storage for those pieces of equipment that are not in use. Some of the similarities that the PC and console gaming desks share are as described here.


First, these tables are usually made of strong and durable materials. Gaming desks often endure much stress and impact during gameplay. This is the reason why they must be made stronger than your regular dining or office table. Most PC and console gaming tables are made of strong glass, steel or other metals, PVC, hardwood and plastic.


As much as it may not seem so, PC and console gaming can be physically demanding. Spending hours on end trying to beat that opponent or move to the next level is no joke. By having features that can be customized for every gamer’s needs, the whole gaming experience is turned from strenuous to the ultimate enjoyment. The height, angle of incline, leg space and sometimes width can be adjusted to improve posture, comfort and performance.

Shape and size

Both PC and console gaming desks usually take up the standard, L-shaped or U-shaped design. The user’s choice always depends on their individual gaming needs, including ease of accessibility, the available floor space and the desired placement of their gaming equipment. Size is also a matter of the gamer’s preferences. The gamer can choose to have the table as small or as big as they desire, which is similar in both PC and console gaming tables.


Most people actually do not know that PC gaming tables are distinct from console gaming tables. Even some professional gamers sometimes find themselves interchanging these names without noticing it. As discussed above, this is because most of their features are quite similar. Therefore, here are some of the main features that bring out the difference between PC gaming tables and console gaming tables.

Storage options

Most of us know simply that both PC and console gaming tables come with shelves and drawers for placement and storage of gaming equipment. However, have you ever thought about their differences in terms of size, shape and general design? PC gaming tables feature storage and placement compartments designed specifically to perfectly fit and hold the different parts of gaming computers as well as peripherals such as keyboards, game controllers, mouse, speakers, printers and gaming tablets among other equipment used in PC gaming. For instance, most PC gaming desks usually feature a small sliding retractable shelf for the keyboard. On the other hand, console gaming tables are often designed with storage compartments that specifically cater for the storage and placement of the game console, display monitors, game controllers and other equipment used in console gaming.


Different equipment is used in PC gaming and console gaming, especially when it comes to controllers and at times, display screens. This calls for different levels of accessibility to certain equipment. Given their ergonomic design, PC gaming tables provide better and easier access to the essential equipment used in PC gaming while console gaming desks offer easier and faster access to the most vital console gaming equipment.

Console gaming desk

These gaming desks are designed in such a way as to accommodate all or most of the console gaming equipment. It has compartments to store the equipment that is not in use, with a well-designed tabletop for perfect positioning of monitors, display screens, speakers and game controllers. As much as these console gaming tables come with a myriad of advantages, they also have a fair share of limitations. This kind of information comes in handy when considering how to choose the best gaming desk.


-Promotes proper posture.
-Improves performance in console games.
-Easy to use and maintain.
-Provides easier and faster access to the most essential console gaming equipment.
-Easy to assemble.
-Customizable to the user’s gaming needs.
-Offers price range for different budget levels.


-Exceedingly designed for console gaming thus less versatile.
-Most are medium in size and may not accommodate very wide screens, forcing the gamer to mount them on the wall.

PC gaming desk

These gaming desks feature designs that are specific to the type of gaming equipment being used in PC games. For instance, you will find most of them with small retractable shelves for the keyboard or mouse. Just like the console gaming table, the PC gaming table also has its share of advantages as well as limitations.


-Promotes good posture.
-Improves performance during PC gaming.
-Most are easy to assemble.
-Offers quite affordable options for every budget level.
-Easy to use and maintain
-Adjustable settings make it customizable to the gamer’s needs.


-Particularly designed for PC gaming thus less versatile.
-Medium and smaller sizes may not be suitable for gamers that prefer bigger or multiple display screens.


From this review of the differences, similarities, benefits and limitations of PC and console gaming desks, it is obvious that both of these work amazingly well for their particular purposes. If you are an avid PC gamer, then it will be best to choose a PC gaming desk for your station. If you are zealous about console gaming, then it will be better to find a console gaming table. However, if you juggle between both, it does not mean that you will have to buy both tables. Apparently, you could deliberate between the most important features and find a gaming desk with provisions that can be shared by both games. This way, you will enjoy your gameplay without compromising comfort, ease of operation and performance.