Cross-platform PC games usually inspire debates about superior versions, lead platforms for development and all the other topics that comprise the PC vs. console debate. Then there are games that only appear on the PC or which were clearly designed with the PC as the lead development platform, such that console versions just don’t measure up.

These are the games that inspire console players to purchase a PC gaming rig that provides visuals worth tears of joy and deeper, more complex game experiences than they’re used to.

Here are ten PC games scheduled for release this year to make console gamers consider expanding their horizons, or inspire current PC owners to consider whether it’s time to schedule their next round of hardware upgrades.

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