I think it depends on the length and width of the boat. If you have a boat that is less than 1548 (15 ft long and 48 inches wide at the floor) then you are sacrificing a LOT of room for the console. Just walking from the back of the boat to the front becomes an excercise in agility. That is the whole reason many small boats are stick steer.
Personally, in a small boat I'd gladly give up a little comfort of having to sit sideways and hold the tiller if it means keeping the boat open. In a bigger boat, then no doubt - go console.