There are a number of considerations to bear in mind when you're looking for the best video game platforms. It seems that games developers, retailers and entertainment companies are giving players more and more options. With so much choice, it's not the easiest of tasks to pick the best one. You need to decide how much money you're willing or can afford to spend. You need to think about the types of games you're planning to play and what platforms will be supported. To help you with this decision, here's a list of the most popular types of video game platforms.
This is the second game console introduced by Microsoft and replaces the original Xbox. It was launched in November, 2005 and hosts more than 1600 games. The Xbox 360 uses triple-core IBM designed Xenon as its CPU with a main memory pool of 512 MB. Xbox 360 features includes an online service, Xbox Live that's available in free and subscription-based versions. When first launched it was in short supply, particularly in North America and Europe. And the earliest consoles had a high failure rate. Two redesigned models were released in 2010 and 2013.
This is the third home video game console to be released by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Launched in November 2006 it hosts more than 1600 games. When it was launched Sony declared it was part of a ten year cycle. Initially, it was available with 60GB and 20GB configurations. PS3 has achieved a worldwide install base, since its launch, of more than 80 million units. A number of different models were developed, many of which are now discontinued. PS3 was the first console to use Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium and the first to integrate social gaming services.
Playing games on a personal computer is not quite the same as using a dedicated game platform and there may be a number of differences depending on the PC hardware. PC video games do, however, allow developers to reduce the cost of software as well as provide increased flexibility, innovation, emulation, creation of mods, and open hosting for online gaming.
This is Play Station's second handheld gaming device and was launched in February 2012. It hosts almost 700 games. The original model had a 5-inch OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, two analogue joysticks, front and shoulder push-button input. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G were supported. The device features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor along with a quad-core SGX543MP.
This is a portable game console developed by Nintendo. It features stereoscopic 3D technology that doesn't require the use of special glasses. Released in February 2011, it hosts more than 600 games. It came preloaded with various applications but also allowed owners to download and play games that had been released on older systems. There was access to an online distribution store, a social networking service, internet browser, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, a messaging application and Mii Maker. When first launched the sales were very disappointing which led to Nintendo reducing the sales price.
PlayStation 4 is the fourth home video game console released by Sony. Initially launched in November 2013, it hosts more than 2,000 games. Social interaction and integration are the features this console is aiming to place an emphasis on. Both with other devices and services. It has the ability to play games off-console, stream gameplay online or to friends. It is an improvement on its predecessor PS3 with better buttons and analogue sticks, an integrated touchpad and a number of other changes. 4K multimedia playback is supported along with HDR10 high-dynamic-range colour. It was praised on its release and considered to be far better than any of its competitors.
This is one of a line of eight generation home video game consoles developed by Microsoft. It was launched in November 2013, as the successor to Xbox 360 and the third console in the Xbox family. It was the first Xbox game console to be released in China. It was marketed as an 'all-in-one entertainment system'. The emphasis of this system was on cloud computing and social networking features. It also included the ability to record and share video clips or screenshots from gameplay or live stream directly. It can play Blu-ray discs and overlay live television programming with the help of a set-top box or digital tuner. It was positively received but criticised for running games at a technically lower graphical level that the PS4. A refreshed Xbox One was released in August 2016, with a streamlined design, native support for 4K video playback and upscaling along with improved HDR10 high-dynamic range colour.
Launched as a follow-up to the popular Nintendo Wii console, the Wii U was released in North America in November 2012. It hosts more than 1,000 games. It's the first Nintendo console to support HD graphics and uses the Wii GamePad as its primary controller. The GamePad features an embedded touchscreen, directional buttons, action buttons and analogue sticks. It can be used as a supplement to the main display or for playing games directly and independently of the main screen. Generally, it was received very well, but there have been criticisms regarding battery life and issues with the consoles user interface and functionality. Users have also been disappointed with the line-up of launch titles.
The games consoles we've featured in this list are really just the tip of the console iceberg. There are plenty more to choose from, but these eight have proved to be the most popular so far. The gaming world is never still for long and there are a constant stream of improved consoles coming on to the market. As well as providing you with details of the most awesome games. It's our intention to keep you updated with all the awesome advancements that are happening in the world of eSports. So don't forget to pop back now and again to see what exciting news we've got to share.