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In my view, if you're going to make an investment in a game system, you want to get the most for your money. That means identifying features that you're likely to use. All of these consoles can serve as a great machine for casual gaming, but more experienced gamers will probably choose a console with features that complement the games they play and the other equipment they have. Each game console has more advanced features, some of which overlap with those of other game systems.
The advanced features of the PlayStation 3 are geared toward more serious gamers, with a heavy emphasis on multimedia applications. High-definition games for PS3 look amazing on a HDTV, and the Blu-ray player helps make the console quite a comprehensive entertainment machine.
The only other HD console on this list, the Xbox 360 also puts out impressive graphics for its games. It supports HD DVD discs, which lost the format war, but you can watch them if you have movies in that old format. The big advantages for the Xbox are the Kinect motion-sensor and the massive Xbox Live online community. Wireless connectivity and large hard drives on some models also enable media serving on Xbox 360. Xbox 360 focuses on gamers who like to play online with friends.
Nintendo leapt out far ahead of Sony and Microsoft by targeting family gaming and wowing the world with the first successful motion-gaming console. The Nintendo Wii is definitely aimed squarely at the family market with group games that make the most of the Wii's motion-gaming aspects. Hardcore gamers will probably gravitate to either the Xbox 360 or PS3 instead. Nintendo Wii definitely has the advantage when it comes to kid-friendly game availability, which may excuse the absence of high-end HD game graphics.
Hopefully, this little primer on video game consoles will be helpful to any of you who are on the fence as to which game system is right for you. Is anybody planning on taking the plunge anytime soon? If you've played one of these consoles, let us know your hypes and gripes below.
Posted by Paul Sanders
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