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Different Types of Video Game Platforms Popular Today

Video games are the most common forms of electronic games today. These provide human interaction with the help of user interface, input and output devices. Video games are played with the help of different devices namely the input controller, main console and a visual display unit. The users use a certain input device also known as game controllers to generate a visual feedback on the video device and all this is controlled by the main console.

The platforms via which video games are played have been evolving since the beginning. From simple pin ball machines to arcade machines, they have been played with different units. There are several platforms available for playing electronic games these days. The popular ones are namely: Personal Computers, Video Game Consoles and Mobile Devices.

Personal Computers

Personal Computers are one of the most convenient types of video game platforms available today. They can be desktop PCs or Laptops with special hardware configuration that helps users load up and run these games on their system. The hardware should include a powerful main memory and also a graphic processing memory known as GPU. Powerful GPUs are considered better for generating excellent output. Together with these and other common hardware of PC such as a display monitor, keyboard and mouse games can be easily played.

Personal Computers can also be configured with additional devices like joysticks to make the experience better. The experience can also be improved by connecting computers to big TV screens with the help of cables like HDMI or VGA cable that the TV supports. Together with all these, Personal Computers serve as a great gaming platform.

Video Game Consoles

Video game consoles are devices that are specially created just to play video games. They normally come with input devices such as a joystick and a main unit that does all the processing work. They usually are connected to TV screens in order to see the visual feedback of the consoles.

There are several types of consoles available in the market today. The popular ones are Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 for example. These have become a handy name for electronic game consoles. There are also handheld consoles such as Nintendo DS and PSP Vita. These handheld consoles are light in size and feature their own display unit. So, the video game consoles are another popular platform which is widely available these days.

Mobile Gaming Platforms

The rise of mobile devices introduced mobile gaming to the scene. Mobile games are played on cell phone devices or handheld tablets. These two are the main platforms for playing mobile games. Mobile games are available in various forms. The mobile games are normally built for the operating system that the phones have. Today the popular ones are Android Mobile Operating System and iOS for iPhones. There are also other mobile operating systems such as Windows Mobile and Firefox OS.

Thousands and thousands of games are available on the mobile platform. This might be due to the fact that the mobile devices are getting really popular every other day. Games are available for free or for a fee, they can be simple or even be filled with complicated high graphics. Whatever the types of games there are, they are available on mobile devices. Hence, mobile devices seems to be a promising gaming platform.

The Four Best Features of Next Generation Game Consoles

As the next generation console war is heating up, everybody has their own opinions. There are the respective Sony and Microsoft fanatics who will remain loyal to their respective brands. There are also the fence sitters, who are yet to place their allegiance in regards to the next gen console they’ll be purchasing.

There’s no doubt that both the Xbox One and the PS4 will be successful in their own right, so rather than doing a direct comparison between the two (an comparison that has already been done to death), the purpose of this article is to pick out and explain the best 4 features from both.

Video Sharing

Both the PS4 and Xbox One will record automatically record gaming in the background, although a recent disparity in buffer size has come to light with Microsoft’s machine able to keep a mere 5 minutes of video in comparison to Sony’s 15. Regardless of how it is implemented, it is sure to be a useful feature as up until now gamers have taken to more long-winded methods to record their gameplay. Throw in some dedicated compression chips and social sharing features, the new consoles are ready to take social gaming beyond standard multiplayer.

Instant On

This next feature is again shared by both consoles. As a whole, humans are getting less patience; people like things that are mobile and are unwilling to wait for anything. It is this human behaviour that Microsoft and Sony may have targeted when devising the instant on feature. The PS3 and Xbox 360 were most certainly not the quickest consoles in the world but the manufacturers have worked hard to correct this sluggishness for the new generation. Next generation consoles will be able to ‘wake’ almost instantly from a low powered sleeping state. That’s not all though, the speed improvement doesn’t end with the boot up time. When your console comes out of sleep mode you’ll immediately be able to resume your game without a lengthy start up or the need to load a saved game.

Cloud Gaming

Cloud gaming is an interesting concept. Not only is it an interesting concept but it’s soon to be an interesting reality. Sony announced recently that PS4 wouldn’t be directly backwards compatible with physical PS3 discs; however, they will be available over the cloud.

The idea behind this is to have large banks of servers running as PS3 systems. This will allow PS4 users to stream these games to their consoles.

The range of titles that will be available is not yet known, however, if implemented well cloud gaming could well represent the future of gaming.

Cloud gaming won’t be available at launch, there’s currently only a tentative and hugely ambiguous release date of 2014. The technology will be introduced in North America first too, so us Europeans may have a while to wait before we can try it out!

Indie Games

Both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 had a great selection of indie games. It’s for this reason that I’m looking forward to seeing what these developers can do with the new hardware. What’s more, Sony recently announced that it’ll be loaning out free PS4 development kits to indie developers for 1 year. In addition to this, Sony are offering free promotion for the best indie games, so there’s no doubt there’ll be some crackers!