Video Games – Choosing Your Console

Video games have never been as hot as they are now after nearly four decades since the first Magnavox Odyssey in 1972. The Atari generation came next and reaped wild success as it worked in tandem with Sears stores where their gaming consoles were sold. Soon after, The Odyssey simply vanished. Many companies tried but failed to compete with Atari which dominated the market until 1983 when personal computers became more affordable and offered better games. Then came the Japanese who took over with their Nintendo and Sega series until the mid-1990’s when cartridges became history and DVD’s ruled with a promise of longer, richer, and more challenging video games.

Today’s market is ripe with the best video game consoles that guarantee your best gaming experience. Whether you’re looking to get an Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, or Nintendo DS, you’re better off knowing the basics.

First, the games. Why would you want a video game console that wouldn’t give you the games you want? Playstation, PlayStation 2 and Super Nintendo are so popular because they offer the most number of game selections for practically every thinkable genre. If you’re particular about the games you play, get a system that has them. Don’t make the mistake of getting an Xbox and looking for Mario and Luigi there. You’ll have a better chance finding them in Gamecube, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS and Super Nintendo. With your Xbox and Xbox 360, however, you can get wild with Halo. Final Fantasy, meanwhile, has moved to Paystation 2 but older versions are still on SNES, Game Boy Advance, and Playstation.

When it comes to graphics, the newer consoles are naturally better than their predecessors. But among the older systems, you’ll barely spot the difference. PlayStation will give you just the same visual quality as Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo, but Nintendo 64 is sharper than Super Nintendo and Super Nintendo is quite a bit superior to the original Nintendo. With the newer breed, the differences are more pronounced. You’ll find your portable Nintendo DS and PSP inferior when compared to home consoles because they run on limited power. The PSP also offers a better resolution than the DS. By far, Xbox 360 and PS3 give you the best graphics yet with the Wii coming fairly close.

Some unique accessory features come with every particular system but don’t necessarily have an impact on your gaming experience. Some use motion sensors for control, such as the Wii, while others use the good old- fashioned joystick. Portability is another feature offered by your Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. If you want interactive online gaming, the Xbox or Xbox 360 give you the best online advantage.

Gaming then and now have grown so far apart. These days, video games are as serious as any traditional sport there is and if your satisfaction means anything to you, you should get serious in choosing the system that works for you.