So, you’ve been looking at the newest video game consoles, but don’t know which one is right for you? Well, there are quite a few factors that need to be taken into consideration. Some of these things are price, games, reliability, and overall fun. You definitely don’t want to buy something you’re not happy with, so let’s start looking at our options.
Today’s current consoles are the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, and the Nintendo Wii. If you’ve been following any of the gaming news, you’ll find that the Wii is the most popular. That doesn’t mean it’s right for you. As a matter of fact, I play my Xbox 360 far more than my Wii. Each one offers a little something different. The Wii gives you more interaction with game, which is one of the reasons it’s so popular. It definitely opens up many possibilities to gaming. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are more of a powerhouse. They’ve got more advanced graphics, A.I., and far better online play. Of course, more advanced technology comes with more of a price. Let’s take a closer look at the consoles now.
The Nintendo Wii is the cheapest of all 3, at the price of $250.00. It also has a lot of games, fun, interactive controls, and just a completely new way to have fun. The Wii is also more family oriented. If you take a look at the games, you will hardly find any “hardcore” games. Most involve a bunch of little mini games. However, there are some, like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Resident Evil 4, and Metroid Prime: Corruption, that will appeal to the more “hardcore” gamer. Most games I’ve played are just boring, in general; the controls used seem like more of a gimmick than anything else. Comparing the Wii to its competitor’s graphics will leave you with much disappointment. There’s hardly any improvement over the Nintendo Gamecube. The Wii also doesn’t come with a disc drive to play normal DVDs. If you want a more universal console, the Wii is not your thing. Don’t completely throw the idea of the Wii away, though. There are some great games that will keep you playing for weeks on end. If you really want to have a great time, buy Rock Band and invite a few friends over. The Wii also has internal wi-fi card, so getting online will be no problem. Playing online is free, as well. Just hope you can find online game that’s worth your while.
Moving on to the Microsoft Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 came out a year before it’s competitors. This gave it an advantage in the beginning, but the soon discovered “Red Ring of Death” problem caused a lot of negative feedback. The “Red Ring of Death” is a hardware failure that almost every Xbox 360 console will receive. Luckily, Microsoft extended the warranty to 3 years for this problem, so you shouldn’t have to buy a new one for a while. One of the biggest advantages of coming out a year early is the game selection. The Xbox 360 has, by far, the largest amount of games. Most games you will find on the Xbox 360 are shooters, which may not be your style. If you’re an RPG fan, you will be disappointed, as there are not many RPGs for the Xbox 360. One of the best parts of the Xbox 360 is Xbox Live. Xbox Live is the Xbox’s online community. There are, basically, two types of Xbox Live memberships. You’ve got your free Silver membership and your Gold membership, which costs a fee. With Gold you can play online and download new demos the day they come out. With the free Silver membership, you cannot play games online and you have to wait to download new demos. Luckily, Gold is not a huge fee. You can buy a year’s membership for $50.00, which isn’t bad. As many Xbox 360 games have an online mode in them, it is definitely worth the money. You can also voice chat, video chat, and send messages to Xbox Live friends. Xbox Live is definitely the best console online community. Unfortunately, the Xbox 360 does not have an internal wi-fi device. You will have to buy an external one for $100.00, or use a cord to connect directly to your modem. There’s also a few options when you buy your Xbox 360 console. This can become a little confusing when trying to figure out what you want. Just ask an employee about the differences with each one and you can decide which will work best for yourself.
Now we’re on to our final console, the Sony PlayStation 3. The first thing you’ll notice when looking at this console is the price. The cheapest version is $399.99. However, compared to the more expensive Xbox 360 version, this isn’t such a bad deal. Unlike the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 is on par with the Wii’s internal wi-fi card. The PlayStation 3 also comes with a Blu-Ray drive. This allows game developers to fit as much as 50GB of space on a disc, unlike the 8.5GB that the Xbox 360 and Wii can use. The PlayStation 3 also has free online play, but much better than Nintendo’s. It’s still not as good as Xbox Live, however. The PlayStation 3 is also the most powerful console. Although it hasn’t really been shown, the PlayStation 3 is capable of a lot. One of the main problems is the lack of games. It costs developers a lot of money to create PlayStation 3 games, which obviously effects the amount of games that are made. You’ll also find, by reading various reviews, that most PlayStation 3 games aren’t all that great. So even if your getting a lot for your money, there might not be enough games to make it worth your while.
Well, I hope the information I’ve given you will help you decide which video game console is right for you. Happy gaming!