The big game console vendors are slugging it out for your business. Game console prices are down, new hardware options have been introduced, and all manufacturers can boast about their library of game choices. If you have been considering making a video game system purchase, now will be a good time. But how do you decide which game console system is best suited for you and will meet the needs of your family? Will it be the Nintendo Wii, or perhaps the Sony Playstation 3 or what do you think about the Xbox 360? The good new is that there are not hundred of choices that will make the selection process difficult. Your decision will be easier after reading a few product reviews on what the latest gaming consoles on the market have to offer. In this article we will list some of their features, some of the additional items you will need to purchase and hope this information will assist you in your selection.
The first system on our list is the new Micrsoft Xbox 360. The Xbox is equipped with a powerful 60GB hard drive. Included with this purchase will be a composite and component cable, Xbox controller and Xbox headset. The new Xbox 360 has graphics that are exceptional and the HD experience is awesome. If you are a serious gamer and will need muli-player capabilities you will need to purchase an additional controller. To bring this game system on as a serious gamer, you will need to get a wireless network adapter, subscribe to Xbox Live membership for online play and get a 120GB hard drive if you plan to download games and movies from the internet.
The Xbox does set the standard for what online gaming should be like. No other console comes close to the online experience the xbox has to offer. In addition, Xbox offers a great library of games, movies and as mentioned some extremely good graphics. The Xbox controller works best with all types of action games, especially games that require shooting skills like Halo 3 and all the popular shooting games on the market today. The dreaded “Red Ring of Death” prevents this game system from being the top player on the market. If your system should fail and needs service, it unfortiunately could be weeks for the replacement. While there is a subscription fee of $60 a year for online gaming, it was just recently announced that any Xbox subscriber can now watch Netflix streaming movies on their console. One drawback is that there is no Wi-Fi network connection or Blu-ray support preventing the Xbox 360 from serving as your entertainment hub.
The Sony Playstation 3 comes with a big, massive 80GB hard drive. They also include a composite cable and one controller. You will, if you want, need to get an extra controller for multi player games. It is also suggested to get a component cable and a Bluetooth headset for online voice communication. The Playstation 3 library offers a large selection of games that include some hardcore action, sports and RPG”s. The Blu-ray disc is excellent for some eye-popping movies in HD and for larger games with more content. The Sony Playstation 3 can serve as your entertainment hub and will supports MP3s, DiVX, Bluetooth, movie downloads and game downloads. This system is the most expensive console of all game systems on the market.
The online game play is not nearly as good as the Xbox, in fact there is no real comparison. The good news for all owners of PS3 is that for only about $100 you can upgrade your storage space to a whopping 320GB, making this the ultimate entertainment hub.
Last but not least we can not forget about the Nintendo Wii. The Wii took the market by storm and will continue to rise in popularity well into next year. The Nintendo Wii comes with a small internal drive, but is expected to come out with a new MotionPlus attachment in early 2009 to give it more storage capability. Along with the game console you will get a composite cable, a Wii remote, a Wii Nunchuch and a pak with Wii sports games. You will however need to purchase a component cable, additional Wii remotes (perhaps 3) and nunchucks for multi-player games and a SD card for downloads. While the wii is less expensive than the other consoles, there are some obvious reasons. The game system is different than any of the others, graphics are not as good, storage space is smaller, in fact this system is meant to be different and appeal to a wider audience than the other systems. Nintendo Wii has taken a new approach to the gaming experience and has brought the gamer off the couch, out of the arm chair and into the middle of the action. The controllers duplicate the motions of the person holding them, bringing you directly into the action. The wii is fun for non-gamers and gamers alike. No fancy bells and whistles, no movie downloads, the Nintendo Wii is strictly a gaming system. This is by far the system that will bring the whole family and friends into the gaming experience.
Whatever game system you select, the Nintendo Wii, the Xbox 360 or the Sony Playstation 3 are all game console that will bring you hours upon hours of fun.