For those who are somehow oblivious to video game consoles: a video game console is an interactive entertainment computer designed for home users. Consoles are designed for users who want to play the many modern video games on their TV sets – they’re usually easy to setup, and there’s hardly any time between the setting up of a console and playing a game.
Today, only the best video games can be played on a console: Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console are two of the most popular consoles around the world. Almost 75% of gamers are using either a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 as their preference.
Games can be available across platforms but some titles are exclusive, such as Gears of War on Xbox 360 or the Zelda games on the Nintendo consoles, and exclusive titles can be a bit selling point for individual machines.
Games can be played on PCs too, but gaming PCs can be expensive and error-prone. Consoles are much cheaper, meaning they can be a better option for people with a limited budget and no need for PCs other functions.
Here are some key benefits of buying a console:
Consoles are very easy to use, and you don’t need to setup the environment for playing them. You just need to insert the DVD, and there you have it – you are ready to play! Technical errors and threats like computer viruses, which can ruin PCs, are not a big issue on consoles either.
Using a console gives you a wider range of game options than a PC. Many of the best games are only available in console format, which is why more and more users are choosing consoles over PCs.
Portable and easy to transport – consoles are easy to carry, and can be taken anywhere! Most consoles only weigh a few kg (The Xbox 360 weighs around 3.5kg, around the same weight as the average bag of shopping!).
Consoles, like the Nintendo Wii, allow increasing interactivity with the screen and other consoles are following: the Xbox now 360 has the highly acclaimed Kinect, which is one of the console’s biggest draws as the system’s not available on the rival PS3.
Simply, games are fun. In fact, so much fun that some studies have pointed to games being ‘good for you’. Once recent study, published by The Games for Health Journal, found that videogames can help ageing adults lead more fulfilling lives.