Gaming Consoles: the Incredible Entertainment Device

By: Jacob Marshal

The first generation of exciting gaming consoles hit the market in the early 1970s. Since then, children have been clamouring for the latest gaming devices. These game consoles have come a long way since the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. Two most popular consoles on the market today are Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 that deliver not only top-notch gaming experiences that support HD but also impressive multimedia features.

Sony made its introduction in the console game world in the mid-'90s with the PlayStation and again in 2000 with Play Station 2. As expected, the Play Station 3 leaves its predecessors far behind, with gorgeous, HD graphics and a super-fast processor.

It carries a higher price tag than the Xbox 360, but at the same time you might find the features it brings to you well worth the extra cost.

The PS3 is available in two configurations: 40GB and 80GB. In addition to the extra storage space, the 80GB game console comes with Motor Storm, a popular off-road racing game exclusive to this console. A very striking feature of this version of PlayStation is its integrated Blu-ray Disc player (BD). If you're a movie lover and want movies in HD, you might not need another reason to buy this game console. To enjoy excellent video quality of the BD player, pick up an HDMI cable to connect the PlayStation to your HDTV. It also includes an Ethernet cable for a wired Internet connection. With its SIXAXIS wireless controller and in-built web browser, you can surf the Internet and check out the online PlayStation Network. You can also use this to play DVDs and audio CDs, together with copying audio files to the Play Station 3 games hard drive. It sports four USB 2.0 slots, which let you connect your digital camera, download photos, and print them out on a USB printer.

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