Choosing a Gaming Console

Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3 Controllers
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There are 3 major players in the gaming console business these days., all very well known in most households across America. One of the reasons is that all of these companies have designed and built successful consoles in the past. One large trend in gaming is motion controlled gaming, where the player uses their movement to control the game. Both Sony’s Playstation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii have controllers that require them to be held in hand and buttons pushed for actions. However the Xbox 360 has a new product called the Kinect which allows motion gaming without using additional controllers, your able body is all you need.

But many people see motion based gaming as gimmicks to entice new players that wouldn’t ordinarily find themselves playing, much less owning a console. As such for these people they should base their choices off things like hardware and title selection. One benefit the Wii has is all the traditional Mario titles that have been popular for many years. The Xbox 360 has a very large selection of titles including the current most popular first person shooter title in the world, Modern Warfare 2. The Playstation also has some great games and in Japan is the console of choice for many developers giving it an edge on Japanese games which have become very popular these days.

Both the Playstation and the Xbox contain very fast and capable hardware which bring immense graphics detail and effects to many games. This doesn’t mean that the Wii is slow or doesn’t look as good, but many Wii titles don’t require the detail that the other Hi Definition consoles contain. Another thing to consider is that the Playstation 3 has a Blu Ray player built in, which is actually considered to be one of the best on the market.

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