Video Game Systems - Perennial Favorites
The proper definition of a video game system, more popularly known as a console is 'an interactive entertainment computer or electronic device that manipulates the video display signal of a display device (a television, monitor, etc.) to display a game'. The primary difference between a computer and a video game system is the fact that the latter is predominantly used only for game playing, while a personal (or otherwise) computer can be used for a variety of other tasks. This article summarizes some of the most popular video game systems to have hit the market.
The Sony PlayStation
The Sony PlayStation is a 32-bit video game system that was introduced by the Sony Corporation in the mid-90s. It is said to belong to the fifth generation of video game consoles. The PlayStation franchise was such a rage that Sony produced successors like the PlayStation-2 and the PlayStation-3. For gamers on the move, Sony produced the PSP or the PlayStation Portable. PlayStation games are available on CDs and on DVDs. While earlier installments of the PlayStation used memory cards for storage, the newest version comes with a built in internal 80 GB (variable) hard-disk for game saves. Popular games include Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo, Grand Theft Auto, Tekken and many other sport games.
The Microsoft Xbox
Software giant Microsoft's foray into gaming began when it released the Xbox. It was released in the earlier months of the year 2002. It clashed with the release of the PlayStation 2, and though it didn't fare well comparatively, it was a reasonable hit. This led to the production of an advanced version of the video game system, known as the Xbox 360. The Xbox also featured mod-chips which could be used by gamers to introduce mods (small changes) into the games that they played. Runaway hits include Halo 1 and 2, Dead or Alive and Project Gotham Racing.
The Nintendo Franchise
Nintendo has the distinction of being the oldest remaining video game franchise. It was started in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi. Originally started as a manufacturer of playing cards, the company made it big in the gaming industry and the aforementioned products are some of the best video game systems. Some of its popular products have been the GameBoy, the GameCube and more recently, the Wii. Nintendo ruled the roost when it came to handheld systems. It's only real competition is from Sony's PSP. Nintendo has a long range of successful innovations such as Pokemon, Zelda and many more.
Though these are the prominent video game systems, there were numerous 8-bit and 16-bit systems that hit the market before these. Many hand video games were also popular and other notable video game systems like the Sega Dreamcast faded due to more popular consoles at that time.
Recent video game systems are heading towards state of the art stories and cutting edge graphics. Even though they are worthwhile investments, one should also remember the older 'legends' that aided in the development of such systems.