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How to Choose a Game Console

Millions of people around the world turn to their gaming consoles when they want some entertainment. Having the right one can really make you look forward to a quiet evening in.

What Features Should I look for in a Game Console?

  • The library of games available is one of the biggest factors that people consider when choosing a console. The Sony PlayStation 3 or PS3 Slim has a large library of exclusive titles like Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted 2, and MotorStorm. It was also well-supported with multi-platform games franchises like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.
  • Many console owners use their machines as complete home entertainment systems, not just for games. Many models of console can play DVDs and Blu-Ray discs and even access online music and video streaming services over your Wi-Fi connection. Even if you never play video games, your console can be a hub for an audio and video entertainment system.
  • Performance matters if you want to enjoy games as they were intended to be played, at their full frame rates. Processing power, graphics, and hard drive capacity are all factors that should be considered, and these can vary between different models of the same console. Find out as well which display resolutions a system can support: if you want to play games on an HD television, it makes sense to choose a model of console that can output 1080p video.

Which Peripherals and Accessories Do I Need?

A console isn't a stand-alone machine, it is part of a gaming system. You will need a few different accessories to get the most out of it.

  • Controllers are the main way in which you can play games and control your console. Dual-stick designs like Sony's own Dualshock controller can be used to play most games, and there are lots of models to choose from. You can also find more specialized peripherals like the PlayStation 3 Move controller as well as steering wheels and fightsticks.
  • HDMI cables are used to connect your console to your television. You can also use an AV cable if necessary. USB cables are used for recharging most controller models as well as plugging into some accessories, so you will probably need at least one for each controller you buy.
  • Not everyone needs a headset, but the combination of a microphone and headphones is great for coordinating with your teammates in online multiplayer video games. Headphones are also great for late-night games sessions that won't wake up your family. Many models of headset can be paired with the system using Bluetooth for seamless connectivity.

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