Which Gaming Console Most Suits Your Personality?
If you've never been much of a video game user - or simply not avid enough to buy a game system of your own, you probably find yourself torn between three great brands. For example, you have the newly re-invented Nintendo brand, which has become a completely different (and popular) alternative to the more traditional-style Xbox and PlayStation brands. While you might just want to give up and think "they're all the same," you may still find yourself wondering which one would actually be the best fit for you.
If you have a few hundred dollars to spare and know you really want some extra entertainment in your basement or living room, then it's time to decide: which console is really for you? If you want some help from outside sources as well as some more technical specifications, be sure to check out Consumer Search's comparison between the video game consoles.
Xbox is one of the big three, the video game system from Microsoft that seems to have it all: you can play other people online with the brilliant Xbox live or you can enjoy beautiful graphics from some of the latest games, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Xbox is "traditional" in the sense that it features a controller that you can hook up to the console in order to start playing. But like the PlayStation, it's grown to include a lot of other features that you wouldn't exactly find on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It can play DVDs, use wireless controllers, and you can play against your friends without having them over for microwaved pizza rolls. In short, Xbox is one sweet entertainment system that doesn't try to be anything it's not - but does a heck of a job at doing what it does best. You can buy an original Xbox or go for an Xbox 360: we recommend the 360. If you have the money to spare, check out the Xbox 360 Elite.
Who would like it: Average-to-advanced gamers who love playing with friends.
PlayStation was the Xbox before there was an Xbox, perhaps the first true-blue alternative to the Nintendo systems that dominated the markets in the 1990's. The PlayStation helped introduce ideas like having your console pull overtime work like playing DVDs, and its controllers help pave the way for the modern controllers we're all used to using. PlayStation was also a big player in introducing the "CD"-type game hardware, which has allowed for more graphics, high performance, and bigger, better games. In short, the PlayStation helped push gaming forward, and even in its current incarnation, the PlayStation 3, it's still going strong.
Who would like it: College students who need an all-in-one gadget to handle just about everything.
If you're talking about Nintendo these days you're probably talking about the Nintendo Wii, a gaming console that has managed to best the competition by being totally different. The Nintendo Wii can help you work out or it can play fun, silly games like Mario Tennis. Either way, you know you're going to be active, and you know that you'll be playing games that people of all ages can enjoy. Nintendo Wii still features a lot of our favorite characters, such as the Mario Brothers.
Who would like it: Just about anyone who's up for some good honest fun. It's also a great way to stay active at home, particularly if you live in a cold-weather area where it's difficult to find an excuse to move when you're stuck indoors.
Which is best for you? That depends, of course, on you. I know my answer. If you're still stuck, see if your friends with game consoles will have you over so you can do a little "field research."
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