CURRENT VIDEO GAME CONSOLES VINCENT GATUSANI BRIAN BALDEVISO December 4th 2009 (1)
Table of Contents What is a video game console? Nintendo Wii Microsoft’s Xbox360 Sony’s PlayStation 3 Future Plans Conclusion References Questions?
What is a video game console? “A video game console is an interactive entertainment computer or electronic device that produces a video display signal which can be used with a display device (a television, monitor, etc.) to display a video game”(2)
Nintendo Wii Brief Information Created by Nintendo Corporation Release date: September 14, 2006 Price tag: $199 Supports up to 4 players Supports offline and free online gaming Sold more than 50 million consoles worldwide Revolutionized the gaming industry by introducing motion sensing controllers (Wii remote and Nunchuck) (3)
Nintendo Wii Features Mii Channel: Allows you to create and customize your very own avatar and make it look like yourself. (4) (5)
Nintendo Wii Features Check Mii Out! Channel: allows players to share their Mii’s to everyone around the world to view, and enter them in to contests such as the beauty contest, celebrity look-alike contest, and so on. (6)
Nintendo Wii Features Wii Shop Channel: This is where you can buy games, free demos and new channels for your Wii (i.e internet channel which allows you to browse on the internet). Photo Channel: Store and modify pictures WiiConnect24:Wii stays connected on the internet while in standby mode, and it can still receive messages from friends or anyone. DS connectivity: Nintendo DS connected wirelessly on the Wii and it can be used as a microphone Forecast Channel: check the news and weather around the world (7)
Xbox 360 Brief Information produced by Microsoft released November 22, 2005 2 models: XBOX360 Arcade priced at $199 (no hard drive, only a 512MB memory) and an XBOX360 Elite priced at $299 (120GB HDD and comes with HDMI cables) supports DVD, DIVX, Netflix and HD-DVD supports up to 4 players Sold more than 31 million consoles worldwide as of August 27,2009 (8) (9)
Xbox 360 Features Avatar: Create and customize your avatars. They are more detailed than the Mii’s and they can be used as your profile picture. (10)
Xbox 360 Features Xbox Live Marketplace: This is the place where you can download and purchase games, free demos and trailers, movies, profile pictures, and clothes for your avatar. Voice Chat and Video Chat: connect with friends and/or meet new friends Social Networking: Access Facebook and Twitter using the Xbox 360 Music and video streaming: plays over 3.5 million songs and Zune videos (12) (11)
Xbox 360 Features Xbox Live: Offers silver and gold membership. (13)
Sony’s Playstation 3 Brief Information Produced by Sony Corporation Released November 17, 2006 Built-in Wi-fi Supports up to 7 players Uses motion sensing controller but is not as accurate as the Wii remote The cheapest blu-ray player on the market Sold more than 30 million consoles as of November 1st, 2009 (14) (15)
Playstation 3 Main Feature: Playstation Network: Free online play! (16) (17)
PLAYSTATION 3 PS3 System Features Blu-ray: Uses blu-ray to play its games, movies, shows, music and games. Remote Play: You can access your PS3 using your playstation portable system(PSP) wherever you are. (Play PS3 games using your PSP Playstation Store: download themes, games, movies, music, demos and many more. Internet Browser: access any website (i.eYoutube, Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail, etc.) (18) (19)
PLAYSTATION 3 PS3 System Features Digital Living Network Alliance(DLNA): access your photos, music, and personal videos on your computer from a PS3. Folding@HOME: Goal is to better understand the development of many diseases(over 1 million PS3 users have participated since 2008). Gamers would be able to contribute to the project by leaving their PlayStation 3 consoles running the client while not playing games.
Playstation 3 Features Playstation Home- A virtual world that offers virtual spaces to meet, chat, plan, and launch into games. (20) (21) (22)
FUTURE PLANS Nintendo Wii: Wii Motion Plus Attachement that enhances the motion sensing Playstation 3: PS3 Motion Sensing Controller True 1:1 tracking motion XBOX360: Project Natal Controller free-gaming Full body 3D capture Facial Recognition Voice Recognition Scan things and use it in-game (23) (24) (25) (26)
Conclusion In conclusion, Nintendo Wii appeals more to casual gamers because of its innovative gameplay. Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 appeals more to hardcore gamers because of the competitive games they offer and because of their high definition graphics. Nintendo Wii revolutionized how people play games which has made a big impact on the games industry. Sony and Microsoft will release a more up to date motion sensing controllers to keep up with Nintendo sometime in 2010. Motion sensing will be the future of gaming.