Introduction to Console Gaming

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From this article, we are talking about console gaming. If you wish to learn something about computer gaming and mobile gaming you can follow those articles from here.

Console gaming is a way of playing games with the use of a video game console and multimedia system ( like a television). The game is controlled by some handheld devices (which we will talk about later).

Console Gaming
Console Gaming : Image From Grunge

Unlike PC games, differences between each kind of console types, create some extra challenges not for the players, but for the developers themselves, Because of these console exclusive games.

Early Days of Console Gaming

As we heard ‘Magnavox Odessey’ is known to be the first experience of console gaming. It’s basically consisted of some lines and dots. However, it was a big impact on the industry in those days. These kinds of games made the first generation of console games.

After some lesser freedom of creation of games in consoles, the second generation of console gaming offered much more freedom of developing games to developers. This age was known as the ‘golden age of arcade video games’.

The third generation started with some huge impacts of introducing new consoles from ‘Nintendo’ and ‘Sega’. If you have played early ‘Final Fantasy’, ‘Metal Gear’ games you can understand the impact done by this generation.

Technology Usage in Console Gaming

Display Devices

Commonly known as the visual output device in gaming. Basically console gamers use a television for the display device. This majorly concentrated on the idea of having multiple audiences and for the local multiplayer approach.

Another huge facility in console games is that they use more advanced graphics than PC games. Since console games consider only about gaming they give much more gameplay experience than a PC.

Storage Devices

Normally consoles have fixed amounts of storage and there are 3 types of storage mediums in consoles. And they are,

  • Cartridges [Used in Nintendo Switch]
  • Discs
  • Hard Disk Drivers

Video game Emulator

Many ones who tried to play console games on a different platform must hear of this term. Emulation is like converting the game to a different platform. Some console developers give this opportunity to our gamers.

Comparing with PC and Mobile Gaming

Like previous articles let’s have a quick comparison between gaming methods.

Scope and Detail Level (Gameplay Experience)

Mobile games don’t have big storylines since they heavily rely on short gameplay sessions ( has a more multiplayer approach). On the other hand PC and console games heavily depend on detail level of the game. Since mobile games don’t care about the storyline of the gameplay they don’t give users the amount of detail level of the game. ( Mobile games majorly focus on ease of play).

Game Size and File Systems

Obviously, mobile games are way too smaller in size and take a lesser amount of memory of the system, and both PC, Console games have a huge amount of storage compared to handheld devices.

Cost

Console games have high costs upfront meaning that the player has to pay a lot of money when buying the system. Mobile handheld devices are much cheaper in this regard.

Development

Developing a console game is a tiresome effort according to the developers. There are hardware limitations and also there are many centralized hardware developers in console systems and as for PCs and mobiles that are not a problem.

Conclusion

Screenshot from God of War : Image From SlashGear

From ’70s console gaming was a part of the gaming people. Currently, it vastly grew and a huge community. From this article, we learned some things about it. Even though the differences between the platforms we play, we gamers always choose the best way to feel the game.

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