How to Choose a Video Game Console

Video game consoles have certainly changed over the years and the people that play have changed as well. Game consoles are no longer simply enjoyed by the teenage crowd. There are a number of middle aged and elderly gamers who enjoy playing as well. Some consumers are simply not comfortable with many of the technologies incorporated into video game consoles today and because of this, they find it virtually impossible to choose the right gaming system.

Choosing the right game console depends on a number of factors. First, you should understand that the Microsoft Xbox 360, the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PlayStation 3 are the most popular consoles on the market. It is important to note that these systems are not all alike. Each is designed for a different type of player profile. The Nintendo Wii for instance is designed to be more of a family oriented gaming system. The Wii controllers or remotes are designed to be easy to handle by anyone of any age. They allow those playing to actually experience live gameplay by making each player actually move in order to play. For instance, those who choose to play baseball games on the Wii will actually have to act like they are throwing, hitting and catching while holding the remote in order for the game to work properly.

The Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 are similar consoles and offer a number of the same types of features. They are designed more for those who enjoy role playing and action games. Both of these systems offer the ability to play DVDs and CDs and they both offer a lot of storage space on their hard disks. There are motion sensing controllers available for both of these systems that act like the controllers for the Wii but they do not come with the systems.

It can be very difficult to determine just which gaming system is best. Knowing what you need in terms of special features and what types of games you want to play will help you to make your decision. If for instance you want to be able to watch DVDs then a Wii will not suit your needs. Keep in mind that the PlayStation 3 is the only system to date that will play Blu-ray discs so if this is a consideration then you may want to think about the PS3 as opposed to the Xbox or Wii.

The Wii was designed to be a family gaming system. If you are looking for a system that you can enjoy with your entire family and one that offers a number of family oriented game titles, then the Wii is a good choice. If you are looking to play games that are filled with action and role playing and you want something that can also provide you with a few media capabilities as well, the Xbox or PlayStation 3 are both good choices. This is of course until newer systems are released and then you will need to completely rethink your decision.