Sponsored Factors to Consider When Choosing a Gaming Platform By Greg Baugher Posted on November 29, 2017 11 min read 0 0 179 From the first pixelated games in the 1970s to today’s high-definition sports and first-person shooter games, home gaming has been consistently popular since its inception. A study by the Pew Research Center revealed that fifty percent of people in America play video games, while another noted that a whopping eighty percent of Americans own a console. If you are ready to join the legions of gamers online and buy a console of your own, choosing one that suits your gaming needs and lifestyle can improve the overall experience, and there are several factors to consider before you buy. Who Will Be Playing? Before you choose a console, you might want to consider who will be playing and how often. While this might not seem important at first, it can be a significant factor, especially when it comes to your overall lifestyle. For example, if you are buying a console for yourself and you will be the only one playing it, consider whether you enjoy using controllers that come with the game or if you prefer a more immersive experience and will need to buy additional accessories to enjoy your games to their full extent. If you plan to buy a gaming console for yourself but will allow family and friends to use it as well, you may have to consider setting parental controls and buying a few family-friendly games to have on hand as well. Some multiplayer games might require extra equipment, such as microphones, so you may want to price this equipment as you compare console costs. Storage Space Capacity Not all gaming consoles contain the same storage space, so knowing the capacity of each can help you decide which is the best choice for your gaming needs. Some games require more space than others, especially those that have exclusive or interactive content. If you are choosing a console that includes interactive apps, such as Netflix and music apps like Pandora, you may want to look into consoles that have a larger storage capacity to ensure that these apps run properly once you download games and other content. Storage space capacity can also be an important issue for the near future, as newer game files might require more space thanks to 3D technology, higher screen resolution, and superior graphics. If you plan to keep your console for more than a few years, you might want to invest in one that has enough storage space to accommodate technological advances that might become available for games in the coming months. Game Delivery Today’s console technology allows for the delivery of many games over wireless download. If you have an internet connection, you can pay for games directly on a platform’s website and store them on your console’s hard drive. This eliminates the need for game discs, which can become scratched or damaged over time. While this is a convenient way to collect the games you want to play, it is a good idea to think about which you prefer before you purchase a console. Some newer consoles, such as the Nintendo Switch, allow you to transfer a portable console to a home gaming system, allowing you continue your mobile game play. However, if you prefer discs, you may want to ensure that the platform you are considering still accept them. It is also important to remember that downloaded games will eat up memory and that no console can hold an infinite amount of games. Game Selection Before you choose a gaming system, you may want to think about which games you want to play and which titles might be due for release in the coming months. Some titles are made exclusively for certain platforms and cannot be played on other systems. If there is a game or series you are looking forward to playing, checking its availability across a variety of platforms is a wise decision. For example, Blizzard Activision, headed up by CEO Bobby Kotick, has released its popular Overwatch title for both the Playstation and Xbox One. However, titles from other developers, such as Killzone: Shadow Fall and DriveClub, are only available for the Playstation 4. Popular titles are typically released across a variety of consoles; however, you might want to check on availability before you decide on which to buy. Affordability Your gaming budget will probably be a major factor in which console you choose, and while many current models are only twenty or thirty dollars apart in price, you should consider whether you will need to buy accessories for certain games. Most consoles include a controller as part of the gaming package, but you might need other controllers, such as interactive steering wheels for driving games. If you want a wireless experience, such controllers are available separately, as are wireless headphones and microphones. This equipment is convenient and can enhance your gaming experience, but you may want to include their cost in your budget before you start pricing consoles. Gaming can be an exciting and immersive hobby, but only if you choose the console that suits your gaming style and needs. Taking the time to price and compare a variety of platforms and which games and equipment each supports can help you make the best purchasing decision.