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Eighth Generation of Gaming consoles!

The very first gaming console was introduced in 1950s and today the advancement in technology has given gaming consoles a new life.

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The eighth generation is the current generation of video game consoles, following the previous seventh generation: Nintendo’s Wii, Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. This generation will include the Wii U, which was released in the fourth quarter of 2012. The PlayStation 4 officially announced on February 20, 2013, and is anticipated for a Christmas release and the successor to the Xbox 360 (code-named “Durango”) is rumored to be released in late 2013.

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Other consoles such as the Shield Project, Steam Box, and GameStick are also attempting to compete in this generation of gaming console

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Home console comparison

Name

Wii U

PlayStation 4

Manufacturer

Nintendo

Sony

Console

                            images Console design is yet to be revealed

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Release dates

  •  December 8, 2012

Q4 2013

Launch prices

Basic Model

  • US$299.99

set by individual retailers

  • A$348.00\

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Media

Wii U Optical Disc @ 22.5MB/s
25 GB (single layer

BlurayDVD

CPU

Tri-Core IBM PowerPC “Espresso

Octa-Core AMD “Jaguar”

GPU

AMD Radeon “Latte” GPGPU @ 550 MHz

Custom AMD Radeon

Memory

2 GB RAM

(1 GB available for games / 1 GB available for system)

8 GB GDDR5 (unified)

Storage

8 GB (Basic), 32 GB (Deluxe/Premium) flash memory
Supports up to 32 GB SDHC memory cards and up to 2 TB USB hard disk drive

TBA

Video

  • 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 576i, 480i; standard 4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen
  • Analog AV port supporting:
    • Composite video
    • S-Video (NTSC consoles only)
    • RGB SCART (PAL consoles only)
    • YPBPR
    • D-Terminal (Japan only)
    • Component video
      • HDMI

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  • Analog AV port supporting:
    • Composite video
    • S-Video (NTSC consoles only)
    • RGB SCART (PAL consoles only)
    • Component video
      • HDMI

Integrated 3DTVsupport

Yes

Yes

Audio

  • Analog stereo via the Analog AV port.
  • Six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI

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Peripheral abilities

  • SD memory card slot (supports SDHC cards)
  • USB 2.0 ports (2 at front of console, 2 at rear)
  • Bluetooth
  • Sensor Bar power port
  • “AV Multi Out” port
  • HDMI out port
  • Bluetooth
  • HDMI out port
  • USB 3.0 ports (number yet unrevealed)

Controller

  • Wii U Pro Controller (up to 4)
  • Wii Remote/Plus (up to 4)
    • Classic Controller attachment
  • Wii Balance Board
  • PlayStation Move
  • PlayStation Vita
  • Dualshock 4

Regional lockout

Yes

TBA

Backward compatibility

Nintendo optical discsWii

Downloadable only

  • Virtual Console
    • Nintendo Entertainment System
    • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
    • Nintendo 64
    • Nintendo Gamecube
    • Sega Master System
    • Sega Genesis
    • Neo Geo
    • Commodore 64
    • TurboGrafx-16
    • MSX
Optical disc/downloadNot compatible with PlayStation 3 titles; other systems unannounced

Gaikai cloud streaming (not at launch)

  • PlayStation
  • PlayStation 2
  • PlayStation 3
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Gaming Metamorphosis!

Technology has evolved greatly over the last few years. About a decade back, not many were familiar with words like iPhone, iPod or BBM (Blackberry Messenger). One would have to wait for the phone to hang-up in order to use the internet. Most importantly, having a cellular phone was considered to be “cool”. Now things have changed drastically. Cell phones have become a necessity and internet has become an integral part of our lives. From buying grocery to selling your used car, every facility is available on the internet through its dedicated website.

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Gaming industry has also changed exorbitantly. Now it’s no more a casual time pass for kids. With ultra realistic graphics and mind boggling game play, the craze has gone up to a whole new level. Microsoft® and Sony® are the key competitors in the game console league. Their Flagship models include XBOX 360 and Playstation 3 respectively. Both the devices were redesigned twice to make them more compact. They are topped with triple core processors and offer multiple storage capacities through their HDD (Hard disk drives). Furthermore, both the devices have multiple USB ports and built in Wi-Fi for internet connectivity.
I have been using Xbox 360 250GB edition since last year. Another interesting thing is the Kinect sensor. It is a revolutionary sensor with 3 cameras on its hardware to scan our body gestures and use them as signals in games. There are a number of games that enables us to actually exercise our body and mind simultaneously.

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There are dedicated gaming headphones for XBOX 360 from the pioneer’s of gaming products, Razor®. These are 5.1 channel wireless headphones. They follow the same colour scheme of Xbox and give crystal clear vocals, bass and surround sound. My experience with both the products has been great so far.

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Another breakthrough in the gaming industry is the introduction of 3D games. All we need is a 3D enabled LED/LCD and compatible glasses. I am currently using Sony Bravia® (HX-75) 3D LED and to top that I have attached a Sony ®3D blu-ray system (BDV-N990) with 5.1 channel surround sound. This setup is a blend of outstanding sound and graphic display. 3D games like “Unchartered 3D” are fun to play as the powerful processors keep the game play as smooth as silk.

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Gaming industry has flourished a lot in the last decade. Famous titles like GTA, FIFA and NFS have made enormous profits through their latest games. GTA 5 is expected to release in the fall of 2013 and Rockstar games® expect it to achieve record sales as it is currently the most anticipated game.
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