Selecting a gaming system to fit your needs

Gaming is a hobby enjoyed by many. Sometimes it can be frustrating deciding the perfect system to play on. There are major consoles such as the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U, but there are also personal computers.

It can be difficult to decide which system is the best fit because there are many factors influencing each decision. In many cases, games are often one of the deciding factors since not all platforms have the same games.

With the holiday season starting up, and a few gaming deals already in effect, it is an excellent time to know the distinctions for the gamer in your life.

On November 2, Sony’s Playstation 4 was available through Amazon Prime for $325. This version of the Playstation 4 is the lowest price to date and includes The Uncharted Collection. Uncharted is an action adventure series that once represented some of the highest quality that the Playstation 3 had to offer. Since then, Uncharted has been a staple Playstation exclusive series.

Amazon also offered a couple special bundles for the Xbox One. One notable bundle is the 1 TB Holiday bundle which costs $399 and includes 3 games in addition to Mad Max. The included games are Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay, and Ori and the Blind Forest.

Halo 5, the latest entry to the Halo series, was released last week, so the console is likely to be in higher demand. Halo is one of the most popular exclusive Xbox franchises, and has been associated with the Xbox brand since its beginning.

Nintendo’s Wii U is another home console option that has a strong following. While there are not any notable sales happening right now, the main console bundle is only $299, which is the lowest of the 3 major home consoles.

Nintendo is home to many popular exclusive franchises such as Mario and Zelda. For gamers that love those series, a Nintendo console is essential.

While there are clear exclusive titles for the common home consoles, an area that can often be confusing is PC gaming. Unlike traditional consoles, PC gaming has a significant number of variables.

Not every PC will be able to run every game, even on the lowest graphics settings. However, unlike the consoles, a PC can be upgraded to remain compatible with newer titles and improve performance.

There are several “PC Exclusive” games because it is the easiest platform to develop for and publish. Overall, there are far more PC games than there are console games, but there are some restrictions in playing them. A console requires less thought and fewer decisions.

Although each system has some exclusive games, there will be many major third party games, such as Fallout 4 and Call of Duty Black Ops 3, that will be available on more than one console. These games will appear on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Gamers who own only the Wii U miss out on many third party exclusives for one reason or another.

Another thing to consider when deciding an ideal gaming platform is the social aspect. One of the most enjoyable parts of gaming is playing with friends. Because such a small number of games have cross platform play, it helps to be on the same system as those you would like to play with.

Although there will be plenty of opportunities to make new gaming friends, it is easier to find out what existing friends have and go with that option. Unless there are specific platform exclusive games that you’re just dying to play, the more common system often offers the best experience. It also never hurts to have more than one platform available.

Myron Jones
Tech Columnist

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