Games have always been an integral part of man’s childhood. It started with sticks and stones and eventually evolved into powerful mind-stimulating games that could be played indoors. Not all children are physically capable of playing all kinds of outdoor games that they fantasize about. With imagination comes invention and with that the birth of video games, where one can sit at home and experience everything that is outside of it.
In 1949, Ralph Beer had the idea of turning a kind of set into a television. Eighteen years later, many worked on the idea to make it a reality. Willy Higinbotham designed a kind of tennis game that could be played with an oscilloscope. From then on, many people started developing similar video games. But what mattered more than the people who invented it were the companies that made these video games. The original companies that started the large-scale production of these video games are Atari (an American company and one of the first), Sega (which was very successful in the field), Magnavox (a Phillips company) and Nintendo (one of the leading video game maker companies). A new era in video game technology soon began with the invention of video game consoles. A video game console is a dedicated electronic device designed for playing video games where the output is basically through a monitor of some kind such as a television or computer screen. The main input device is a controller (such as joysticks, paddles, light guns, steering wheels, etc.). Video game consoles started around 1972 onwards such as Magnavox Odyssey, Coleco Telstar, etc. will soon be upgraded to cartridge-based 8-bit console systems like Atari 2600, Intellivision, Vectrex, etc. which was later developed on 16-bit systems like Sega Nomad, Supervision, Phillips CD-I, etc.
Then came 32/64-bit consoles like Wonderswan Color, Nintendo 64DD, Apple Pippin, etc., which led to the modern era of handheld video game consoles based on PDA technology developed by companies like Microsoft (Microsoft Xbox -2001). , Sega (Sega Dreamcast) and Sony (The Play Station). Then there is the current technology of modern portable video game consoles with integrated hard drives, of which the most popular are Microsoft Xbox-360 and Sony Play stations.
The Sony Play Station 2 (a predecessor to the Play Station 3 to be released in Spring 2006) was first released on March 4, 2000 in Japan. It soon became one of the most popular products, becoming the best-selling video game console of the current generation, selling more than 900,000 units in the first week. It successfully competed against then-Dreamcast technology through its ability to play DVDs. Although the Sony Play Station 2 had inferior graphics compared to the Microsoft Xbox-360, it has a wide collection of different types of games belonging to various genres. In 2002, Sony released the PS2 online adapter to compete with the upcoming online consoles developed by Microsoft. In September 2004, with the release of the best-selling game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Sony released a new, smaller PS2, also later making better versions that were thinner. The basic features of the Sony PS2 include its ability to read both CDs and DVDs, its compatibility with PS1 memory cards, USB expansion and IEEE 1394 which also replaces its previous version Dual Shock Controller with Dual Shock 2 with improved shoulder buttons and the D-pad. Software is also updated to allow faster playback and finer textures and better graphics for Play Station games. The Sony Play Station 2 also has the function of online games using the network adapter built into the SP2. The Sony PS2 has also released a version of the Linux operating system along with an Ethernet adapter and also a free YaBasic interpreter on the included demo disc that allows the end user to create simple programs for the PS2. Also a port of the NetBSD project is available on the PS2. Also MP3 and Divx movies and home shows running on consoles with a modchip installed can be viewed on the Sony Play Station 2. Additional drivers, modem, DVD remote control, memory cards, antenna cables, video accessories components, headphones, etc. they are available as additional hardware in SP2.
Microsoft Xbox 360 is the latest video game console from Microsoft released in November 2005. This piece of modern technology game console is ready to compete with other consoles such as Dreamcast and Sony Play stations, including the Sony Play Station 3 to be released. in spring 2006. The Xbox 360 has features including a hard drive, support for online games, headphones, a wireless controller, Ethernet cable. Its hardware is based on an IBM powerhouse PC-based CPU and also a graphics processing unit equipped with 512MB RAM and it also uses DVD-ROM media for game software. It comes in at a modest $ 399.99. It has the ability to support up to four wireless controllers with USB support just like the Sony Play Station 2, although it has wireless technology and green LEDs. This console comes with a removable external hard drive that allows for the storage of games, movies, videos, and just about everything. Additional hardware includes audio and video cables for additional support, a rechargeable battery, memory units, and universal multimedia remote control via infrared, etc. The DVD-ROM also supports other formats such as CD-ROM, MP3, etc. The Xbox 360 has 7.95GB of available storage on DVD, although upcoming consoles like the Sony Play Station 3 will use 25-50GB of Blu-Ray discs. The Xbox 360 is totally portable just like the PS2 that weighs only 3.5 kg. The X-Box 360 also comes with Media Center Extender capability and also opens up custom music facilities connected to mp3 players; iPods, etc. via USB and has the added feature of backward compatibility. While each console is struggling to keep up with the competition with the others in the market, the Sony Play Station and Microsoft Xbox 360 have become the top sellers in the video game console market. Comparing both products is almost impossible because their unique features compete with each other in their own way. With Sony set to launch the Play Station 3 in 2006, the question is who will rule the gaming market of the future.
While the Xbox 360 clearly has better graphics than the PS2, the PS3 completely outperforms the Xbox when it launches with support for true 1080p displays, although the Xbox HD Media Center Extender clearly makes the Xbox 360 the master. of digital media that allows external mp3 player connectivity for personalized music while the PS3 has no feature as such. The Xbox runs on a 3.2 GHz PowerPC with 3 dual-threaded processor cores, while the PS3 has a 3.2 GHz Cell processor with 7 synergistic processor cores (not directly compared to the Xbox). While the clock speed of the Xbox is 500 MHz, that of the PS3 is 550 MHz. But the Xbox has a video RAM of 512 MB of RAM, while the PS3 comes with only 256 MB, while the wide bandwidth of video memory is almost the same. Then the Xbox comes with a 100Mbps Ethernet port, while the PS3 comes loaded with a 1 Gigabit Ethernet port. Cost-wise, the PS3 aims to hit the markets with a low price compared to the Xbox 360, although Microsoft is expected to cut its prices once the PS3 is released to stay in the competition. When it comes to graphics, the Xbox comes loaded with an ATI graphics core, while the PS3 presents some pretty decent competition with its NVIDIA graphics processor. Memory wise, the Xbox outperforms the PS3 with its massive 512MB of dedicated memory compared to the PS3’s 256MB of XDR memory. When it comes to the networking part, the Sony PS3 is determined to maintain the top position with its built-in Ethernet adapter that includes an 802.11 b / g wireless adapter, while the Xbox 360 includes only the adapter, while the wireless connection has an extra extra. price tag.
In general, it is almost impossible to choose between these two fully loaded Next Generation tech gadgets. Which of these will rise to the top position will only be decided once Sony launches its Play Station 3 in 2006.