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The various platforms for playing video games

As video games have continued to grow in popularity, more and more people are looking for ways to play them. There are a variety of platforms on which you can play video games, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will take a look at the different platforms and discuss the pros and cons of each.

What are the different platforms to play your favorite games?

  • PC

The first platform is the PC. PCs are not made to play video games, but rather to perform complex calculations. However, later technological advancements have allowed computers to be able to process information at a rate similar to gaming consoles. This has led many gamers to use their PCs as platforms on which they can play video games. Many of the most popular games such as World of Warcraft and Counter-Strike are only playable on the PC. Some of the best open-world combat games can be played on this platform.

  • Xbox

The Xbox is one of the most well-known gaming consoles. It can play popular games such as Halo and Assassin’s Creed. The console also allows users to record video gameplay, which has created numerous opportunities for gamers to upload their skills online to websites like YouTube and Twitch.tv. The Xbox comes with a controller that is easy for new gamers to use.

  • Playstation

A major competitor of the Xbox, this console also has many popular games. The PlayStation allows users to play multiplayer games with their friends over the internet, and it too can record gameplay footage, which can then be uploaded to YouTube and other websites just like on the Xbox. Another fun feature is that some of these platforms allow their users to watch other players on YouTube and Twitch while waiting for a multiplayer match.

  • Nintendo

The Nintendo platform has many games which are exclusive to this console, such as The Legend of Zelda and the Super Mario series. These are also well-known games enjoyed by many gamers around the world. Nintendo’s main advantage is the ability to play with friends locally.

  • Virtual Reality

The newest platform for video games, virtual reality allows users to immerse themselves in a three-dimensional world that can be interacted with. The most well-known VR devices are Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. These products provide an amazing experience, allowing users to feel like they are in the game. The disadvantage of these devices is that they are very expensive, costing around $800 for the headset alone.

  • Steam

Steam is a platform on which many gamers purchase their games. It allows users to download PC games from the internet and play them directly from their computer. Steam also provides its users with opportunities to interact with other gamers online through forums and chat rooms, find new friends, and discover new games. You can also play the best open-world survival games that have an early access release on steam at a lower price.

As you can see there are many different platforms on which people can play video games. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on what the person is looking for. These are only a few of the gaming options available to users today; as

 

Advantages of PC

  • Largest selection of video games
  • Can be used to perform various other functions aside from gaming
  •  Can play most games designed for PC

Advantages of Xbox

  • Can play popular games such as Halo and Assassin’s Creed
  • Videos recorded on Xbox can be uploaded online with ease using built in software or external capture card
  • With many people owning this platform, it is easy to find other players to play multiplayer games with

Advantages of Playstation

  • Can play multiplayer games with friends over the internet
  • Built in software allows for ease of recording gameplay footage; can be uploaded online with external capture card
  • Lower price than other consoles (but still expensive)

Advantages of Nintendo

  • Games are exclusive to this platform, which means the user is guaranteed to be able to play a wide variety of games
  • Lower price than other consoles (but still expensive)

Advantages of Virtual Reality

  • Incredible experience, allowing users to feel as if they are in the game itself

Disadvantages of Virtual Reality

  • Expensive cost – can range from around $400 for a lower end product to over $800 for the most expensive products on the market
  • Limited compatibility – can only be used on certain computers and consoles, unlike other gaming platforms which allow use on any computer

Disadvantages of Steam

  • Can only download games from this platform – no way of purchasing retail copies of games outside of this system
  • Many games are published first on this platform before being released elsewhere, which means they are often more expensive

As you can see, there are many benefits and drawbacks of different platforms. It is up to the user to decide what kind of experience they want when it comes to playing video games.

 

References 

 

https://www.quora.com/Which-platform-do-you-use-for-playing-games

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Medium_(video_game)

https://medium.com/ipg-media-lab/are-video-games-becoming-more-like-netflix-the-answer-is-complicated-44dfad87e6ef

 

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