Video Game Systems: How It Works


Video game systems or consoles are one of the most popular ways to entertain yourself and your family. People spend a lot of money in video game systems and also the different games that are available in the market. People go to the arcade, or purchase video game systems for entertainment. Besides, what more can be more relaxing after a long day at work or after a hard day at school by having fun? Consoles provide all the entertainment you need to relax and have fun.

If you own a video game system, you will in time, ask how it works. You will be curious on how game developers achieve and design such great graphics and character that you can manipulate during game play. Firstly, you need to understand what a game system is.

A simple explanation is that a game system is a highly specialized computer. In fact, these game systems also have a central processing unit or CPU that are used in desktop computers. However, in order to keep the price of these game systems affordable for most people, game system manufacturers uses a CPU that have been available for quite a long time for it to have a decreased price.

The next question would be why people purchase a game system instead of a computer where most games available in these gaming systems also has versions for the desktop computer.

There are several reasons why people purchase these game systems instead of a desktop computer.

‘ It is usually much cheaper.
‘ Shorter waits for the game to load.
‘ Easy to connect to TV and stereo.
‘ No compatibility issues with games.
‘ All games for a particular game system will run.
‘ No need to set up or install the game before you can play.
‘ Multiplayer capability that is sometime impossible to do with a typical home computer.

Now that you know what a video game system is, the next thing you need to know is how it works.

First of all, since the development of the game system called Atari 2600, nothing has really changed in terms of the basic hardware inside the game console. The only change was that the components even became more advanced. Here are what these game consoles have in common in terms of hardware:

‘ Central Processing Unit
‘ RAM
‘ Software kernel
‘ Storage medium for games
‘ Audio output
‘ Video output
‘ Power supply
‘ User control interface

The user control interface is what separates a video game from a TV. This is where you, the user, will interact with the game. Without it, it will be like a passive form of entertainment that is very much like your home TV. The user control interface is where you will plug in your joysticks, or controllers.

The software kernel can be compared to your desktop computer’s operating system. This provides the interface between the different hardware and the video game.

The storage medium for games is where you will put in your games. This is where you put your game CDs or solid state memory cards. New versions of game systems use DVD drives and is considered to be the latest in disk technology.

The audio and video output is where you will connect your video game system to your standard TV and your stereo. Obviously, the video output goes to the TV and the Audio output goes to your stereo system.

As you can see, the video game system works fairly simple. It is simply just a matter of transmitting and receiving electronic signals to hardware in the video game.

Some people even connect their video game systems to their home entertainment system. These people connect their game system to their wide screen TV and some even connects it to their digital surround speakers for a more satisfying and realistic game play.

Most video game system developers today offer a wide library of games for their consoles. Game developers are continuously developing games for the different video game system developers. There are also some versions of their games for the desktop computer.

Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Nintendo GameCube are some of the leading consoles in the market today. However, it is up to you which game console you should choose. Depending on your taste in games, you should choose a game console that has great graphics and sound technology that a wide library of games available.
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