Saturday, January 21, 2012

Most Wanted Video Game Consoles of 2012

The video games industry is a multi-billion dollar business which is growing by leaps and bounds every year. The increased sophistication of the hardware of gaming platforms and the superior algorithms of the underlying software is making the games more realistic, immersive and interactive. We will take a quick look at three of the most promising present and future video game consoles - Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox Kinect.

Nintendo Wii U

Scheduled for release in 2012, this new gaming console from Nintendo comes with a new controller. The controller has two analog circle pads and traditional button controls. It also comes with a 6.2 inch touch screen display with a 16:9 widescreen ratio. This serves as a second window to the virtual environment of the game, separating the previous barrier that existed between the player, the TV and the game.

For instance, when playing golf, the player can place the controller on the floor to see the golf ball displayed on the touch screen display. This would truly enhance the sensation of playing the game. Likewise, when a player runs to catch a baseball dropping from the sky, they can hold the controller above their heads and actually see the ball drop through the display. The addition of another window to the game environment has added a new dimension to Nintendo games.

Playstation Vita

Scheduled to be available by February 2012, the PlayStation Vita from Sony offers brand new ways to play their video games. With front and rear cameras, the gaming environment becomes more real than ever before. The AR or augmented reality technology incorporated into the PlayStation Vita merges the game world and the physical world seamlessly.

Equipped with 3G and Wi-Fi facilities, PlayStation Vita lets players locate their opponents with pinpoint precision. Gamers can use the Vita at home or on the go.

Xbox Kinect

Kinect for the Xbox 360 from Microsoft which is already available, completely eliminates the need for a controller. The player becomes the controller of the game instead. The Kinect comes with a motion sensor that tracks the body movements of the player and uses their actions to control the characters inside the game.

Game playing becomes so natural with the Xbox Kinect as players do not have to use a handheld controller anymore. They can control the game with their hands, legs or their whole body. They can also use the Kinect with their voice to activate its various features. Kinect helps players get off their couches and get on their feet and into the game literally. It offers the most natural and realistic way to play games.

With each leader in the gaming industry taking a different approach to make games more realistic and enjoyable, the consumer is in for a real treat. Players might have to wait a little more to see how the Wii U and the Vita turn out to be when they are released in 2012.

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