The world of gaming is constantly changing. The trend of tablet PCs being utilized for gaming is on the rise. Game consoles are being developed integrating more features rather than gaming alone. Leading game console manufacturer, Nintendo is focusing on integrating the home and the travel console with more variety of games are being offered to be downloaded.
The future generation of game consoles would boast of futuristic gaming capability loaded with high-end features for a new class of games both for the Xbox and PlayStation that will enable astounding life-like graphics set amidst a virtual universe with a more realism incorporated than found in the currently sold games in the market.
Microsoft and Sony are competing with each other to launch their latest gaming devices this year with both their consoles rumoured to be launched around similar time lines. They face solid competition in the form of new game console manufacturers, GameStick and Ouya paving the way for new developers to venture into the game industry. The 6 best video games consoles of 2013 are listed below.
Best Video Game Consoles 2013
1. PlayStation 4:
The future generation Play Station after a 7-year hiatus was unveiled in February in an event conducted by Sony Corporation at New York. Sony has pinned high hopes on a 2013 launch with the device rumored to be made available to the general public by November of this year. The entry model would be priced roughly around $400 with the premium model retailing at around $500.
The wireless controller had been re-designed with a curvaceous shape, a blue themed reflection strip and touch pad that coordinates with a Play Station camera to create a motion sensor setup. The console also has the ability to pair with smart phones thus paving the way for users to interact with other gamers and control their PS4 remotely.
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The PS4’s configuration would incorporate an 64 bit, 8 core Jaguar CPU made by AMD, a GPU from Radeon capable of churning out 1.85 teraflops which would process high-end graphics. It will incorporate a 6x Blu-Ray drive and incorporates 8 GB of GDDR-5 RAM with a 176 GB per second of bandwidth capability.
2. Xbox 720:
The majority of information already available about the next generation Xbox is pure speculation. Microsoft has not officially come up with a name for their console. They have announced they will launch the console in April officially with a tentative release time line of November owing to the prior 2 generations which had been launched in the month of November. The console would be approximately priced around $450 and retail pricing of games will go up by roughly $10.
The Xbox 720 is also stated to have DVR equivalent media storage capabilities and feature incorporation with Skype to enable users to handle calls through the console while playing a game. The console would have sort of similar yet less powerful specifications relative to the PS4, a 8-core CPU operating at a processing speed at 1.5 GHz, 6x Blu-Ray drive and DDR3 8GB RAM. It might have options, particularly a 500GB and 250GB models with game downloads being made available.
Nintendo does not have any plan for a brand new game console. They have recently launched the Wii-U the previous year, they are all ready to have a great 2013 releasing the Super Mario Galaxy Wii series and for the 3DS Super Mario Land in 3D. They have also re-made Wind Waker LOZ in high-definition for Wii-U. GM of Nintendo’s Entertainment A&D Department stated in June Nintendo would not develop upgrade for the 3DS Nintendo model, rather they are looking at the future towards the next generation of hand-held gaming gadgets.
February this year, Nintendo started re-structuring by combining Nintendo’s developing divisions for portables and home consoles. By enabling better transferability of the consoles, they are hoping to create similar games for its future generation handheld device and home console.
Ouya is a up-coming game console which will operate its version of Android & plug directly into a television set. This console, with a retail price of roughly of $99, will have completely downloadable games which would be offered free on a trial basis. During its starter campaign, industry veteran, Uhrman had the original target of $960,000 but ended up ultimately garnering $8.6 million. The console is stated to be launched in June 2013.
The purpose of this game console is to bring TV gaming back as a great gaming experience instead of a boring exercise. Julie also envisions the technology getting incorporated right into future television sets.
Creation of the console will include requesting developers to offer a free version of their game. Some 7000 developers have signed for accounts from reputed publishers who create hot selling game titles namely Halo to the relative small independent creators. They have an open source platform which translates to anybody can create games for them without the manufacturer’s authorization. It operates on Tegra-3 processor with 8GB flash storage and 1GB RAM. Connectivity features include bluetooth and WiFi. Max resolution would be 1080 pixels.
GameStick has been the primary competitor for Ouya in the form of Android operated affordable gaming console. This console is slated to be launched in April this year. The small-size console is slated to be retailed at around $80.
Play Jam, a corporate that creates casual games for digital TVs and mobile devices started a starter campaign to aid in GameStick’s funding. They termed it as the top portable television game console ever made.
The two-inch device will plug into the HDMI port of any television. The stick is snugly fitted into the controller to add that extra mobility. For the very first time, it places large screen gaming within your grasp Play Jam commented. Its operating system too will be made openly available to developers, both major and minor.
PlayJam has identified some 200 game titles which can be played in your television set utilizing Game Stick and the organization is working with over 200 developers to make more and more games for the device. A majority of the games will be offered free and many others will be sold at a very reasonable cost, much like tablet and smart phone games.
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The Game Stick console will also double as the media centre device. They are currently working with a company called Pivos for bringing support and compatibility for the XBMC application to Game Stick. It will support plug-ins which will enable streaming media from YouTube and numerous on-line media portals. The Game Stick operates on the Android v.4.2 JellyBean, uses 1 GB of RAM, Amlogic MX 8726 processor and 8GB flash storage. Similar to the Ouya, it has Wi-Fi capability and bluetooth.
6. Steam Box:
Xi3, a leading PC developer and the creators of the Portal and Half Life game series, Valve are developing a gaming console. Steam Box would permit gamers to play Steam games on television. The first platform of steam-box is called the Piston and it commands a hefty $1000 asking price and is slated for a launch during the holiday period.
Xi3 stated on a press release that they are striving to build a console that incorporates both traditional console markets and personal computer for computer/video games. The device would have the form factor and design of consoles and upgradability of computer gaming rigs.
The game controller includes the same features like that of Xbox controller. An innovative feature is the capability to move few buttons to fit an individual’s style of play. It has been forecast that other PC makers will follow this trend making their components compact to fit them in an aesthetically attractive frame. The Piston, a portable device that has 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD with upgradable option to 256 or 512GB flash storage at an additional price. In spite of its compact size, it is slated to be upgradable aiding with a potential 10-year shelf life.
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