Gaming Systems

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Gaming Systems

Hannah Wiederholt, Staff Writer

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In the gaming industry, there are countless numbers of games that can be played on different systems. Different people who prefer one system over others.  Most people use either one of the two Xbox systems or a PlayStation version.

Xbox is produced by Microsoft.  Xbox 360 is number two of a few version made by Microsoft.  When using Xbox, payments must be kept up to date in the annual subscription.   The online functions disappear if payment is not current for the online services.   There are different levels of online service.   An additional price needs to be paid to play online with other people. Without Xbox Gold, players can’t talk to other players, they can only message other players.  Some games have additional options and incentives for Xbox Gold subscriptions.

Sony has been known or their PlayStation consoles, which has four versions.  This also requires an annual subscription.  There are some similarities when purchasing PlayStation Plus, where extra perks can be purchased with a subscription. Sometimes free games come with this subscription.  Parties are available to talk to other players through headsets or webcam.

Nintendo makes the Wii, or the Wii-U.   These are used when players are in the same room and each person has their own controller.  There is an online option that can be played with friends, which is used more with Wii-U than earlier versions.

There was an announcement for the new Nintendo Switch, coming out in March, 2017. Nintendo Switch will be a handheld device rather than a console.   They’ve also made other handheld devices that people have enjoyed through the years. The Nintendo DS resembles a Gameboy and has had many different models, like the 3DS, the 3DS XL, the DSi, the DSi XL.

Popular games played on most all of these systems, include Minecraft, Call of Duty, and Grand Theft Auto (GTA).  These are all playable on a PC, PlayStation 3-4, Xbox 360 and Xbox one. Unfortunately, some  games aren’t available on the Wii.  Favorite games on the Wii are Smash Brothers: Brawl, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, and Mario Kart 8.


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