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Best Gaming Experience: Which Game Console Should You Purchase?

Since the Xbox 360 debuted in 2005, a lot has changed in the playing field. And after what seemed like dozens of improvements, upgrades, price cuts, omissions, and so on, the buzz has subsided and we are left with a few competitively priced game consoles.

So now, if you are looking to bring your gaming experience to the next level, you are probably asking: which gadget should you buy?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it all depends on what you are looking for. And to help you find the 'best' unit for you, let us take a look at the three competitive gaming devices dominating the market today.

Nintendo Wii/DS/DSLITE

Although not regarded as the 'hard-core' when it comes to gaming, the Nintendo Wii has served quite a number of compelling titles including the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Metroid Other M, and Super Mario Galaxy 2. More so, even if software support is on its last breath and does not have a respectable game library, it still able to dish out addictive games.

And for those gamers who are looking for more space for their Nintendo DS and DSLITE homebrew entertainment, the maker recently released the R4 cards, an innovative flash card technology. With this device on hand, you can take your gaming experience to a whole new level. You will not be limited to just playing games; you can watch movies, listen to your favourite songs, and read e-books. What is more, with this accessory, you can turn your console into a personal digital assistant. So if you want thousands of multimedia, applications, and emulators to be all yours, upgrade your console with the R4 Card.

Nintendo is best for both children and adults who are new in the world of gaming. The Wii in particular is a great for family who wants to have fun altogether.

Xbox 360

As the best-selling powerhouse console of its generation with a stronger lineup of exclusive titles, the Xbox 360 is surely in everybody's wish list. The evidence? Its online service platform registered over 20 million members worldwide. This service is generally free, but the caveat is that its Gold Membership—which is required for gamers to play online and access the best perks—requires a fee of about 32.6 British pounds (equivalent to 50 US Dollars) annually.

Nonetheless, the price is all worth it because Xbox Live offers downloadable games and lots of add-ons. It also provides users access to high-definition movies and TV shows, which can be bought or rented and can be transferred to Microsoft's Zune portable media player.

Back to the console, the Xbox 360 is capable of doing a lot of things more than just gaming. It can stream digital media from networked Windows computer and can double as Windows Media Extender. It can also play music, view photos, play videos, and can connect to Facebook, Netflix, and Twitter applications. And as a game machine, it is has notable capabilities and provides better graphics than PS 3. It has lots of exclusives, too, including Forza, Fable, Gears of War, Bastion, Fruit Ninja Kinect, and Twisted Shadow Planet.

Overall, it is recommended for people who want user-friendly interface, who take their plays seriously, and who want an all-in-one entertainment system.

PlayStation 3

Featuring a solid library of game, complete access to PlayStation Store, Blu-ray capability, and 3-D move support, this is no doubt a very promising console. The downside though is that when it comes to online gaming, it comes behind the Xbox. Nonetheless, if you do not consider such thing as important, you will be extremely satisfied with this unit.

But more than just a gaming machine, PS3 is also a host to dozens of TV shows, movies, demos, and downloadables. What is more, it offers plenty of ways to stream digital media to the console; you can do it via USB, home network, or a third party product.

And when it comes to accessories, you only need to purchase a few items to maximise the capabilities of this console. In fact, aside from infrared-to-Bluetooth adapter and additional controllers, there is not much you will need.

The PlayStation 3 makes a perfect choice for hardcore gamers who are not so much into online gaming and like to experience the greatness of Blu-ray.

Now, that all the details are given, it's time to go shopping. And as you do so, do not forget to check out the Final Fantasy games featured on this website.

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