Game Consoles

A video game console is a device that outputs a video signal or visual image to display a video game. The term "video game console" is used to distinguish a console machine primarily designed for consumers to use for playing video games in contrast to arcade machines or home computers. It includes home video game consoles, handheld game consoles, microconsoles and dedicated consoles.

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Many people have issues streaming media like movies or photos to their PS3 due to the many different networking and security setups which make things complicated. In Windows for example, certain folders are only shared or the network, and if you want to share others you need to change their setting. You try accessing your shared folders on your PS3 and it doesn't let you in anyway due to more security settings you need to change...

Well, I had the same issue up until I found a piece of software called PS3 Media Server. What an original name!

It's available on Mac, Windows and Linux, and it takes all the fuss out of trying to connect to your hard drives around the home. All you have to do is let it run on the system which has the hard drive you want to share over the network. By default, the entire drive is shared over the network, but this can easily be changed in the settings, and you can select specific folders or drives. Yes, you can plug in an external hard drive, and the software will share it to your PS3. It plays movies over your network with ease, but of course your own experience may differ depending on your network setup. If you're worried about security, it's got plenty of network settings to give you piece of mind.

The thing I love the most though is its huge list of other devices that it supports. Since I discovered that I can stream to my Samsung Smart TV without having to do anything other than have both systems connected to the network, I've …
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NOTE: I, EE, or Sony, take no responsibly if this harms your system. Sony does not recommend doing the fan test for ordinary users, but I have not heard of any damage being done to your system after doing this. Attempt at own risk.Hi!

In this article I will be talking about how to run a fan test on your PlayStation 3, whether it be the 20GB, 40GB, 60GB, 80GB or the 120GB Slim, and some tips about having good airflow for your system.

First, the fan test. I think running this fan test once a month should keep the dust out of your system for better airflow.

Benefits of running the test:
- The most obvious reason: to test the fan!
- It cleans out all the dust that is inside your system.
- To cool it down quickly


20GB/60GB/80GB procedure:
Step 1: Pick up and tip your system so that the PlayStation 3 writing on the top faces to the right.
Step 2: Turn your system on.
Step 3: The fan should start spinning faster. This is the fan test.
Step 4: To end the fan test, simply flip your system the other way (so that the writing on top faces to the left).

It has been reported that sometimes it states on the screen that your system is overheating. If it states this while doing the fan test, don't worry, it's just the fan test!

40GB procedure:
Step 1: Make sure that your system is plugged in but leave it off.
Step 2: Hold the eject button on your system.
Step 3: While holding eject, turn the switch at the back of your system on.
Step…
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In a perhaps unsurprising blaze of techno-hype, Microsoft took the stage at E3 today to launch their latest attempt to wrest back the console market from Nintendo and Sony.

Over the past couple of weeks Twitter feeds from Gamers have been littered with comments along the lines of "Xbox Project Natal is about to launch something amazing ..."

"Amazing" will depend on your personal view but the result of Microsoft's launch is the birth of the gestated Natal embryo as 'Kinect' the (finished?) sensor bar add-on for the Xbox that will interpret your face and hand gestures setting the way for separate game controllers to become obsolete.

Together with the Kinect interface comes a range of games that are "Kinect ready" and with the planned launch of the sensor in the US on November 14th the gauntlet has been laid down for the PS3 and Wii to pick up.



Microsoft also launched the newest iteration of their console as the "Xbox Slim" (good thing the ''slim" word hasn't been patented by their rivals). A new lithesome case with improved cooling - built-in Wi-Fi .11n and a 250GB hard drive.

Online services move up a gear too with Xbox Live! being finally rolled out to all countries that retail the console and a free ESPN feed to Xbox Live! Gold customers.

Oh and a few new games were shown off too!
Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Gears of War 3, a new Halo and Dance Central are on their way with Kinect control built-in.

Gamers in Europe will have to wait until July …
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Way ahead of the curve on this one (MASQUERAID and EE).

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Preface
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What is a video game console? Wikitionary, the free online dictionary sponsored by Wikipedia states that a video game console is "A dedicated electronic device that is designed to play video games, especially in accompaniment with a television". I'm sure you want a less technical definition. A video game console is an entertaining device used by people to have fun. This article will help you with purchasing the best console for you and/or your family. This article is organized as follows:

I. The Choices
  a. 6th Generation
  b. 7th Generation
II. The Raw Statistics
  a. Game Totals
  b. Past Games
  c. Ratings and Percentages
III. Summary
IV. Sources


I. The Choices
Alright. So you want to grab a console for yourself, your family, or both. That is where the big choice comes in. Is it mainly going to be used by someone over the age of 17, or under? If you are looking for a console for someone over the age of 17, you may want to find a console with the least amount of children games. For instance, a 17 year old probably wouldn't enjoy a Wall-E game, but a 9 year old might. The exact works opposite too. A 9 year old should not be playing Grand Theft Auto 4, but with a 17 year old it's not a big deal.
Another thing to think of is whether you are looking to spend $200+ on, or something you want to spend $45-$100 on. That isn't counting in the games of course, since games for an older console are cheaper than a newer console.

I.a. 6th Generation
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You might want to add a comment that the PS3 Slim has removed PS2 backwards compatibility support from the PS3.
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A very well written post with detailed explanation. Thanks for sharing.
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Game Consoles

A video game console is a device that outputs a video signal or visual image to display a video game. The term "video game console" is used to distinguish a console machine primarily designed for consumers to use for playing video games in contrast to arcade machines or home computers. It includes home video game consoles, handheld game consoles, microconsoles and dedicated consoles.

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