Gaming Consoles For Less that Made Huge Impact to Gamers

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The entertainment industry has never been as empowering for gamers until the rise of the next generation online gaming. However, the battle of the consoles doesn’t end—nor begin—with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One showdown. Old consoles remain profitable as more people explore their way into the era of gaming. Today, one of the cheapest and best gaming consoles is also converting regular Janes and Joes into gamers.

Bestselling Consoles

Do you know that three of the five best-selling consoles of all time are all PlayStation models? Despite their jaw-dropping prices, Sony no doubt takes the crown when it comes to consoles and knowing what the gaming community wants.
The bestseller list is led by PlayStation 2 with total sales of 154 million units, the original PlayStation with total sales of 102.5 million units, and PlayStation 3 with 80 million units. However, the remarkable record of Wii broke the winning streak of Sony after Nintendo reported a total sales of 100.3 million units, ranking at the fourth spot. Xbox 360 came in fifth with a total sales of 80 million units.
Two weeks after the launch of PlayStation 4 in 2013, Sony sold a total of 2.1 million units. The latest version has recently made it to the news as it regained the throne for gaming consoles in the US.
Despite the success of PlayStation 4, Microsoft remains optimistic over its Xbox consoles after its software sales manifested 2.75 games for every unit sold. Last month, Xbox 360 sold 2.46 million games while Xbox One sold 772,000 video games. The chart for top 10 titles includes NBA 2K14, Battlefield 4, Thief, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Fable Anniversary, Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, and The LEGO Movie Videogame.

Some Oldies but Goodies

But before the Playstation, the Xbox, and the Wii, there have been gaming consoles that won the hearts and will always be embedded in the memories of gamers around the world. They may not be able to rival their modern-day contenders, but tech geeks around the world pay tribute to the following consoles, not only for innovation, but for many hours of entertainment and adventure:

Atari 2600

Released in 1977, the Atari 2600 is touted as the father of video game consoles—and rightfully so, because anyone who knows about Atari is well-aware that is pioneered all gaming technology and practically served as the prototype for gaming consoles as we know today.

Nintendo GameBoy

This handheld console, during the time of its launch in 1989, catapulted Nintendo to the top of all handheld video game consoles. Popular apps such as Tetris, Super Mario Land, and Pokemon may not be familiar to most of today’s generation, but with the GameBoy, these made quite a smash back in the day.

SEGA Dreamcast

Introduced in 1999, hails the SEGA Dreamcast as the best system of all time. Games like Chu Chu Rocket, Space Channel 5, Gigawing, Mars Matrix, and dozens more would remind many a gamer at heart of the video game production studio’s “golden years” when it comes to creativity.


The NES or Nintendo Entertainment System is known to have transformed every kid of the 1980s into a gamer. During its time, the console showcases what was a pretty impressive library of game titles, ranging from action, RPGs, shooter sports, and more. Among the most unforgettable are Super Mario Bros, Mega Man 2, and The Legend of Zelda.

Cheaper Consoles for the Casual Gamer

Considering these records, gaming consoles are obviously not going away anytime soon, and one of the most remarkable game changers is the Wii. Aside from its relatively cheaper price compared to the PlayStation and Xbox, the introduction of Wii has attracted a market previously untapped by the gaming industry. Unsurprisingly, since the Wii was released in 2006, it has gained a mature audience that was drawn to the way it revolutionised the gaming scene.
If you want the Sony experience—which, admittedly is quite like no other—but don’t have the budget to dish out for a brand new PS4 just yet, you can definitely opt for the PlayStation 2. See and experience for yourself why it’s considered the top selling console of all time.

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The Old Console Dilemma

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Ever found yourself wondering whether or not to sell your “old” gaming console in order to afford the latest generation releases? I’m pretty sure that it’s a quandary every discerning, and more pertinently money strapped, gamer has found themselves in at one point in their lives. You spend anywhere between 3-8 years usually dedicated to one, perhaps two, gaming consoles. You develop a fondness and a loyalty towards it and the brand that produced it. Not only this but you also build up an arsenal of treasured games for it, your personal favourites that you go back to time and time again.
When next generation consoles come out, the opening price is often very high and without a significant financial income most gamers will find it difficult to afford to buy one straight off the bat without making some sacrifices. More often than not this sacrifice comes in the form of a treasured old pal, found in the form of the “old” generation of console. I remember when the xbox 360 came out I decided to sell my xbox in order to afford it and the chances are that when the 720 comes out I will sell my xbox 360 in turn. Did I regret selling the xbox? Well, yes and no. The money allowed me to afford the new console, which I have enjoyed every second of but I did, at least initially, find myself missing the old games I used to play on its predecessor.
I particularly remember being peeved at the lack of backwards compatibility available in the PS3; bizarrely you could play PS1 games on it but not your old PS2 games. Fortunately as the years have gone by and the online aspects of console gaming have started almost to eclipse the offline end of the spectrum more and more classic previous generation console games have been made available for download. Recently we’ve had the HD re-release of the Prince of Persia franchise as well as the old God of War games; both of which I had sorely missed and was thrilled to play through again. Hopefully the next generation will either increase their levels of backwards compatibility, or at the very least release old games online for download more swiftly than they have done in previous years.
Big companies like Sony and Microsoft can’t deny the huge audience base that there is for old, classic and retro games; they have the power to offer their audiences the best of the new and the old with their next generation of consoles. People don’t often purely just want to play brand new games, but like to indulge in a touch of nostalgia from time to time as well. Let’s hope that they bear this in mind with the impending release of xbox 720 and PS4 so that we’re happy to sell our old consoles rather than begrudgingly accepting the necessity of doing so.


Xbox LIVE Avatar Tattoos, get it from the Marketplace


Great news for Xboxlive members, Avatar Tattoos is now available from Xboxlive Marketplace. If you want to make you avatar cool and unique why not try to ink up yours, too. Several different tattoo styles are listed based on you Avatar’s gender and taste. The tattoos available consist of kanji writing, tribal stuff, hot rod flames and more. Tattoos aren’t actually accessories, but rather t-shirts and tank tops with transparent design “sleeves” that replace your existing clothing, meaning that it’s impossible to have a tattoo with anything other than a blank shirt. The range is further restricted if your avatar is a female, absolutely no female items available in black and only on with a full tattoo sleeve.



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