How to Buy Other Video Games and Consoles

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How to Buy Other Video Games and Consoles

Home and portable video gaming consoles have been around for many years now, and they continue to grow in popularity. As technology advances, users are able to experience enhanced and improved gaming. The major gaming companies such as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo continue to release new consoles, models, and games on a regular basis.

To ensure that one makes an informed purchase decision related to video games or consoles, it helps to have some knowledge of the major gaming consoles available in the market, their different generational model releases, and the popular games that come with each type of console. Video games and consoles are sold at many major department stores, specialty gaming stores, and stores that sell electronics. Many online stores also sell new and used video games and consoles. However, to take advantage of a wide-ranging selection of video games and consoles, buyers often head online to eBay.. The website offers games and gaming consoles at competitive prices, thanks to its large network of sellers. One only needs to be aware of how to leverage this website to find video games or consoles from different manufacturers at the right prices.

Types of Leading and Other Gaming Consoles

When consumers are looking to purchase video games and consoles of any kind, it helps to know what types of consoles are available and what each type offers. The three main gaming consoles include Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox, and Nintendo Wii. Each offers different gaming styles, and it really comes down to personal preference as to what console a consumer chooses.

Sony Gaming Consoles

Sony launched into the video gaming world with the PlayStation consoles. Apart from their three home platforms, they also have released two portable versions. Sony also has an online network, which has millions of users worldwide and is free to users, as well as the PlayStation Store.

Each of these home gaming consoles comes with various games, some unique to each console version, and each new release offers improved technology and a more advanced gaming experience for the user. Naturally, the newer the console platform, the more expensive it is likely to be.

The first Sony PlayStation gaming consoles went on sale in 1994. Known as PlayStation 1,, it became a very popular gaming console. In 2000, PlayStation 2 was released and has been a popular gaming console. Sony released two versions of the PlayStation 2 console; the original console and a slim version. Sony's newer home gaming console was released in 2006 and is called PlayStation 3.. Sony also released an original version and a slim version of the PlayStation 3 console. For those looking for a portable console, the Sony PSP is an option.

Microsoft Gaming Consoles

Microsoft launched into the gaming console market with the Xbox console in 2001 in response to the release of Sony's PlayStation 2 console. Microsoft has been successful in gaining significant market share since then. Microsoft offer online gaming options with the Xbox Live Internet service. The Xbox Live service, however, requires a subscription for users to access the service.

Microsoft released the Xbox and Xbox 360 gaming consoles for home entertainment. The Xbox was discontinued during 2005 to 2007 when Xbox 360 replaced it.

Nintendo Gaming Consoles

Considered to be among the world's larger and more influential video game companies, Nintendo first launched into the gaming market in 1974 with the Magnavox Odyssey.. This first home gaming console is part of the first generation of consoles. Nintendo has had great success with various gaming generations, such as the GameBoy range and Nintendo DS range.. With each new gaming console released, Nintendo has successfully offered improved technological advancements, such as portable gaming devices and motion sensing controllers.

The more recent and more popular Nintendo gaming console include the Nintendo DS,, Nintendo 3DS,, Nintendo Wii,, and the newer Wii U.. The Nintendo 3DS offers advanced technology allowing for 3D screen vision without the use of 3D glasses. Nintendo Wii features motion sensor remote controls that can pick up the user's movement in three different directions. The Wii U comes as a home console and a handheld console.

Gaming Console Generations

The wide range of home gaming consoles is divided into generations. Currently, there are eight generations of consoles. The following table provides a list of these eight generations of gaming consoles, including the year of introduction, and a short description of the differences between each generation.



Generation Description

1st generation


Nintendo's Magnavox Odyssey was the first generation console, along with Atari's console; Pong was popular game of the first generation

2nd generation


Featuring new cartridge-based consoles, Fairchild Video Entertainment System (VES) was first to release a second generation console. Atari 2600 was a popular second generation console with the Space Invaders game

3rd generation


Nintendo released the third generation console, with Super Mario game. Sega Master System was the third generation game, but not very successful

4th generation


Sega Mega Drive launched fourth generation consoles. Nintendo's Sonic the Hedgehog game was a popular game of this generation

5th generation


3DO and Atari Jaguar consoles launched this generation. Sony PlayStation, Nintendo 64,, and Sega Saturn made 5th generation consoles popular

6th generation


Includes Sega Dreamcast,, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube,, and Microsoft Xbox. This generation saw the move to DVDs for game media; also introduced online gaming and hard drive storage

7th generation


Introduced Blu-ray discs and wireless motion sensor tracking. This generation includes Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii

8th generation


Features consoles with greater connectivity and upgraded portable consoles. Includes Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii U

As can be seen, there are quite a number of video game consoles consumers have to choose from. The later the generation, the more expensive the console is likely to be. It is helpful to understand a bit about the more popular games that are available with particular consoles as one makes a choice of a console or video game.

Popular Games in Consoles

The main gaming consoles all come with a wide range of games to choose from. These games are generally divided into different genres, such as Action & Adventure, Sports, Racing, Shooter, and Simulation. Some games are exclusive and only available on one console type, while others are available on more than one gaming console platform as well as for PC.

Gran Turismo and Final Fantasy were some of the more popular games sold for use on PlayStation 1, 2 and 3. Other popular games for Sony's PlayStation gaming platform include Call of Duty and Tomb Raider.

The top-selling Xbox games include Halo,, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, and Grand Theft Auto.. Popular Xbox 360 games include Kinect Adventures, Call of Duty: Black Ops,, and Halo 3. Some of these games are also available on other gaming platforms, while others are exclusive to Microsoft.

Wii Sports, Mario Kart Wii,, and Wii Sports Resort games are the more popular games sold for the Nintendo Wii gaming console.


Video games and home gaming consoles are popular with children and adults alike. Whether one prefers the newer console versions or want to stick to old favourites, it helps if consumers understand the difference between each type of gaming console platform available. The major brands of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo offer the leading home gaming platforms available, and each company has released several models of popular gaming platforms. Each new release is enhanced with the newer technology it uses. The range of PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii consoles, combined with the earlier generation offerings, provide a huge amount of choice when it comes to games. Consumers can choose from a range of game genres, including action and adventure, shooting, sports, racing, and simulation.

Consumer who choose to buy video games and consoles on eBay can take advantage of the website's many utilities. Simple search methods, secure online payment options, useful buying tools, and reputable sellers help to make a consumer's buying experience an enjoyable and cost effective one.

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