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Do You Vidja? Console Wars and What Brand is Best?

CONSOLE WARS

With many Gamers challenging each other over the best gaming system; Glorious PC Master Race versus the Console Peasants, which system is the best versus which have the most hiccups?

https://gamicus.gamepedia.com/Console_wars

PC Gamers

https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-glorious-pc-gaming-master-race

Many Gamers claim that the PC is the best gaming system, and it does make some sense. With the ability to Frankenstein your computer; adding the best equipment to perfect the graphics and remove whatever lags the newest games create.

Unfortunately because every PC/Laptop has it’s own design specs, giving out specs for specific brands and styles would be unnecessary. So instead, displayed will be specs for currently released/fairly high requirement games.

FALLOUT 76
Minimum Requirements:
OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
Processor: Intel Core i5-6600k 3.5 GHz /AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz or equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB or equivalent
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 60 GB available space

Recommended Requirements:
OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics:
 Nvidia GTX 970 4GB / AMD R9 290X 4GB
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 60 GB available space
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FORTNITE
Minimum Requirements:
OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit or Mac OSX Sierra
PROCESSOR CORE: i3 2.4 Ghz
MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
VIDEO CARD: Intel HD 4000

Recommended Requirements:
OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
PROCESSOR CORE: i5 2.8 Ghz
MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
VIDEO CARD: Nvidia GTZ 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equipment DX11 GPU
VIDEO MEMORY: 2 GB VRAM
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RESIDENT EVIL 2 REMAKE
Minimum Requirements:
OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64-bit)
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX-6300 or better
MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
GRAPHICS: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x with 2GB Video Ram
DIRECTX: Version 11

Recommended Requirements:
OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64-bit requirement)
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-9590 or better
MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
GRAPHICS: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 with 3 GB VRAM
DIRECTX: Version11
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ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY
Minimum Requirements:

OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
CPU: AMD FX 6300 @ 3.8 GHz, Ryzen 3 – 1200, Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.1 GH
GPU: AMD Radeon R9 285 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 (2 GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0)
RAM: 8 GB
RESOLUTION: 720p
TARGETED FRAME-RATE: 30fps
VIDEO PRESET: Low

Recommended Requirements:
OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
CPU: AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz, Ryzen 5 – 1400, Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.5 GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon R9 290 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 (4 GB VRAM or more with Shader Model 5.0)
RAM: 8 GB
RESOLUTION: 1080p
TARGETED FRAME-RATE: 30fps
VIDEO PRESET: High

4K RECOMMENDED:
OS: Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 1700X @ 3.8 GHz, Intel Core i7-770 @ 4.2 GHz
GPU: AMD Vega 64 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0)
RAM: 16 GB
RESOLUTION: 4K
TARGETED FRAME-RATE: 30fps
VIDEO PRESET: High

https://shirtoid.com/103681/console-wars-ii/
XBox and PlayStation have always had a fierce rivalry with each other; consistently trying to one-up each other, while Nintendo waited in the wings watching the two duke it out and creating more kid-friendly content that families are appreciative of.

Sony PlayStation Consoles
PS/PS1/PSX (1994-1995), PS One Slim (2000), PlayStation 2 (2000), PlayStation Portable (2004), Sony BRAVIA [TV] (2005), PlayStation 3 (2006-2007), PlayStation Vita (2011), PlayStation 4 (2013-2014), PlayStation Pro (2016) PlayStation Classic (2018)

PlayStation was released a few years prior to XBox, releasing a few games with graphics not much better than Duplo Blocks with Polygon-based designs, which made sense as PSOne was released during the 32-bit era.

Hardware Ratings (Speaking for the latest consoles):
Memory:
PS4 – 20/40/60/80/120/160/250/320 or 500 GB Internal Hard Drive
PS4 Pro – 500GB/1TB Internal Hard Drive
Backwards Compatibility:
PS4 – 20 & 60 GB all PSOne and PS2 games, Original 80 GB all PSOne and most PS2 games, all other models (model code CECHGxx) support for PS1 titles only
PS4 Pro – No backwards compatibility, sans PlayStation Now and Emulated PS2 titles in the PlayStation Store
System Software:
PS4 – XrossMediaBar (XMB) / PS4 Pro – Orbis OS
CPU:
PS4 – Cell Broadband Engine (3.2 GHz Power Architecture based PPE with eight 3.2 GHz SPE)
PS4 Pro – 8-core 1.6 GHz
GPU:
PS4 – 550 MHz RSX “Reality Synthesizer”
PS4 Pro – Custom RMD Radeon 18 Compute Units (1152 shaders) @ 800MHz

Microsoft XBox Consoles
XBox (2001-2002), XBox 360 (2005), XBox 360 Elite (2007), Kinect (2010), XBox One (2013), XBox One Kinect (2014), XBox One X (2017)

XBox was released a little bit after the PlayStation One, competing with the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Sega Dreamcast. XBox, opposing to PlayStation, was given more of an opportunity to multiplayer capabilities with it’s original console against the PlayStation 2.

Hardware Ratings (Speaking for the latest consoles):
Memory:
XBox One – 8GB of DDR3 RAM / XBox One X – 12GB of GDDR5 RAM
Backwards Compatibility:
XBox One & XBox One X – Select XBox 360 and XBox games
System Software:
Xbox One & XBox One X – XBox OS
CPU:
XBox One – 1.75 GHz AMD x86-64 eight-core CPU
XBox One X – 2.3 GHz semi-custom AMD x86-64 eight-core CPU
GPU:
XBox One -853 MHz AMD Radeon HD 7000 series DirectX 11.1, DirectX 12
XBox One X – 1172 MHz customized AMD GCN based GPU with 40 compute units

Nintendo Co. Lts. Consoles
Playing Card co. (1889-1956), New Ventures [arcade style games, taxi co.] (1956-1974), Color TV-Game Console [Donkey Kong] (1974-1978), Game and Watch series (1979-1988), Nintendo Entertainment System (aka Nintendo Famicom) and Game Boy (1988-1989), Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Virtual Boy (1989-1995), Nintendo Power Glove, Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color (1996-2000), Game Boy Advance and GameCube (2001-2003), Game Boy Advance SP (2003), Nintendo DS and Wii (2004-2011), Game Boy Micro (2005) Nintendo 3DS and WiiU (2011-2015), Mobile and Switch (2015-Present)

As aforementioned, Nintendo has in general, been a family-based brand after the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System were released. With mascots like Mario, eventually Sonic via Sega, and Pokemon, children latched onto them and brought Nintendo into family households and grew up with them.

Hardware Ratings (Speaking for the latest consoles):
Memory:
Switch – 4 GB LPDDR4 with 32 GB eMMC storage
Backwards Compatibility:
Switch – No backwards compatibility, can purchase previous releases
System Software:
Switch – Nintendo Switch system software
CPU:
Switch – Octa-core @ 1.02 GHz
GPU:
Switch – Nvidia GM20B Maxwell-based GPU @ 307.2-384 MHz

So what does any of that mean? What’s the better option?

Performance?
Currently, both XBox One and PS4 are pretty comparable when it comes to graphics and how smoothly the system runs. Though, if you’re interested, apparently the Slim PS4 is a bit more powerful than the XBox One S with a higher resolution.
Games?
What are you interested in? Do you prefer party games and multiplayer action in one location, go with the Nintendo Switch. Do you want to allow your friends to play your game without them being in the same room as you, via Play Share, go with the PlayStation 4. Do you want to the ability to Cloud Save your progress from the console, to Tablet, to PC, via XBox Play Anywhere, go with XBox One. Each console has their own skills that aren’t shared among the others.
However, if you’re looking at more exclusive-based games, Sony has a higher tendency to release exclusives over Microsoft; not including Nintendo in this concept.
Backwards Compatibility?
Unfortunately, PS bombs in this category unless you have a large amount of money with no real goal for it. The PS4 has no ability for backwards compatibility except for it’s online store where previous releases are limited and sold per game. PS Now is a streaming service that will allow you to play PS3 and some PS4 games but for a monthly fee.
Switch unfortunately follows PS on this route, with a different format entirely for it’s games, switching from Disc to Cartridge, there’s no possibility to play previous releases unless you purchase them as well.
While XBox has it a bit easier, backwards compatibility with certain games and occasionally a digital copy of other games after the disc is inserted.
Ports and Storage?
Even though maximum of storage for XBox and PS is either 1T or 500GB, external storage is an option for both. Ports is the only separator between the two consoles, XBox was given an IR Blaster and two HDMI inputs, while PS was given a camera adapter and not much else.
Online services?
Unfortunately all consoles require purchased account services in order to play online multiplayer with others; XBox Live, PlayStation Plus, and Nintendo Switch Online Services.

SEGA AND THE OTHERS WHO WERE LEFT BEHIND

Nokia
N-Gage (2003)

Trying to get into the mobile gaming war, Nokia the phone company, decided to refashion their cellphones into more of a handheld console shape, along with usual cellphone capabilities. Unfortunately, the N-Gage bombed as many disliked the ‘taco-styled’ phone shape and having to tilt the phone at an odd angle to use it as a phone.

SNK Playmore/Shin Nihon Kikaku
Neo Geo (1990), Hyper Neo Geo 64 (1997), Neo Geo Pocket (1998) Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999)

Neo Geo was released with a high price tag, but with a good round-up of games it created a cult-like following so it was able to outlast the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. Due to it’s bankruptcy in 2001, SNK ceased manufacturing in 1997, but continued making games for arcade and pre-made consoles for the following eight years.

THE VIDEO GAME CRASH OF 1983
This caused the collapse of most companies that were just being released in the early 80’s. Unfortunately, this was caused due to the lack of monitoring third-party quality from the game console manufacturers and the availability of low-cost home computers.

Sega Corporation
Arcade Games (1940-1982), SG-1000 and Master System (1982-1989), Sega Genesis (1989-1994), Sega Game Gear (1990-1992), Sega Saturn and 32X (1994-1999), Dreamcast (1999-2001), SegaSammy (2003-2015)

While trying to keep up with Nintendo, Sega created the mascot Sonic the Hedgehog who then began selling the use of Sonic to other consoles after they understood that they wouldn’t be progressing along towards the console wars. In 2003, the heads of Sega stepped down from their roles and the Sammy Corporation bought rights to Sega, who began working with other consoles to continue developing games.

Intellivision
Intellivision (1980)

Intellivision was created by the brand Mattel (yes, the makers of Barbie and Hot Wheels). Unfortunately, all stock was sold to a company named INTV Corporation who continued to sell the system through mail order until it was discontinued in 1991.

THE VIDEO GAME CRASH OF 1977
Mostly caused by the combination of Pong ‘clones’ that flooded the market. The crash came to calm after the release of ‘Space Invaders’ by Atari who reinvigorated the market to come up with more interesting-styled games.

Bally Manufacturing
Bally Arcade games, Bally Astrocade (previously named Bally Home Library Computer -1977)

The Bally brand, the parent company, eventually teamed up with Midway Games Inc. who later bought the rights to games developed by Williams Electronics and Atari Games.

Fairchild Semiconductor
Fairchild Channel F (1976), Fairchild Channel F II (1978)

The Fairchild Channel F (F short for Fun), was the first game console to use a microprocessor and also had the distinction of being the first programmable ROM-cartridge.

Coleco
Coleco Telstar (1976) and ColecoVision (1982)

Coleco was originally founded in 1932 as “Conneticut Leather Company” and became popular in the 1980’s with the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. After it created and released the Coleco Adam Family Computer, in , the company began it’s downfall. It had to file for bankruptcy in 1988, and Hasbro purchased it’s assets in 1989.

Atari
Atari VCS (Video Computer System later known as Atari 2600 – 1977), Atari 5200 (1982), Atari 7800 (1986), Atari Lynx (handheld game console – 1989)

Atari was founded back in 1972 bringing along the super popular game, Pong. After the video game crash, Atari was in danger of drowning and sold it’s name and license to Hasbro Interactive in 1988. Then in 2000, Hasbro was bought out by Infogames who in 2003 decided to bring back the nostalgia-factor and changed their name officially back to Atari.

Magnavox
Magnavox Odyssey (1972) and Magnavox Odyssey 2 (1978)

Though most people believe the first game ever created was Pong, months prior to Pong’s release Magnavox released the Odyssey. The release of the Odyssey 2 console came implemented with a built-in keyboard.

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