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The latest video game consoles and games

Sometimes it is hard to engage children with regular board games and puzzles. This is especially true when their friends are playing with video games. Video games can add an extra element of fun, letting children compete and play in a different way. There are many types of games and consoles available.

Video Game Consoles

A video game console is an interactive computer or other piece of electronic equipment that produces a video display signal that is used with a television or monitor to display a video game. It is different from a personal computer.

Video Game Systems

One of the newest and most popular game systems is Nintendo Wii. It is different from some of the other systems in a few ways. It still allows you to play video games that are available on other systems, but it also allows you to be physical and interactive. You can play a variety of sports, either with an opponent or by yourself, using a Mii (a virtual image of yourself that you create). As you move the remote, you are moving a tennis racquet, or baseball bat. The Wii gets a signal from the remote, and tells you if your serve was out or if you hit a home run.

Sony PlayStation

The original Sony PlayStation was released in 1995. It was followed by PlayStation 2. The current system is called PlayStation 3. In addition to being able to play games, the PlayStation console is able to read and play audio CDs. This function, as well as a memory card manager, can be accessed by starting the console without inserting a game. If a game is put in the system at any time on the menu, the game will immediately start.

The Sony PSP is a handheld game console. The PSP is capable of playing PlayStation games downloaded via Sony's online store, and can also play any PlayStation game by using the PlayStation 3's remote play feature while the disc in the PlayStation 3.

The Xbox 360 was developed by Microsoft. Its integrated Xbox Live service allows players to compete online and download arcade games, game demos, trailers, TV shows, and movies. Major features of the console include its multimedia capabilities, support of high definition in all games, movie rentals and game downloads from its online marketplace and the ability to watch HD-DVD movies with an add-on drive.