A video game console is essentially a computer has traditionally been designed to do one thing- play video games from cartridges. Today this has evolved into online gameplay, downloadable games via WiFi, and more. Since they’re computers, what’s under the hood? That’s one of the things a video game manufacturer fails to specify, and most people are complacent.
Here I lay out the “skinny” on video game consoles. Have fun!
|X-Box 360||Nintendo Wii||Nintendo Wii-U||Playstation 4|
|System RAM:||N/A||88 MB||2048 MB||8 GB|
|Drive Capacity:||4 GB||512 MB||8 GB||500 GB|
|CPU Speed:||N/A||729 MHz||N/A||N/A|
|Disc Capacity:||8.5 GB||8.5 GB||8.5 GB||8.5 GB|
|Disc loading type:||Slot loading||Slot loading||Slot loading||Slot loading|
|Video outputs:||Component, HDMI (v1.4)||Component, RCA / composite, S-Video||Component, HDMI (v1.4), RCA / composite, S-Video||HDMI|
|Video Formats:||1080p, 1080i, 720p||576i, 480p, 480i||1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i||2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 1080i, 720p|
|Released:||August 3, 2010||November 19, 2006||November 18, 2012||November 15, 2013|