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"Video Game Systems: How It Works"

Video game systems or consoles are one of the most popular ways to entertain yourself and your family. People spend a lot of money in video game systems and also the different games that are available in the market. People go to the arcade, or purchase video game systems for entertainment. Besides, what more can be more relaxing after a long day at work or after a hard day at school by having fun? Consoles provide all the entertainment you need to relax and have fun.

If you own a video game system, you will in time, ask how it works. You will be curious on how game developers achieve and design such great graphics and character that you can manipulate during game play. Firstly, you need to understand what a game system is.

A simple explanation is that a game system is a highly specialized computer. In fact, these game systems also have a central processing unit or CPU that are used in desktop computers. However, in order to keep the price of these game systems affordable for most people, game system manufacturers uses a CPU that have been available for quite a long time for it to have a decreased price.

The next question would be why people purchase a game system instead of a computer where most games available in these gaming systems also has versions for the desktop computer.

There are several reasons why people purchase these game systems instead of a desktop computer.

• It is usually much cheaper.
• Shorter waits for the game to load.
• Easy to connect to TV and stereo.
• No compatibility issues with games.
• All games for a particular game system will run.
• No need to set up or install the game before you can play.
• Multiplayer capability that is sometime impossible to do with a typical home computer.

Now that you know what a video game system is, the next thing you need to know is how it works.

First of all, since the development of the game system called Atari 2600, nothing has really changed in terms of the basic hardware inside the game console. The only change was that the components even became more advanced. Here are what these game consoles have in common in terms of hardware:

• Central Processing Unit
• RAM
• Software kernel
• Storage medium for games
• Audio output
• Video output
• Power supply
• User control interface

The user control interface is what separates a video game from a TV. This is where you, the user, will interact with the game. Without it, it will be like a passive form of entertainment that is very much like your home TV. The user control interface is where you will plug in your joysticks, or controllers.