A gaming Platform is really just a fancy word for a system thats used to play games on so you could class most computers as gaming platforms as well as gaming computers. Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo (to name a few) also create “game platforms” that are made for the more causal gamers which are generally cheaper. But all said, PC is probably the best out of any platform just because of the intense graphics it offers but it is the most expensive to replace and to upgrade.
- General Gaming (XBOX ONE and PS4) :
The main feature for consoles like the Xbox One and the Playstation is the fact that they are a happy medium between the PC and a smaller, cheaper console like a DS or a PSP, a reasonably powerful system that isn’t the most expensive that has controller play (opposed to the mouse and a keyboard of a PC) this also, makes it more common to have split screen gaming instead of LAN or WAN. These consoles are also reasonably portable and are optimised to that hardware. these also get exclusive titles that are huge hits to the gaming franchise, examples of this include names such as; Bloodborne, God Of War and TitanFall.
- Portable Gaming (DS and PSP) :
For the more portable choice of platform, consoles like the PSP and DS have been made to sacrifice the power of larger ones to be small and have a large battery life so you can just take it out where you like and play for long periods of time, still achieving great gameplay however. A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable video game console with a built-in screen, game controls, and speakers. Handheld game consoles are smaller than home video game consoles and contain the console, screen, speakers, and controls in one unit, allowing people to carry them and play them at any time or place. Noticeable examples of games are Zelda, Mario Kart and Ratchet and Clank.
As I said before, PC is probably the best out of any platform just because of the intense graphics it offers but it is the most expensive to replace and to upgrade. This is probably the best option for the long time gamer that is able to devote their time to both upgrading the actual PC and playing it enough to get their money’s worth as playing PC you’ll get games running at extremely high frames and amazing graphics, much better than consoles but to get that you need to invest maybe 3 times as much money to get this, some notable exclusives to PC are World Of Warcraft, Rust and Runescape.
A relatively new platform, VR (Virtual Reality) allows you to literally step into a game by putting on a headset. There has been a buzz around virtual reality (VR) for the past few years. Some of this has come from the lengthy development of devices like Oculus Rift, but also through a growing interest in what we’ll be able to get VR to do in the modern era.
The idea of VR isn’t new. It’s been circulating in the tech space for a number of years, but recently, the technology has broken through some of the long-standing barriers. Enabling access has helped, with devices like Google’s Cardboard opening the door for anyone with a smartphone, right up to demonstrating what a fully-fledged premium system like HTC Vive will be capable of. We now have the power in home computers for lifelike virtual environments and this makes it a much more exciting time for VR. Playstation for example have many exclusives lined up like; Farpoint, Until Dawn; Rush Of Blood and RIGS.