The Next Generation Gaming Platforms



The following round of game-platform redesigns may still be seven or more years out, but chip and software designers within the parts of wireless, microeletromechanical systems, displays, miniature cameras, sensors, actuators and storage come with an possibility to join in on those multi-100-million shipments as platforms respond faster to user demands by focusing on interactivity, connectivity and knowledge display.

Indeed, this might push gaming platforms from peripheral for the center of the home-entertainment system and switch the set-top box with broadband and cable/satellite capability, complemented by fully digital or optical video and audio inputs and outputs and PVR storage.

Ever since the latest crop of game platforms began rolling out late last year, improvements and upgrades were already inside the works. The Xbox 360 Elite’s major advances over the Xbox 360 were a larger hard disk drive and a HDMI connection.

Sony is also about to to produce PS3 with an 80-Gbyte hard drive, up from 60 Gbytes–and will get rid of the 20-Gbyte option. The go on to on the web and also the ability to download content is a huge driver of local storage.

Nintendo’s Wii came with Wi-Fi capability out-of-the-box although the others support Wi-Fi as being a peripheral, SI expects the crooks to get it from the box soon. With all the runaway success of Wii’s 6-axis controller technology, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) is anticipated to get an escalating portion of controller design, as well as PDAs as well as other handsets. For wireless, 802.11n is hot.

Features which will be common within the next generation of video gaming include force feedback and rumble capability, motion sensing, vision feedback and high-definition using either Blu-ray or HD-DVD.

And in the long run, storage size or harddrive size increases from Gigabytes to Terabytes. As soon as the debate on Blu Ray and HD-DVD settles down, video gaming will be released using one of such mediums instead of the current DVD technology.

The caliber of video game graphics will likely improve as increasing numbers of powerful graphic processors and game engines come out and definately will allow 100% realism in gaming experience.


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