There are a wide variety of different platforms you can play games on today. Here we would like to highlight some of the ones we think stand out both in terms of their equipment and graphics capabilities. These pioneering and visually advanced consoles include:
Nintendo Wii (2006)
The Nintendo Wii was released not long ago in 2006, but it has already achieved a massive following. Using intuitive controls, players have reported feeling just as immersed in the gameplay experience playing with the Wii as they do when playing with a Dual-Shock controller or keyboard and mouse. This is because rather than just having buttons laid out flat on the device you hold, each button on the Wii Gamepad is placed at an angle so that it matches your hand movements when you tilt it which makes it feel like you’re actually holding the object in-game.
Nintendo has also continually emphasized game graphics improvement by shifting focus away from complicated controllers to more advanced ways of enhancing their games’ visuals, rather than just adding more polygons to each character model. This is why today you can play Nintendo Wii games that look better than most Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 games with almost no loss of frame rate.
Playstation 2 (2000)
The PlayStation 2 was Sony’s follow-up console to the original Playstation which for its time had impressive graphics capabilities, but they kept pushing out new models because gamers wanted something even more impressive which would allow them up to date technology experiences. They were unhappy with playing outdated video games that didn’t provide nearly as realistic a gameplay experience that they did. The Playstation 2 was what they were looking for, and it sold over 150 million units worldwide which is remarkable considering how expensive each unit was to make compared to modern consoles.
Xbox 360 (2005)
Released in 2001 the Xbox also had impressive graphics capabilities starting out, but due to increased demand from gamers who wanted something even more graphically powerful Microsoft decided they needed to do better than just releasing an upgraded version of their old console with no changes to its design or improved internal hardware. What followed was two whole years of planning and development before finally announcing the Xbox 360 at E3 in 2005. It boasted improved internal components and a look much different than any other previous model in the series. True gamers were willing to pay the extra price for what was being offered, and now there are over 80 million units in homes across the world.
Sega Game Gear (1990)
The Sega Game Gear was released in 1990 so it originally came out before most of the other consoles on this list, but it still has impressive graphics capabilities even by today’s standards. Released before the Gameboy and released several years after the Sega Master System you could think of it as a kind of middle ground between those two devices. It was basically an upgrade that included more advanced graphics with color and also had a backlight for playing games at night time without having to bring along an extra lamp or flashlight with you so that your parents didn’t get mad at you for keeping them up with the lights on late into the night like they did when you played using a previous device model.
This article talks about Nintendo Wii, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, Ninja and Sega Game Gear as some of the more visually advanced consoles you can play today. Most gamers would not necessarily think of these devices as ones with particularly impressive graphics capabilities because they are commonly played even by younger children who wouldn’t necessarily be able to appreciate them at a level that a more mature audience might be able to. However, the truth is that all four of these devices have been upgraded several times over their lifespan and now offer beautiful visuals that exceed those which most other modern consoles provide.