Art of the Finely Tailored Video Games Getup
Knowing what you want is the first step to ensuring your video games getup fits you like a glove. Do you want to play online with friends? Take your game-playing on the road? Dip into massive back catalogues of games from older video game consoles? Think of Best Buy as your well-stocked gaming quartermaster, ready at a moment's notice with all of the best video game deals, gadgets, games, and high-powered consoles you need to divide, conquer, taunt, flaunt, and destroy with digital impunity.
Video Game Consoles
Today's games are bigger, better, and more immersive than ever. They come in a wide range of genres tailored to a wide range of audiences. Most of the major franchises are available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while the Nintendo Wii U offers a large selection of games suited for kids and kids at heart. Exclusive titles for each console further underscore the need to plan ahead, and make sure you snag the right system for that must-have game that's been setting your heart aflutter. Massive collections of previously played games at great deals also give older consoles like the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii continued life.
There's no "I" in team and the days of being limited to solo gaming are long gone. Online play lets you join forces, complete missions, and go head-to-head with real people from around the world instantaneously. But different consoles require different levels of subscriptions to access certain online gaming functions. A premier online gaming experience backed by dedicated servers offers fast, smooth connections, but often comes with a small monthly or yearly fee. If you want to play with your friends make sure you know which consoles they're using, so you're not left on the sideline.
Gaming on the Go
The score-settling doesn't have to end when you leave the couch, either. Portable systems like the PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS let you slay dragons, outrun zombies, win the Stanley Cup, or become a cartoon character whether you're on the bus, in the back of the class (don't tell your parents), or on a plane. Many of the larger franchise games on systems like PS4 and Xbox One also have companion apps for your smartphone or tablet, letting you do everything from chatting with teammates to customizing your in-game gear to participating in the thick of the action.
Motion Sensor Gaming
If you really want to take the next step and become part of the game itself you can do that now too. Kinect for Xbox One and Xbox 360 lets you jump into game action using only your body. It consists of a motion sensor and camera to translate your movements into lag-free on-screen game action. PlayStation Move, meanwhile, uses a motion sensor controller to translate real-world movement into on screen action, such as the swing of a bat or tennis racket.
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