Video Game Consoles

What’s in a video game system? We'll explore the answers, highlighting games such as Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and the Wii, among others.


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How the Nintendo Power Glove Worked

It seemed like the gaming accessory of the future — a glove that turned hand motions into player actions. But it turned out, the Power Glove left gamers feeling powerless over their gameplay.

How Xbox One Works

The next generation of consoles promises to be more lifestyle-integrated than those that have come before. Can the Xbox One be everything you need in home entertainment?

How PlayStation 4 Works

In February 2013, Sony announced the latest iteration of its PlayStation gaming console: the PS4. Will this new tech fully realize the integration of entertainment and social interaction?

How the Wii U Works

Nintendo's follow up to the wildly successful Wii boasts improved graphics and an all-new controller. But can it really compete against other consoles?

How Sphero Works

Does this small, white ball really represent the next generation in gaming systems? Find out what makes Sphero so much fun -- and how it's more capable than you might think.

How the Microsoft Kinect SDK Works

When the Kinect for Xbox 360 emerged on the scene, it was immediately apparent to creative users that the potential of the device stretched far beyond gaming. Now, Microsoft is truly putting the power in your hands -- what will you do with it?

How the Sony PS Vita Will Work

Sony is hoping to revolutionize handheld gaming with its feature-packed PS Vita, but will it beat the Nintendo 3DS in the consumer market? We examine this and other questions about How the PS Vita Will Work.

How to Set up Wi-Fi for the Nintendo DS

You want to set up Wi-Fi for the Nintendo DS, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to set up Wi-Fi for the Nintendo DS in this article.

How the Sony Xperia Play Works

Is it a phone or a handheld gaming device? It's both, but how well does it stack up against competitors?

You Decide: Sony PSP or Nintendo 3DS?

Portable games have come a long way since the days of blinking red LEDs. Of the latest consoles, Sony's PSP and Nintendo's 3DS, which comes in first?

You Decide: Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3?

The Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 video game consoles have loyal legions of fans. Both are capable machines, but each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Which do you prefer?

How PlayStation Network Works

Sony's PlayStation Network offers gamers the chance to dive into multiplayer entertainment with friends all over the globe. But will the online community ever fully recover from its 2011 security breach?

How do you put music on your PSP?

A PSP is a portable device that can be used to play games, surf the Internet and listen to music. Learn how to put music on your PSP in this article.

Inside the Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS is a hand-held gaming device that incorporates 3-D graphics without requiring special glasses. We've taken apart one to show you what's inside this game system.

How the Nintendo 3DS Works

The Nintendo 3DS portable video game system lets you play in 3-D without having to wear special glasses. What makes this possible, and why won't it play all your old games in three dimensions?  

Top 5 Kinect Hacks

Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360 has revolutionized the gaming experience, but it's also had some unexpected side benefits. Here are five ingenious ways that hackers have taken the Kinect to a whole new level.

How PlayStation Move Works

With the recent release of the PlayStation Move, gamers have been weighing in on the pros and cons of this new device and how it compares with the Nintendo Wii. Let's take a look at what makes the Move unique.

How Microsoft Kinect Works

Microsoft's Kinect takes motion-controlled video games to the next level: There's no controller at all. How does the machine know what you're doing and use it to control the game?

Video Game System Pictures

Video games have become an incredibly popular -- and diverse -- pastime since their introduction. Explore the history of video game systems, from the Atari to the Xbox 360.

How many calories do you burn playing the average Wii game?

Video gamers looking to work up a sweat swear Wii Sports games get their heart rate going. Find out how one Wii geek lost 9 pounds (4 kilograms) playing video tennis.

How the Wii Works

Nintendo dramatically changed the interface for video games with the Nintendo Wii. Learn what sets the Wii apart from other next-generation consoles.

How Xbox 360 Works

For the Xbox 360, Microsoft rebuilt the system and console from the ground up. From the name to the look to hardware and features, the Xbox 360 is a radically different and more powerful machine than its predecessor.

How can a PlayStation 3 donate its processing power to medical research?

Playstation 3 owners can donate their consoles' processing power to scientific research. What is this research focused on achieving? Find out the answer to that question in this article.

How Xbox Live Works

The Xbox Live network gives players the opportunity to connect with thousands of other gaming enthusiasts online. What do users get out of the experience?

How Gizmondo Works

The Gizmondo is a handheld gaming console -- but it's also an MP3 player, a camera, a movie player, and a GPS reciever. Learn what else the Gizmondo can do and what sets it apart from other portable gaming units.