Comarative Analysis of Video Games

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Comparative Study of Video Gaming Systems

Final Report

Due Date: August 10, 2011
Table of Contents

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………………………4

Research Data……………………………………………………………………………………………………5

Results……………………………………………………………………………………………………………...17

Conclusions………………………………………………………………………………………………………24

Recommendations…………………………………………………………………………………………….25

Bibliography……………………………………………………………………………………………………..27

List of Figures

Graph 1.1: Role-Playing Games Bar Graph
Graph 1.2: Adventure Games Bar Graph
Graph 1.3: Platformer Games Bar Graph
Table 1.1: Xbox 360 - Hardware Specification
Table 1.2: Xbox 360 - Total Games in Preferred Genres
Table 1.3: Wii - Hardware Specification
Table 1.4: Wii - Total Games in Preferred Genres
Table 1.5: Playstation 3 - Hardware Specificaton
Table 1.6: Playstation 3 - Total Games in Preferred Genres
Table 1.7: Comparing Costs
Table 1.8: Comparing Hardware Specifications
Table 1.9: Comparing Games Offered pt. 1
Table 1.10: Comparing Games Offered pt. 2
Table 1.11: Comparing Target Demographic
Table 1.12: Comparing Common Hardware Malfunctions and Glitches Table 1.13: Comparing Movie-Playing Features
Table 1.14: Overall Ranking
Table 1.15: Retail Locations and Prices
Introduction

Pascal, after remodeling your house and adding a bonus/entertainment room, you mentioned that you would love to buy a new video gaming system. The last video gaming system that you owned was a Nintendo 64, which pales in comparison to the systems available today. Since owning a Nintendo 64, your experience with playing video games has been limited to playing MMORPGs (Massive Multi-player Online Role Playing Games) on your personal computer.

I have been researching your options and am constantly considering your preferences and restrictions. Your primary preference is game genre, with your most preferred genre being Role-Playing. Several other genres that you are interested in are Action, Adventure, Platformers, and Strategy. Your only real restriction is a spending limit of $700 for your entire gaming setup. Other preferences that have been noted are the system’s Blu-Ray capabilities, and that the system targets a mature audience.

The three most prominent video gaming systems on the market that fit your preferences are Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Nintendo’s Wii, and Sony’s Playstation 3.

The following criteria are being used to evaluate your options.

* Cost
* Hardware Specifications
* Games Offered
* Target demographic
* Common Hardware Malfunctions and Glitches
* Movie-Playing Features

The remaining contents of this comparative study will be organized into the several sections. RESEARCH DATA will be presented organized first by option and then by evaluative criteria. Each of the evaluative criteria will be compared in the RESULTS section by showing the results for each option side-by-side. These results will be totaled and a final CONCLUSION will be made. Finally, I will make a RECOMMENDATION as to the most appropriate course of action.

Research Data

Microsoft Xbox 360
Cost:
$199.99 – includes a 4GB console with built-in wi-fi, one wireless controller, A/V cables, and a one-month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold. Hardware Specification:
The following table shows vital hardware specifications that are important to your gaming preferences. Table 1.1: Xbox 360 - Hardware Specification
* Media Type| * DVD|
* CPU| * 3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon|
* Internal Memory| * 4 GB Flash|
* RAM| * 512 MB|
* Online Services| * Xbox Live|
* Online Multi-Player Services| * Yes|
* Connector Types| 1 x AV cable port,5 x USB 2.0, 1 x Kinect port,1 x HDMI output1 x SPDIF output,1 x Ethernet| *
*

Games Offered:
The following table shows how many Xbox 360 games are offered in your three most preferred genres. Table 1.2:...
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