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1. Microsoft

1.1. Pros

1.1.1. 1)Part of what made the Xbox special was its ability to look beyond gaming and apply the power of networking before the others could do so effectively. First embracing community, then voice the Xbox became a way to game differently and most felt playing against real people was vastly more entertaining then playing against a machine. Expanding on this some games allowed the rudimentary ability to play against virtual people. In a racing game, for instance, you could play against a recording of someone not on line by racing against their virtual image. You could also race against your own virtual image learning from your mistakes to improve your overall score. While this has yet to translate into more complex game types it continues to point the way to in interesting future where players can play against each other asynchronously. Microsoft envisioned a system that could also move beyond gaming by becoming a link back to their PC based Media Center Edition computer. By loading a disk and using a remote an Xbox with this accessory set could display pictures, video, play digital music, or time shift TV programs making it vastly more useful then just a game system. In fact, given that Media Extenders, which only did these things, were more expensive the Xbox was actually a better value. However, it was also kind of a kludge in that you constantly had to plug in components to transform the unit between functions, something consumers didn’t particularly find attractive.

1.2. Xbox Arcade

1.2.1. Pros:

1.2.1.1. It includes a wireless controller, composite AV cable, HDMI 1.2 output, an internal 512 MB[20] memory chip

1.3. Xbox Elite

1.3.1. Pros:

1.3.1.1. The Xbox 360 Elite is the second most expensive variation of the console. It includes a 120 GB hard drive and a matte black finish. The Elite retail package also includes a controller and headset that match the system's black finish

1.3.2. Elite 250GB

1.3.2.1. The Xbox 360 Elite has also been configured with a 250 GB hard disk drive and 2 wireless controllers on special limited editions of the console.

1.3.2.2. New node

1.4. Xbox360

1.4.1. Hardware

1.4.1.1. The main unit of the Xbox 360 itself has slight double concavity in matte white or black. The official color of the white model is Arctic Chill. It features a port on the top when vertical (left side when horizontal) to which a custom-housed hard drive unit can be attached in sizes of either 20, 60, 120 or 250 GB. Inside, the Xbox 360 uses the triple-core IBM designed Xenon as its CPU, with each core capable of simultaneously processing two threads, and can therefore operate on up to six threads at once.[59] Graphics processing is handled by the ATI Xenos, which has 10 MB of eDRAM. Its main memory pool is 512 MB in size.

1.4.2. Accessories

1.4.2.1. Many accessories are available for the console, including both wired and wireless controllers, faceplates for customization, headsets for chatting, a webcam for video chatting, dance mats and Gamercize for exercise, three sizes of memory cards, and four sizes of hard drives (20 GB, 60 GB, 120 GB and 250 GB

1.4.3. Project Natal

1.4.3.1. Project Natal is the code name for a "controller-free gaming and entertainment experience" for the Xbox 360. It was first announced on June 1, 2009 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The add-on peripheral enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without a game controller, but rather through gestures, spoken commands, and/or presented objects and images. Project Natal will be compatible with all existing Xbox 360 models. A release date has yet to be announced, but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has stated that the technology will be incorporated into a new Xbox 360, which may or may not have new hardware, due for release in 2010.

1.4.4. Multimedia

1.4.4.1. The Xbox 360 supports videos in Windows Media Video (WMV) format (including high-definition and PlaysForSure videos), as well as H.264 and MPEG-4 media. The December 2007 dashboard update added support for the playback of MPEG-4 ASP format videos.[65] The console can also display pictures and perform slideshows of photo collections with various transition effects, and supports audio playback, with music player controls accessible through the Xbox 360 Guide button. Users may play back their own music while playing games or using the dashboard, and can play music with an interactive visual synthesizer. Music, photos and videos can be played from standard USB mass storage devices, Xbox 360 proprietary storage devices (such as memory cards or Xbox 360 hard drives), and servers or computers with Windows Media Center or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or higher within the local-area network in streaming mode.[66][67] As the Xbox 360 uses a modified version of the UPnP AV protocol,[68] some alternative UPnP servers such as uShare (part of the GeeXboX project) and MythTV can also stream media to the Xbox 360, allowing for similar functionality from non-Windows servers. This is possible with video files up to HD-resolution and with several codecs (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV) and container formats (WMV, MOV, TS).[69]

1.4.5. Xbox Live

1.4.5.1. When the Xbox 360 was released, Microsoft's online gaming service Xbox Live was shut down for 24 hours and underwent a major upgrade, adding a basic non-subscription service (Silver) to its already established premium subscription-based service (which was renamed Gold). Xbox Live Silver is free of charge and is included with all SKUs of the console. It allows users to create a user profile, join on message boards, and access Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade and Marketplace and talk to other members.[100] A Live Silver account does not generally support multiplayer gaming; however, some games that have rather limited online functions already, (such as Viva Piñata) or games that feature their own subscription service (e.g. EA Sports games) can be played with a Silver account. Xbox Live also supports voice and video communication, the latter a feature possible with the Xbox Live Vision; an add-on USB web camera designed specifically for the Xbox 360.[101] The Gamercard of a player with a Silver account has a silver trim, rather than gold.

1.4.5.2. Xbox Live Gold includes the same features as Silver and includes integrated online game playing capabilities outside of third-party subscriptions. Microsoft has allowed previous Xbox Live subscribers to maintain their profile information, friends list, and games history when they make the transition to Xbox Live Gold. To transfer an Xbox Live account to the new system, users need to link a Windows Live ID to their gamertag on Xbox.com.[102] When users add an Xbox Live enabled profile to their console, they are required to provide the console with their passport account information and the last four digits of their credit card number, which is used for verification purposes and billing.

1.4.6. The Xbox Live Marketplace is a virtual market designed for the console that allows Xbox Live users to download purchased or promotional content. The service offers movie and game trailers, game demos, Xbox Live Arcade games, gamertag images, and Xbox 360 Dashboard themes as well as add-on game content (items, costumes, levels etc). These features are available to both silver and gold members on Xbox Live. A hard drive or memory unit is required to store products purchased from Xbox Live Marketplace.[104] In order to download priced content, users are required to purchase Microsoft Points for use as scrip;[105] though some products (such as trailers and demos) are free to download. Microsoft Points can be obtained through prepaid cards in 1,600 and 4,000 point denominations. Microsoft Points can also be purchased through Xbox Live with a credit card in 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 5,000 point denominations. Users are able to view items available to download on the service through a PC via the Xbox Live Pipeline website.[106] An estimated seventy percent of Xbox Live users have downloaded items from the Marketplace.

1.4.7. New Xbox Experience

1.4.7.1. At E3 2008, at Microsoft's Show, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg and Marc Whitten announced the new Xbox 360 interface called the "New Xbox Experience" (NXE). The update was intended to ease console menu navigation. Its GUI uses the Twist UI, previously used in Windows Media Center and the Zune. Its new Xbox Guide retains all Dashboard functionality (including the Marketplace browser and disk ejection) and the original "Blade" interface. The NXE also provides many new features. Users can now install games from disc to the hard drive to play them with reduced load time and less disc drive noise, but each game's disc must remain in the system in order to run. A new, built-in Community system allows the creation of digitized Avatars that can be used for multiple activities, such as sharing photos or playing Arcade games like 1 vs. 100. The update was released on November 19, 2008.[64] While previous system updates have been stored on internal memory, the NXE was the first to require a storage device—at least a 128 MB memory card or a hard drive.

2. Sony

2.1. PlayStation3

2.1.1. 120GB System

2.1.1.1. - 120GB HDD for storing games, music, videos and photos-Dania Ortiz - High-Definition Blu-ray player for the best movie experience-Dania Ortiz - Internet ready with built-in Wi-Fi-Dania Ortiz - Two USB ports-Dania Ortiz - Cell Broadband Engine advanced microprocessor-Dania Ortiz - http://us.playstation.com/ps3/systems/120gb.html

2.1.2. 250GB System

2.1.2.1. - 250GB HDD for storing games, music, videos and photos-Dania Ortiz - High-Definition Blu-ray player for the best movie experience-Dania Ortiz - Internet ready with built-in Wi-Fi-Dani Ortiz - Two USB ports-Dania Ortiz - HDMI output for 1080p resolution (cable sold separately)-Dania Ortiz - Plays DVDs and CDs-Dania Ortiz - Cell Broadband Engine advanced microprocessor-Dania Ortiz - http://us.playstation.com/ps3/systems/250gb.html

2.1.3. PlayStation® Move

2.1.3.1. - Immersive gaming experience possible Using advanced motion sensors and the PlayStation®Eye Camera, - Every movement is mimicked on-screen - In breathtaking Blu-ray powered HD - http://us.playstation.com/ps3/playstation-move/index.htm

2.2. PS1

2.3. PS2

3. Portable Gaming

3.1. Sony

3.1.1. Psp Go

3.1.1.1. • Ultra-portable design. 43% smaller than the original PSP® system and no discs to carry. • 16 GB of Flash Memory provides plenty of space for games, movies, TV shows, photos and much more • Sleek, slide screen design easily fits into your pocket • Bluetooth® Enabled • Full multimedia capabilities including music, photos, videos, internet browsing, SkypeTM, internet radio and many more • Robust gameplay and crisp graphics that are only possible on the PSP®go system

3.1.1.2. http://us.playstation.com/psp/systems/pspgo-white.html

3.1.2. Psp 3000

3.1.2.1. Light, slim and portable. Play games, movies, music and more-Dania Ortiz

3.1.2.2. Dazzling, LCD screen-Dania Ortiz

3.1.2.3. Built-in microphone-Dania Ortiz

3.1.2.4. Play on any TV using video out (cables sold separately) -Dania Ortiz

3.1.2.5. http://us.playstation.com/psp/systems/3000cp.html

3.2. Nintendo

3.2.1. DSi Lite

3.2.2. DSi

3.2.3. DS XL

3.2.3.1. • Two screens, 93% larger than Nintendo DS Lite • 3 pre-installed titles + built-in software • A large stylus tailor-made for easy use Enjoy all of the features of the original Nintendo DSi system in a plus-sized package.

3.2.3.2. http://www.nintendods.com/meet-dsi-xl.jsp

3.2.4. DS

3.2.4.1. Nintendo WiFi Connection-Dania Ortiz

3.2.4.2. Multi player-Dania Ortiz

3.2.4.3. PictoChat-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5. DS Lite

3.2.5.1. Dual Screen-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5.1.1. The Nintendo DS Lite system has two ultra bright LCD screens for double the action, and exciting gameplay possibilities.-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5.2. Multiplayer & Downloads-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5.2.1. Using the local wireless network for your Nintendo DS System you can play your friends in the room--or if you have wireless broadband Internet access, you can connect through Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection and play others from across the globe. You can also download demo versions of certain Nintendo DS games from DS Download Stations at select retailers, or via the Nintendo Channel on the Wii™ console.-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5.3. Game Boy™ Advance Compatibility-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5.3.1. Nintendo DS Lite doesn't just play the huge library of Nintendo DS games, it also plays hundreds of existing Game Boy™ ]Advance games (in single player mode only).-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5.4. PictoChat-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5.4.1. With PictoChat™, you can create drawings and text messages with your stylus to send to friends who are within range and also have a Nintendo DS series system via local wireless connection. Draw, doodle, share ideas or do anything else you can think of on the Nintendo DS touch screen.-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5.5. Microphone-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5.5.1. Located at the center of the unit, a built-in microphone allows your Nintendo DS Lite system to pick up spoken commands in specially designed games.-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5.6. Touch Screen Technology-Dania Ortiz

3.2.5.6.1. Get pulled in with intuitive touch technology on the bottom screen. Use the included stylus to tap your way into an exciting new experience.-Dania Ortiz

4. Nintendo

4.1. Wii

4.1.1. Create your own Mii character to star in Wii games-Dania Ortiz

4.1.1.1. Create fun 3D caricatures of yourself and everyone you know. Miis pop up in all kinds of places, from Wii Sports and Wii Play to WarioWare: Smooth Moves. Explore these pages to see how to make awesome Miis you can swap with all your Wii friends.-Dania Ortiz

4.1.1.1.1. http://www.nintendo.com/wii/channels/miichannel

4.1.2. Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection-Dania Ortiz

4.1.2.1. Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection puts you in touch with players everywhere - from across the room to across the globe. Use Friend Codes to play online with specific people, or compete anonymously through worldwide matchmaking. With millions of people online, there's always someone ready to play!-Dania Ortiz

4.1.2.1.1. http://www.nintendo.com/games/wifi

4.1.3. Internet Channel -Dania Ortiz

4.1.3.1. With the Internet Channel, everyone in your family can browse the Internet with ease. A simple point of the Wii Remote™ controller brings email, news, and online video right to your living room. Plus-sized navigation buttons, and a handy zoom feature makes viewing websites a breeze—without even leaving your couch. The Internet Channel is available to download* from the Wii Shop Channel-Dania Ortiz

4.1.3.1.1. http://www.nintendo.com/wii/channels/internetchannel

4.1.4. Wii Shop Channel-Dania Ortiz

4.1.4.1. The Wii Shop Channel is the online storefront and download station on the Wii console, where users may purchase Wii Points and redeem them to download new WiiWare or classic Virtual Console games.-Dania Ortiz

4.1.4.1.1. http://www.nintendo.com/wii/virtualconsole

4.1.5. http://www.nintendo.com/wii/what

4.1.6. Photo Channel

4.1.6.1. Have some photos or videos on an SD memory card or cell phone? The Photo Channel lets you display your digital images and movies on your television screen. Zoom in or out on the photo, or watch them in a slideshow. You can even put your favorite songs on an SD memory card to play as the background music in the slideshow. -Dania Ortiz

4.1.6.1.1. http://www.nintendo.com/wii/channels/photochannel

4.1.7. Everybody Votes Channel

4.1.7.1. Everybody Votes Channel works with WiiConnect24 to bring you all kinds of national and worldwide polls. Answer interesting questions that get the whole family talking. Up to six members of your family can vote - just choose an answer and check in later to see the results. You can even predict which answer will get the most votes and see how your predictions differ from other people across the country. But get ready to be surprised by the answers!-Dania Ortiz

4.1.7.1.1. http://www.nintendo.com/wii/channels/everybodyvoteschannel

4.1.8. Virtual Console

4.1.8.1. The Wii Shop Channel is the online storefront and download station on the Wii console, where users may purchase Wii Points and redeem them to download new WiiWare or classic Virtual Console games.-Dania Ortiz

4.1.8.1.1. http://www.nintendo.com/wii/virtualconsole

4.1.9. WiiWare

4.1.9.1. The Wii Shop Channel is the online storefront and download station on the Wii console, where users may purchase Wii Points and redeem them to download new WiiWare or classic Virtual Console games.-Dania Ortiz

4.1.9.1.1. http://www.nintendo.com/wii/wiiware

5. PC Gaming

5.1. Alienware

5.1.1. Laptop

5.1.1.1. Alienware M11x

5.1.1.1.1. The most powerful 11" gaming laptop in the universeFeatured Options: - 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 335M™ Graphics Card - Capable of 3DMark06 Scores over 6100 - Up to 8.5 hours of battery life and weighs in at less than 4.5lbs

5.1.1.2. Alienware M15x

5.1.1.2.1. The Most Powerful 15" Alienware 15"Gaming Laptop Ever! Featured Options: - Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz - 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 240M - 3GB DDR3 at 1066MHz - 250GB SATAII 7,200RPM - Internal High-Definition 5.1 Surround Sound - AlienFX® Illuminated Keyboard - Dimensions: (W)14.8" (D)12.2" (H)1.92"

5.1.1.3. Alienware M17x

5.1.1.3.1. The most powerful gaming laptop now available with Core i5 & i7 Featured Options: - Intel® Core™2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz - Single NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260M, 1GB - 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1066MHz - 250GB 7,200RPM w/ Free Fall Protection - Internal High-Definition 5.1 Surround Sound - AlienFX® Illuminated Keyboard - Dimensions: (W)16.1" (D)12.6" (H)2.1"

5.1.1.4. http://www.alienware.com/Landings/laptops.aspx

5.1.2. Desktops

6. Carriers, 3G, 4G

6.1. AT&T

6.1.1. Cynthia Peiz

6.1.2. Surf the wireless Internet faster and significantly lower your wait for page loads

6.1.3. Disclaimer: 3G network not available in all areas

6.1.4. Disclaimer: Referenced speeds require an HSDPA 3.6Mbps / HSUPA capable device with Receive Diversity and/or Equalizer. BroadbandConnect speed claims based on our network tests without compression using 3MB data files. 3G devices not enabled with HSUPA support typical upload speeds of 220-320kbps based on our network tests without compression using 500KB data files for upload. Actual throughput speed varies.

6.2. 3G provides accelerated data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience. http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/why/technology/3g-umts.jsp?WT.srch=1

6.3. Verizon

6.3.1. Janett Martinez

6.3.2. Verizon Wireless is also making headway towards getting its 4G network in place, but they're going a different route than Sprint by selecting LTE technology

6.3.3. their 4G LTE network will be roughly similar to its current 3G network in terms of size.

6.3.4. their network has seen peek download speeds of around 50Mbps, which is huge, but expect real-life download speeds of probably around 10Mbps

6.3.4.1. http://www.techreviewsource.com/content/view/411/1/

6.3.5. The question is what else do you use your phone for? If you are into email, web surfing and using applications, network speed might be something to consider. Obviously the importance of speed will depend how much time you spend using these non-phone talking functions. Diana Turner

6.3.5.1. http://www.helium.com/items/1762064-att-v-verizon

6.3.5.2. In this instance, speed is a bonus that AT&T holds over Verizon. Diana Turner

6.3.5.2.1. http://www.helium.com/items/1762064-att-v-verizon

6.3.5.2.2. The company has invested more than $55 billion since its inception to increase the wireless voice and data coverage of its national network and to add new 3G services like Mobile Broadband and V CAST. As the carrier with America's largest and most reliable wireless network, Verizon Wireless cell sites in New England provide 3G wireless data connectivity.

7. Tablets

7.1. CES 2010 Best Notebook: IdeaPad U1 Hybrid

7.1.1. http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/best-of-ces-2010.aspx?pid=2

7.2. iPad

7.2.1. Pros

7.2.1.1. Iashah Niazi: iPad will be able to run third-party apps without modifications. Kind of like the iPhone! Yes, Apple will profit off of an even more hyped-up app store, but users will benefit from the flexibility and creativity brought in by (mostly profit-seeking) developers. Also key: the iBooks e-reader app. It may not instantly rescue all of journalism, but it’s a start, and this may make the iPad an attractive choice for consumers who don’t want to buy black-and-white, restricted Internet e-readers. More broadly, in the words of David Carr, “the iPad is creating and killing categories at the same time;” the free market says that third-party devs will best be able to figure out what to do with all of that potential. http://www.geekosystem.com/ipad-pros-and-cons-specs-features/

7.2.1.2. Iashah Niazi Apple's iPad has many excellent features. It is small and portable and it has 3G capability, allowing it to connect to the Internet in more places than Wi-Fi hot-spots. In addition, the iPad is competitively priced with other netbook competitors. Apple's iWork is available for the iPad at a negligible cost. The iPad's battery life is 10 hours, and the entire machine is made of environmentally friendly and recycled products. http://www.ehow.com/list_6140334_apple-netbook-pros-cons.html

7.2.2. Cons

7.2.2.1. Iashah Niazi:It’s running on the iPhone operating system (currently, version 3.2); no OS X. Among other things, this means no multitasking: as in, you can’t run two applications at the same time. Also: no Flash (see below). Engadget: “There’s no multitasking at all. It’s a real disappointment. All this power and very little you can do with it at once. No multitasking means no streaming Pandora when you’re working in Pages. http://www.geekosystem.com/ipad-pros-and-cons-specs-features/

7.2.2.2. Iashah Niazi The Apple iPad's keypad is on the touch screen and could be difficult for users to navigate. Although select devices has 3G capabilities, this feature has to be turned on with a service agreement with AT&T. Though there is a microphone, the device is missing a camera. Last, the screen is exposed, unlike that of the iPhone and iTouch, and can easily be scratched. http://www.ehow.com/list_6140334_apple-netbook-pros-cons.html