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Top 5 Tips on How to Buy Cheap Video Games
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Video Game Streaming and the End of Consoles

Top 5 Tips on How to Buy Cheap Video Games

Regardless of the type of electronic gadget you opt to use for video gaming, one of the facts that you will discover after some time is that video games are quite expensive. Therefore, it is essential to know how you can access or acquire such games more affordably. As such, this article highlights a few ideas to help you get cheaper games. Keep reading to discover how to buy cheap video games.

1. Don’t Buy after Release

Video games are most expensive shortly after their release. As a result, you should wait for newly released games to entrench themselves in the market before buying them. Nonetheless, this does not mean that you cannot purchase a new game that you desperately want to play.

2. Don’t Buy Them New

While the difference between the price of a new and old video game can be quite big, the gaming experience remains essentially in both cases. Therefore, it is prudent to go for old video games instead of acquiring a new one from the store. Even though it may not be easy to find used games at many stores out there, it is still wise to do a bit of meticulous search so that you only buy new video games as the last resort. Also, read game reviews and comments from other platers before buying any games. I personally visit www.somethingcool.ca for recent games reviews and news.

3. Play on the Internet

Because purchasing video games is an expensive venture despite how savvy you are, it is advisable to play on the internet instead of buying them. For instance, some video games may be too short to be replayed. It is thus imprudent to spend your hard-earned money on such acquisitions. On some other occasions, you may want to play games that you have never tried before. Since you don’t have a guarantee that the new games are worth replaying, it is wise to sample them online first before you purchase. This ensures that you only spend money on the most interesting games that you really would want to replay multiple times in future.

4. Wait for Regular Sales

Both online and brick-and-mortar video game sellers hold regular sales from time to time. For example, many internet-related services such as video games are often sold at remarkably lower prices on special events as the Cyber Monday. However, regular sales may take a long time before they happen. Therefore, make sure that you purchase a lot of games so that you have enough gaming options to keep you active/engaged as you wait for the next regular sale.

5. Exchange Games

Finally, you can exchange video games that you have already played with new ones that you would like to try at the local stores. However, you should note that some sellers may ask you to add some little money in order to get a new game. Whether you purely exchange old games for new ones or top up some amount, this smart approach helps you save a great deal of money. All the same, be extra keen to avoid exchanging your video games with others that may be spoilt. Ask the seller to have you test the games before you do the swapping.

Video Game Streaming and the End of Consoles

Console gaming has had a hard time staying relevant with the emergence of mobile gaming. They’re still profitable because hardcore gamers stayed loyal to their consoles which are the only machines powerful enough to deliver the kind of in-depth gaming experience that they demand. But that may soon change with the latest addition to the gaming market; video game streaming.

The Next Revolution in Gaming

Console manufacturers typically give their consoles lifetimes of seven years however that is at odds with the two-year upgrade cycles of other hardware platforms. This life-cycle is such a vital part of the console business model but they may have no choice but to drop it in favor of streaming for the next generation.

With the current generation, the quickest way to play a video game on a console is to download and install it. The three major video game consoles, the Wii, the PlayStation and the Xbox, all have online stores that allow gamers to download titles directly to their consoles. The only problem is that most titles are about a dozen gigabytes so they take hours, or even days to download and they take massive amounts of space on hard drives.

Netflix, HBO Go and Hulu revolutionized the movie and television industries when they offered direct streaming options. Their services allow users to watch their favorite shows instantly without having to worry about how much memory they chew up or piling up massive stacks of DVDs. This revolution all but killed off DVD players.

And now the gaming industry is heading in the same direction. Nvidia and Sony are aiming to make the next generation of consoles tiny devices that stream gameplay to your television. The idea is that rather than having a massive console in your living room that demands to be fed discs or downloaded content, the micro-console streams games from a cloud as they are played.

How Video-Game Streaming Works

The new consoles will work in a similar fashion to Netfix. The game is actually played on a powerful server based in a warehouse somewhere far away and the video is streamed to the console. Players mash buttons on their controllers and the signal is sent back to the server where it is processed and the result is streamed back to the players’ screens.

The leading micro-console in the market is Nvidia’s gaming service called Shield. It only offers old titles at present however Sony have released their own version called PlayStation Now, retailing at $99, which also boasts a selection of last-generation titles.

The only thing keeping cloud gaming from taking over completely is lag. Nothing kills the gaming experience quite like having to wait fractions of a second longer for button inputs to respond. In some games, those fractions of a second are all that it takes to get shot in the face. The lag is brought about the added time that it takes for a command to be beamed up to the cloud, processed, then sent back down to the console. The effects of lag can be minimized with a solid internet connection. Video-game steaming providers suggest a minimum of 2Mb/s connections and 5Mb/s for HD gaming.

Hold on to Your Consoles for Now

Cloud-based gaming is an exciting concept. Gamers will love the freedom that it offers however we can expect that the traditional console producers will do their best to delay the emergence of cloud gaming for as long as they can. Their current model is simply too profitable for them to just let it go too. If you include the amount of work that has to be done on reducing the lag times and how most homes do not have the internet speeds required to play A-list titles in HD, it may be a while before video-game streaming becomes the norm.