The first of all game consoles and a very famous one was introduced by a Japanese company called Nintendo. Following Nintendo was Microsoft’s Xbox, then Sony’s PlayStation series.
They produced 4 types of game consoles which include Home Video Consoles, Handheld Game Consoles, Micro consoles, and Dedicated consoles.
The Nigerian society has over the years witnessed a decline in the establishments of gaming centres, as was once prominent years ago. Gaming centres afforded teens and youths an avenue for fun, while also generating income through it for the owners.
Fast forward to present times, there is now an increase in the number of persons who own Game Consoles, which partly contributed to the demise of gaming centres. Game consoles are now widely and readily available for private consumption.
Prices of Game Consoles and Accessories in Nigeria.
The Nigerian tech market has expanded to accommodate the needs of private individuals demand for Game Consoles and its accompanying accessories.
This demand was further fueled by the competition between manufacturers to make more advanced development in their designs, capacity, and aesthetics.
Some few weeks ago, Sony announced that the PS2 server had been finally shut down, bringing an end to almost 18 years of its use. The play station 2 while it lasted proved to be a trailblazer in the play station series, which subsequently led to the release of PS3 and PS4.
Game Consoles in Nigeria
There are various game consoles available in the country and they include:
Of much relevance today is the PS4, which is in three models and they are PS4, PS4 slim and PS4 pro. There isn’t much difference between the PS4 and PS slim, other than its physical changes, a 5GHZWi-Fi which is faster than the 2.4GHz wireless band of the PS4.
It also supports Bluetooth 4.0 which is more efficient and offers better wireless audio performance. The slim also features USB 3.1 which is twice as fast as the original 3.0 and overall, slim is a little more power efficient compared to PS4.
The PS4 Pro represents a great upgrade on the two previous models. It has an 8-core custom jaguar CPU from AMD, it runs at a higher 2.1GHZ frequency which is 500MHz faster than the two previous models.
Also, in terms of design, it is bigger and heavier than the base models and also has 3 USB ports.
As mentioned earlier, Microsoft also produces the Xbox series, the latest of which is the Xbox one as a successor to Xbox 360. Xbox one has an emphasis on internet-based features including the ability to record and stream gameplay.
The Xbox is seen as the iPhone of Game Consoles. In the Nigerian market, prices of these game consoles vary, with the Xbox slightly higher than the PS series. The pS4 slim go for about N120,000 to N140,0000 (depending on the hard disk drive). Meanwhile, the PS4 pro goes for about N150,000 to N180,000 depending on the hard disk drive.
The play station has more game CDS compared to Xbox and there is also the possibility of collecting game on both consoles. As regards the pads, Xbox pads use batteries, while PS4 requires charging
Away from the consoles, the accompanying accessories aren’t as expensive as the console. The average range of price accessories is between N3,000 and N30,000 at most.
Factors Determining Game Choice in Nigeria
There many factors to consider when choosing a game in Nigeria and few of them are mentioned below:
This usually determines the kind of games that are readily available. Most in demand are sports, adventure, and action games. Most sellers would not want to run out of having for sale sport games like FIFA or PES.
For most individuals in the sports/football section, they usually prefer FIFA to PES, reasons being that FIFA designs its games to suit reality. For instance, goals scored in games are almost similar to what obtains in real life, its timely updated versions, realistic jubilations, game settings, strongly built data, etc.
PES offers little when looking at all the features of FIFA, as PES is much more game enabled meaning touching the right buttons can easily get you a goal and many more.
There are other categories of games like the action/ adventure games, made by Rock star and Rock north (GTA). Vice city, San Andreas, Liberty City, Lost and Dammed, etc. GTA usually constitutes normal theft, action, drugs, sex, heist and so on.
The interesting thing about these games, is the execution of real-life acts in them from driving, racing, flying planes, biking, etc. Similar games in these categories includes LA Noir, Mafia 1,2,3, Total recall, Godfather, Call of Duty Black Ops, Bully, Scarface, Devil May Cry, Tekken, and many more.
Another issue to take into consideration is the adapter. Erratic power supply sometimes leads to the damage of the adapter of these games. But the PS4 pro has an inbuilt adapter to accommodate irregularities in the power supply.
Money is also an important factor to consider when choosing a game console.
The PlayStation being relatively cheaper compared to Xbox, most individuals prefer to go for it. It also has many game CDs when compared to Xbox. Again, the parts in the event of damage are much cheaper to Xbox.
Other Game consoles available in Nigeria
Among the very best gaming consoles currently are:
- Nintendo switch
- Microsoft Xbox one X
- Sony PlayStation slim
- Microsoft Xbox one s
- Oclus rift
- HTC vive
- Sony PlayStation Vita slim
- New Nintendo 3DS XL
- Sony play station VR.
In conclusion, when going for a game console, it is advisable to get the Play Station series. Anyone of slim or pro as it offers the best value for money in terms of cost, accessories, repair, etc. The various online stores can be checked if there is a need to get one. With N200,000, the game console and its accessories can be purchased.
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