Difference Between Personal Computers and Game Consoles
Summary: Difference Between Personal Computers and Game Consoles is that a personal computer is a computer that can perform all of its input, processing, output, and storage activities by itself. A game console is a mobile computing device designed for single-player or multiplayer video games. Standard game consoles use a handheld controller(s) as an input device(s).
A personal computer is a computer that can perform all of its input, processing, output, and storage activities by itself. A personal computer contains a processor, memory, and one or more input, output, and storage devices. Personal computers also often contain a communications device. Two popular architectures of personal computers are the PC and the Apple. The term, PC-compatible, refers to any personal computer based on the original IBM personal computer design. Companies such as Dell and Toshiba sell PC-compatible computers. PC and PC-compatible computers usually use a Windows operating system. Apple computers usually use a Macintosh operating system (Mac OS). Two types of personal computers are desktop computers and notebook computers.
A desktop computer is designed so that the system unit, input devices, output devices, and any other devices fit entirely on or under a desk or table. In some models, the monitor sits on top of the system unit, which is placed on the desk. The more popular style of system unit is the tall and narrow tower, which can sit on the floor vertically.
A game console is a mobile computing device designed for single-player or multiplayer video games. Standard game consoles use a handheld controller(s) as an input device(s); a television screen as an output device; and hard disks, optical discs, and/or memory cards for storage. The compact size and light weight of game consoles make them easy to use at home, in the car, in a hotel, or any location that has an electrical outlet. Three popular models are Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Nintendo’s Wii (pronounced wee), and Sony’s PlayStation.
A handheld game console is small enough to fit in one hand. With the handheld game console, the controls, screen, and speakers are built into the device. Some models use cartridges to store games; others use a memory card or a miniature optical disc. Many handheld game consoles can communicate wirelessly with other similar consoles for multiplayer gaming. Two popular models are Nintendo DS Lite and Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP).
In addition to gaming, many game console models allow users to listen to music, watch movies, keep fit, and connect to the Internet.