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What the heck is an
Xbox or PSP?

You may have heard your kids or grandkids using words like Xbox or 360 or PSP or PS3. Maybe they even asked you to buy them one. But what the heck are they?

They are codenames or models of popular gaming systems. You may remember the first video game - Pong. You attached some extra hardware to your TV set and then watched as the beam of light, the "ball", bounced from side to side on your TV screen.

Your goal was to "hit" the ball with your paddle causing your opponent to miss. Like tennis or ping pong on your TV screen. It was considered high-tech way back then.

If that was your last experience with video games, you will be amazed at how they have progressed. Today the sound can be superior to your stereo system and the 3-D graphics are so smooth and detailed that you can see beads of sweat on someone on the screen.

With some games you can play over the Internet and compete with people from all over the world.

Many of the games are shoot-em-up types and very violent. After all, they target a teen boy audience primarily. There are also a lot of racing (cars, motorcycle, etc) and fantastic sports games.

The sports action is extremely realistic and game companies compete for realism, up-to-date statistics of players and so on.

Microsoft Xbox 360 logo

The Xbox is a Microsoft Video Game Console. The latest release was introduced (to much fanfare) in November 2005. The model was called the Xbox 360 but many people just call it the 360.

Xbox 360 game console and controller
Xbox 360 game console and controller

PS stands for PlayStation, Sony's video game console that competes with the Xbox. The PlayStation is the market leader. PS2 stands for PlayStation 2 and PS3 is the shorthand for the upcoming model, PlayStation 3.

Play Station Portable - PSP
Play Station Portable - PSP

In addition, PSP stands for PlayStation Portable, a handheld game console also from Sony.

Answered by Tech Expert Dan Hanson

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