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High-Tech Toys for Your TV: Secrets of TiVo™, Xbox by Steven D. Kovsky

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Chapter 6. Choosing the Right Gaming IED for You

Overview

Gaming IEDs can be compared on several levels—performance, features, software and price being some of the primary categories. However, in the final analysis, a combination of these attributes will determine which machine is the ideal choice for your home.

This chapter breaks down these categories and discusses some of the metrics used to assess each of the three console gaming platforms.

Performance

As most of you know by now, an electronic video game console is yet another form of intelligent electronic device (IED)—in other words, a computer designed to function as a consumer appliance. Although gaming IEDs offer only a limited set of computer functions, they require a tremendous amount of ...

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