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Video Game Optimization by Ben Garney, Eric Preisz

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Chapter 14. Consoles

On the surface, consoles look a lot like any other platform. The first Xbox was nearly identical to a mid-range gaming PC of the era—even down to its size. The PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 behave a lot like the computer on your desk. They download software updates, run applications, allow you to play media, access the Internet, and a lot more. In some cases (such as with XNA or the Net Yaroze or less legitimately with homebrew), it’s possible for users to run their own applications on them.

Don’t be fooled. Deep down, a console like the 360 has a lot more in common with an NES than it does with your desktop. Consoles build off of 30 years of hard-won game development knowledge. They may have operating systems and mass storage instead ...

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