Game libraries for alternative consoles
One of the main reasons that the Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii were able to secure such a massive portion of the console market is because the corporations that developed them had immense resources at their disposal. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all spent hundreds of millions of dollars developing games, and make no mistake: the results have been very impressive. All three systems offer dozens of incredible titles, no matter what genre you may prefer.
However, there are a lot of independent game studios that offer entertainment experiences that are every bit as impressive. While the advent of cloud gaming is beginning to make these alternative titles available to big-console gamers, alternative consoles currently have the advantage when it comes to providing gamers with the greatest possible degree of choice.
Access Games with Alternative Consoles
The alternative game systems that enjoy the most hype are designed to run on Google's Android operating system. In essence, many of these systems are similar to smartphones, except they have lightning-fast processors, large hard drives, generous amounts of RAM, and lack touchscreen interfaces. When they are connected to a television, computer monitor or compatible tablet device, you gain the full game-playing capabilities of an Android-connected smartphone, except with much better resolution outputs and much faster processing speeds, both of which allow you to play media-rich games that just aren't practical for play through mobile handsets.
While rumors abound that Google is currently developing an Android video game console, alternative consoles offer the best way to access Android games right now. When you play with an alternative console, not only will you enjoy much better screen resolutions on much larger screens, but you will also be able to take advantage of fully functional, handheld controllers.
How the Android Video Game Market Works
In essence, the Android video game market works on a digital game distribution model. When you access Android-enabled video games through an alternative console, you are essentially enjoying the bounty of a legal distribution agreement between Google (Android's parent company) and individual video game publishers.
Here is how the system works:
- Game studios agree to license their titles for distribution through Android-enabled platforms, in exchange for a (significant) portion of the revenues those titles generate through third-party sales.
- End users access game libraries by paying an access fee; this fee can be a flat rate per game title (such as $5.99 per game), or it can be a monthly fee for access to an entire game library (such as $49.95 for one month of unlimited game downloads).
- Users purchase game titles, which are then distributed via digital download. The terms and conditions of these downloads vary from system to system, but most allow for lifetime access to the game title and unlimited downloading to any number of devices.
- You download the game, including artwork and user's manuals, to your alternative console or an attached electronic device.
- When the download is complete, you install the game and play it to your heart's content!
Cloud gaming is set to further transform the world of video games in the years ahead. Many industry insiders believe that future alternative consoles will focus on connecting players to the world of cloud gaming and its limitless possibilities. In essence, cloud gaming makes an incredibly array of titles available to gamers, including everything from classic titles for the consoles of yesteryear to arcade favorites and hard-to-find retro games for old computer systems. Cloud gaming also supports the digital distribution of contemporary game titles, so in the coming years, you will be able to enjoy an unbelievably array of titles in glorious high definition.