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Types of Consoles

11/7/2013 8:27:01 AM | by Anonymous

Consoles

Consoles are types of computer systems that may be used to accomplish different purposes. The difference between consoles and personal computers is that personal computers are able to accomplish many different tasks whereas consoles are designed to accomplish a specific task. This is changing however, as consoles such as game consoles are able to play other media such as songs and videos.


The first type of console is the gaming console. Unlike personal computers, gaming consoles are special computers that are used to run video games. However, the video game consoles today are very advanced and they are able to match the capacity of an average personal computer. These video game consoles are usually plugged into television that allows people to enjoy the game on their television screen. A controller is also attached to the console so that people are able to control what they are playing.


The earliest types of gaming consoles where very limited as there were only few games available. Furthermore, most of the consoles at that time could only play one specific game. As technology developed, gaming consoles were soon able to play multiple games through different game cartridges. Some pioneers of gaming consoles are Intellivision, Coleco and Atari. There are quite a number of similarities in the gaming consoles of the past and modern gaming consoles. One of it is the presence of controllers. In the past these controllers had to be plugged in to the console and this caused tripping hazards and it was very messy. Modern gaming console controllers are wireless, making it more convenient.

Apart from the traditional controller that has physical buttons, there are also other types of controllers that use movement to play games. A small camera is mounted near the television and the camera tracks the motion of the user and translates it into movement in the game. There are even gaming consoles which do not require any controllers at all and requires the user to use his or her body to play the game. The same camera is used to track the player’s movements.


The popular brands of gaming consoles are the Sony Playstation series, Nintendo Wii and the Xbox series. Every couple of years, these manufacturers updates their console to have even more capacity, better graphics and more functions. Apart from playing games, these consoles were able to play media as well. For example, the Playstation 2 could play DVDs and the current Playstation 3 is able to play Blu-ray discs.


Another type of console is an attendant console. An attendant console is often used by clerks and receptionists to receive and redirect incoming phone calls. While many companies have automated systems, some companies, especially those dealing with customers, prefer to have a real human attend to the customers.

 

When there is an incoming call, it goes to the attendant console where to receptionist will answer the phone. After finding out the caller’s purpose, the receptionist can then redirect the call to the appropriate staff. The attendant console also has the function of allowing calls to be put on a queue when the receptionist in currently talking to someone. Apart from that, the attendant console also has special automated software that leaves messages to incoming callers when the business is not available or closed.


The next type of console is the digital multiplex console which is a type of device that controls other devices through digital multiplex technology. One of the most common applications of consoles is used in theaters to control the different types of lightings. There is a controller that controls the lighting of the digital multiplex console to allow the user to achieve different types of lighting effects. This includes fading, dimming and programming.


There are many types of consoles that can be used for many different purposes and these three are just a few examples. As technology continues to grow, who knows how advanced these systems can become in the future.

 

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