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5 Ways To Bring Games on the Go

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One of the most inconvenient aspects of gaming is how stationary they tend to be. If you want to play your console or PC games anywhere other than where you have your system set up, it takes tremendous effort to move everything to where you want it. However, there are ways around this problem involving both other types of game consoles, using the internet, and modifying the console itself. Here are five ways to make your gaming equipment more portable.

External Storage

One way to make your games more portable is to back up the save files of your games onto an external hard drive. Removable external hard drives can be inserted into a compatible system that allows you to play from where you left off on a different console. However, the drawbacks of this method include needing a second system and equipment set up in the location in which you wish to play. While this strategy requires you to shell out more money for another console, the Back UPS are fairly cheap and can be worth the investment.

Handheld Consoles

Nintendo has always been at the forefront of the portable game console market since the release of the Gameboy in 1989. Today, all of their strictly handheld systems have been retired, but they are now focusing their efforts on the Nintendo Switch, which is a hybrid between a handheld console and a home console. Other companies have also tried their hands at portable consoles, but rarely with as much success as Nintendo. One drawback of portable consoles is that they rely heavily on battery power, so if you run out of power, it will take a while to charge again.

Mobile Gaming

Similarly to portable gaming systems, games for cell phones that are downloadable from the app store benefits from their portability but suffer from a lack of battery power. Cell phone games are also usually less graphically impressive, story intensive, and technologically demanding which creates a negative stigma from a large portion of the gaming community. Regardless of how gamers gatekeep their community, mobile gaming is a viable option for those who are looking for a portable and casual experience when playing video games.

Online Gaming

This concept is newer than the other items on the list. The newest and most famous example of this type of gaming is Google Stadia, a Cloud-based gaming service that eliminates the need to buy a console or individual games by playing games in a web browser on a computer, or even certain cell phones. Services similar to Google Stadia are bound to become more common as internet connections become more common and more powerful. The biggest drawback to Cloud-based gaming is that it requires a high-speed internet connection to work to the fullest extent, so if your internet connection is not great, you may be at a disadvantage.

Simple Modifications

If you are looking to literally make your current console portable, then the best way to do that is by making simple modifications to best suit your needs. Doing something as simple as attaching a handle to the side of the console or finding the most convenient way to wrap up and condense all of your cords can make moving your console much easier. However, before carelessly attaching a handle, make sure you are doing it safely and not negligently drilling into the side of an expensive console. Always treat your console with care and do not mess with the internal components if you do not know what you are doing.

Even though traditional handheld gaming systems seem to be dying out, they are constantly being improved to conform to a more modern world. As the internet becomes more powerful and available, games will likely move away from consoles altogether. There will always be ways to enjoy your games wherever you want no matter if you are using a handheld console or not.

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