There are many different platforms which are used to play video games. These platforms, in a nutshell, are different devices which can be used to run the games. These devices may include Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PC computers, and more. Before even starting the game development process, the developers decide whether the game will be played on a dedicated device for games, for example, Xbox 360 or PlayStation, or if the game will be played on a PC computer. After determining the platform, developers start the process of game design.
There are various dedicated videogame devices which are precisely designed to play games. People who are fond of games can purchase these devices to enjoy the real-time experience of the game. These devices can be costly, however, they are good value for money for a person who really enjoys playing video games.
Almost every game nowadays is developed for multiple platforms. This means that if a game is developed for Xbox 360, then the same version of the game is (often) also developed for PlayStation 3 or PC computers. However, graphics and gaming experience may not be exactly the same on alternate platforms, but it still allows a player to enjoy nearly the same feel which he/she could have enjoyed while playing on dedicated devices.
A special team of game testers specifies as on which device the game would perform more efficiently and generate more business. These game testers also recommend the modifications which should be done in order to make the game rich in graphics.
These games are available on DVDs, or are also available as downloadable files from the Internet. There are many online shopping sites such as eBay.com, Amazon.com, etc which provide the games either as downloadable files, or as shippable DVDs. These sites also offer free shipping facilities for newly released games in order to advertise or promote the product. While browsing through the sites a user may select the genre of the game as per his/her requirements. For example, if a person has Xbox 360, then he/she can select an online shopping site and can order games that match this console. Or, if a person has a PC computer at his/her home, then he/she can purchase a downloadable version of the game, whereby he/she can download the executable file of the game.