Wi-Fi Gaming

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It probably won't surprise you to hear that gaming is a big part of wireless. That's not to say it's exclusively limited to PC gamers, either. Essentially, we've covered PC wireless gaming by discussing all of the ways to connect your home network to a computer. As far as Wi-Fi PC gaming goes, it's really as simply as connecting to an access point and then finding a game you like (from World of Warcraft to Diablo II).

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**Caption: Today's consoles are all headed towards Wi-Fi support

The more radical approaches to wireless are being made in the console and handheld world. Most of the present and almost all of the future systems hitting the market have some Wi-Fi ability, including the following:

  • Nintendo DS handheld [Nintendo Wi-Fi]
  • Nintendo's handheld, which launched in November of 2004, released its own Wi-Fi network through various popular American "hotspots", like McDonalds.

  • Nintendo Wii console [Nintendo Wi-Fi]
  • Nintendo's holiday 2006 console will feature a built-in Wi-Fi connection with free service, although there appears to be some limits to the online potential. It's Nintendo's first foray into online gaming via console.

  • Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) handheld [Sony Wi-Fi]
  • Users of Sony's PSP can connect to the web and other gamers for impromptu sessions of gaming goodness.

  • Sony Playstation 3 console [Sony Wi-Fi]
  • Fans of wireless internet connections will want to pick up the premium version of

    Sony's Playstation 3, since the lower $500 version features no Wi-Fi (or HDMI)

    support.

  • Microsoft Xbox 360 console [Microsoft Wi-Fi]
  • Microsoft's Xbox Live is the premiere online console community, although users will need to shell out an additional $100 for Wi-Fi support. The wireless adapter is necessary if 360 owners want to avoid Ethernet cables when playing Gears of War online.

    **Caption: The Xbox 360 offers a Wi-Fi adapter, while the Wii and PS3 are built with wireless technology

    As you can see, each system has a different approach to wireless online gaming, although each manufacturer generally has a similar structure for their consoles and handhelds. That's why we'll split our address of each into Nintendo (DS and Wii), Sony (PSP and Playstation 3), and Microsoft (Xbox 360).

    The technology is pretty cool, as you're about to read. For more, check out our in-depth look at how each system handles Wi-Fi.