These are some common tools used to work on this device. You might not need every tool for every procedure.
Background and Identification
Video game accessories are distinct pieces of hardware required to use a video game, or are items that enhance the player’s video game experience. With the exception of the game console itself, video game accessories can be anything from the controllers, memory, power adapter (AC), audio/visual cables, and more. Most game consoles come with the accessories needed to play games, except the games themselves (software). These accessories include, but are not limited to: one A/V cable, one AC cable, and a controller. The next most important accessory is memory because game data cannot be stored on compact discs.
Video game console companies also manufacture accessories for replacement purposes and for enhancing the game experience as well. Third-party companies (do not create consoles) sell accessories as well and these are often cheaper than the accessories from the game console companies.
Types of Accessories:
- Game Controllers are the most common type of gaming accessory because they are the controllers needed to play the game. Modern controllers feature the directional pad, or D-Pad, analog sticks (for 360 control), and buttons for general inputs.
- Memory Units allow for the storage of game data because initially game consoles did not have additional memory storage. Memory cards were the most common, but then the Xbox system was sold with an internal hard drive to store information. Many other gaming console brands followed Xbox’s precedent.
- Audio/Video Cables allow for the information processed by the console to appear on a television screen. (RCA Composite cables or HDMI Cables)
- Cases have grown in popularity to protect gaming consoles for easier transportation. These are most common for hand-held gaming devices although cases are also available for home consoles.
- Software Accessories are the games designed by professional game companies for the consoles.