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Printed Circuit Boards and Gaming

If you’re into video games, there’s probably one question that lingers in your mind: Which gaming device is the fairest of them all?

In the world of video gaming, almost every geek knows of the “Big Three” that dominates the scene: Sony’s PlayStation 4, Windows’ Xbox One, and the good old classic gaming personal computer (PC). But while it may be subject to debate which among them is the best choice for modern gaming, all of them wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for printed circuit boards.

Printed circuit boards are little flat boards that contain a number of tiny printed wires and connections where the electrical currents and signals travel so you can send a command in a game. These innovations have been around for as long as video games have existed, and they have proven to be an invaluable component of today’s technology.

But PCB assemblies were not born out of the blue. They were part of a long and dark history of the evolution of technology starting with the invention of transistors as a replacement for vacuum tubes. Back in the days of old, computers were big – they used to fill a whole room and was operated by a whole team of experts, who monitored the vacuum tubes which were used to power those colossal machines. These people would also be in charge of replacing the vacuum tubes whenever they would overheat, which happened a lot. And did we mention that those computers could only do simple mathematical equations?

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Imagine purchasing a box as big as your bedroom just to be able to play a simple 2D game. Sounds terrifying?

Thanks to printed circuit boards, you didn’t have to experience those days. Now you can play high-res full 3D games and not worry about replacing any tubes that might overheat.

The Ubiquity of PCBs

Nowadays, almost every technology takes advantage of the capabilities and convenience of PCB assemblies. These nifty components are not just used in the world of gaming, but also in accounting (calculators), entertainment (television), transportation (street signs), and even in cooking (ovens)! Almost every device in your home that uses power in the form of batteries or any other type of electric current has circuit boards inside that receives the signals when you press a button, say, from the remote controller of your TV, and sends those signals via infrared to your TV. Electric currents travel blazingly fast thanks to the conducive prints on the circuit board, and that makes it possible for you to switch to different channels and change the volume of the TV with the press of a button.

Printed Circuit Boards

With the omnipresence of printed circuit boards in today’s generation, there are a number of ways people can purchase them for their needs. Say you’re building your own gaming PC? There are a lot of people who are attracted to the concept of building their computers themselves brick-by-brick, also commonly known as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mentality. You can get a list of all the required components like the graphics and sound cards, a mouse and a keyboard, some high quality speakers, and a motherboard – which is basically a PCB – that can fit all of your specifications.

When looking for a motherboard that will best serve your needs (or any other printed circuit board for that matter), always make sure you know where you’re getting it. You can physically go to an electric store to buy PCBs, but if you’re looking for a more convenient option, shopping PCB assemblies online is the way to go. One advantage of shopping online is that you can instantly check if a specific company or manufacturer can fit your needs. We at Imagineering, Inc. offer free quotes on our products, so you know exactly what you’ll be getting, and for how much, so you won’t be overspending. We’ll even handle shipping and delivery of PCBs for you!

Truly, PCBs have become instrumental in changing the landscape of modern industries, not just in gaming. Whether you’re a gamer or not, there is no denying of the usefulness of printed circuit boards in the modern age. But PCBs are just a stepping stone for more advanced technologies. Who knows what the next innovation might be?