Every week the EFG staff will be defining a gaming term that is either confusing or ill-defined. Please leave a comment with any terms you are confused by and we will try to include them in future editions!

The gaming definition this week is a term that is applicable to many video games: Port

Port: A reference to import/export. Port refers to a game originally designed or published for one console or device, that has been redesigned or republished for a new one. Porting a game intends to provide players with a similar experience, but as the differences between the original and new device/console increase, the greater the difference in quality or play experience.

Ports vary depending on the limitations of the machines being imported to or exported from, and features will be removed or altered (such as removal/additions of touch screens, simplified controls, and graphical resolution and frame rate).

Examples of Ports:

  • Minecraft Pocket Edition: Originally on PS3 and Xbox 360 and ported over to mobile
  • Fortnite: Originally¬†on PS4, Xbox One and PC and ported to mobile
  • Mario Kart 8: Originally on Wii U and ported to the Switch

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You can also look at our other video game definitions from previous weeks here!

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