As any gamer can attest, there’s never been a better time for video games. With Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo at the top of their game, there’s really no shortage of options. That said, it can be hard to settle on a specific console.
Sure, the PS4 exclusives like Spider-Man and God of War are pretty rad, but Xbox also has its fair share of awesome exclusive titles, including—but not limited to—Halo and Gears of War. If you’re in the market for a new console, you really can’t go wrong with these four picks, which all deliver realistic game play, fast connection speeds, sharp graphics, and a variety of games for the whole family.
1. PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console
Arguably the most popular home gaming console right now, the PS4 Pro is basically the updated version of the PlayStation 4. With stunning 4K graphics, your movies, games, and sounds are sure to pop. Plus, with Boost Mode, you can add enjoy even more HD-enhanced games and movies, with better image quality, faster frame rates and more.
While the PS4 Pro comes in different GB options, the 1TB is easily the best overall bang for your buck.
2. Xbox One X 1TB Console
BEST ASSORTMENT OF GAMES
Much like how the PS4 Pro is the updated version of the PS4, the Xbox One X offers better graphics, better processing power and is an all-around better version than the original Xbox One.
With six teraflops of processing power (“flops” = “floating point operations per second” and measures how fast a processor is) and beautiful 4k capabilities, it’s more than just a gaming console; it’s an all-in-one entertainment powerhouse. In fact, it sports up to 40% more power than other gaming consoles (the PS4 has 1.8 teraflops), and it’s compatible with all your favorite Xbox games.
3. Nintendo Switch – Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con
BEST FOR PORTABLE GAMING
While the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X are great gaming consoles on their own, the Switch is a whole different ballgame. Nintendo’s flagship design sports stunning graphics and the highly innovative Joy-Con controller, which you can literally play anywhere, anytime. By detaching the Joy-Con from its console, you can game on the bus, on the train, on your flight—you get the picture. Cool mtion sensors allow functionality that is similar to the Wii, making for more inspired gameplay. And more than any other console, the Switch’s growing family-friendly library hits all the right spots.
4. Nintendo New 3DS XL – Black
Easily the most popular handheld console on the market, the 3DS XL is essentially the original 3DS, only slightly supersized to help us bigger folk game more comfortably. Where the Game Boy, which was released in 1989, enjoyed fame for nearly a decade, its graphics were incredibly lackluster. Fortunately, the 3DS doesn’t suffer from that original design, with crisp graphics and an ultra fast processor for fast load times. This system also has backwards compatibility, meaning you can play DS games on the 3DS (though they won’t appear in 3D).