There are plenty of top-quality Gaming Consoles on the market, and each brings something a little different to the table. Whichever one you choose, it’s sure to be a great addition to your home.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 takes the lead in new-gen consoles, offering 4K games with ray-tracing, high-quality textures and improved particle effects, alongside lightning-fast load times thanks to a custom SSD.
1. PlayStation 5
The PS5 is Sony’s next-gen Gaming Consoles, and the culmination of the company’s efforts to break down barriers between gamers and their games. The result is a machine that has big-game graphics power and high framerates, but it also has the kind of user interface that is designed to immerse you in a game.
The UI is a natural expansion of the PlayStation 4 and takes full advantage of a 4K screen, with HDR support for supported displays. Its Control Center overlays all your game options, offering contextual options for whatever you’re playing at that moment.
Its SSD reduces the time it takes to load games and its GPU supports ray tracing, so that even lower-resolution titles look stunning on 4K screens. It also comes with a range of exclusive games and has built-in support for trades with other PlayStation users, so you can get the best price on any disc-based title.
2. Xbox One X
The Xbox One X is the most powerful Gaming Consoles ever made, with 6 teraflops of graphics performance. This is more than twice as much power as the Xbox One S or All-Digital Edition, which each boast four teraflops and can only support games running at 1080p natively.
That power is designed to drive 4K gaming on compatible TVs, which offers a higher resolution with a much greater detail level than 1080p. This is a huge leap in quality over the previous generation of games and many games have been updated to support 60 frames per second or higher with 4K gaming.
The Xbox One X is backwards compatible, too, which means you can play old Xbox 360 titles with Xbox One X enhancements. This is a feature we hope Microsoft encourages developers to adopt, as it would allow them to bring the full power of their latest games to older hardware and make some games better.
3. Nintendo Switch
If you’re looking for a gaming console that’s more versatile than its competitors, the Nintendo Switch is worth considering. Its unique hybrid design allows you to play games in handheld or traditional home console modes, and you can even remove the two edge controllers and use them as standalone gamepads.
The Switch is also packed with features that you can’t find on any other gaming console. For example, you can easily recharge your Joy-Cons as long as you slide them into the console’s charging dock.
You can also take advantage of an online service that requires a subscription fee and adds new features like voice chat and cloud saving. The service also has a large library of online games, and more are added periodically.
4. Switch Lite
The Switch Lite is the perfect console for gamers who prefer a portable device. It’s lighter and smaller than the standard Nintendo Switch, but still has the same great games library as its bigger counterpart.
It doesn’t dock like the regular Switch, so you can’t play games on a TV, but it’s incredibly convenient when you’re out and about or want to have a portable console with you at all times.
Thankfully, almost every Nintendo Switch game is compatible with both the original Switch and the Lite. The only exceptions are some motion-based games that require the Joy-Con controllers to be detached.
It’s also worth noting that the Switch Lite has only 32GB of internal storage, which isn’t enough if you’re building up a digital library of games. Thankfully, the console has microSD card slots for expanding on-board memory.
5. Xbox Series S
A smaller version of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, the Xbox Series S is a good choice for those looking to buy a next-gen console without breaking their budget. It doesn’t have an optical drive, but it does have a custom NVME 512GB SSD powered by Xbox Velocity Architecture, which ensures quick load times and seamless game switching.
It also supports Alexa voice control, letting you do everything from turning the console on and off to launching titles or playing game footage. The console is also compatible with HDR (high dynamic range) for better visuals on compatible streaming services like Netflix, Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus.
As for games, Xbox makes it easy to switch between different control schemes by assigning one profile to the controller. This allows players to assign inverted y-axis aiming or racing games to a particular controller, for example.