Now’s the Best Time to Get Yourself a Video Game Console
A video game console is an essential component of the home entertainment lineup. For avid gamers, of course, but also for anyone looking to shake up their routine with something playful and engaging – that will also benefit their mental health. But what console is the best?
In the early days of video games, picking a console was easy – mostly because your options were pretty limited. Fans of Mario would go for Nintendo, while fans of Sonic went for Sega.
Today, however, when shopping for video game consoles, you are met with a wide array of options, all packed with features that might seem unfamiliar to those who are new to the game.
Within the list of top video game consoles, there isn’t necessarily a ‘best’ but there is a ‘best’ for your needs – and they’re all available on Amazon.
Below is a break down of what consoles stand out from the pack and what their key features are;
All-Around Great Experience PlayStation 4 Pro
Taking PS4 games to the next level, the Playstation 4 Pro is optimized so games appear sharp and incredibly detailed on a 4K TV.
This console also comes with a boost mode which allows players to have increased processing speeds and faster frame rates. To top it off, when played on an HDR TV, compatible games will showcase vivid, lifelike colors.
The console gives you access to PlayStation’s store, which includes everything from Call of Duty: War Zone to Death Stranding, and you can connect with friends to play games together. Oh, and you can also use it to stream 4K shows and movies.
Fast and Smooth Play: Xbox One
Like the PlayStation 4 Pro, the Xbox One X is optimized to showcase games in 4K (even on 1080P screens it's crisp and vibrant) and it is said to be 40 per cent more powerful than other consoles. This allows for games to load quickly and run without a hitch.
As one reviewer on Amazon noted “While this looks great in 4K, the big winner is the performance. Even if you don’t own a 4K TV, you can appreciate how much smoother games run on it.”
This console is also the only model on the market that features an Ultra HD Built-In Blu-Ray player, so you can make use of your physical entertainment collection.
Portable Gaming Nintendo Switch
Part home console, part portable video game, the Nintendo Switch brilliantly combines nostalgia with modern innovation.
This console can be hooked up to the TV at home, and when you’ve gotta get moving, simply attach the Joy-Con controllers to make it portable – the controllers can also be split for two-player games.
While this console doesn’t offer quite the same visual quality as those mentioned above, it more than makes up for that in other areas, including its extensive library of compatible games, which includes classics like The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong.
Sega Nostalgia: Sega Genesis Flashback
Sonic fans rejoice! Your favorite hedgehog is back and this time he’s in HD. This console comes with 85 built-in games including beloved classics like Mortal Kombat and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Note: 45 are video games, the other 35 include regular games such as checkers and hangman).
The controllers for this console are wireless, which offers a lot of flexibility for play and it includes save, resume and rewind functions. At a little over $100, it’s not a bargain purchase, but fans of the Sega world won’t regret it.
Physical Gaming Nintendo Wii
Looking to break a sweat while you’re gaming? The Nintendo Wii Console is the way to go.
The Wii might not seem as popular as it was upon its release, but it’s still a great option for adding a physical element to your video game experience – and it comes at a much lower price than a VR headset. This console comes with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort.