The video game console realm is much bigger than you think, ranging from insanely powerful offerings for 4K HDR and virtual reality gaming, through ultra portable picks, all the way to options designed to take you decades down the memory lane. Check out the best picks available on the market at the moment from the likes of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, and get ready to get your gaming on!
1. Microsoft Xbox One X Gaming Console
The Xbox One X is the most powerful gaming console available now, capable of delivering today’s hottest video games in 4K resolution and HDR at an eye-popping 60 frames per second. This is a truly remarkable feat for a device priced below $500.
Review editors from IGN and The Verge have praised the Xbox One X for its 4K gaming performance. Testers also liked the elegant design of the console.
The console also features a 4K Blu-ray player, as well as the ability to stream high-resolution content from today’s popular streaming services. We like that, thanks to recent updates, the Xbox One X is compatible with Amazon Alexa, as well as an external mouse and keyboard.
2. Nintendo Switch With Gray Joy-Con Gaming Console
The Nintendo Switch can seamlessly transition from a mobile gaming device to a home gaming console by docking into a station. We really like that, unlike its rivals, the Nintendo Switch allows users to take it alongside their favorite AAA games on the go.
It has innovative Joy-Con controllers and a constantly growing library of fun games with iconic characters. The console comes with an impressive selection of accessories, including the awesome Nintendo Labo kits.
3. Nintendo Super NES Classic Edition Gaming Console
Nintendo’s reasonably priced Super NES Classic Edition is the best option for nostalgic gamers available today. It comes preloaded with 21 iconic Nintendo games from the 1990s. The list includes Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, and Donkey Kong Island, just to name a few.
The Nintendo Super NES Classic Edition gaming console has a well-deserved high review score from CNET. According to the editor, the device is a “slam-dunk recommendation for everyone.”
We like that the console looks just like the legendary original from decades ago. The Nintendo Super NES Classic Edition comes bundled with two gaming controllers.
4. Microsoft Xbox One S Gaming Console
The Xbox One S is our favorite entry-level gaming console by Microsoft. It’s slimmer and better-looking than the original Xbox One. Thanks to upgraded hardware, the console is also capable of delivering a number of gaming titles with enhanced HDR visuals.
The gaming console can stream 4K and HDR video content from Netflix and other popular services. Like the pricier Xbox One X, the One S is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and an external keyboard and mouse.
5. Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Gaming Console
The PlayStation 4 Slim console is compatible with the tech giant’s PlayStation VR headset, so it’s the most affordable path to great virtual reality gaming.
The console is also a hugely capable home entertainment center. It can stream content from all major platforms.
6. Apple TV 4K Streaming Player
The Apple TV 4K has the same powerful A10X Fusion chip as an iPad Pro, so it’s a highly capable option for casual gamers, as well as for iPhone and iPad users who like to game on a larger screen. There are plenty of cool titles to choose from in the App Store, too.
Of course, the Apple TV 4K is primarily an excellent home entertainment platform with 4K HDR capabilities. It can stream high-quality content from Netflix and Amazon, among other services.
7. Nintendo 3DS XL Portable Gaming Console
The Nintendo 3DS XL features a C stick for better in-game controls, NFC connectivity, and compatibility with amiibo figures. A Nintendo-rich library of 3DS titles is at your fingertips, headed by a host of Super Mario, Donkey Kong, and Legend of Zelda games. Overall, this is a great option for users who like a high-quality portable gaming experience at a reasonable price point.