Now’s the best time to invest in a gaming console! It’s not just that home is the safest place to be at this point in time–it’s also that gaming console shoppers have several terrific options available to them. Three of these are the Sony Playstation 5, Microsoft Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch.
But how do you choose between the three? We’ll let you in on a little secret. Choosing the best console for you boils down to whichever one best suits your personal gaming preferences, expectations, and style, as well as the other things like the range of games available to you. Let’s take a look at each console and see what kind of gamer each is suited for, to help you make that informed choice!
Ninty has a long history of offering some of the most innovative gaming solutions available today, including the most family-friendly gaming options out there. The Switch is yet another device that’s just about tailor-made for people who like to think a little differently, as well as gaming families too.
For one, the Switch’s physical setup is perfectly versatile, consisting of a 6.2-inch 720p tablet device augmented by stereo speakers and a rear-mounted kickstand. Its two mini controllers, the Joy-Cons, can be used docked on either side of the screen or removed for use as mini gamepads. From serving as a TV console (during which it operates in full HD or 1080p) as well as a device that can be used handsfree, the Switch can be used as a portable gaming device, which makes it just about perfect for parents or kids who want to tote it around the house or even on the occasional car ride outside, for instance.
But there’s more–the Switch is secure for kids, too. Nintendo’s designed it so that online communication is locked down. Chatting with other gamers is possible, but only through a managed smartphone app, which helps keep kids safe from whoever might be lurking online.
A third reason the Switch is a must-buy is the terrific roster of games it’s compatible with, from Mario Kart and Super Mario to Legend of Zelda and Pokemon, of course. These are some of the best games available nowadays for any console, bar none, and are mostly perfectly kid-friendly too.
If what you want is a powerhouse–even if this power comes at the expense of portability–then you might want to have a look at the other two consoles we’re peering at today. Starting with the Xbox Series X.
The Series X is of course MS’s latest flagship, and is a true slam-dunk console that can duke it out with the best of them. Its SSD and cutting-edge processing power thanks to its octacore Zen 2 CPU and 15GB of RAM help ensure that menus and games themselves load in next to time; it’s capable of native 4K gaming at a blazing-fast 60fps, and it also does support up to 120fps gaming; and its specs and topnotch construction help ensure that its buyers will be enjoying it for quite some time after purchase. It also features a new Xbox Wireless Controller, which is as great fun to use as the last-gen controller was.
If you’re buying a Series X, you’ll love the fact that it’s firmly ensconced in the Xbox ecosystem and works perfectly well with the thousands of Xbox games that are already available. You could actually fall in love with your favorite Xbox games all over again when playing them on this device, thanks to the surpassing experience the Series X can offer even with older games. You’ll also revel in the fact that it supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for streaming media and games.
And an interesting thing is that the Series X isn’t launching with too many games that are perfectly optimized to take advantage of its awesome firepower (Halo Infinite, for one, having been delayed until later in the year). But isn’t that a good enough reason to invest in one now, to prepare yourself for the onslaught of great games to come? And you’ll also still have Xbox Game Pass which confers access to 200+ games to tide you over until the big-gun exclusives do arrive.
Let’s wrap up with the PS5. Sony’s latest and greatest has already knocked the socks off many a reviewer and owner since its introduction, and it’s easy to see why.
The large and distinctively-styled PS5 (nothing looks like this console, to be honest) is a powerhouse in its own right. Under the hood is an octacore Zen 2 CPU and GPU as well as 16GB of RAM and an SSD (which is super-fast). You get blink-and-you’ll-miss-it loading times and up to 4K 60fps gameplay standard (120fps-enabled). You also get a new DualSense controller which takes forward the tech that debuted with the DualShock 4, thanks to new additions like a microphone, haptic feedback, and adaptive triggers.
You can also enjoy a brand-spanking-new user experience, thanks to a content-rich homescreen that now features backdrops and activities (including trophies and official news) for games and theme music for PS5 games too. All that, and the PS5 still runs silently and quietly thanks to one of the largest fans of any gaming device.
Games-wise, the PS5 is backward-compatible with the thousands of titles already released for the PS4, so you won’t struggle to find a game to play. And there are some native PS5 games up, including killer titles like Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the free game that comes with the console, Astro’s Playroom. You can even plug in a USB 3.0 external HDD or SSD with PS4 games saved on it and play to your heart’s content (not PS5 games, mind you, these won’t work when saved on USB drives). You’ll need to save the PS5 games on the SSD for you to play them. Anyway, if you’re a PS Plus member, you’ll get immediate access to the PlayStation Plus Collection of 20 classic PS4 games, God of War, The Last of Us Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End among them.
Of course, the PS5 is available in both regular (allowing for disc playback via the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player) and digital-only (for the media streaming gamers) versions. While the PS5 isn’t capable of Dolby Vision or Dolby Atmos, the console is good enough that this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.