It is a great time, indeed, to shop for the best gaming console. But selecting which machine to go for is complicated and confusing. Thus, if you get it wronged, you might end up with yet another unloved gizmo crammed in the cupboard – where you keep the mini candy floss and air fryer machines.
However, there are several choices in improved hardware, such as Microsoft’s Xbox One X, Sony’s PS4 Pro, and sub-platforms as PlayStation VR. But, if ever you are on a budget, the original versions of these consoles are now sold at more affordable price tags.
Oh, of course, the rivalry between Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo carry on. That, this console generation is quite competitive, and there are reasons to pick every one of these. Moreover, I think Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro is the best gaming console you can buy in 2018.
The best gaming console of 2018
Honestly, the PlayStation 4 Pro is the best version of the most popular game platform that is available these days. With 4K, HDR 10 compatibility, and the PlayStation 4’s exclusive game library – it is currently the best plug-and-play gaming platform.
A very gigantic majority of both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One libraries are available on both platforms. Though both platforms have popular and exclusive franchises, still, the PlayStation 4 sees more exclusive games every year. The PS4 has access to a small number of less well-known Indie games and niche titles. That includes role-playing games, which the Xbox One does not have.
The PS4 has had the best games, and the PS4 Pro makes it look as stunning as possible. Technically, the Xbox One X is even more powerful, but it lacks must-have exclusive. For this reason, there is not just as much to play.
The best portable game console
Nintendo bypassed the current console arms race by changing not how you use your console, but where. In which, the Switch is a hybrid device that plugs into a television similarly to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But also works as a handheld.
Whilst it does not quite have the zip to play the latest 4k, 60 fps releases for PS4 or Xbox One. The Switch can play Doom (2016) at a smooth 30 fps anywhere you want to, and that is more good enough for lots of gamers. Additionally, to contemporary titles such the Wolfenstein II port, the Switch has had also proven itself as a fantastic fall for reviving modern classics. Such as L.A. Noire, Skyrim, and the upcoming Dark Souls Remastered.
More than just a green light for lightly-aged AAA titles, the Switch also offers an ever-growing catalog of fantastic first-party games, as well as excellent Indies. In addition in some forward-looking experiments with Nintendo Labo, the Switch is looking likely as an incredibly well-rounded platform with something unique to offer everyone.
And yes, it is also a great companion console for people who already own a PS4. Thus it can do things it cannot and offers many appealing titles that will never appear on it.
The most powerful console
Sony headed the way on the mid-generation console update with the PlayStation 4 Pro but, by taking its time, Microsoft gave us the better hardware in form of Xbox One. Like so, it offers the same 4K Blu-ray and HDR video playback as the One S. Whilst also bringing that visual enhancement to games. Microsoft was not over exaggerating when they told us that the Xbox One X is the most powerful gaming console in the house, ever sold. It won’t be getting VR, however, which may disappoint those people hoping it could be an inexpensive entry point to high-quality VR experiences.
The PlayStation 4 might still have a stronger gaming library than the Xbox One, but the pro’s improvements are only noticeable in games that may have been specifically worked on it. The Xbox One X has proved far better at using its extra horsepower to improve visuals of all games on the platform, worked on or not. Microsoft also, doubling down on investing in first-party studios, like Rare, which recently released Sea of thieves. Also, the company recently acquired big-name studios such as Ninja Theory, As well as Playground Games.
Furthermore, for those who have not made the jump to 4k, both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are a great option of consoles with large game libraries. You will be able to play the quick majority of new and upcoming games, including a few exclusive franchises such as Gears of War, Halo, and Forza. Another, if you were an Xbox 360 owner, a very large number of last-generation console’s games are now compatible with the Xbox one – could expand your game library, and keep at least some of your old games in rotation.
The best gaming console for retro games
The 16-bit age saw Nintendo at the peak of its creativity, releasing popular acclaimed games, including ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past’ and ‘Super Metroid’ alongside cult hits like ‘Earthbound’. Third-party companies did not take a backseat, with Square Enix’ “Final Fantasy VI” and “Konami’s Castle IV” among the best games of the entire decade.
With the plug-and-play Super NES Classic Edition, you can experience all over your favorite classic Super Nintendo games – as you all remembered them. There is also a CRT filter option imitating the look of your old television.
In the same token, with the addition of a save-state feature, playing old Nintendo games on the Super NES Classic is significantly less frustrating. Then it was in 25 years ago, and when you are ready to game with a friend, Classics like Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting give you a chance to compete for bragging rights.
Moreover, the Super NES Classic Edition is also the only given way to play Star Fox 2, a game Nintendo canceled just before its original release date. In order to unlock it, you just need to beat the first level from the original Star Fox. Though, it will be very tough to pull yourself away from that game once you have started playing.