You’ve decided to spend your well-earned cash on a gaming console…. But how do you know which one to get?
Here’s a breakdown of the three big players, namely the Xbox One S, Playstation 4 Pro and Nintendo Switch and what they offer. This should help make your decision a little easier.
Playstation 4 Pro
Playstation is a name favourite and the console most people gravitate towards at the store because it is a brand they know. The Sony offering currently retails for just under R8000 (usually around R7800 with included game bundles). The PS4 Pro is able to offer up really sharp graphics and visuals with 4K capability. You’ll be able to enjoy most games on the PS4 Pro but it also offers up some impressive exclusive titles. Past offerings have included God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn. There are a few added benefits to the PS4 Pro too, like the ability to add streaming apps and turn it into a mini-media centre. You can use your Playstation to stream Netflix, Showmax, Youtube and even Twitch. Another bonus of the Playstation 4 Pro is the addition of PS VR. So if want some virtual reality action in your life, the console can handle it. Buy here.
The Switch is a handheld portable console that was released by Nintendo a few years back. It provides you with the ability to dock it and link it up to your television but also has portable functionality as well, which sets it apart from the other consoles. The Switch, while small, packs a punch and currently retails for R5999. While it doesn’t have 4k capabilities you’ll still be impressed by the graphics on the small portable display screen and while docked it can offer up a 1080p resolution.
Nintendo has a host of exclusive games for the console that you’ll love. Mario favourites, Zelda, Splatoon 2 - the list is long and filled with beautifully designed games that are fun to play. While it doesn’t offer as much cross platform games as the other consoles, it does have a decent library with the likes of DOOM, The Witcher III and Overwatch all available. The diverse indie library available provides a host of new games at lower prices you might enjoy.
Coupled with the portability some of its other defining features include Nintendo Labo, an introductory VR type option that includes a physical build element and motion controls for games like Mario Tennis. While YouTube streaming is enabled on the console Nintendo is still in talks with streaming services like Netflix so the offerings aren’t yet available. It’s the little console that could! Buy here.
Rounding off our list is Microsoft’s Xbox One S. Coming in at R5400, the console can offer up 4k capability and a host of exclusive games including Sea of Thieves, Gears 5, Forza and many others. Much like the Playstation, the Xbox One S is not only a gaming console but also a media centre.
You can watch Blu-Ray, stream from your favourite services and turn it into a smart TV, while also playing games. It conveniently offers up backwards capability with the Xbox 360. While not all games can be played, for the most part a good few of your older discs will work on the console. Allowing for even more gaming fun. Buy yours here.
So what console should you get? Each come with their own special features, perks and exclusive games. It will come down to what your gaming needs are and what best suits your lifestyle. Good luck shopping!