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Madridista

Which console to get?

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How do you decide which console to get? I'm looking to get one soon but unsure which way to go considering they're all wee pricey so I don't want to experiment. Cheers!

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I think it would be good to look at the game librarys for each. if you want to have reverse compatibility or if you're interested in the exclusive games. also to keep in mine i think Ive been seeing news of the next console release so it might be smarter to hold off and see what comes with that. 

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We really need some more information to give a decent recommendation since there is no universally "best" console for every person who might be asking.

 

First of all, what systems do you already have? Do you have a PC capable of running modern games? What other consoles have you owned in the past? What kinds of games do you like? Do you play in long sittings or more casually? Do you prefer the convenience of a mobile/handheld system? Do you put much emphasis on graphics? Do you plan to be playing a lot of online multiplayer or do you prefer singleplayer games? How much are you willing to spend on the system and software?

 

All of those questions are important to know before making a decision. And as the person above said, you might also want to wait a bit since the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X are slated to be released by the end of this year, which you might either want to buy, or if you don't you'd find the current-gen consoles much cheaper then than they are now, most likely.

 

Generally speaking though:

The Nintendo Switch is a great system for those who like Nintendo games (duh) like Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros, etc. and enjoy the convenience of being able to take the console with them on the go while also being able to put the thing into the dock and play games on a big TV. Games generally look the worst on the Switch, at least on a technical level, since it's the most underpowered system currently active and because it's mostly a handheld with HDMI pass-through. Given that fact, however, games look absolutely fine and some titles, especially first-party, do still look fantastic because of great art direction and if you're not an absolute graphics snob (in which case you don't wanna be getting a console anyway and would be better suited with a high-end gaming PC), you won't be annoyed by how games look on this thing at all. At least not yet.

You can find all kinds of games on this system. Downgraded ports of current games, Switch-exclusive first-party games, ports/remasters of older games.... casual games, games for the more core gaming audience, kids games, mature rated games. The Switch is a decent first step into gaming as a variety show. Just don't expect great Online or, like I said, incredible graphics fidelity. Or multimedia stuff or 4k support. It has none of that.
Still, it's a pretty safe bet because no matter who you are, chances are you'll find a few games you love and Nintendo is the one console manufacturer who doesn't seem to be planning to replace their system with a newer one anytime soon, aside from maybe an upgraded model. So unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, the Switch probably won't be unsupported and obsolete anytime soon, even if it's technically inferior.

 

 

PlayStation 4 (or the upgraded, 4K enaabled, PS4 Pro) is a technical middle-ground when it comes to the current (soon-to-be replaced) generation, offers decent online and probably has the most vast library of games. Pretty much all of the recent third-party games were available on PS4 and a majority of them were made with its capabilities in mind first and foremost. It could be considered the overall winner of this generation.
It has quite a few very high profile exclusives like Bloodborne, God of War, Uncharted, The Last of Us, the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima, Persona 5, Spider-Man, etc. and with that probably offers the most bang for your buck when it comes to software.
The pretty cheap base model is still fully supported but the Pro model offers a few different options for resolutions higher than 1080p (actual, native 4k is very very rare in games, though UHD Blu-Ray movies work on the thing) and also run some games with higher framerates than the base PS4 does (usually you get a choice between high resolution and high performance).
If you buy a PS4, you'd have a HUGE library of great games waiting for you and those games can already be found for pretty cheap and will most likely drop in price soon, just like the console will, when the world moves on to the PS5. So this might be the best overall value option.

 

 

Xbox One is a system I don't personally own and if you have a decent PC I seriously don't see much of a reason to get one.
The base Xbox One is quite a bit less powerful than the base Playstation 4, but Microsoft released an upgraded model, Xbox One X, a few years ago which, at the moment, is the most technically capable console out there, hitting true 4K resolution on some games and generally the best framerates, though that obviously is reflected in the price.

So for strictly third-party games, this is the best console, however there aren't many exclusives (Halo, Gears of War, Forza, Sea of Thieves, etc.) and personally I don't find the exclusives they do have all that appealing, which many people seem to agree with. And even if you do like those exclusives, almost none of them REALLY are exclusives as Microsoft has decided a little while ago to release everything they publish on PC as well, which they will continue to do even in the next generation.
Still, the Xbox One X IS an impressive console and there is an interesting value proposition here since Microsoft has vowed to release even their next-gen games not just for the upcoming Series X but also have them be playable on all Xbox One models. Now, they obviously will be downgraded quite a bit, but this means that buying an Xbox One now will give you a system you can use for new games even still in a few years and well... if you get the Xbox One X, so the currently strongest console out there, you might be satisfied with its performance for a while. Though I'm not sure the same can be said about the base Xbox One.

Additionally, Xbox One is the best in terms of backwards and forwards compatibility. A majority of Original Xbox and Xbox 360 games work on the One and sometimes even got patched to take advantage of whatever your hardware is capable of, so games can run more stable and at a higher resolution than they did when they were first released.
Also, there is the Xbox Game Pass, which is basically like a Netflix for Video Games with an ever-growing library of old and new games from multiple generations (though buying old games used is also an option) and every game Microsoft publishes themselves, is available via Game Pass from Day 1 with no extra cost. So if you're just jumping in without much knowledge of what kinds of games you like, this might be a pretty attractive option since you immediately get access to a shitton of games to try.

Also, most of the Xbox Games you buy on Xbox One will be available to be played, often upgraded, on Xbox Series X if you ever decide to make the move to the next generation. So it's kind of a future-proof option as well.

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nintendo switch is popular now .

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Decent PC rig for proper gaming, Nintendo switch for casual / mobile gaming - job done 🙂

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thres also lots of options  for hand helds if you want to run emulators for old stuff. but this can be done on other devices too 

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