If you are a hardcore gamer just like us, definitely now is the right time to get a gaming console for yourself. There has been a tremendous advancement in the gaming consoles in past 3-4 years, and as a result, you can find some really powerful consoles like PS4 Pro, Project Scorpio, Xbox One S etc. in the market right now.
Gone are the days when PC was much more powerful than gaming consoles. However, now the new consoles might seem a bit costly to you, but still, they are more affordable, efficient and preferred for high-end gaming when compared to gaming PCs. In addition to that picking the best console that fulfills all your requirements, is a tough job. And though there are only three manufacturers in the console market – Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo – all of them offer various models, some old, some new possessing their own list of pros and cons.
Still, the console that you should get is totally dependent upon your special needs. If you are someone who could spend hours in front of your television playing games, Xbox with the 4K display may be perfect for you, or if you travel a lot but and need something to play on the go, Nintendo Switch is the one you need.
Similarly, there are many console and console models that could go with all kinds of gamers. Also, many consoles offer a lot of other entertainment and connectivity features like Television streaming, Skype, and the internet etc. which are perfect for those who are seeking a complete package for their drawing room. At the same time, it is very hard to get a single console that could take care of all your wishes as each one of them possesses a unique big advantage unavailable in other consoles. This makes the selection process even difficult and this is why here we are with a list of best consoles that you can buy in 2018.
PlayStation 4 Pro
There is no doubt in the fact that PlayStation 4 Pro is the best gaming console that is available to us today. The Sony console comes with HDR 10 as well as 4K display compatibility and possessing some really powerful components to offer high-end gaming experience to the users.
If you are thinking about Xbox One libraries, you will be glad to know that both PS4 as and Xbox One libraries, both are available for both the consoles. However, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro receive only limited access to popular indie games. Also, you get some really popular games that are exclusive to PS4 only.
Most of the gamers planning to buy a console are confused between Xbox One, Wii, and PS4. But, right now PS 4 is the only console that offers PlayStation VR support as well, which makes it the only console supporting VR gaming at present. Various rumors indicate that Xbox One might also receive support for Oculus Rift, but that might or might now come in future, nothing could be said confidently about that. But, if you want to take your gaming experience to VR level, PlayStation 4 is the only way to do it.
Sony updated the PlayStation 4 to introduce new features like HDR support and also to improve the game processing to make them even more impressive than before.
Why Buy it:
• You should buy it to experience 4K HD gaming. • If you wish to experience VR gaming on your Gaming console.
Xbox One S
Xbox One S is not just a console but also takes care of all your other entertainment needs as well. This is one thing we miss in PlayStation 4. Microsoft has aimed its latest console to be a full family entertainer instead of just a gaming console. This refreshed or upgraded the Xbox One features 4K Blu-Ray player as well as support for 4K HDR movies and videos. So, the player has an option to watch a movie or play a game or to toggle between both without any hassle.
The major and the most noticeable change in Xbox One S is the 4K “Media Options”. Note that we are not talking just about gaming options, but other media options too. These additions make the visuals even more impressive when compared when compared to the previous Xbox version.
The console also looks great in terms of design but that is something we are least bothered about in this post. But the best part about Xbox One S console is that it offers you a huge library of games that include almost all the recently released titles as well as the one which will be released in coming years. Some of the popular titles that you can enjoy on this console include Forza, Gears of War, latest Halo releases etc.
However, if you are upgrading your console from Xbox One or Xbox 360 to One S, you can easily run your entire favorite old console games on new Xbox One S as well. This backward compatibility is something that is not available for all consoles in the market.
Why should I buy this:
Xbox One S targets the gamers who are looking for a single machine that could take care of their gaming as well as entertainment requirements. It is also a good pick if you wish to connect to other Xbox One S gamers over Skype or wish to surf the internet directly from the console.
Nintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo has been entertaining with its consoles or complementary consoles since past many years. But, as the gaming technology advanced, Nintendo also upgraded its gadgets and as a result, we have Nintendo 3DS XL as the best complimentary console that comes along with a lot of new games.
The biggest drawback that Nintendo’s other consoles like Wii and 3DS faced till now was limited games library and lack of dev support. However, that is not the case with the new Nintendo 3DC Xl which allows you to access a whole new set of games that are unique with respect to 3DS Xl and are not available on any other gaming platform. Some of the games that you get exclusively with Nintendo 3DS XL include Animal Crossing, Mario series, Zelda and the famous Pokemon versions.
In addition to that, the company has also made available the “virtual console” game store from where one can easily get the games foe new Nintendo 3DS Xl as well as for the old-school favorite consoles alike SNES, Game Boy and NES as well. However, Wii U is not bad as well, it is thin and comes at a bit higher price, but lacks some great games popular in 3DS XL like Phoenix Wright, Rune Factory, and Animal Crossing etc. Why should I buy this: This console is especially for Nintendo lovers and for those who like to play small, simple games instead of high-definitions ones. Also, if you travel a lot and like to have a small gaming console to pass your time by your side, Nintendo 3DS XL is the perfect gaming console you should buy for yourself this year.
Best Gaming Console for Small Kids
Nintendo NES Classic
People might not know but introducing young children to video games actually, help in the overall development of their brain. Kids learn to make an immediate decision and acting appropriately to the situation while playing video games. And if you wish to get a new video game console for your kid, NES Classic edition is the best option available right now in the market.
The Nintendo mini-emulator brings the old famous games like Super Mario Bros., Mega Man II, Final Fantasy etc. that we loved to play as kids, for the users.
Since the NES classic edition resembles the old video game devices, it lacks many features that you can find in the advanced gaming consoles like connecting to the internet, storage expansion etc. However, at the same time, you will be glad to know that your kids will be able to play the games without any connectivity issue or exposure to offensive stuff.
The NES Classic console is accompanied by NES controller which is more or less similar to the original NES controller. The player can connect it to the console via the port present at the bottom of the Wii remote. This allows the players to enjoy the NES games on their Wii as well as Wii U virtual console. Also, if you already have Wii Classic Controller or Wii Classic Controller Pro, you can use it with NES Classic as well. The NES Classic console features 2 ports for connecting the controller and around 16 out of 30 games support the multiplayer mode, playing which is really a lot of fun.
We would like to mention again that the games you get in this console are very basic and it is possible that the kids might get bored of them one day and try to move on to better games. But there is nothing cheaper and better than a basic gaming console, with no extra cost for games, to offer to small kids who have never played any game in their life.
Why Should you buy it?
The NES classic console is not a perfect gaming machine for sure. Still, the players get a great gaming experience a really low price of $60. Also, it is the best console for introducing young kids to the gaming world. There are many other ways you can enjoy the old NES games, like on virtual emulator on PC etc., but that won’t be appropriate for small kids.
Best VR Gaming Console
HTC Vive is the best VR headset available out there for playing virtual reality games. The headset is manufactured by NTC in collaboration with Valve. Valve is the same old PC game manufacturer who has introduced its gaming ecosystem in HTC’s VR headset.
All in all there are 70 sensors that offer the player a full 360-degree head tracking. The 90 Hz refresh rate along with the sensor prevent the user from any kind of head sickness as well.
However, there are not many apps available for the VR headset. There are many with which you can play around and they are not bad at all. But you will have to wait for some more time before someone comes up with a killer app for HTV Vive.
The best part about HTC Vive is the Lighthouse room tracking feature. This feature allows the user to move around the house easily without taking it off. For this, there are some sensors mounted on in your house walls and other areas as well. Finally, the player is able to bring almost all the object in the room to virtual reality. Isn’t it really amazing?
Not only that, the TPCast module makes the Vive wireless. The company has also promised new eye tracking feature along with some other cool stuff soon. If money is not a problem for you and if you are really interested in virtual reality, HTC Vive is the best option you have right now in the market.