Why you should buy this: You want a full console gaming experience — but on the go with unmatched first-party support.
Who it’s for: Everyone
Why we picked the Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo sidestepped the current console arms race by changing not how you use your console but where. The Switch is a hybrid device that plugs into a TV-like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but also works as a handheld.
While it doesn’t quite have the oomph to play the latest 4K, 60 frames-per-second releases for Xbox One or PS4, the Switch can play Doom (2016) at a smooth 30 FPS anywhere you want — and soon its sequel, and that’s more than good enough for a lot of gamers. In addition to contemporary titles like the Wolfenstein II port, the Switch has also proved itself as a fantastic venue for reviving modern classics, such as Skyrim, L.A. Noire, and Dark Souls Remastered.SKU: n/a
PlayStation 4 Pro
The PlayStation 4 Pro is the best version of the most popular game platform available today. With 4K, HDR 10 compatibility, and the PlayStation 4’s exclusive game library, it is currently the best plug-and-play gaming platform.
A large majority of games are available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Though both platforms have popular exclusive franchises, the PlayStation 4 (Pro or standard) sees more exclusive games each year. The PS4 also has access to a small number of less well-known indie games and beloved niche titles, such as Japanese role-playing games like Persona 5 and Final Fantasy XIV, that the Xbox One doesn’t have.SKU: n/a
Xbox One X
Why you should buy this: With a 4K Blu-ray player and HDR, it offers access to both great new games and high-resolution video.
Who it’s for: Players who want to play games and watch movies at the highest possible image quality.
Why we picked the Xbox One X:
Sony led the charge on the mid-generation console update with the PS4 Pro, but by taking its time, Microsoft gave us the better hardware in the Xbox One X. It offers the same 4K Blu-ray and HDR video playback as the Xbox One S, while also bringing that visual enhancement to games. Microsoft wasn’t exaggerating when it told us the Xbox One X is the most powerful home gaming console ever sold, or at least until the PS5 and Xbox Series X launch. It won’t be getting VR, however — which may disappoint those hoping it could be an inexpensive entry point to high-quality VR experiences.SKU: n/a