Which Video Game Console Is Right for You?

Which Video Game Console Is Right for You?

When it comes to buying video game consoles, final purchase decisions often involve the Playstation 4, Xbox One, or Wii U. All three consoles are in the $300 to $400 price range, and all are solid gaming options in terms of functionality. But each possesses a specific edge or two over the others—find out which one is the best fit for you.

PlayStation 4

Boasting the dazzling graphics that the PlayStation line has become known for, PlayStation 4 is Sony’s slickest console yet. And it gets even better when you immerse yourself in the entire ecosystem, which includes PS Vita, PlayStation TV, and certain Sony Xperia smartphones. According to CNET, PS4 is easier to navigate, installs games more quickly, and provides a more seamless overall experience. In terms of apps and media playback, though, it’s slightly behind Xbox One.

Upcoming exclusive Xbox games:

  • Until Dawn
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Let It Die
  • Amplitude
  • The Last Guardian

Xbox One

A recent $100 price drop—you can now snag it for around $350—isn’t the only reason Xbox One is now a major contender in this race. The Microsoft console also offers megapopular games that aren’t available for PlayStation or Wii, including Sunset OverdriveHalo: The Master Chief CollectionTitanfall, and Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved. You can also stream loads of content via Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu, and it should be noted that Xbox was the first of these three consoles to offer HBO Go streaming services.

Upcoming exclusive Xbox games:

  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Inside
  • Fable Legends
  • Below

Wii U

Nintendo’s Wii U has proven itself as the go-to console for exclusive and unique games—US Gamer’s top picks include Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Bayonetta 2, and Donkey Kong Country. This may be because it’s more established than PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so it’s had more time to build up its library. Creativity aside, Wii U is also backward compatible, meaning it supports many older Nintendo game systems and consoles via Virtual Console. (Remember NES?)

 Upcoming exclusive Xbox games:

  • Yoshi’s Woolly World
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Star Fox Zero
  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

 Each console has its advantages, but regardless of which one you choose, ensure you have the proper size TV so you can get the most out of your gaming sessions.

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