What to Consider when Buying a Game Console

By on October 8, 2020 0 620 Views

The gaming industry has moved by leaps, bounds, and lightyears since the era of Mario and Sonic. Today, picking a game console is a lot harder and needs to align with your budget and your gaming preferences. New games tend to be multiplatform but there are still other factors at play. Is it worth it to buy an exclusive console? How do mid-generation upgrades and technological advancements figure in your decision?  Here are some key considerations for first-time game console buyers looking to buy the right hardware.

Right off the bat, think of what you enjoy about gaming. Players who are interested in buying the latest 4K tech and already own a TV will be best served by buying the Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, or Xbox One S. On the other hand, if you are an HD gamer, the safe choice would be the PS4 Slim or Nintendo Switch. Xbox is great for people interested in racing or shooting games. Sony offers RPG titles and action-adventure. For more general gaming hardware, Nintendo is a great choice and also offers an annual Pokémon and Mario title. The best next-gen consoles on the market are the PS5 and the Xbox Series X.

When it comes to budget, you need to stay abreast of various deals and discounts. Amazon Prime Day 2020 begins in October. Black Friday starts at the end of November. Both days will have a range of current-gen gaming consoles at great prices. To further shave down costs, consider models and consoles that are going to be discontinued. Retailers and manufacturers tend to slash prices on those models. You can also get great value for money on a gaming console bundle if you don’t want to buy a standalone console.

Another factor that should inform your purchase is whether you enjoy multiplayer games, retro games, or want access to a back catalog of titles from PS 1 and 2. For an active gaming experience, consoles like the Wii are great for the whole family.

Weigh the pros and cons of features across brands. Nintendo doesn’t typically offer a DVD player and a hard drive account. Microsoft and Sony Consoles are more expensive but offer greater storage capacities.