Gaming consoles are all the rage. Especially after COVID, when people started investing heavily in these entertainment stations to help get rid of their boredom. What started as a means of killing time slowly became a dedicated hobby. With good reason too because game consoles have the ability to suck you into a vortex of unending missions, collectibles, stories, multiplayer extravaganza, and rage-filled shoot-em-ups.
The point is, gaming was never as integral as it is today, in post-COVID 2023. And many game developers have capitalized on the opportunity to rope in more players with cutting-edge graphics, amazing plotlines and the promise of cosmetic items provided players spend a little extra on respective battle passes.
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Now, without further ado, let’s check out the consoles we have in store for you!
Sony PlayStation 5
Sony’s next-gen console stands as the current king of the hill for all things gaming. The PlayStation 5 has a physical presence as daunting as its digital one Ps Plus. Loaded with speedy processors, ray tracing, and 4K as well as 8K capabilities, the PS5 blows its competition out of the water.
This is one gaming station where even top contenders like Microsoft had no choice but to acknowledge its superiority. Perhaps the only place where it falls short is its portability. Built like a spaceship and having the form factor of a mini luggage bag, players might not be able to lug it around wherever they want.
Microsoft Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S
The Microsoft Xbox is a long-standing representative of the opposition. Where the PS5 spews single-player, story-driven games, the Xbox in turn spews out multiplayer, expansive games that users can spend months on. It’s all about finding the right balance, it seems like the Series X, and S have found theirs in the online gaming scene.
Microsoft keeps things spicy by offering gadgets and merchandise alongside their consoles. For example, there was an entire fridge with the same shape and theme as the Xbox Series X that went up on sale when the Series X was released.
Nintendo Switch (OLED)
You don’t get a much better offer when it comes to a portable console that can double as a gaming station. The Nintendo Switch offers players two detachable JoyCon controllers that can be hooked to the side of the station and taken off to be made into a big controller. In one sense, the Switch is a modular, wondrous piece of tech.
The OLED model for the Switch only adds to the flair by introducing a bigger, better screen. This, paired with a plethora of games such as Zelda, Mario, and Sonic as well as newer additions like God of War, Hades, and Metro make the Switch a delight to experience.
Valve’s very own SteamDeck was perhaps the first to talk strictly about portability. This device is essentially a computer packed into the size of a mini skateboard. It offers all the functionality you’d need from a Windows device and can play AAA games like Cyberpunk quite smoothly. The SteamDeck truly shines when you want a PC to be available wherever you go.
With a dedicated case to carry the device, Valve offers its Steamdeck as a portable PC that comes with 512 GB storage right off the bat. This means you can have a handful of games in there that you can then play whether you’re in the car, on a boat, in a plane, or riding a horse. If that is your preferred mode of travel.
The Portal is Sony’s take on maintaining its PS5’s exclusivity but also offering a little bit more wiggle room to players who don’t want to sit in front of a TV screen. Thus, with this, they get to move around the house or stay in the confines of their bed and game. Provided the Portal stays connected to an active PS5 system of course. Because the PS Portal is nothing but a streaming device, it requires an internet connection viable enough to stream the entire game from the PS5 to the device.
It’s a bit of a bummer that the Portal is more of an accessory than a full-fledged gaming system but we’ll take what we can get. For now.
That’s a wrap on all the gaming devices we have for you right now. Remember that with the Christmas season soon upon us, many of the aforementioned devices will be soon going up on sale. So go ahead, splurge at the right time, and snag yourself a great gaming station.