3 Best: Gaming Consoles in 2018 – A Comparison [TL;DR]
- Sony PlayStation 4 – Currently has the highest sales in the market. It’s the most “basic” console you’ll have if you just want to play games.
- Microsoft Xbox One – Currently with two new systems in the form of Xbox One S and Xbox One X, they have the highest graphic capabilities out of the three in this list.
- Nintendo Switch – the most innovative gaming console in the market today, the Switch is becoming a rapid competitor in the market today.
Video gaming has always been one of the modern stress relievers that we often do.
Gaming company Big Fish Games has compiled data from all around the world, and have researched that around 1.23 billion people from all around the world play video games.
This is basically one-seventh of the total world population (we currently have around 7.6 billion people). And 53% of these people, play games on consoles.
Console gaming has been a thing for decades, and the advances in technology have been making these consoles dish out feature after feature.
Consumers are now torn on which console to buy for their home entertainment setups, since the different gaming consoles give out different pros and cons for having them.
This is why we move on to compare three of the best gaming consoles available on the market: the Sony PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.
The All Around Awesome Artifact: PlayStation 4
- GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS
- RAM: 8 GB of GDDR5
- Max Resolution: 1080p
- Optical Drive: DVD/Blu-ray
- Storage: expandable 500GB or 1TB
The PlayStation 4 is Sony’s latest home console system, and boy does it have a large belt under its wing.
This year, they have dominated the market with releases of exclusive games like God of War and Ni No Kuni II, and will continue to hype people with more exclusives like Spider-Man coming this September.
Spec-wise, it features a very basic setup, able to play games with 1080p resolution with around 30 or 60 fps, depending on the game. It has an expandable 500GB or 1TB hard drive.
Backward compatibility though is quite an issue, since it has been only recently discovered that you can play PS2 games on the PS4.
There are some old PlayStation games available for streaming, available on their PS Now service.
Also, the PS4 is the only VR compatible gaming console at the moment, with the PlayStation VR headset available to people as a separate device.
An upgrade to the PS4 is also becoming a fan favorite, in the form of the PS4 Pro, able to play some games in full 4K resolution.
Microsoft’s Multimedia Megalodon: Xbox One
- GPU: 917 MHz or 6 TFLOPS
- RAM: 8 GB of GDDR3 or 12 GB of GDDR5
- Max Resolution: 1080p or 2160p
- Optical Drive: 4K/HDR Blu-ray
- Storage: 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB
Microsoft has still been giving out awesome gaming experiences through the Xbox. And their latest console might definitely be their One.
Both of these consoles have upscaled 4K resolution capabilities, something the PlayStation 4 or PS4 Pro doesn’t have. X has better specs than S, but is much more expensive.
Yet both of them have awesome backwards compatibility, able to play most Xbox and Xbox 360 games easily, as some of these games are classics that you should definitely play.
Sadly, this is something they actually needed to do due to the lack of exclusive games under its belt.
If you are looking for a high-end console system and can afford the price, then the Xbox One is definitely for you.
A home console you can play outside your home: Nintendo Switch
- 768MHz while docked
- 2MHz while undocked
- Nvidia custom Tegra SOC
- RAM: 4 GB
- Max Resolution:
- docked 720p
- undocked 1080p
- Optical Drive: None
- Storage: 32GB (expandable)
Nintendo has always been a forefront in gaming innovations, and their latest console is showing their drive to combine both home and hand-held console gaming all in the same machine.
It has a unique system that allows you to play games indoors (docked mode) and the ability to carry it when you go out (undocked mode) if you still feel the itch to game from somewhere else.
Yes, it’s the actual system you are carrying, not just a remote play thing like what the PS4 does.
This console also has a number of awesome exclusives up its sleeve: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds topping of charts, Super Mario Odyssey quickly becoming a fan favorite, and strong indie games like Stardust Valley.
In terms of specs, it is definitely weaker that the two behemoths above, only being able to reach 720p resolution on its games. But of course, Nintendo has an ace up its sleeve.
If the PS4 has VR as a feature, then the Switch has Nintendo Labo, one of the most innovative gaming peripherals that has been created in years.
Definitely check it out if you have time!
Do you have a gaming console at home? Which of these do you own?
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