HOW DO I CHOOSE?

PER­FOR­MANCE, GAMES OR CON­VE­NIENCE? WHAT SPLITS THE TOP CON­SOLES FROM MI­CROSOFT, SONY AND NIN­TENDO?

Australian T3 - - XBOX ONE X -

When it comes to con­soles, the Xbox One X is far from your only op­tion. Mi­crosoft’s lat­est is a topof-the-line gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and that’s not some­thing that ev­ery­one needs. If you want to stay within the Xbox fam­ily, and you’re con­tent with up­scaled 4K rather than na­tive 4K, the Xbox One S ($399) is an ex­cel­lent and highly af­ford­able op­tion that will play all the same games as the new Xbox One X.

An­other op­tion in the 4K con­sole cat­e­gory is Sony’s PS4 Pro ($559). Though it’s not as im­pres­sive as the new Xbox One X in terms of raw power, the PS4 Pro is a con­sole that’s ca­pa­ble of both na­tive and up­scaled 4K out­put. It also costs around $90 less. An­other thing to con­sider with the PS4 Pro is that it gives you ac­cess to Sony’s ex­cel­lent first-party ex­clu­sive games, an area where Mi­crosoft is still lack­ing.

Then there’s Nin­tendo’s con­sole of­fer­ing: the Nin­tendo Switch ($469). This ma­chine can’t of­fer you 4K and it’s nowhere near as pow­er­ful as Mi­crosoft and Sony’s con­soles, but it’s unique in that it can be docked and played on your TV or taken on the go as a hand­held. The Nin­tendo Switch isn’t about power, it’s about con­ve­nience and so­cial gam­ing.

When it comes to the kinds of games you get with the Switch, you’re not go­ing to get all of the block­buster AAA ti­tles that PlayS­ta­tion and Xbox boast, but you do get to play Nin­tendo’s strong ex­clu­sive of­fer­ings, which in­clude

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