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