Tech­nol­ogy

Lead­ing consoles that make gam­ing child’s play

Qantas - - Contents - Top gam­ing consoles plus a unique way to play. By Nic Healey.

↑ Sony PlayS­ta­tion 4 Pro $560 plays­ta­tion.com → Nin­tendo Switch $469 nin­tendo.com.au More than 100 mil­lion units of the Nin­tendo Wii have been sold dur­ing its life­time so the Switch, re­leased in March this year, faces some se­ri­ous si­b­ling ri­valry. Al­though it’s less pow­er­ful than the other consoles here, the Switch fea­tures re­mark­able ver­sa­til­ity. You can plug it into a TV via an HDMI ca­ble but it will also con­vert into a por­ta­ble tablet-style de­vice. The side con­trollers – called Joy-Cons – de­tach, let­ting you game with a friend or prop up the screen on a table us­ing the kick­stand. PLAY The Le­gend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The PlayS­ta­tion 4 (PS4) Pro is an up­grade rather than a brand-new con­sole but it’s an im­pres­sive one. The Pro packs in dou­ble the graph­ics-pro­cess­ing power of the first PS4. Vi­su­als are sharper and more de­tailed, while some new games will run at close to 4K res­o­lu­tion. But there’s a small trade-off: the PS4 Pro is about 20 per cent big­ger than the orig­i­nal model. PLAY Hori­zon: Zero Dawn ↑ Im­mer­sive gam­ing The PlayS­ta­tion VR, or PSVR, is cur­rently the sim­plest way to get a true vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) ex­pe­ri­ence at home. It’s easy to set up – though it will add a lot of ca­bles – and while the headset isn’t cheap ($550; plays­ta­tion.com), it’s more af­ford­able than sim­i­lar op­tions such as the HTC Vive ($1399) or the Oculus Rift (about $858). You do need a PS4 or PS4 Pro con­sole to run it but, in re­turn, you get ac­cess to an ever-grow­ing cat­a­logue of im­mer­sive VR games. ↑ Mi­crosoft Xbox One S From $399 xbox.com.au Like Sony’s PS4 Pro, the Xbox One S is an up­graded ver­sion of the 2013 Xbox One. It has a slim­mer pro­file and more pow­er­ful pro­ces­sors but the even bet­ter news is that all your old games will work on the lat­est model. A key new fea­ture is the con­sole’s abil­ity to play 4K Ul­tra HD Blu-ray discs and stream video in 4K, mean­ing your 4K TV can fi­nally get the work­out you’ve been crav­ing. The One S also sup­ports high dy­namic-range imag­ing, which, com­bined with a com­pat­i­ble TV, prom­ises bet­ter con­trast and more nat­u­ral colours. PLAY Mass Ef­fect: An­dromeda

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