PlayStation 4 Pro PlayStation 4 Slim US$300 / playstation.com
As a gaming platform, PlayStation 4 is the best around – which makes the PS4 Pro the best of the best. Games optimised for the new console look stunning on a 4K HDR TV, and are substantially improved by the extra grunt inside this slightly bigger machine. If you’ve already splashed out for a 4K HDR screen and you enjoy video games at all, it’s well worth the upgrade. The missing 4K Blu-ray drive means it isn’t a perfect entertainment system, but streaming converts won’t care.
Stuff says ★★★★★ The system for console gamers who have a 4K TV and want the best gaming experience possible Xbox One S from US$400 / xbox.com
Microsoft dumps Kinect, the $400+ asking price and the fugly power brick to create a supremely enticing console that also has a 4K Blu-ray player. It remains a serious alternative to the PS4 Pro. Stuff says ★★★★★ A fine console with some big exclusive titles This is the old PS4 squeezed into a 20% smaller package, and it still delivers an awesome console gaming experience. But if you see a 4K TV in your future, you’re better off saving for the PS4 Pro. Stuff says ★★★★★ Better than the old PS4 in almost every way
Nintendo Switch ★★★★★ US$300 / nintendo.com
Nintendo’s genius console can also be used as a handheld device.
HTC Vive ★★★★✩ US$800 / vive.com
Our VR headset of choice offers a completely new way to experience gaming.