A Prelude To Holiday Deals In Gaming
As Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach, f antastic deals on tech — and in particular, game consoles — start cropping up.
So let’s say you want to buy your child or grandchild (or hey, even yourself) a brand new game console. Which do you get? What’s the difference between an Xbox One S and an Xbox One X? Is either worth buying? This humble guide hopes to clarify things before you hit the shopping streets. Nintendo Switch Cost: $299.99 Breakdown: The Switch is Nintendo’s white-hot, newest home console … that also vies for portability. It can be played docked to a TV and as an on-the-go, tablet-like device. As such, it is designed to be user-friendly and simpler than offerings from Microsoft and Sony. It’s pretty much a perfect gift for a young family.
What to play: Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are the most recent installments of Nintendo’s two most hallowed franchises, and are mandatory purchases for any new adopters.
Other versions: There’s just the one. None. Nintendo New 3DS XL Cost: $199.99 Breakdown: Nintendo’s flagship portable console boasts an unmatched library of games, impressive battery life and ubiquity amongst kids of elementary age. While it can’t do very much besides play games, it’s easy to use and perfect for gaming on the go for the busy or short of attention.
What to play: When in doubt, grab a Pokemon game. The newest titles, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, hit the street this week. Older players might prefer Fire Emblem Fates.
Other versions: Oh, boy. Well, first, you gotta make sure you’re buying the “New” consoles — they’re upgrades on the original 3DS released in 2011. Look for that label. Second, there are the XL and regular-sized versions. Bigger is always better, so opt for XL when you can. Then you have a choice between the 2DS and 3DS. The main difference is, obviously, that one has 3-D capabilities … and the other doesn’t. Zero games require 3-D to work. Basically, buying someone a Nintendo New 2DS XL is Sony PlayStation 4 Cost: $299.99 Breakdown: The definitive winner of this console generation, the PlayStation 4 boasts an incredible library of games, impressive utility as a home entertainment hub and even, uh, VR, if you want it. Disclosure: Yes, I have a PS4. I love it. I will defend it as the best to the death.
When buying Nintendo consoles this year, make sure you’re buying the Switch (pictured), and not the older Nintendo Wii U.