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What is the best console?

The latest generation of video game consoles has promised increased power, graphics, and gameplay that will look good for years to come. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series On the other hand, Nintendo Switch is in the middle of its cycle and continues to sell out. With three different but promising consoles on the market, how can you choose which one is right for you? Read on as we help you do it.

Raw gaming power

Both the PS5 and Xbox Series With 8-core CPU, 16GB of RAM, and powerful GPUs at your disposal, each console is capable of incredible graphics, frame rates, and 4K output.

Winner: Xbox Series

While both the Xbox and PS5 boast power on paper, the Xbox Series X is a more powerful machine overall. With 4K gaming, up to 120 frames per second, and 8K HDR available, the Xbox is ready to show its power. That’s before you even get to 12 teraflops of power and a ton of technical jargon. Needless to say, the Xbox is extremely powerful and with 3D spatial sound, you will feel completely immersed while playing.

Runner-up: PlayStation 5

Like the Xbox, Sony’s PlayStation 5 also features 4K gaming, 120 frames per second, and 8K support. That adds to your own immersive audio experience. While Sony’s console appears to be a little less powerful on paper, that doesn’t tell the whole story. Software optimizations and developer tweaks will ensure PS5 games make the most of everything the hardware is capable of. Games will load significantly faster than the PS4 and PS4 Pro, and with ray tracing, you’ll see lifelike shadows and reflections in any game that supports the technology. Ultimately, it all comes down to what’s on paper, and in that sense, the Xbox manages to outshine the PS5, but just barely.

Third place: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo never focused on building the most powerful hardware. Instead, Nintendo created something that was powerful enough to run a whole new library full of new and old titles making it fun for users of all ages. Perhaps the most important note of the Switch’s power is that it runs at 720p while in handheld mode and 1080p while docked. There is no 4K option on the current generation of Nintendo Switch.

Exclusive Games

Consoles can truly thrive or fail based on the volume and reception of their lineup of exclusive games. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have a long list of games on the horizon that will be exclusive to their platforms. Nintendo, for its part, has been presenting a catalog of exclusives for years that adds some incredible titles.

Winner: Nintendo Switch

Without a doubt, Nintendo Switch currently has the best lineup of exclusive games. It starts with almost everything Mario (Odyssey, Mario Kart, Deluxe, Rabbids, etc.), and adds games like Breath of the Wild or Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Each of these games is not only popular in terms of sales. Almost all of them are universally acclaimed hits backed by outstanding reviews. Add in Pokémon games, Splatoon 2, Super Smash Bros., Luigi’s Mansion, Cuphead and the list goes on and on.

Second place: PlayStation 5

While the PS5 is only a few months old, it’s already hitting home runs for its exclusive lineup. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is already winning hearts and minds as is the cheeky Bugsnax, both available to play right now. The real promise of the PS5 exclusive lineup won’t begin until 2021. Next year will see releases like God of War: Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Forbidden West, Project Athia, etc. Between the console’s graphical improvements over its last generation, the updated controller, and improved audio, each of these games is almost guaranteed to be a must-play title. However, they’re not available today, and while most release dates are set for next year, they’re still tentative.

Third place: Xbox Series

If there has been one downside to owning an Xbox over the years, it has been the exclusive titles. That already seems to be the case for this next generation of consoles. Halo has long been the backbone of Microsoft’s exclusive line, and that’s the case once again with Halo Infinite. Forza is arguably the best racing game on all consoles, so Forza Motorsport will be a highly anticipated release. Ultimately, it’s not that the Xbox Series X won’t have exclusive titles, but the PS 5 will have more (potentially many more) exclusive titles.

Prices

Winner: Nintendo Switch

It’s not a big surprise here, as the Nintendo Switch has the lowest price among the three consoles at $299.99. The Switch Lite is even cheaper at $199.99 and has all the power of its larger cousin, minus the dock capacity.

Runner-up: Xbox Series

Xbox Series The less expensive Xbox Series S console lacks the disc drive and some of the power, but has a more manageable price of $299.99.

Third place: PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5 also costs $499.99. A diskless version with the exact same internal hardware is available for $399.99. If you’re okay with a digital-only game library, the digital edition and the $100 savings are worth considering, especially when you take into account that you don’t lose any of the hardware’s capabilities.

Online services

Winner: Xbox Series

For now, Microsoft wins the online services war. Game Pass stands out from the competition with an extensive catalog that offers more than 100 games for console (and PC). With two levels of Game Pass available for consoles ($9.99) and consoles + PC/Android devices ($14.99), there really is something for everyone. New games are added regularly and all members get exclusive discounts on digital sales through the Xbox Digital Store. There are plenty of sports, racing, fighting, and kids titles available, including notable titles from Halo, Forza Horizon, Battlefront II, and more.

Second place: PlayStation 5

Sony’s PlayStation Plus is available for $59.99 per year. Subscribers get access to online games, monthly games, exclusive discounts on digital titles, and more. Each month, Sony gives away between two and three digital titles, which can be downloaded to your console and played for as long as you remain subscribed. The games are often previous bestsellers, as well as some fun SamaGame games that can provide hours of gameplay for you and your friends next door or across the country.

Third place: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s online platform isn’t as robust as offerings from Sony or Microsoft. Nintendo Switch Online allows for online play, cloud storage, and special offers. Unless you need to play online, there’s really no other reason to get Nintendo’s $19.99 a year online service. Retro gaming fans will love the library of titles Nintendo has released for both NES and SNES that are instantly playable on the Switch. There are only about 70 titles between both platforms, and Nintendo doesn’t update the service with any kind of regularity. That said, if you feel like playing the original versions of Super Mario, Zelda, or Super Mario World, or even Donkey Kong, you can find them here.

Which console is right for you?

You should choose the Nintendo Switch if you value an extensive library of some of the most unique and exclusive games available today.

The Xbox Series X is definitely for the person who wants to play games as much as they want entertainment. Xbox is a powerful gaming platform with an incredible array of media-focused features, making it the perfect all-in-one home entertainment experience. Also choose Xbox if you really love the idea of ​​playing your back catalog of Xbox titles from the previous generation.

If you value the best combination of power, entertainment and exclusives, the Sony Playstation 5 is your best option. With so many great titles including God of War and Horizon Forbidden West coming in the next 12 months, there’s plenty to do and play on the PS5.

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