Looking for the best gaming consoles? Then you’ve come to the right place. The gaming landscape has changed a lot since the days when you only had one or two consoles to pick from – Mario fans opt for Nintendo, Sonic fans pick Sega.
Fast-forward to 2020 and choosing the right console for you is a lot harder.
The good news is, we’re here to help you make that decision a little easier. We don’t play favorites and we don’t have a preference for one company over another. We’re just here to play by the numbers and give you all of the details on the best and brightest new hardware.
The affordable all-rounder
Dimensions: 11 x 10 x 1.5 inch(W x L x H) | GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine | RAM: 8 GB of GDDR5 | Max Resolution: 1080p | Optical Drive: DVD/Blu-ray | Storage: 500GB or 1TB (expandable)
- Great exclusive games
- VR support
- No 4K
- Poor backwards compatibility
Available in standard or slim versions, the PS4 is the baseline console offering from Sony.
Buy this if you want: the latest generation games but don’t need 4K, you want PlayStation exclusive games, console VR, and a console for under £250/$250.
PlayStation 4 Pro
The cheapest way to native 4K
Dimensions: 12.8 x 11.6 x 2.1 inch (W x L x H) | GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine | RAM: 8 GB of GDDR5, 1 GB DDR3 | Max Resolution: 2160p | Optical Drive: DVD/Blu-ray | Storage: 1TB (expandable)
- Everything good about the PlayStation 4
- Native and upscaled 4K
- A more affordable 4K option
- No 4K Blu-ray support
- Not the most powerful 4K console at the moment
Anything the PlayStation 4 can do, the PlayStation 4 Pro can do slightly better. If you’re invested in the 4K resolution revolution and HDR makes you hot under the collar, this is the Sony console for you.
Buy this if you want: Native 4K and HDR gaming, PlayStation exclusives, VR gaming, native 4K for under £350/$400.
Xbox One S
The affordable media center
Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.9 x 2.5 inch (W x L x H) | GPU: 917 MHz, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine | RAM: 8 GB of GDDR3 | Max Resolution: 1080p (max 2160p for video) | Optical Drive: 4K/HDR Blu-ray | Storage: 500GB, 1TB or 2TB
- Very affordable console
- 4K Blu-ray player
- Upscaled 4K gaming
- Not many great first-party exclusives
- Upscaling isn’t very refined
Looking for an entry level console but not interested in what PlayStation has to offer? Why not look at Microsoft’s Xbox One S. This console has superseded the original Xbox One for many reasons – it has a much smaller and sleeker design, and it’s just that little bit more powerful.
Buy this if you want: Affordable but upscaled 4K, an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, excellent backwards compatibility, a console for under £250/$250.
Xbox One X
The future-proofed power box
Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.5 x 2.4 inch(W x L x H) | GPU: 6 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine | RAM: 12 GB of GDDR5 | Max Resolution: 2160p | Optical Drive: 4K/HDR Blu-ray | Storage: 1TB
- Most powerful console on the market
- Native and upscaled 4K
- 4K Blu-ray player
- Most expensive console
- Lack of exclusives
If power is the be all and end all for you, then you won’t find a more powerful console on the market than the Xbox One X – well, until Xbox Series X releases. Do bear in mind, though, that you also won’t find a more expensive console either.
Buy this if you want: Native 4K and HDR support, Ultra HD Blu-ray player, future-proofed gaming, the highest specs around.
The hybrid option
Dimensions: 4 x 9.5 x 5.4 inch(W x L x H) with Joy-Cons | GPU: 768MHz (docked)/307.2MHz (undocked) Nvidia custom Tegra SOC | RAM: 4 GB | Max Resolution: docked 720p, undocked 1080p | Optical Drive: None | Storage: 32GB (expandable) | Portable battery life: approx 3 – 7 hours
- Portable and home console
- Great first-party exclusives
- Not as powerful as other home consoles
- Less extensive third-party game selection
- Still no fully-fledged online service
The Nintendo Switch is now three years old, and it’s still proving to be very popular.
Buy this if you want: a console that can be played on your home TV and taken on the go, access to Nintendo exclusive games, and you don’t need the highest resolution and the most powerful specs.
Nintendo Switch Lite
A dedicated handheld
Dimensions: 3.6 x 8.2 x .55 inch | GPU: NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor | Screen: Capacitive touch screen / 5.5 inch LCD / 1280×720 resolution | Storage: 32GB (expandable) | Portable battery life: approx 3 – 7 hours
- More portable than Switch
- Nice selection of colors
- Comfortable design
- Limited to handheld games
- Still not as comfortable as 3DS
The most recent addition to the Nintendo family comes in the form of the Nintendo Switch Lite, a dedicated handheld alternative to the original Switch.
Buy this if you want: A more portable, comfortable alternative to the Nintendo Switch.