When it comes to gaming, you have lots of options for consoles that will let you play your favorite games at home, right on your television. If you're not sure just what you want, the gaming marketplace can be a confusing one — why not let us help guide you to the right gaming console for your family?
Pick up the latest gen consoles for a top-of-the-line experience
If you want to play the latest games, you'll need the latest consoles. The current generation includes the Microsoft Xbox One, the Sony PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Wii U. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 offer more graphical power and are where you're most likely to find games with mature content, while you'll find family-friendly fare and classic Nintendo characters on the Wii U.
While many games are available on multiple platforms, each platform has some games that are exclusive — you won't find them anywhere else. So if a particular console offers a specific game you just have to play, you'll just have to get that console to play it on.
Game on the go with a portable game console
If you'd rather play games on the go than sitting at home — or you have a long subway commute every morning — you might want to look into a portable gaming device to help you pass the time. The big contenders here are the Sony PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS. The Vita offers a 5" touchscreen display as well as standard gaming controls while the 3DS and 2DS both feature a 3.5" screen and a 3" touchscreen. The 3DS is also unique in its offering of glasses-free 3D content in games.
Which one to buy, again, comes very much down to which games you'll want to play — because most games won't work cross-platform. Typically, fans of Sony will be happiest with a Vita while fans of Nintendo will be happiest with a DS of some kind.
Gaming on a budget
Being on a budget doesn't mean you don't have gaming options. The last generation of consoles — the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 — can be found at deep discounts right now because newer models are available. And, better yet, most recent releases are also released for these old consoles.
The cost of games, however, can add up no matter what console you choose. If you're on a budget, we recommend waiting a while after a game's release — you'll usually see price cuts after the first month or two. For even lower costs, look into buying used: many stores offer a selection of used games that play just as good as new... but come with a much lower price tag.
Whatever your gaming needs or budget, there’s a game console out there for you. Even if your budget doesn’t quite live up to what you want, be patient and keep looking — bargains can always be found if you’re willing to wait for them.
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