The Best Game Console In 2017
  • The Best Game Console In 2017

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  • Game consoles are must-haves for many of us, but they're expensive. So where is your money best spent? We round up the best game consoles out now.

    What is the best game console? Should you go for the PS4 or Xbox One? Or maybe go for a handheld hybrid like the Nintendo Switch? What about portable consoles and streamers like the Nvidia Shield?

    Game consoles are must-haves for many of us, but they're expensive. Keep in mind that you can still pick up old consoles and games at much cheaper prices, and you can also check out our best games deals to make sure you're getting the best price.

    Sony PS4 Pro

    RRP: £349, US$399

    The latest console from Sony is the PS4 Pro and it will be a must-have for those loyal to the brand, although the PS4 Slim is also an option.

    The PS4 Pro can output not only 4K, but also HDR video, both possible thanks to the upgraded GPU featured in the high-end console. And the 4K resolution isn't limited to video playback like the Xbox One S, although Sony has said many games will be upscaled.

    The lack of a 4K Blu-ray drive is a little strange, but the PS4 Pro does feature a larger 1TB hard drive. Right now it's the most powerful console on the market, but its specs don't quite match up to the upcoming Xbox Scorpio.

    Read more about the console in our PS4 Pro review.

    Microsoft Xbox One S

    RRP: £349, US$399

    It's potentially not the Xbox fans were looking forward to (the fully 4K Project Scorpio will arrive later in 2017) but the Xbox One S is a great console for now.

    It's smaller and lighter than the Xbox One and the power unit is built-in which is also a nice touch. The launch edition has a whopping 2TB of storage, too.

    Although the Xbox One S supports 4K resolution, it's limited to video playback so you'll have to hold out for Project Scorpio for 4K gaming (or get the PS4 Pro).

    Read more about the Xbox One S.

    Nintendo Switch

    RRP: £279, US$299

    Nintendo's latest console is predictably unusual. The Switch is a sort of handheld/home console hybrid - you can connect it to your TV to play on the big screen, or take it with you on the go as a high-powered handheld, with various different control configurations for each setup.

    As the most recent major console release, the Switch understandably has the slimmest game lineup of the bunch, so it's not the best bet if you want immediate access to a huge array of titles.

    Still, it's the only console where you can play the latest Zelda and Mario titles, and the best bet if you want versions of huge games like Skyrim that you can take with you on the go.

    Read our Nintendo Switch review, and check out the best games for the Switch.

    Sony PS4 Slim

    RRP: £259, US$299

    The new PS4 Slim is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, a smaller version of the original PS4 in a smaller (more rounded) design.

    Exisiting PS4 owners won't need to upgrade as the internals are almost identical.

    Although the new slim PS4 has HDR support, that isn’t a exclusive as it’s also been introduced to the launch PS4 with a software update.

    Read more about the PS4 Slim and check out the best PS4 deals and bundles right now.

    Nvidia Shield TV

    RRP: £149.99, US$149.99

    The Nvidia Shield TV costs £149.99 for the 16GB variation, which may seem expensive for a media streamer, but the games on the system are fairly cheap.

    Android games available on the device start at £0.79, while the more advanced games may set you back up to £10.

    While the Shield offers all the same features that a standard media streamer would (on-demand TV, etc) it also offers a number of Shield-exclusive games that are pretty power-intensive.

    It also has a game streaming service that costs £7.49 a month, but provides you with a vast library of games to play, which is good value for money. You also have the option to buy the latest console games to play directly on the Shield too.

    Read our Nvidia Shield TV review.

    Article By Chris Martin For TechAdvisor The Best Game Console In 2017

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