The upcoming game consoles from Sony and Microsoft arrive on November 12, and so the next-gen games. However, the sad truth is that most games will come in small batches, meaning online retailers will mark them up. Therefore, good luck with acquiring a holiday gift. PS5 preorders are now available but are not easy to get since most of them sold out. On the other hand, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S preorders open on September 22.
Everyone is excited about the upcoming game consoles. On the other hand, modern gaming devices are inarguably better than ever. Facebook will soon release its new Oculus Quest 2. Players will soon get to enjoy the mainstream wireless VR gaming device in October. Nintendo released its popular Switch console, giving gamers the ability to play video games on TV and on the go. There are already unique consoles on the market beside the next-gen models.
Although most consumers are looking forward to the PS5 and Xbox Series X or S consoles, they can already invest in the Xbox or PlayStation video games. The good news is that investing in the current console games is not in vain. PS4 and Xbox One will transfer over to the next-gen consoles.
There are many options available when it comes to gaming, such as Apple Arcade, Microsoft’s Project xCloud, and Google’s Stadia. All those services will become a hit once the 5G tech is more spread out. However, the best way to enjoy video games is to have a gaming PC. This platform offers impressive graphical bells and whistles.
Considering all that, we have created a list of the best game consoles available on the market for 2020. Especially now, during the coronavirus situation, investing in games sounds very appealing.
Although the Nintendo Switch popularity increased a lot over time, the console is missing the flashy visuals and, most importantly, the triple-A titles—for example, Red Dead Redemption 2 and the expected Cyberpunk 2077. On the other hand, this platform features a long list of exclusive franchises, such as Zelda, Mario, and Animal Crossing.
The advantage of owning a Switch console is the ability to use it on TV and on the go. Gamers can enjoy a wide range of NES and SNES games o this platform. This console offers child-friendly games as well, such as Pokemon and Minecraft. However, most of the games are M-rated. For example, Wolfenstein II, The Witcher 3, and Fortnite.
The only issue is that you can’t buy the console for now. At the moment, all stocks are empty. Therefore, players were pushed to acquire a Switch Lite console instead.
Oculus Quest 2
The original VR headset wasn’t so impressive. Although it was fully wireless and didn’t require to put your smartphone into a plastic mount, people weren’t so interested in it. However, it is understandable since it was the first VR device of this type.
The upcoming Oculus Quest 2, on the other hand, is a different story. The headset features a better screen than its predecessor and updated hardware. However, the most important factor is its price. Gamers can acquire a Quest 2 for $299, 64GB or $399, 256GB of storage. The list of games is not disappointing either—for example, Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell franchises. The drawback is that you need a Facebook account to use it.
The Switch Lite is another console from Nintendo. However, compared to the regular model, you can’t use it on TV. Another difference is the screen size, which is more petite than the original Switch. However, you can play almost all of the OG console games for $100 less. During this time, the Switch Lite is a deal-breaker.
Compared to the above game devices, the Switch Lite is still available in some online stores. You can acquire it for $200.
The PS4 is a popular platform that surpassed the Xbox One in the sales by a lot. Both game devices came out in November 2013; however, there are good reasons why Sony’s console is more successful. First of all, the PS4 starting price was lower than the Xbox One. Sony’s focus was to offer players am exciting list of exclusive franchises, such as God of War, Uncharted, Spider-Man, and The Last of Us. Not to say, it also features the best VR integration.
The next-gen console from Sony will be available in stores starting November 12 at $400 price. Why buying the old PlayStation model? If you are realistic, what are the chances of getting a PS5 console for Christmas? The second reason you should buy PS4 is the $200 price, which comes with a bonus game or even two.
Xbox One S
Almost all stores are out of Xbox One, and the Xbox One S option is not available either. Microsoft is no longer making the Xbox One X 4K and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. 4K game lovers will more than likely wait for the Xbox Series X coming out on November 12. If you are looking for a lower-priced option, Microsoft will also release its Xbox Series S for $300, which is $200 less than Series X.
Xbox Series S doesn’t come with an optical drive, and it features just 512GB of storage. However, it includes the same games as its premium version. If you think of buying any of the next-gen models, get ready to preorder one on September 12. Microsoft promises backward compatibility, which means all games from the Xbox One line will be available on the upcoming series. The same applies to the forthcoming affordable console in addition to the next-gen games.
However, the problem with the upcoming game consoles is availability. Therefore, buying an Xbox One S seems logical if you can’t wait for the new models. Not to say all Xbox versions have access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This Pass gives access to plenty of extra titles for free in addition to allowing gamers to play in groups. It includes upcoming games as well, such as Halo Infinite and Psychonauts 2.
Another worth mentioning fact is that Microsoft wants to release a new program, the Smart Delivery. It basically means you can “play the best version of the games you own for your console, across generations,” according to the company. Nevertheless, Microsoft’s Project xCloud service is now part of the Game Pass Ultimate subscribers for free. The online gaming service allows players to play streamed titles on other platforms, such as mobile phones or laptops.
Retro game devices
If you are an old soul gamer, we have the best options for you. Remember the Atari, Nintendo, and Sega? How about Turbografx 16? You now have options to replay all these old-school games. Unfortunately, NES Mini and SNES Mini are longer being produced, but you can find them on Nintendo Online Service.
The upcoming Mario Anniversary Game and Watch is also available on Nintendo’s service for $50. The limited-edition game will be released on November 13. The best option for you is to buy a Nintendo 2DS XL because it offers the best iteration. However, you can find different retro consoles nowadays. You can acquire plenty of games for just $50 to $100.
Sega Genesis Mini
Continuing our list of game consoles with the old-school type of gamers, we recommend the Sega Genesis mini. The series comes with two vintage controllers and, most importantly, an HDMI hookup that matches any modern TV. You can sometimes find it on sale for just $50, so we advise you to wait if it costs more.
There are only 42 in-built games on this console. However, if you enjoy playing Ecco the Dolphin, Toejam and Earl, or Virtua Fighter 2, this is the right console for you. However, you already own an Xbox, PS4, or Switch console; you’ll be better off buying the Sega Genesis Classics for $30. It is a retro collection of 51 games, including most of the Genesis Mini ones.
Evercade is a 4.3-inch screen console. You can buy retro game collections for $20, which includes 20 games, meaning $1 per game. However, bundles are available, such as the $80 Atari bundle or the $100 Evercade Premium Pack. The later includes Data East and Interplay cartridges.
Similar to the Switch console, you can connect the Evercade to your TV. However, external controllers aren’t supported, which means you need some extra cables, such as a long HDMI cable and a mini-HDMI-to-HDMI dongle. If you are looking for Nintendo games, you won’t find any on this platform. However, what you will find are titles from the old Atari 7800 and Lynx consoles.
These are the best game consoles available on the marketplace for 2020. We hope it will help you decide what is best for your needs. Besides the specs of a console and price, think about what games you would like to play now and what games you would like to play in the future. Most of the new video games are a bit expensive since you can’t buy them in bulk like the old games. Nevertheless, we hope we covered up pretty much all the best options, if you would like to add something else on the list, let us know.