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Top 5 Video Gaming Consoles of 2017

Sony Playstation 4 Pro

Video Games or Gaming Consoles are a must have for a lot of us. But they are also very expensive. With so many different gaming consoles in the market, it can be a bit difficult at times to select the best one for yourself. To help you with that, we have listed the top 5 gaming consoles of 2017.

Sony Playstation 4 Pro

The first name on the list we have is Sony’s Playstation 4 Pro. The PS4 Pro outputs a 4K- and HDR signal that’s compatible with high-end TVs. It promises better visuals and increased frame rates for certain games. The console includes a 1TB hard drive. The PS4 Pro works with all PS4 games, apps and accessories to date. Out of the gate, only a handful of titles offers dramatic improvements. In reality, most games that support Pro enhancements don’t offer a drastic difference in quality when comparing standard and Pro games side-by-side. Specific information on game improvements can be of poor quality. One more negative point about the PS4 Pro is that it does not play Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray discs. The PlayStation 4 Pro only shows noticeable improvements in a limited number of the games. But that could change with titles coming in the months and years ahead.

Sony Playstation 4 Slim

Sony Playstation 4 Slim

Second, on the list, we have Sony’s Playstation 4 Slim. It is a newer PS4 and has a smaller footprint. It comes with a slick design and also quieter operation. PS4 Slim keeps intact all of the PS4 awesomeness it’s offered since 2013. The slightly updated DualShock4 controller is also a bonus. But the drawbacks of the PS4 Slim is that it loses its optical audio port. This will prove to be a bummer for third-party headphone users. The somewhat pricier PS4 Pro delivers a larger hard drive and the promise of better graphics. The PS4 Slim is like a deja vu game console. It is great for gamers on a budget. But it is not quite as good as the PS4 Pro. Also, it is avoidable for any existing PlayStation 4 owner.

New Nintendo 3DS XL

New Nintendo 3DS XL

The New Nintendo 3DS XL enters the list in the third position. The 3D screens of Nintendo 3DS XL are improved by new face-tracking. Also, the larger size offers a less cramped viewing experience. Internal tweaks and updates add a behind-the-scenes boost. One major negative point is that the poor battery life hasn’t improved. Having to remove the back of the console to change the SD card is a poor design choice. The legacy data transfer process is also infuriating. Also, there’s no AC charger in the box. So you have to buy one separately. The 3DS XL’s improved 3D head-tracking is a big step up. Its performance boost more makes a noticeable difference. A few head-scratching design choices prevent us from really liking the New 3DS XL. But this is still the best Nintendo portable to get.

Nintendo NES Classic Edition

Nintendo NES Classic Edition

Next up we have Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition. It is has authentic-looking, throwback design, comes with a comfortable controller, offers the best value for a bunch of Nintendo’s classic 8-bit games. The NES Classic Edition connects with HDMI and is powered by Micro-USB. The NES Classic Edition also plays two-player games. It can also save progress in all games. The negatives about the Nintendo NES Classic Edition is that the one included controller isn’t wireless. Also, the cord is really short. You can’t download or buy new games. Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition plays 30 of the best NES games ever made. This makes it a fun nostalgia trip for Nintendo fans.

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

Last up, we have the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch is a versatile hybrid game console. It can easily swivel between a big-screen TV and on-the-go portable. Its modular Joy-Con controllers are inventive. The entire hardware feels substantial and refined. There are only a handful of games and no Virtual Console. The screen of the Nintendo Switch feels small during tabletop sessions. Joy-Con layout is cramped and crowded. The left one can have connection issues when wireless. The Nintendo Switch is a solid piece of hardware. It delivers an impressive gameplay experience in a small chassis.

Conclusion

Comparing the above-listed gaming consoles, based on their design, price, and the games it can handle, you can decide which gaming console is best suited for your needs.

Keval Padia

Keval Padia is the founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing mobile game development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.