A new console generation has just started, meaning that your list of the best current-gen consoles to pick from is ever-growing. All of the new consoles have great graphics, powerful specs, and plenty of games to play, though there are relatively few exclusives at launch. The three big dogs are Sony with the PlayStation 5, Microsoft with the Xbox Series X, and Nintendo with the Switch.
1. Sony PlayStation 5
Sony’s PlayStation 5 represents a significant boost in visual quality over its predecessors, with more than five times the graphical output of the original PlayStation 4 and more than double that of the half-step PS4 PRO revision. The result is smooth, crisp, and ultra-detailed game worlds delivered in native 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second on supported screens, with 8K content compatibility coming in the future. It also provides a much smoother play experience thanks to its speedy SSD storage, which dramatically cuts down on load times.
2.Microsoft Xbox Series X
The Xbox Series X is the most powerful home console ever created, powering up to 12 teraflops of graphical performance for hyper-detailed native 4K games at up to 120 frames per second on supported screens. Just as impressively, the super-fast custom SSD enables rapid loading of games and lets you swap between open games in mere seconds thanks to the unique Quick Resume feature.
3. Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch marketed itself as a mobile gaming system that not only could be played at home on your television, but also carried around and playable wherever you go. Nintendo’s innovative console makes playing on the go easy and comes with a disassembling controller with split-screen options, so you can play with friends.
4. Microsoft Xbox Series S
The Xbox Series S is likely to be the most lucrative option for most people. It’s a good low-cost alternative to the Series X, bringing much of the same experience to the table, albeit with some limits. The console can tackle 1440p gaming at 60fps or 120fps, but not 4K. Storage is a bit limited with 512GB, but you can expand it with the expansion card.
5. Nintendo Switch Lite
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a cheaper, more portable option for gamers who want to experience all the best Nintendo titles on a budget. It ditches the dock and Joy-Con from the Nintendo’s original Switch, establishing itself as a handheld-only device, and comes in multiple colors that pop, like bright turquoise or banana yellow.