What console should you pick up this Christmas?

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Posted September 23, 2013 by Brenton Conlan in Video Games

This Christmas will be one of the biggest video game lovers have experienced in a while. With two brand new consoles set to release and some opportune price drops, it may seem a little overwhelming if you’re looking to invest in a new piece of gaming goodness. Luckily, we’re here to try to help you out. There are many factors that you will need to consider when purchasing a new console: price, game library, longevity, and value. There are a few options for those looking to get into the new console generation.

 

Ps4
The Ps4 is set to drop on November 15th in the states and the 29th in many other territories across the globe. Sony have been very set in their stance of being focused on gamers.  This has been shown with  so many independent developers getting on board with the new console. The Ps4 looks to be the leading console platform for indie titles which have seen a rise in not only in quality, but also in popularity. Games like Gucamelee and Hotline Miami have shown that indie games can provide a fully fleshed out experience, and for gamers looking for a variety of games, the PS4 seems to be where it is at. Sony also have a great reputation for quality first party titles with games like Uncharted, Infamous and the recent, critically-acclaimed The Last of Us.  Sony has shown a commitment to the AAA gaming experience as well as quirky indie-darlings. To sweeten the pot, the PS4 is $100 dollars cheaper than its main competitor, the Xbox One.
Xbox One
Speaking of the Xbox One, Microsoft shaped this generation by cementing them their relationship with what has become one of the biggest gaming franchises of all time. By focusing on the shooter market with a heavy emphasis on Call of Duty,  the Xbox 360 was able to corner the market and capitalize on the genre’s popularity with franchises such as Gears of War and Halo to make the Xbox 360 the home for console shooters. Next generation seems like it will be the same with the hugely anticipated, console-exclusive Titanfall. If shooters are your thing then it seems Xbox One could be your console. However Microsoft is also trying to win over indecisive consumers as well with their Indie Developers @ Xbox initiative. Whilst they may not have made the ground that Sony has it’s not too late to catch up. For the tech-savvy,  the idea of remote controls as a thing of the past may be appealing, and the Kinect 2.0  could be just what your looking for.  It offers hand gestures and voice controls that allow complete control of your Xbox One. The Xbox One also manages to allow users to seamlessly integrate their cable box’s functionality with the new console.
Wii U
The Wii U may have had a shaky when releasing its latest home consoles, but with the new price drop and some exciting titles on the way Nintendo isn’t out for the count. Games like the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD remake and Mario 3d World make the Wii U look better by the day. It is also by far the cheapest of the three new home consoles this Christmas.
Ps3/Xbox 360
But what if your Ps3 died a few years ago and you haven’t had the money to replace it?  What if there’s just not that many games solely playable on the next generation consoles that excite you or warrant the price tag? You’re in luck, because with price drops to both the PS3 and Xbox 360 there has never been a better time to jump into gaming one either of the systems especially in light of years of already released games to keep you occupied.
Handhelds
Not to be forgotten about the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3DS are both extremely affordable right now.  The Vita is receiving a price drop and the new 2DS being announced at an extremely affordable rate provides gamers with access to both catalogues of games.  The remote play functionality of Vita  with the new Ps4 would be a system seller to me if I didn’t already own one, and the 3DS has such a wealth of great games that more than justify the purchase (also new Pokemon very soon!).
Vita, 3ds
So whether you want to start fresh with the new consoles (and suffer through the inevitable dry spell of games at a system launch) or jump into a generation that is drawing to a close with a massive library of games and at least a few more years of developer support, there’s an option for you this coming holiday season.
What console (or consoles) are you getting this year?
Let us know in the comments below.

About the Author

Brenton Conlan

A guy from Australia who loves Video Games.