This list compiles the best games consoles that you can buy right now. It’s not an easy decision when it comes to purchasing a console, so hopefully, this list will help you decide. Price, games catalogue and performance have all been taken into consideration when creating this list of the best games consoles of 2017. If you have any suggestions as to what you would change, let us know in the comments section below the list.
5. Nvidia Shield TV
The Nvidia Shield TV isn’t exactly a games console per se; it’s essentially a glorified media streaming device. Don’t let that fool you however as the Nvidia shield TV more than justifies making this list of the best games consoles of 2017. Firstly, you can play a huge selection of games made for Android, except now on the big screen and not just on a mobile or tablet.
Here’s the killer feature: you can pay a monthly subscription which gets you access to a wide variety of different triple A titles that you can stream to the shield TV. These titles include Batman Arkham Origins, Dues Ex: Human Revolution, Thief, Hitman Absolution, Saints Row IV and Tomb Raider among other titles. If that’s not enough for you, you can purchase games such as The Witcher 3 and Batman Arkham Knight separately and stream them to the Nvidia Shield TV.
It’s a decent console that can play basic 4k games. With the addition of game streaming the Nvidia Shield TV is an inticing option.
4. New Nintendo 3DS XL
The Nintendo 3DS may be 6 years old now, but that doesn’t mean it’s still not a great portable console. The games catalogue is huge and is constantly growing. Mario Kart, Pokemon and Super Smash bros are just a few of the many amazing titles available for the 3DS.
Improved 3D, better processor and a new C-stick are just some of the new features introduced to the ‘New’ 3DS XL over the original 3DS XL.
The graphics may not be amazing on 3DS, but the incredible game quality combined with a huge lineup of excellent titles more than makes up for this.
3. Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is possibly the most unique console ever to come out of Nintendo. You can play either on the go using the tablet or on a TV like a traditional console. Epic games such as The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe absolutely shine on the console whether you’re playing in docked or undocked mode.
The only thing holding the Nintendo Switch back is its limited games library. There are superb titles like the ones mentioned above, however, we’re still waiting for more titles to come to the device. Skyrim, Fifa 18, Super Mario Odessey and Splatoon 2 are just a few of the titles coming to the Switch this year.
The Switch may have a small games library at this point, but its future is looking very bright.
2. Xbox One S
The Xbox One S is the best looking Xbox to date; it’s compact whilst also looking clean and modern. Gaming on the Xbox One S is similar to that on the original Xbox One, however, the Xbox One S can output 4K. You won’t be doing any native 4K gaming on the One S, however, you can playback 4K blue-ray discs and stream Netflix in 4K which is a nice bonus.
Although the Xbox One S can output 4K and HDR video which does look amazing, if you really want an Xbox that can play games in native 4k, you’ll have to wait for the Xbox One X’s release later this year.
The Xbox One’s game catalogue is excellent with top exclusives such as Halo, Forza and Gears of war. With great design, solid build quality, excellent controller and an expansive games catalogue, you can’t go wrong with the Xbox One S.
1. PS4 Pro
This is the most powerful console on the market right now. If 4K gaming is what you’re after, this is the best option when it comes to consoles. Even if 4K gaming isn’t what you’re after, improved frame rates over the regular PS4 and comparable consoles make this the most compelling console available.
The only thing that the PS4 Pro is lacking is a 4K blue-ray drive which is disappointing. Although, you can still stream 4K content using streaming services such as Netflix.
The games line up is also solid with exclusive titles such as Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last Of Us and Uncharted. The price of the PS4 Pro is significantly more than the competition although it’s strong gaming performance justifies its price tag. For 4K gaming on a console, look no further than the PS4 Pro.