Holiday Shopping 2016 – Gaming Consoles

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It’s almost the holiday season, which means it’s time to figure out what the hell kind of gifts you’re going to buy people. Fortunately for you, I’m here to give you all the gaming information you could possibly need. Whether it’s your boyfriend, brother, husband, cousin, sister, aunt, grandmother or whoever, it’s all the same. Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about the different gaming consoles available to you.

Xbox

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Xbox One

500 GB hard drive ($250)

1 TB hard drive ($300)

Various Game Bundles Available

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Xbox One S

500 GB hard drive ($300)

1 TB hard drive ($350)

2 TB hard drive ($400)

Various Game Bundles Available

 

The Xbox One S is the sleeker, more recent edition of the Xbox One console so I would absolutely recommend it over the regular Xbox One. As with any console, the original versions are generally kind of clunky and the newer versions are more refined. The Xbox One S features better hardware for increased graphics and performance, as well as being a more compact system.

Which size hard drive you select really depends on the user. If the console is going to hold a significant amount of digital content (games, movies, etc.) then you’ll probably want to go for the 1 TB hard drive but there shouldn’t be any issues with the 500 GB hard drive if you’re buying the physical copies of your games.

The game bundles really just depend on who’s using the console. There’s a pretty wide variety of console/game bundles out now so there’s plenty to choose from between games like FIFA 17, Madden NFL 17, Minecraft, Battlefield 1 or Gears of War 4. And it’s not a big deal if you don’t find the exact right bundle either, because they don’t come at any extra charge.

Just keep in mind that “Project Scorpio” is scheduled to release next year. This is going to be a significantly upgraded version of the Xbox One console that will do everything that the current consoles do and more. However, it will be a much more expensive console but all games will be playable on both versions of the console. But, if you’re a high spender, this might only be a bridge console until “Project Scorpio” releases.

My Recommendation: Xbox One S 500 GB – Battlefield 1 Bundle ($300)

 

Playstation
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Playstation 4 Slim

500 GB hard drive ($300)

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Playstation 4 Pro

1 TB hard drive ($400)

 

One thing I’m sure you’ll notice right away is that the Playstation 4 doesn’t offer quite the same amount of options as the Xbox One. It’s pretty much a straight up deal with Playstation. The original Playstation 4 is being phased out in favor of the new Playstation 4 Slim, which is just Playstation’s version of the Xbox One S. It’s a slimmer, more compact and refined version of the original Playstation 4. You might be able to find the original Playstation 4 around somewhere as a cheaper option if you’re looking to save some money, but it might be more trouble than it’s worth.

Where Microsoft’s “Project Scorpio” hasn’t released yet, Sony’s Playstation 4 Pro releases on November 10, 2016. Much like “Project Scorpio,” the Playstation 4 Pro is a significantly upgraded version of the Playstation 4. Again, unless you’re a big spender or you just want to be at the top of the mountain, you’ll be fine with a Playstation 4 Slim. However, it might be worth it to you to dish out the extra few bucks and get the top of the line console now rather than buy a lesser console and upgrade at some point in the future.

As for game bundles, I’m not totally sure how many you’re going to find. You might find some scattered bundles like Uncharted 4, Star Wars: Battlefront or Call of Duty but that’s about it. Look out for holiday deals in flyers that might give you some bundle options.

My Recommendation: Playstation 4 Slim 500GB ($300)

 

Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch

TBD (Information coming in January)

 

Pretty simple, just won’t buy a WiiU. The Switch, Nintendo’s new console, is set to be released in March and the WiiU is reportedly going to be ending production this year. Wait it out, maybe count it as a late gift or something. Nintendo’s consoles are pretty solid family systems, so if you got kids or whatever then it’ll probably be a nice pickup in the spring. Further information, as well as the price and release date of the Switch, will be released on January 12, 2017.

My Recommendation: Keep your eye on the horizon.

 

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Nintendo 3DS

Check Flyers/Sales/Internet/Everywhere for Version/Price

 

Honestly, there’s so many different models and prices of the 3DS that it’s impossible to list them all. They’ll run you anywhere from $70 (2DS) to upwards of $200 (New 3DS XL), depending on where you look. You can find them all over the place on Amazon for all kinds of prices. The only real difference is the style of system as the features are virtually the same. The XLs are larger than you would expect a handheld system to be while the original is, in my opinion, just about the right size.

The 2DS is a non-3D brick that was designed to be a cheaper option when it was released but now you might as well just go with the original 3DS if you want to save money. The 3D feature is neat and it works, but the novelty wears off and it can certainly give you a bit of a headache if it’s not your thing. But you can just simply turn it off or you can lock it in the parental control settings. The 3DS is really just a great system all around.

Personally, being a big Pokemon fan, the 3DS is a must have. If you’re not into handhelds or there aren’t any games on it that catch your interest then it’s not worth having but the system itself offers a lot to gamers of all ages. I’ve had my original 3DS for three or four years now and it’s held up really well. It’s a niche console but it’s a great value pick up for kids or anyone with a high level of interest in a specific game series.

My Recommendation: Buy whichever one suits your desires.

 

This is a pretty big year for gaming and the industry is growing rapidly so it doesn’t matter if you’re a huge gamer or if you’re someone who might be just getting into it, there’s a lot of options out there that cover an incredible range of interests. As always, gaming consoles are a bit of a luxury item and it’s a big purchase but, when you factor in what you’re going to get out of the system over the next several years, it’s probably worth it. I’ll be writing up a list of all the different kinds of games available in the next week or two, so look out for that.

 

@Sixchr

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