All manufacturers offer different ways to understand video games. They stand out according to their philosophy (graphic power, original concept, family fun, etc.), but also by their exclusivities. With this great diversity, it is often difficult to navigate. Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch or Nvidia Shield: discover our selection of the best consoles in 2019.
In 2019, there are many ways to play to suit all tastes. The smartphone in your pocket is also the perfect example with the many games available on the Play Store. However, video game consoles still take a big place in the market where each manufacturer offers a different solution with a vision of the game, which can also be.
How to know which console is right for you? Are you more likely to prefer beautiful graphics in 4K, or do you preferred to simply play in multiplayer with your loved ones? The needs are diverse and varied and whole panoply of consoles is there to answer them.
If you do not know where to go, this guide is meant to help you!
1. Xbox One X
Microsoft’s Xbox One X is currently the only console on the market to offer a native 4K graphics experience. Thanks to its 6 teraflops of power and 12 GB of RAM, it is able to run compatible video games in Ultra High Definition at 60 fps constant, as is the case for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Gears 5, Forza Motorsport 7 or Red Dead Redemption 2.
Microsoft has made great efforts to offer optimized versions for the Xbox One X.
More than just a home console, it also comes with a 4K UHD Blu-Ray drive to play all your favorite movies on your TV. Obviously, it is necessary to have the necessary equipment at home to enjoy this image quality.
In the era of dematerialization, the Microsoft console offers the Xbox Game Pass subscription to have unlimited access to a selection of games. This is not the same subscription as to play online, named Xbox Live Gold, which allows to make multiplayer games on the Internet and to receive free monthly games free.
Why do we recommend Xbox One X?
- A native 4K definition
- A large list of games optimized for the console
- 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
2. PlayStation 4 Pro
The PlayStation 4 Pro system does not offer a true 4K definition; it is up scaled to give the illusion of UHD, but without actually showing it on the screen. The result is totally bluffing and sometimes it’s really hard to tell the naked eye between Xbox One X graphics and the PS4 Pro.
It is powered by 4.2 teraflops of power with 8 GB of RAM that allows it to run some games in 4K upscale 30 fps or Full HD 60 fps, all with HDR processing.
What will especially tip the scales is the beautiful list of exclusive licenses that Sony has: The Last of Us , Spider-Man , Uncharted or Gran Turismo. Moreover, this number is growing thanks to the PlayStation VR, a virtual reality headset that only the Japanese manufacturer offers on a home console.
Like the Microsoft console, Sony also offers its PS Now subscription to access a hundred games from its console, and even on PC. Regarding the PS Plus subscription that allows you to play online, it also gives a selection of free games per month.
Why do we recommend PS4 Pro?
- A 4K upscale bluffing
- HDR treatment
- The list of exclusive Sony licenses
- The only console to offer experiences in virtual reality
3. PlayStation 4 Slim
In 2016, Sony markets the slim version of its PlayStation 4. It has the same characteristics as its eldest (namely an octa-core x86-64 processor, a graphics processor of 1.84 teraflops and 8 GB of RAM) while being 30% thinner, 16% lighter and above all quieter. Note that the touch buttons on the front of the console have been replaced by physical buttons.
It should be known that it gives access to the same catalog of games as the PS4 Pro , but without the optimization of the graphics. It still offers image processing thanks to its HDR compatibility, but also a DVD / Blu-Ray player.
Just like the catalog of games that does not change, subscriptions to PS Plus and PS Now are also identical to enjoy the same services regardless of the platform.
Why do we recommend PS4 Slim?
- Thinner and quieter than the original model of 2013
- A rather successful HDR processing
- The same catalog of games as the PS4 Pro
4. Xbox One S
Slim model requires, the Xbox One S is smaller than the first Xbox One of the name. Like the PS4 Slim version, it also keeps the same characteristics as its sister by shipping an AMD octa-core processor clocked at 1.75 GHz with 1.3 teraflops of power and 8 GB of RAM.
However, it has the merit of integrating a 4K Blu-Ray player and being compatible with HDR, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision and DTS: X technologies (again, provided it is equipped accordingly at home).
In addition to the Xbox One X graphics enhancements, it also benefits from the same exclusive games and licenses from the Microsoft catalog, as do the Xbox Live Gold subscriptions for playing on the Internet and the Xbox Game Pass.
Why do we recommend Xbox One S?
- More compact model than the original
- For its 4K Blu-Ray player
- HDR, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision and DTS compatible: X
- Access to the same games catalog and the same features as the Xbox One X
5. Nvidia Shield 2017
Originally presented as a gaming console with multimedia capabilities, the Nvidia Shield TV 2017 is often used exclusively as a TV decoder and multimedia player on Android TV. It is also compatible with 4K UHD and with different HDR formats for reading content, as well as the Xiaomi Mi Box, for example.
Nevertheless, it remains a very good game console. It opens access to the immense catalog of the Play Store, but also has exclusives appreciated by all as Portal, Doom 3 or Half Life 1 and 2. In addition, you can also enjoy Nvidia GameStream which allows you to stream your favorite games from your PC to your Shield (much like the Steam Link).
As for its features, it ships a SoC Nvidia Tegra X1 clocked at 2 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, a storage of 16 GB, 2 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and an Ethernet port. Note that it is now running under the latest version of Android Oreo for Android TV.
Why do we recommend Nvidia Shield TV 2017?
- For the excluded NVIDIA on games like Portal, Doom 3 or Half Life 2
- Access to Play Store Games, and more with Nvidia GameStream
- 4K UHD compatible and different HDR formats
- Regularly updated