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The Best Game Console

Choosing a game console right now is difficult. There are so many amazing games to play these days, but frequently these titles are limited to a single platform in one way or another. Choosing the right game console for you depends a lot on the kind of gaming you prefer to do and where you like to play.

With that in mind, here's our collection of the best game consoles!

Why PlayStation 4 Pro is the best

Put simply, you can do the most gaming on a PlayStation right now. If you want to dive into a game solo and crush some skulls in God of War for a while, you can. If you want to play online, there are lots of options. If you are ready to explore VR gaming, PlayStation is the best place to start. If you want to stream games from your PlayStation 4 to your phone or laptop, it's super easy.

The PlayStation 4 Pro is the console with the most options for people who enjoy games. That doesn't mean it's the best in every category, just that it offers the most options and each of those options are a lot of fun on their own.


Everyone games a little differently, which is fantastic. And the coolest part of the gaming ecosystem right now if how many incredible options there are to have fun, either by yourself or with friends. But if you're looking for one machine to deliver something great from the whole gamine spectrum, Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro is where you want to be right now.

Russell is a Contributing Editor at iMore. He's a passionate futurist whose trusty iPad mini is never far from reach. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Reach out on Twitter!

  • I like how you actually take a stand here. I think your arguments are sound: PS4 is winning the console war in general but doesn't do cross-platform play, while Xbox does, and Switch wins on portability (though the 3DS/2DS is a great handheld and the PSVita/PS TV combo is underrated.) Some other considerations: PS4 can't play 4K Blu-Ray discs, while Xbox can. PS4 works with Sony's PS VR headset. Many Xbox games are available on Windows which means better cross play but fewer console exclusives. Switch has a small set of outstanding first-party exclusives (Mario, Zelda, etc.) and classics for the ages, but a poorer third-party lineup than the others. Switch also has weird creative Nintendo things like Labo, the 1-2 Switch minigames/demos (expect some great Mario Party games), and ARMS. Switch also has a nifty "tabletop" mode where you can stand it up and do local 2-player MarioKart, for example. The only thing I've seen that's comparable to this is standing up an iPad and using a couple of MFi controllers, but of course it doesn't have MK8.
  • Does anyone still buy Blu-Ray discs? Everyone I know either uses Netflix or buys standard DVDs
  • Ugh, Switch has Breath of the Wild, Switch has Mario Odyssey, has Mario Kart Deluxe 8, has Octopath Traveller, Splatoon 2, all of those games are system sellers PLUS we've got Smash Bros coming this winter. Add to that all the various indie games and big cross platform titles and the only reason to get a PS4 or Xbox is for a few specific exclusives, but most of those just involve running around in yet another FPS game. For people who actually want something other than just another FPS game the Switch has so many fun, unique and polished titles. (And it does have big FPS games like Doom, Wolfeinstein, Fortnite etc.) Systems should be measured by more than just, "How many polygons can the system push." Sony has a big catalogue and some really capable hardware, but it doesn't have last year's game of the year, it doesn't have the best 3D Mario game every made, it doesn't have the best Smash Bros title ever made coming, The Switch is selling like hotcakes not just because it's a great portable, it's also a great home console. Besides anyone who wants to play games coming out on the PS4 already knows that that's what they want, and probably already has one. The PS4 and Xbox One are both nearing the end of their life cycles, it's not a great time to buy either console, the Switch still has tons of life left in it and tons of great new content still to be announced.