As we list our favorite consoles of 2016, its worth noting that we’re in for a big surprise when Nintendo releases its new NX console rumoured to be in the works there is also plenty of chatter regarding a possible PlayStation 4.5 console ?? But lets not get carried away just yet!
These are our favorite consoles right now….
PlayStation 4 is the next generation of gaming and entertainment consoles from Sony. The PS4 is based on the PC architecture win an improved CPU eight-core CPU, AMD x86-64 dubbed “Jaguar” and features an AMD Radeon GPU with 18 computing points with a yield of 1.84 Teraflops and a unified memory system with 8GB memory GDDR5 all in one chip.
It is the fourth PlayStation game console from Sony Computer Entertainment. Part of the eighth-generation of game consoles. It was officially announced on 20 February 2013 at the PlayStation Meeting 2013 event, although the design of the console was not announced until June 10 at E3 2013. Its also the successor to the popular PlayStation 3 and currently competes with the Xbox One of Microsoft and the Nintendo Wii U.
Launched on November 15, 2013 in the United States and Europe while in Japan was on February 22 2014. It distanced itself from the Cell processor architecture used in the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 4 instead opted to feature an AMD 8-core processor under the x86-64 architecture.
These x86-64 instructions are designed to make game development “simpler” and take advantage of the next generation console, attracting a larger number of developers. These changes highlight Sony’s effort to improve the lessons learned during the development, production and launch of the PS3. Other hardware features of the PS4 is that it includes 8 GB GDDR5 unified memory, a Blu-ray drive with fast read/write, and custom chips dedicated to audio processing tasks, video and background.
- I has sold over 35.9 million units world wide.
- Starting cost is around $349.
- Modest AMD Octa-Core x86-64 “Jaguar”-based @ 1.6 GHz CPU.
- AMD Radeon “Liverpool” Video card 1152 shaders @ 800 MHz.
- 8 GB GDDR5 RAM.
Microsoft Xbox One
Xbox One is a next generation console from Microsoft. This console uses an AMD chip with an 8 core processor and GPU that supports D3D 11.1 with 32 MB of embedded memory. The system also features 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB disk and a Blu-ray drive. Along with all new Xbox One Kinect motion sensor with a 1080p camera that is included.
Xbox One is the third video game console produced by Microsoft. It is part of the eighth-generation game consoles, it was presented by Microsoft on May 21 2013. Its the successor to the Xbox 360 and competes with Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Wii U. Its launch date was November 22, 2013 at a price of $499.
Xbox One offers a new version of Kinect (motion sensor accessory) greatly improved that is called Kinect 2.0. Xbox One has an integrated AMD based technology with a video card that is equivalent to an HD 7790, 10 times more powerful than its predecessor the Xbox 360. Its GPU has 768 shaders and 1.31 TFLOPS / s power. It can move several million polygons at once without drops in FPS, thanks to its 8-core x86 processor with similar architecture of a PC. The console consists of an 8-core AMD processor with Custom 64-bit microarchitecture based on Jaguar and an estimated speed 1.75Ghz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM 32MB ESRAM, with hard drive speeds up to 204GB / s 500 GB and a 6x Blu-ray reader.
- I has sold over 20 million units world wide.
- Starting cost is around $349.
- Modest AMD Octa-Core x86-64 “Jaguar”-based @ 1.75 GHz CPU.
- AMD Radeon “Durango” Video card.
- 8 GB GDDR3 RAM.
Nintendo Wii U
This console is the successor to the Nintendo Wii, and expands the capabilities of its predecessor. The Nintendo Wii U is the first Nintendo console with HD support. Perhaps the most striking feature of the Wii U is its GamePad controller, which has a 6.2 inch touch screen with traditional joysticks and buttons. The GamePad also includes motion controls, a camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, vibration function a sensor bar, a pencil and supports near field communication (NFC).
Wii U is a game console that belongs to the eighth generation of consoles and being the first of its kind created by Nintendo and direct successor of “ultra” popular Wii. The console was released on November 18, 2012 on US soil. Nintendo first announced Wii U at a conference during the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 on June 7 2011. Competes with the Sony PlayStation 4 console and the Microsoft Xbox One. Wii U is the sixth home console from Nintendo and the first to produce HD graphics up to 1080p resolution. It includes a new controller that incorporates a touch screen and is also capable of playing high-definition graphics that allows gamers to play with the console even when the TV is off, this new controller is called: GamePad.
The system is backwards compatible with Wii games, which will support Wii peripherals like the Wiimote or Wii Balance Board and includes NFC6 technology, which modifies the way of playing video games. However, it will not be backwards compatible with Nintendo GameCube peripherals but video games can be downloaded from the virtual console.
- I has sold over 12 million units world wide.
- Starting cost is around $299.
- IBM powered CPU dubbed “Espresso”, Tri-core @1.24 GHz
- AMD Radeon “Latte” Video card, 320 shaders @ 550 MHz.
- 2 GB GDDR3 RAM.
PS Vita is a handheld game console created by Sony Computer Entertainment, is the successor to PlayStation Portable and is part of the PlayStation family of consoles. It was first released on January 27, 2011 and was put on sale on December 17 of the same year in Japan. The arrival in Europe and all Americas was on February 22 2012. It is designed to compete directly with the Nintendo 3DS. PlayStation Vita is available in two versions: one with WiFi and the other supports 3G,the cheaper version comes only with WiFi support but not 3G. The 3G version includes preloaded applications on the console, which make use 3G and has augmented reality features.
The two cameras have the capabilities of face detection, face detection and face tracking. It also allows you to customize the system such as backgrounds. The system also comes with a rear touchpad, a front camera, a rear camera, stereo speakers, microphone, SixAxis motion (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), electronic compass of three axes, GPS, Wi-Fi, sensor system, 3G and Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR.
As of 2015, Sony has released the PS Vita ‘Slim’ (PCH-2000) The new PS Vita ‘Slim’ does not bring “major” changes from the original model, and even many users speak of it as a step backward because the screen now used IPS technology (weaker colors) instead of AMOLED, technology found in the first generation PS Vita. The released date for the PS Vita Slim was in October 10, 2013 in Japan and February 7, 2014 for North America.
- I has sold over 12 million units world wide.
- Starting cost is around $199.
- Quad-core CPU with ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore.
- PowerVR SGX543MP4+ Video card.
- 512 MB RAM.
- Does not support 3D.
3DS is a handheld game console from the popular Japanese game maker, Nintendo, that plays video games and multimedia content, whose main attraction is able to display 3D graphics without special glasses, thanks to the Autostereoscopic 3D screen. The console is backward compatible with the Nintendo DS and DSiWare software.
It was first announced in 2010, Nintendo officially presented at E3 2010, the company made headlines for showcasing the 3DS for attendees of the popular event, and some lucky few even got to play it. The console is the successor to the Nintendo DS portable series and competes primarily with the PlayStation portable and the PlayStation Vita, both of Sony. Nintendo 3DS was released in Japan on February 26, 2011; in Europe on March 25, 2011; in North America on March 27, 2011; and in Australia on March 31, 2011. On July 28, 2011, Nintendo announced a drastic price drop that would be effective from August 12 2011. As compensation, to the buyers that acquired the 3DS before the price reduction owners received ten free games from Nintendo on September 1 2011 and 10 more Gameboy Advance games from December 16, all downloadable from the Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo on February 13, 2015 has released a New Nintendo 3DS that included some much needed changes, first is the C Stick located on the right and especially useful in games that require you to rotate the camera. Thanks to this, control becomes similar to other mainstream consoles allowing us to move the character left and right to rotate. There are also two new triggers: Z-Z-L and R, which are near the existing ones.
The other big news is the improved 3D system. In the past in order to play with three-dimensions a 3DS player had to place the console at a particular angle. A restriction of 3D without glasses that Nintendo has solved thanks to a camera located at the top of the console. While we play, it checks to see where the player’s eyes are, and adjusts in real time to work even if we turn the console or we move. It is an effective solution in the vast majority of cases, in response to one of the most repeated complaints about the original 3DS.
They have also made minor adjustments, such as changing the Start, Select and volume control buttons. Furthermore, they have changed the location of the game slot, the power button and the hole for the stylus, now at the bottom of the console. The New 3DS also supports amiibo, Nintendo figurines that unlock upgrades in games, as in the case of Super Smash Bros.
There are other changes that are not apparent to the naked eye. Loading games is faster, thanks to an improved processor. But there are some drawbacks as there are games that are unique to New 3DS because they need both the C stick as the extra graphics power. One such case is that of Xenoblade Chronicles, which will work exclusively for New Nintendo 3DS.
Those who want to customize their console also have the option to do so, with interchangeable covers, which are only available in the New 3DS, not the XL version. The battery life remains the same as in the previous version, but when you buy the console you need to buy a charger separately, since its not included.
The most important is that the new Nintendo solves one of the biggest problems that had dragged the original 3DS, as 3D gaming was kind off uncomfortable and now gaming is much better.
- I has sold over 60 million units world wide.
- Starting cost is around $219.
- First generation 3DS uses a Dual-core ARM11 MPCore
- New Nintendo 3DS uses a Quad-core ARM11 MPCore
- PICA200 Video card.
- First generation 3DS 128 MB RAM.
- New Nintendo 3DS 256 MB RAM.
- Supports 3D.