How to pick the right video games console

Whether it’s a gift for someone else or a present for yourself a games console can be a fun item to own and have to hand for hours of entertianment. Gaming journalist Joe Griffin explains what new, recent and older video game machines have going for them Video games are viewed as a constantly evolving, cutting-edge corner of the entertainment industry. And while that’s definitely true, it doesn’t tell the whole story. While new machines are released every year this doesn’t mean that older consoles are completely out of date. We run through latest generation consoles, the last generation of consoles and finally back to where it all started with retro consoles. Latest Generation Latest generation brand names: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U Pluses online gaming extras like Blu-ray and TV streaming latest games available best graphics Minuses expensive less variety of second-hand games fewer new titles (for now) multiplayer is usually online only (and in the case of Xbox One, costs extra) What you need to know The Playstation 4 and Xbox One launched in 2013, and the difference between the two consoles is very slim. Both of them offer high-end graphics, fast processing power, and a range of other uses (blu-ray, streaming TV and internet, for instance). Also, both are compatible with most of the high profile games released. The Playstation 4 is often slightly cheaper, as the Xbox One initially had a hands-free control system (called Kinect) as standard. Xbox have since dropped this compulsory extra from their package. Whether to buy Playstation 4 or Xbox One comes down to personal preference, unique games you prefer and who you know that also has the same machine (so you can play with them online). Nintendo’s Wii U is a more specialist machine with fewer games available, and is best recommended for Nintendo completists. Last Generation Last generation brand names: Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii Pluses cheaper thousands of old and second-hand titles available some new games are still being developed for them Minuses soon will be obsolete graphics and processing is inferior to later models What you need to know The previous models of machines like Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii also have a lot to offer. They’re cheaper, for a start, and each machine has thousands of classic titles available. Indeed many the best-known franchises are still making games for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 (FIFA and Call of Duty, for example). The Wii, on the other hand, doesn’t have as many new games available, but there’s a reason it’s one of the bestselling consoles of all time: It’s a cheap, appealing and easy to use machine – perfect either as stocking filler or for young children. Retro Consoles Retro brand names: Playstation 2, Xbox, Super Nintendo Pluses cheapest generally less violent game content many classic games available Minuses new releases are very rare niche appeal inferior graphics What you need to know The Playstation 2 and Xbox had a good run in their day, and they each have hundreds of worthwhile games for all ages and tastes. But for real retro classics, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System is hard to beat, with iconic titles from the Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda and Donkey Kong franchises. Ideal for: These consoles are best suited either to nostalgic gamers (old enough to have enjoyed them first time around) or very young gamers. There are some teen and young adult hardcore gamers who are interested in the history of gaming (and thus retro consoles) too. Think of games like popular music – there’s one for any age you can think of, from retro and classic games and consoles to the latest models. What will you buy? Have a look at DoneDeal’s Games & Consoles section. #GamesampConsoles