Best gaming consoles to buy in 2022

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Want to add a new gaming console to your collection? It can be difficult to choose between what’s currently on the market. Do you want to play the busiest games of the year with the best hardware? Or would you prefer to take all your games with you? Whatever you are looking to do, find a console that fits your needs perfectly. But these costly systems can make it difficult to choose – you don’t want to waste your hard earned money for something that doesn’t work for you.

If you’re having trouble deciding which video game console is right for you, we’ve listed the best consoles available right now. Before you lock in your choices, see what’s out there (and how it might fit into your gaming lifestyle and budget).

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playstation 5

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The PS5 is a giant white tower of gaming goodness that is one of the most sought after consumer electronics of all time. These things fly off the shelves (when they even hit them), and the constant stock shortage has made the owner a status symbol.

When it comes to hardware specs, the PS5 and Xbox Series X are almost on par. However, the PS5 beats it in expandability due to its ability to use off-the-shelf SSDs. The big difference between the two is console exclusives. So far, most gamers agree that the PS5 beats the Xbox on a title-to-title basis, but it’s still early in the generation, so the winner isn’t clear.

The PS5 also introduced the DualSense controller, which adds adaptive triggers and haptic feedback to an updated version of the familiar DualShock layout. It’s the most significant change to Sony’s gamepad design since the introduction of the DualShock and could add to the immersion depending on how developers use it.

Overall, the PS5 is a great system, but only time will tell if it’s as successful as its predecessor.

Buy: Buy Now: $549.99

xbox series x

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The Xbox Series X barely screams the PS5 for taking the title of most powerful gaming console. In practice, most people won’t be able to tell the difference between the two, but if you want the best, you’ll want to grab the Series X.

Unlike the PS5, which stands on its own, Microsoft sees the Xbox Series X (and S) as part of the greater Xbox platform. So, if you invest in this console, you will get benefits with PC and cloud gaming as well, especially if you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass.

Unfortunately, the Xbox Series X feels less like a new console and more like the more powerful Xbox One X. Microsoft played this generation safe, and even the console’s OS is shared with previous-gen hardware. It’s fast and can play Xbox Series X|S optimized games, but doesn’t have some of the excitement that usually comes with hardware upgrades.

Buy: Buy Now: $499.00

xbox series

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Let’s say you’re looking for the console that gets the best bang for your buck. In that case, you should look at Xbox Series S. For $300, you get a system that can play the latest games, run streaming apps and that has backwards compatibility with all Xbox One and select Xbox and Xbox 360 titles.

Anything the Xbox Series X can do, the S can do too. However, it targets 1080p instead of 4K. This means that it is significantly less future proof than its big brother. That being said, there’s no great value in the world of video games, making the Series S an excellent gateway for those who want to get into gaming without a huge commitment.

Buy: Buy Now: $289.99

Nintendo Switch OLED

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The Nintendo Switch is the best version of an OLED console, and for $50 above the base model’s price tag, you get a better screen, audio, kickass, and dock. But, unfortunately, it’s really only worth the premium if you play it in handheld mode because there’s no upgrade for TV functionality.

The Switch is effectively a completely different ecosystem than the PC, PlayStation, and Xbox share. Most of its best games are exclusive to that system and focus more on gameplay than graphics. Unfortunately, the hardware is relatively weak compared to today’s phones, and you often have to look past performance issues and glitchy visuals.

However, the Switch continues to hold the magic for which Nintendo’s systems are known. It’s also the only place you’ll find Nintendo first-party titles, which continue to be praised as some of the best.

Buy: Buy Now: $349.99

Nintendo Switch Lite

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The last true handheld Nintendo Switch Lite available from a major game company is (no, the Steam deck doesn’t count). That makes it $100 less than the price of the base Switch, but you lose the TV mode. If you’re only interested in playing the Switch undocked, the Lite model is a great way to save a few bucks while still having access to 99% of the games developed for the platform.

The Switch Lite’s biggest drawback is that there’s no going back if you decide you want to play in TV mode. The circuitry for outputting video to the dock simply isn’t there, and there’s no way to upgrade it later. However, it’s the cheapest “console” out there right now, and apart from the lack of video output, you get the full Switch experience.

Buy: Buy Now: $199.99

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