Best Video Game Consoles 2020
- 1 Best Video Game Consoles 2020
- 1.1 Best Video Game Consoles 2020
- 1.2 Best games consoles on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
- 1.3 LIST OF AVAILABLE CONSOLES
- 1.4 Dolphin Emulator
- 1.5 Methods
- 1.6 Coming soon
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- 1.8 10 Oldest Video Game Consoles in The World
- 1.9 Best Graphics: Xbox One X
Best Video Game Consoles 2020
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There are a lot of video game consoles on the market, even between «The Big Three» companies like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Some of these are better suited for specific purposes than others, whether you want on-the-go gaming or a system that delivers the very best graphics possible. Because of its versatility and affordable price, the Nintendo Switch is easily our top recommendation. Those looking to spend extra for more premium features can look towards the PS4 and Xbox One.
- Best Overall: Nintendo Switch
- Best Graphics: Xbox One X
- Best Exclusives: PlayStation 4 Pro
- Best Starter Console: PlayStation 4 Slim
- Best Value: Xbox One S
- Best Handheld: Nintendo Switch Lite
- Best Re-release: SNES Classic
- Most Nostalgic: NES Classic
Disclaimer: While all of the consoles on this list are amazing, they’re soon to be joined by a few others come November. Sony is releasing the PS5 ($499) and PS5 Digital Edition ($399), and Microsoft is releasing the Xbox Series X ($499) and Xbox Series S ($299). These consoles are set to be some of the most powerful that the market has ever seen. That, along with the pandemic, means you should expect prices to fluctuate.
Best games consoles on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
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Black Friday is coming at the end of November, followed by Cyber Monday, meaning we’re likely to see some fantastic deals on the best games consoles.
With the PS5 and Xbox Series X due to release in November, we’re expecting to see big discounts on the Xbox One X, Xbox One S, PS4 and PS4 Pro, as retailers will be looking to shift their older stock. And, with the Xbox One X now discontinued, we’re expecting those prices to be slashed even further.
While stock of the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite has been somewhat scarce over the past few months, we’re expecting some great Switch deals during both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And rumors of a new and enhanced Nintendo Switch 2 console coming in 2021 means we may see bigger discounts than in previous years.
While the standalone consoles will be discounted, it’s the gaming console bundles that will be the best value for money. We’re expecting to see fantastic PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch bundles that will pack in a couple of games to get you started.
So, if you’re looking for a current-gen gaming console, then Black Friday and Cyber Monday are likely going to be the best time of the year to pick one up.
We’ll be showcasing the best games console Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals on TechRadar. But be sure to check back here too where our price finding system will bring you the best prices on all the products we’ve selected below.
The affordable all-rounder
Dimensions: 11 x 10 x 1.5 inch(W x L x H) | GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine | RAM: 8 GB of GDDR5 | Max Resolution: 1080p | Optical Drive: DVD/Blu-ray | Storage: 500GB or 1TB (expandable)
Available in standard or slim versions, the PS4 is the baseline console offering from Sony.
Since it launched seven years ago, the PlayStation 4 has been a firm fan favorite, even cementing its place second bestselling home console of all time.
The console’s single biggest strength is its exclusive games — in world of increasingly service-based online titles, PlayStation continues to push narrative-driven single-player titles such as Uncharted, Spider-Man, God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and The Last of Us.
It’s also the only console at the moment that offers access to virtual reality experiences (though you will have to purchase the PlayStation VR headset separately if you want to take advantage of this capability).
If you’re interested in the new 4K resolution everyone’s talking about, you won’t find that here. While even the budget Xbox One S offers 4K upscaling, the base PS4 is resolutely 1080p. PlayStation also isn’t great when it comes to backwards compatibility so if you’re hoping you’ll be able to play your old PlayStation 3 library with ease, you won’t.
If you’re looking to enter the current console generation in the most affordable way possible and, you like what games PlayStation has to offer, then this is the console to go for. However, it’s worth noting a new generation of PlayStation is just around the corner.
Buy this if you want: the latest generation games but don’t need 4K, you want PlayStation exclusive games, console VR, and a console for under £250/$250.
Key reads: Make sure you check out our full PlayStation 4 review and our picks of the best PS4 games. Think it’s the console for you? These are the best PS4 deals you can get right now.
PlayStation 4 Pro
The cheapest way to native 4K
Dimensions: 12.8 x 11.6 x 2.1 inch (W x L x H) | GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine | RAM: 8 GB of GDDR5, 1 GB DDR3 | Max Resolution: 2160p | Optical Drive: DVD/Blu-ray | Storage: 1TB (expandable)
Anything the PlayStation 4 can do, the PlayStation 4 Pro can do slightly better. If you’re invested in the 4K resolution revolution and HDR makes you hot under the collar, this is the Sony console for you.
The PlayStation 4 Pro plays all the same games as the standard PlayStation 4, so if you’re upgrading you won’t have to start your library afresh and you won’t need to pay any more for new 4K games either. You may, however, see an improvement in how they look and perform compared to the standard PS4.
The PlayStation 4 Pro is the most powerful console in the PlayStation lineup at the moment, capable of outputting native and upscaled 4K in games that have been patched to make that possible. Even games that haven’t been specifically patched can make something of this console’s greater power – you’ll find images look a little sharper and games will overall run more smoothly thanks to the PS4 Pro’s Boost Mode.
Like the standard PS4, this console has an excellent library of games and some fantastic exclusives as well as Playstation VR support.
Though it’s capable, it’s not every game that will output native 4K on the PS4 Pro – many of them will be upscaled as the console just doesn’t have quite the degree of power required to maintain native 4K resolution and run a large game with consistent frame rates.
The PS4 Pro also has the same problem as the PS4 in that there isn’t good backwards compatibility for previous console generations. There’s also no built-in Ultra HD Blu-ray player so if you’re looking for a console that will play your physical 4K media, this isn’t the one. It will, however, still play standard Blu-rays and DVDs, and can stream in 4K from compatible services.
If you don’t have a 4K HDR TV and super sharp visuals aren’t something that will drastically improve your enjoyment of a game then this console might not actually be worth the extra cash you’ll splash on it, particularly if you already own a standard PS4 console.
If you are coming into the current console generation for the first time and a 4K HDR TV is something you’re seriously considering purchasing, then the Pro will at the very least future-proof you.
Buy this if you want: Native 4K and HDR gaming, PlayStation exclusives, VR gaming, native 4K for under £350/$400.
Key reads: Check out our full PS4 Pro review as well as our list of the best PS4 Pro games. Think you might make the jump to 4K? These are the best PS4 Pro deals at the moment.
LIST OF AVAILABLE CONSOLES
The next generation of gaming is nearly here, and Ubisoft is ready to greet you with a host of new games and updates to existing games on Xbox Series X | S and PlayStation 5, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, Watch Dogs: Legion, and more. With the powerful new hardware of the latest console generation, it is possible to create even more realistic games and unleash the depth of Ubisoft’s worlds. Read on to discover everything you need to know about Ubisoft’s first wave of next-gen games, including next-gen features and release dates.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Launch: October 29, 2020 — Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Amazon Luna, PC (via Ubisoft Connect and Epic Games Store) Next-gen Launch: November 10, 2020 — Xbox Series X | S / November 12, 2020 — PlayStation 5 (Digital copies) / November 24 – PlayStation 5 (Physical copies)
In Watch Dogs: Legion, near-future London is facing its downfall. Amidst the growing unrest of a restless city, an unknown entity named Zero-Day has framed secret underground resistance DedSec for coordinated bombings across the capital. In the aftermath, criminal opportunists from every corner have taken hold and filled the void left by a defeated government. As a member of DedSec, you must recruit members into your Resistance to take on these criminal opportunists, liberate London and uncover the identity of Zero-Day. Play as anyone you see in the open world – so long as you can persuade them to join the resistance – and utilize their special skills and abilities to explore a wide variety of ways to complete missions. Keep an eye out for cameos from London grime artist Stormzy in his very own mission, and Watch Dogs’ original protagonist Aiden Pearce in upcoming additional content.
Xbox Series X | S: The near-future London of Watch Dogs: Legion will fully benefit from the hardware accelerated raytracing of the new Xbox Series X | S; from Piccadilly Circus and its giant digital screens, to Camden High Street’s neon lights and holograms, the power of real-time ray traced reflections brings a never seen before level of realism to an urban playground. Early collaboration between Microsoft and the game teams allows the game to unlock the power of Xbox DirectStorage, meaning loading times have been massively reduced allowing for smoother world traversal and faster loading times than ever before. Upgrade from an Xbox One X copy of the game to the Xbox Series X | S* version with Xbox’s Smart Delivery technology at no extra cost.
PlayStation 5: Ray tracing on PlayStation 5 will immerse players in a city full of digital screens, holograms, and neon lights, while players can also take advantage of the Tempest 3D Audio engine to bring London to life by hearing every passing car, talking pedestrian, or drone flying overhead. Thanks to the ultra-high speed SSD, loading times will be dramatically reduced, allowing for even quicker fast-travel and seamless high-speed drives across London. Adaptive triggers enable players to enjoy hand-tuned responses, elevating the visceral feeling of high-tension moments. And lastly, you can upgrade your PlayStation 4 copy of the game to the PlayStation 5** version at no additional cost.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Launch: November 10, 2020 — Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Amazon Luna, PC (via Ubisoft Connect and Epic Games Store) / November 12 — PlayStation 5
Become Eivor, a Viking raider hailing from the cold and harsh lands of Norway, and take on a journey across the sea to the lush lands of ninth-century England. Build up your settlement by raiding fortresses and changing the balance of power, while determining the fate of England and your clan. Dual-wield a variety of weapons from shields, to swords, to axes, choose from a range of skills and go into battle your way, and earn your place in Valhalla. With cross-progression from the newly announced Ubisoft Connect, you’ll be able to save your game on one device and continue playing the same save on any other device where the game is available, truly allowing you to play anywhere.
Xbox Series X | S: Take in the mysterious Northern Lights of Norway or the majesty of England’s Stonehenge in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second on Xbox Series X. Thanks to the collaboration between the game team and Microsoft to implement Xbox Velocity Architecture and DirectStorage API on Xbox Series X | S, you can take full advantage of faster loading speeds for more play time, and a smoother and more powerful experience. With Smart Delivery you can purchase an Xbox One X version of the game and you’ll be able to upgrade at no extra cost when you get your new Xbox Series X | S*.
PlayStation 5: PS5 players can immerse themselves in the stunning open world with the power of the Tempest 3D Audio Engine to hear the environment around them, along with detailed 4K at 60 frames per second visuals, and faster loading speeds due to the additional power of the console’s ultra-high speed SSD. If you purchase a PS4 copy of the game, you’ll be able to upgrade at no additional cost to the PS5** edition.
Pre-order Assassin’s Creed Valhalla now, and check out our previous coverage for more news and details.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Launch: December 3, 2020 / Platforms: Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, Stadia, Amazon Luna, PC (via Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Connect)
Immortals Fenyx Rising brings grand mythological adventure to life. Play as Fenyx, a newly winged demigod on a quest to save the Greek gods and their home from a dark curse. Take on mythological beasts, solve challenging puzzles and wield the powers of the gods to defeat Typhon, the deadliest Titan in Greek mythology. Fully customize the appearance, gear and godly powers of Fenyx to create your own mythical hero and prepare for a battle of strength and wits in an epic fight for the ages. And with the launch of the recently unveiled Ubisoft Connect you’ll get the benefit of full cross-progression from cloud storage, meaning that whatever device you play on you can pick up the same game, wherever you left off.
Xbox Series X | S: Explore a stylised open world rendered at 60 frames per second in 4K ultra high definition resolution on the Xbox Series X, using High Dynamic Range technology for richer and deeper colours on compatible screens. Immerse yourself in the sounds of Golden Isle thanks to Dolby Atmos and spatial audio technology, and travel the depths of the underworld at impressive speed with incredibly fast load times. Through Smart Delivery, get access to the Xbox Series X | S* version even when you buy the Xbox One version at no additional cost.
PlayStation 5: Immerse yourself in a beautiful open world and feel the environment like never-before thanks to the Tempest 3D Audio engine and PS5 DualSense haptic feedback. Experience incredibly fast load times thanks to the power of the PS5 console’s ultra-high speed SSD, stunning 4K graphics and smooth action-packed 60 frame per second gameplay. Experience it all in vivid color with High Dynamic Range technology on compatible screens, and if you purchase a PlayStation 4 copy of the game, you’ll be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version at no additional cost**.
Far Cry 6
Launch: February 18, 2021 — Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Amazon Luna, PC (via Ubisoft Connect and Epic Games Store)
Welcome to the Island of Yara, a beautiful tropical paradise thrown into the chaos of revolution. Face off against the army of Antón Castillo, the island’s president and dictator (played by actor Giancarlo Esposito), in a fight to free your people from his tyranny. From lush, green jungles to the urban concrete and high-rises of Yara’s capital Esperanza, explore and fight your way to freedom in this frantic, action-packed open-world game.
Far Cry has never looked so stunning, with luscious tropical vistas rendered at 60 frames per second at 4K resolutions on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. If you own a PS4 or Xbox One copy of the game, you can upgrade to the Xbox Series X | S* or PlayStation 5** edition respectively at no extra cost when your new console arrives.
Launch: February 25, 2021 — Platforms: Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, PC (via Ubisoft Connect and Epic Games Store)
Jump into the massive multiplayer playground of Riders Republic and shred it up in a variety of different outdoor sports, from biking and snowboarding, to skiing and wing suiting. Explore the wild, open world expanse of US National Parks including Bryce Canyon, Mammoth Mountains, Yosemite Valley and more. Take part in races and events with more than 50 players on-screen at the same time. Be part of a team or play solo in PvP events. Ride, ski or fly on the wild side and join the action from any device where you own the game with the power of Ubisoft Connect and cross-progression, allowing you the freedom to continue playing on any other device where you own the game.
Xbox Series X | S: With the power of the Xbox Series X you can bolt through the huge open world by ground or air in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, letting you experience the rush of every race, jump and trick. With HDR compatible screens, you’ll also get to experience it all as if you were there, with a wider range of colors and crisper visuals. DirectStorage technology on the Xbox Series X | S shreds-up loading times for a smoother ride. And don’t worry, if you purchase an Xbox One version of the game not only will you be able to upgrade to the Xbox Series X | S* version at no extra cost, but you’ll be able to play with others on the same console family.
PlayStation 5: Race and ride through the National Parks of the United States in 4K at 60 frames per second. HDR compatible screens offer a wider range of colors and crisper visuals so you can experience every moment as if you were there, and faster loading times make sure you spend more time boarding, skiing and flying. If you get yourself a PlayStation 4 version of the game, you can upgrade to the PlayStation 5** edition at no additional cost when you get your new console.
Just Dance 2021
Launch: November 12, 2020 – Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia Next-gen Launch: November 24, 2020 — Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 5
Dance, shimmy and shake into the next generation with Just Dance 2021, launching on November 24 for Xbox Series X | S and PS5. With a dazzling list of tunes to get your booty shaking from artists like Eminem, The Weeknd, and Galantis, plus more to be announced, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Players who purchase Just Dance 2021 on Xbox One will be able to download their game to the Xbox Series X | S version at no additional cost. Just Dance 2021 for PlayStation 4 will be backwards compatible on PlayStation 5**.
Rainbow Six Siege
The tactical online shooter Rainbow Six Siege is going strong in the third season of its fifth year, with the recent addition of Sam “Zero” Fisher to its already sizeable roster of Operators. Play in teams of five as either Attackers or Defenders, and prevent your enemies from reaching their goal or wiping out your team. Each Operator comes with a customizable loadout, as well as their own unique gadget that can give them a powerful edge on their enemies by leveraging intel, deception, destruction, and more. Stay tuned for more news on the recently announced Rainbow Six World Cup, where you can watch the world’s best players compete for the glory of their nation.
Rainbow Six Siege is coming to next-generation devices, and you’ll be able to play in 4K resolution at 120 frames per second for the best Siege experience on console. If you already own a copy of Rainbow Six Siege on PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll get an upgrade to the Xbox Series X | S* or PlayStation 5** version respectively at no extra cost.
Join the more than 60 million others who have played Rainbow Six Siege now, and look out for more details on the upcoming World Cup and regular content updates.
Now in its fourth year, the Year of Reckoning, For Honor has been on a journey of evolution. Amid the third season of the year and after hitting the milestone of 25 million players, it was recently announced that For Honor will be playable on Xbox Series X | S and PlayStation 5 through next-gen backward compatibility. What this means for current-gen game owners on PS4 or Xbox One is that their profiles, including all purchases and inventory, are automatically shared with their next-gen counterparts seamlessly.
At each respective console launch, For Honor will also provide players with the highest level of graphical enhancements that the game has to offer, meaning you can enjoy the game at 4K resolution on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, and 1080p resolution for the Xbox Series S. The team is also happy to confirm that 60 frames per second gameplay will be available for all next gen consoles in early December for the start of For Honor’s upcoming season.
Start your next-generation journey at the Ubisoft store and pre-order upcoming titles now. To get the latest about all of these games and more, stay tuned to Ubisoft News.
* Smart Delivery technology — buy the game once and play it on either Xbox One or Xbox Series X | S when both the console and that version of the game are available. Visit https://ubi.li/NextGenUpgrades for more details.
* * Upgrade to the digital PS5 version of the game at no additional cost when and where available. To upgrade eligible PS4 disc copies, players need a PS5 console with a disc drive. Visit https://ubi.li/NextGenUpgrades for more details.
* ** PS4 disc-based games require disc-drive and cannot be played on PS5 Digital Edition.
Dolphin is an interesting browser. It was around for a while, left, and it’s back now. The developers promise that it’ll stick around for a while this time. This is the only somewhat decent GameCube and Wii emulator on Android. It lets you play ROMs of games from both systems with relatively competence. It’s still in active development, though, so there are bugs. It has most of the common features like save and load states and things like that. You need your own ROMs, of course. The emulator doesn’t provide them on its own. Dolphin Emulator is free at the time of this writing. That may change when the app gets more stability and improvements.
Outputting text to the console
The most frequently-used feature of the console is logging of text and other data. There are four categories of output you can generate, using the console.log() , console.info() , console.warn() , and console.error() methods respectively. Each of these results in output styled differently in the log, and you can use the filtering controls provided by your browser to only view the kinds of output that interest you.
There are two ways to use each of the output methods; you can simply pass in a list of objects whose string representations get concatenated into one string, then output to the console, or you can pass in a string containing zero or more substitution strings followed by a list of objects to replace them.
Outputting a single object
The simplest way to use the logging methods is to output a single object:
The output looks something like this:
Outputting multiple objects
You can also output multiple objects by simply listing them when calling the logging method, like this:
This output will look like this:
Using string substitutions
When passing a string to one of the console object’s methods that accepts a string (such as log() ), you may use these substitution strings:
Note: Precision formatting doesn’t work in Chrome
Each of these pulls the next argument after the format string off the parameter list. For example:
The output looks like this:
Styling console output
You can use the %c directive to apply a CSS style to console output:
The text before the directive will not be affected, but the text after the directive will be styled using the CSS declarations in the parameter.
The properties usable along with the %c syntax are as follows (at least, in Firefox — they may differ in other browsers):
- background and its longhand equivalents.
- border and its longhand equivalents
- clear and float
- font and its longhand equivalents
- outline and its longhand equivalents
- text-* properties such as text-transform
- word-spacing and word-break
Note: The console message behaves like an inline element by default. To see the effects of padding , margin , etc. you should set it to for example display: inline-block .
Using groups in the console
You can use nested groups to help organize your output by visually combining related material. To create a new nested block, call console.group() . The console.groupCollapsed() method is similar but creates the new block collapsed, requiring the use of a disclosure button to open it for reading.
To exit the current group, simply call console.groupEnd() . For example, given this code:
The output looks like this:
You can start a timer to calculate the duration of a specific operation. To start one, call the console.time () method, giving it a name as the only parameter. To stop the timer, and to get the elapsed time in milliseconds, just call the console.timeEnd() method, again passing the timer’s name as the parameter. Up to 10,000 timers can run simultaneously on a given page.
For example, given this code:
Will log the time needed by the user to dismiss the alert box, log the time to the console, wait for the user to dismiss the second alert, and then log the ending time to the console:
Notice that the timer’s name is displayed both when the timer is started and when it’s stopped.
Note: It’s important to note that if you’re using this to log the timing for network traffic, the timer will report the total time for the transaction, while the time listed in the network panel is just the amount of time required for the header. If you have response body logging enabled, the time listed for the response header and body combined should match what you see in the console output.
The console object also supports outputting a stack trace; this will show you the call path taken to reach the point at which you call console.trace() . Given code like this:
The output in the console looks something like this:
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