The best 10 game consoles in comparison

Which are the best game consoles of 2020?

Best game consoles of 2020 (1 - 5)
game console comparison
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game console comparison
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Microsoft Xbox Series X
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Sony PlayStation 5
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Microsoft Xbox One X
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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro
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Sony PlayStation 4
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Sony PlayStation 4 Slim
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Sony PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player 1TB Edition
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Nintendo Switch
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Microsoft Xbox One S
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Nintendo Switch Lite
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Microsoft Xbox Series X
100points
Sony PlayStation 5
86points
Microsoft Xbox One X
82points
Sony PlayStation 4 Pro
79points
Sony PlayStation 4
76points
Sony PlayStation 4 Slim
74points
Sony PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player 1TB Edition
73points
Nintendo Switch
71points
Microsoft Xbox One S
68points
Nintendo Switch Lite
64points
Best price
Best price
Summary
Summary
  • General info (92)
  • Performance (100)
  • Connectivity (100)
  • Controllers (80)
  • Features (100)
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  • Connectivity (89)
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  • General info (84)
  • Performance (75)
  • Connectivity (75)
  • Controllers (67)
  • Features (95)
  • General info (92)
  • Performance (52)
  • Connectivity (69)
  • Controllers (92)
  • Features (95)
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  • Performance (49)
  • Connectivity (59)
  • Controllers (92)
  • Features (95)
  • General info (100)
  • Performance (46)
  • Connectivity (59)
  • Controllers (92)
  • Features (86)
  • General info (98)
  • Performance (47)
  • Connectivity (59)
  • Controllers (92)
  • Features (84)
  • General info (82)
  • Performance (26)
  • Connectivity (90)
  • Controllers (71)
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  • General info (88)
  • Performance (44)
  • Connectivity (74)
  • Controllers (67)
  • Features (95)
  • General info (82)
  • Performance (26)
  • Connectivity (77)
  • Controllers (53)
  • Features (56)
Pros
Pros
  • More RAM memory
  • Higher floating-point performance
  • Faster CPU speed
  • More compute units
  • External memory slot
  • More controllers supported
  • More RAM memory
  • Faster CPU speed
  • More compute units
  • External memory slot
  • Integrated touchpad
  • More RAM memory
  • More controllers supported
  • External memory slot
  • Replaceable hard drive
  • Integrated touchpad
  • Replaceable hard drive
  • Integrated touchpad
  • Replaceable hard drive
  • Integrated touchpad
  • Replaceable hard drive
  • Integrated touchpad
  • External memory slot
  • More controllers supported
  • More controllers supported
  • External memory slot
Cons
Cons
      • Number of exclusive games
      • Floating-point performance
      • Compatible with motion-sensing controller(s)
      • Number of games
      • Floating-point performance
      • Number of games
      • Floating-point performance
      • CPU speed
      • Number of games
      • Floating-point performance
      • CPU speed
      • Number of games
      • Floating-point performance
      • CPU speed
      • CPU speed
      • Pixel density
      • Internal power supply
      • Optical disc drive
      • Number of exclusive games
      • Floating-point performance
      • CPU speed
      • Render output units (ROPs)
      • Number of compute units
      • Compatible with motion-sensing controller(s)
      • CPU speed
      • HDMI output
      • Battery power
      • Number of controllers
      • Screen size
      • Internal power supply
      General info
      Battery powerBattery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
      Battery powerBattery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.4310mAhN.A.3570mAh
      Internal power supplyDevices with an internal power supply are desirable as they don't require a large external "power brick" on the cable. It’s more aesthetically pleasing and an advantage if you have limited space.
      Internal power supplyDevices with an internal power supply are desirable as they don't require a large external "power brick" on the cable. It’s more aesthetically pleasing and an advantage if you have limited space.
      Optical disc driveAn optical disc drive (ODD) allows you to read data from discs such as DVDs and Blu-Rays.
      Optical disc driveAn optical disc drive (ODD) allows you to read data from discs such as DVDs and Blu-Rays.
      Region-freeRegion free devices allow you to play games from different continents. This enables you to collect a larger game library, and you could play games before they are released in your region.
      Region-freeRegion free devices allow you to play games from different continents. This enables you to collect a larger game library, and you could play games before they are released in your region.
      Replaceable hard driveThe internal hard drive can be replaced by the user, for example if you wish to upgrade to a larger storage capacity.
      Replaceable hard driveThe internal hard drive can be replaced by the user, for example if you wish to upgrade to a larger storage capacity.
      Total score for "General info"
      Total score for "General info"
      Performance
      Number of compute unitsCompute units are a part of the GPU that contain the stream processors, an important component of graphics processing power.
      Number of compute unitsCompute units are a part of the GPU that contain the stream processors, an important component of graphics processing power.5236N.A.18181818N.A.12N.A.
      RAMRandom-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
      RAMRandom-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.16GB16GB12GB8GB8GB8GB8GBN.A.8GBN.A.
      Render output units (ROPs)The ROPs are responsible for some of the final steps of the rendering process, writing the final pixel data to memory and carrying out other tasks such as anti-aliasing to improve the look of graphics.
      Render output units (ROPs)The ROPs are responsible for some of the final steps of the rendering process, writing the final pixel data to memory and carrying out other tasks such as anti-aliasing to improve the look of graphics.N.A.N.A.N.A.32323232N.A.16N.A.
      Floating-point performanceFloating-point performance is a measurement of the raw processing power of the GPU.
      Floating-point performanceFloating-point performance is a measurement of the raw processing power of the GPU.12 TFLOPS10.28 TFLOPS6 TFLOPS4.14 TFLOPS1.84 TFLOPS1.84 TFLOPS1.84 TFLOPSN.A.1.32 TFLOPSN.A.
      CPU speedThe CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
      CPU speedThe CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.8 x 3.8GHz8 x 3.5GHz8 x 2.3GHz8 x 2.3GHz8 x 1.6GHz8 x 1.6GHz8 x 1.6GHz4 x 2GHz8 x 1.75GHz4 x 2GHz
      Total score for "Performance"
      Total score for "Performance"
      Connectivity
      External memory slotThe device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
      External memory slotThe device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
      HDMI outputDevices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
      HDMI outputDevices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
      3.5mm audio jackWith a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
      3.5mm audio jackWith a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
      Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivityWi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
      Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivityWi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
      Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
      Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
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      Total score for "Connectivity"
      Controllers
      Integrated touchpadWith a touchpad, users can control the device by moving their finger on a touch-sensitive surface.
      Integrated touchpadWith a touchpad, users can control the device by moving their finger on a touch-sensitive surface.
      Number of analog sticksThe more analog sticks, the more complex the input can be.
      Number of analog sticksThe more analog sticks, the more complex the input can be.N.A.N.A.22222222
      Compatible with motion-sensing controller(s)A motion controller is a type of game controller that utilizes sensors (such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other types of sensors) to track motion and provide input.
      Compatible with motion-sensing controller(s)A motion controller is a type of game controller that utilizes sensors (such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other types of sensors) to track motion and provide input.
      Controller weightA lighter controller puts less strain on the hands while playing.
      Controller weightA lighter controller puts less strain on the hands while playing.N.A.N.A.N.A.210g210g210g210gN.A.N.A.N.A.
      Number of controllersMore controllers allows you to have more people playing at a time.
      Number of controllersMore controllers allows you to have more people playing at a time.8N.A.87777881
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      Total score for "Controllers"
      Features
      Number of exclusive gamesExclusive games are only available to that game console producer.
      Number of exclusive gamesExclusive games are only available to that game console producer.N.A.N.A.2273737373N.A.22N.A.
      Number of gamesConsoles which have more games offer more choice to the user. It is also an indicator of how popular a console is.
      Number of gamesConsoles which have more games offer more choice to the user. It is also an indicator of how popular a console is.N.A.N.A.N.A.121612161216492441N.A.2441
      Pixel densityPixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
      Pixel densityPixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.236ppiN.A.267ppi
      ResolutionResolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
      ResolutionResolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.1280 x 720pxN.A.1280 x 720px
      Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
      Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.6.2"N.A.5.5"
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      Total score for "Features"

      How to choose a game console

      Which game console is better: Xbox or PlayStation? This is a highly controversial topic for hardcore gamers. Even though Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation have over 80% of the global market share, this doesn't mean there aren't other notable players. Nintendo offers a wide range of game consoles, and Google and Apple are challenging the gaming market with their cross-platform gaming services, Stadia and Arcade.

      With so many options available, it is becoming increasingly difficult for players to determine which game console is the right one for them. Each device is unique in terms of performance, graphics, speed, storage, entertainment, number of exclusive games, portability, and so on. In what follows, we break down the main aspects that matter when choosing a game console.

      Graphics and performance

      The latest game consoles are equipped with premium graphics and provide great gaming experiences. The GPU clock speed is a crucial factor for the performance of the console. However, if you are to compare the graphics processing units or GPUs of high-end models, such as Microsoft Xbox One S vs Sony PlayStation 4 Pro, you'll notice that they are closely matched in terms of clock speed. The eighth-generation video game consoles are based on AMD's Accelerated Processing Unit or APU, a series of 64-bit microprocessors in a compact chipset that functions both as CPU and GPU. The specs that might make a difference are the number of shading units, the floating-point performance, and the RAM and internal storage.

      Shading units

      Most of the video game consoles today have shading units or stream processors integrated into their GPU. Although shaders are generally used to control GPU-focused tasks, like image, video, and signal processing, they also boost performance because they facilitate parallel data processing. For example, Sony PlayStation 4 has 1152 shading units, far exceeding the average value of 925.3, which accelerates graphics processing and rendering speed.

      TFLOPS

      Floating-point performance refers to the computational power of a system and is measured in floating-point operations per second. Some of the famous game consoles of the 1990s, like the Sega Model 1 or the Nintendo 64, had less than 200 MFLOPs (mega-floating point operations per second). Fast forward to the present day, the floating-point performance of the average game console is of 1 TFLOP (tera-floating point operations per second).

      RAM and internal storage

      All the video game consoles nowadays demand a significant amount of RAM and internal storage. Internal or on-board storage has replaced the memory cards and cartridges of old game consoles. The first Microsoft Xbox, released in 2001, was the first machine to use on-board storage, with 8GB available, along with an optional memory card of 8MB. Now, game consoles have up to 2TB of internal storage.

      Ports and connectivity

      USB ports enable you to connect peripherals to the console, such as speakers, headphones, and external hard drives. Not only that, when you have a USB flash drive and HDMI ports on your console, you can easily save your game profile and transfer it to another console. Connectivity is another praiseworthy advantage found in modern game consoles. With Bluetooth connectivity, gamers can connect any Bluetooth device they want – wireless headsets and speakers, wireless controllers, or even keyboards.

      Controllers

      If you like playing games that involve a lot of movement, you might prefer wireless controllers over wired controllers. With wireless controllers, you don't risk getting tangled in cables. If you opt for wireless controllers, you need to make sure the gaming experience is smooth and without any delays between the moment you provide the input and the moment when it becomes visible on the screen. The lag for wireless controllers should be below ten milliseconds for undisrupted gaming. However, there is a significant advantage wired controllers have over wireless controllers: with wired controllers, you don't have to worry about charging the battery of your controller.

      Motion-sensitive controllers provide an intuitive sense to gaming by detecting and tracking gamers' movements with the help of accelerometers and gyroscopes. With motion-sensitive controllers, your movements are seamlessly translated into the game. Such controllers are suitable for sports and action games, which were made extremely popular by Nintendo's Wii console.

      Entertainment

      Game consoles offer a variety of entertainment options in addition to gaming, for example, movie streaming, music streaming, and virtual reality applications. Besides, there is a wide range of accessories you can use for different types of games: racing wheels, joysticks, and even comfy seats. However, not all the machines are equal since each of them is unique in terms of hardware, movie streaming capacity, and exclusive apps.

      Movie streaming

      With some game consoles, you have access to popular movie streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, as well as built-in Blu-ray players. To get more information on streaming services and their compatibility with various devices, you can read our article about the best video streaming services.

      Virtual reality accessories and games

      Paired with a VR headset, your game console guarantees an immersive and interactive experience in a 3D environment. PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift S are the rivals in the VR gaming world, both offering advanced technology and a growing number of VR games and apps. EVE Valkyrie, Headmaster, Rez Infinite, Farpoint, Final Fantasy XV are only some of the most famous virtual games.

      Game ecosystem

      When we talk about the best game consoles, it's the 'games' that ultimately matter the most. When choosing a game console, the choice depends a lot on the games you like to play. The number of exclusive games often becomes the top priority for most of the users. Exclusive games are what defines a console; they are only available on a single platform belonging to the console producer.

      Sometimes, a unique title is the principal reason players choose a particular game console. Some of the most popular exclusive games for Xbox One are Forza Motorsport 7, Halo 5, Sea of Thieves, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Killer Instinct. The PlayStation platform also offers plenty of exclusive titles, the most popular being Alienation, Amazing Discoveries In Outer Space, Bloodborne, Bound, DriveClub, God Of War, and Until Dawn.

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