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Top 7 Tips For Choosing The Best Gaming Console For You!

Gaming can be fun, be I’m a bookworm, and I spend most of my free time either binge Netflix or reading my current read. But my partner loves gaming, and he will buy all the new gaming systems that come out; he is an absolute gaming nerd and loves his gaming systems. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn tips for buying the perfect gaming system for your needs.

1. How to choose your console?

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To adapt to the different types of gamers and their specific needs, console manufacturers compete in inventiveness and constantly make new technological discoveries. They are constantly innovating to produce the best possible platforms. To help you choose the best console, it is essential to consider specific criteria.

2. Choosing the console according to the type of game

Before buying a console, you need to know the type of games or specific titles you want to play. Even if most of them have versions adapted to each platform, the catalog tends to vary from one machine to another. The most powerful living room models with a large capacity, such as PS4, offer more intense games. The most popular titles belong to Sony and Microsoft. On the other hand, Nintendo offers several exclusives from its in-house licenses, such as Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda, which are suitable for young children.

3. Choosing a console according to the level of player

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It is also essential to know the types of players participating. You need to use the same machine as your friends to play online. Despite the variety of console models, they do not all meet the same needs and offer the same gaming experiences. Some versions are best suited for more experienced players. Others can be both home and pocket models. There are also consoles that offer additional features. Opt for powerful hardware with a good selection of titles to enjoy fantastic family entertainment.

4. Choosing the console according to its performance

The performance of the best console determines its potential, that is, the power and functionality it offers. These two elements can provide gamers with a prodigious and unique gaming experience. For example, the Xbox One X S is a powerful, high-end model to get good audiovisual quality. It is well suited for a TV with 4K resolution or a Blu-Ray movie collection. Nintendo’s Wii is intended for family use. Finally, the Xbox One and PlayStation technology are already very advanced to submit to each player a total immersion.

5. Choosing a console according to the way you play

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Some developers offer video game consoles that stand out for how they play. Among them, Nintendo’s machine guarantees interactivity for gamers. Thanks to its motion sensors, the player will be able to progress well in his games. Microsoft’s Kinect allows you to manipulate an interface without using a controller. The PlayStation Move integrates the PlayStation Eye, an additional peripheral that detects all movements.

6. Additional features

Many consoles, especially the newer ones, are no longer limited to giving game enthusiasts a good selection of titles. They also provide great entertainment for the whole family. Living room and portable models have different applications for this purpose. The PS4 or Xbox One X allows you to listen to music on Spotify and features a Blu-Ray DVD player. Nintendo’s Wii gives kids the opportunity to watch videos on YouTube and offers an Internet connection. A number of TV channels dedicated to weather, horoscopes, news, and signs are also available.

7. Components and features

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Features are one of the most important things to consider when buying the best console. Whatever its destiny, they are essential in order to enjoy a unique gaming experience. A powerful model is suitable for a large screen. Smaller consoles are better for mobility in every game.

Our top 3 favorite gaming systems

1. Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X console is the most powerful console of the brand. This latest generation game console is the most powerful and fastest you will find from the Xbox brand. It allows you to immerse yourself in a very detailed universe, with a native resolution of 4K HDR.

You will be able to connect it to your 8K TV to enjoy this advanced technology during your gaming sessions. It offers a fluid and dynamic rendering, with the ability to display up to 120 frames per second. In addition, it incorporates several other advanced technologies such as 3D spatial audio, Smart Delivery, Raytracing mode, and many others.

2. PlayStation 5

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Sony’s PlayStation 5 is the obvious choice for the most demanding users who don’t look at the expense of their pleasure when it comes to game consoles. This gaming console with a Blu-ray player is a revolutionary model. It’s designed to be completely player-centric, providing an even more immersive experience.

It has almost zero loading time because it has an ultra-high-speed SSD drive with a user interface that gives you instant access to all its main functions. Its level of realism is unmatched so far, as it also features Ray Tracing technology. You’ll also be able to enjoy HDR technology, which will give you colors that are both vivid and dynamic. You’ll even get the new Tempest 3D Audio Tech, which allows you to enjoy an outstanding sound experience.

3. Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch is a world-famous game console that displays many interesting features and excellent value for money. Its autonomy is variable depending on the conditions in which it is used. This game console from Nintendo is sold with a pair of neon red and neon blue joy-con.

Indeed, for a game that requires enough data like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the autonomy of this console will be about 3 hours. However, if you use it for simpler games, you will be able to enjoy it for 6 hours. If you want to discover and enjoy its many features, you can order it on Amazon.

You can also take the opportunity to discover the many reviews of the users, who all seem to be really happy with their purchase. You will find in the box: a Nintendo Switch docking station, a joy-con holder, a console with a right neon red controller, and a left neon blue controller, without forgetting the two joy-con straps.

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The Best Games To Play On The Nintendo Switch

Christmas just ended, and we are in the middle of Kwanzaa (which ends on the 1st of January), so people just received and opened their gifts and are still getting them. For the gamers out there, I hope you got the gaming console that you were looking for and the games you had on your wish list. Personally, I’m not the biggest console gamer out there, but my partner is, and I will play with him from time to time. But, this list is made up of some of the most popular games that you can play on the Nintendo Switch. So, without further ado, let’s get into this list!

What is a Nintendo Switch?

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The Nintendo Switch was released in 2017 but is still one of the most popular gaming consoles on the market. One of the main reasons why is best of the plethora of games that you can play on it, and also it is a portable gaming system that you can play with on the go. The Switch is a console that is a tablet that can be docked and used as a home console, or it can be used as a regular portable device. It has a wireless Joy-Con controller with standard buttons and directional analog sticks for motion sensing, user input, and tactile feedback. They can be attached to both sides of the console to support a handheld-style play. But is it really that good?

Pros of a Nintendo Switch:

    • It feels good in your hands
    • It is extremely flexible
    • Game loads within seconds
    • It doesn’t take a lot of space

Cons of the Switch:

    • If you use it like a traditional console and dock it, it will take up the TV, and you won’t be able to use it for anything else.
    • You have to be aware of light sources.
    • The feeling of the controllers isn’t quite there yet.
    • It has a small internal memory.

Now let’s get into the list of some of the best games you can play on the Switch.

1. Hades

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For me, this is one of the reasons why you should get a Switch; Hades is such a good game that has an incredible solution to the long-standing pacing and narrative issues. You need to play Hades, only for the storyline, and the creators didn’t shy away from anything. Zagreus, the son of Hades, the game’s protagonist, can have a romantic storyline with either a man or a woman, and this depends on which storyline you decide to play with. On top of that, you get to reunite Achilles and Patroclus in the underworld, and for me, this was one of the most powerful moments of the game. The game has thousands of dialogues, so the game doesn’t sound repetitive at all and lets you transform into a tired Greek god who is roaming the underworld. This game is for people who love Greek mythology, art, music, and narrative.

2. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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This is the sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, and Moon Studio’s second game in this series improves on nearly every facet of the fast game. Throughout the game, you will feel a sense of feel-good and will feel relaxed while traversing the lush and sprawling map of Metroidvania. The way the game is played smoothly because it allows you to glide and dash in the air that gives you a sense of fluidity that you can’t find on other platforms. It is a gorgeous game with animated backgrounds, particle effects, and rays of light that beam through the gaps in the forest, and this makes you put down your controller to look at the game’s captivating beauty.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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It seems like the Switch was designed to play this game, and the two go well together. Breath of the Wild and the Switch are a winning combination for Nintendo, and they had a wild success with this one. The game’s physics engine is unpredictable, and fans come up with new tricks to defeat some of the harder quests in the game. According to a study, many players of this particular game stated that it helped them deal with depression and anxiety. Breath of the Wild, alongside the Switch, has cemented Nintendo’s legacy as the best creators of the craft. This is the game where you can sit back and relax while listening to the peaceful soundtrack.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us your favorite game on Nintendo Switch.

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3 retro gaming systems you need to buy.

If you are a child of the 90s or late 80’s like me, you will remember the joy of owning a Sega Genesis and the alluring 8-bit music that we so nostalgically associated with the gaming systems of our childhood. Fear not because your time has come again, because retro gaming consoles are making a comeback and we are here for it. I am Fry from Futurama right now: Shut up and take my money! And give me these consoles.

Why should you buy it instead of the new console?

Well, it’s your money and you spend it as you wish, but for me, it’s all about the nostalgia associated with them. Granted, modern video games are amazing with their realistic physics, extensive A.I and realistic settings and are more sophisticated than those created in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. However, this doesn’t change the fact that retro gaming systems are the OG and were the precursor of modern gaming systems like the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5. If you are a Gen z like me or even a millennial, you will remember the hustle it was to find your cartridges and CDs to be able to play your favorite game. Buy it for the nostalgia factor and love it for all its games and sometimes questionable graphics.

What to buy?

1. Anbernic RG350p

This one is as solid of a choice as the Nintendo Switch. Unlike its predecessor, it doesn’t use cartridges but rather ROM files that are stored on a microSD card for console. You can find oldies like Game Boys, the Sega Master System and the Genesis, the original PlayStation, The NES and SNES and even some retro computer games like the Commodore 64. It retails at around $120 and is worth every penny for what it’s providing you; it has all your childhood favs in a singular console. However, it is a bit time-consuming when it comes to updating its software or installing new emulators and you might even want to watch some tutorials before you can do this.

2. Analogue Super NT

In its few years of existence, Analogue has created a name for itself and create a niche fan club that adores this gaming system. Known for its crisp resolution, it is the best system that uses retro gaming cartridges that can be played on your flat-screen TV. Unlike the previous system on the list, the Analogue doesn’t use software emulators that can be buggy at times, especially when its performance varies from game to game. It uses a custom FPGA chip created to emulate the original Super Nintendo and its hardware perfectly, making every game work flawlessly. The Analogue Super NT also comes

with HDMI connectivity and illimited possibilities to customize your own games on your TV screen so that you can get as close as possible to capture the vibes of your childhood. It retails at about $170 and is the most expensive system on our list but is also the one we recommend the most as it captures the essence of our childhood.

3. Evercade

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Unlike others in this list, this one has acquired the official license for the games it provides you. The console allows you to play more than 260 games on it and the list keeps on growing. What makes it for me are the cartridges. Yes, they have cartridges of all your favorite, like Pacman and Street Fighter and they have so many different cartridge packs that you can start your own little collection and become the Ash Ketchum of Evercade; you gotta catch ’em all! As it doesn’t run on any software emulators either like the Anbernic, all of the games run more smoothly without any glitch or issues, and you feel like you are really in an arcade while playing with it. This one retails at around $100 and is worthwhile if you love cartridges and old arcade games.

These are some of the best retro gaming systems on the market right now. Sound off in the comments down below if you are want to own one of these gaming systems.

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Is Google Stadia Worth It Nowadays?

Google Stadia has had a bit of a rough go. The service was billed as a way to easily get console-quality gaming without having to actually invest in a console. But complicated setups and buggy performance made it a tough sell. Since then, Google has been working hard at improving the overall Stadia experience, making deals like one with AT&T to get Stadia in more hands, and more.

So, that begs the question. At this point, a year and a half after its launch, is Google Stadia an ecosystem that’s actually worth buying into? Let’s find out.

Google Stadia setup

Setting up the service is perhaps the worst part of using it. You’ll start by downloading and installing the Stadia app on your phone. Then, you’ll turn on the controller, pair the controller with the app, press a combination of buttons to approve pairing, and you should be off to the races.

Seems easy — but you do have to re-enter a code each time you want to connect the controller to a device. And, you’ll have to keep in mind that you’ll have to wait a few seconds after typing in the code for the controller to connect. It would have been nice if the controller connected automatically. However, that perhaps would have been trickier for those that use multiple displays.

Of course, it’s also important to note that you’ll need a solid connection to use Stadia. Your connection will need to be better than you might assume. Even with a good network, you should expect the odd stutter every now and then.

Google Stadia interface

The Google Stadia app is relatively easy to navigate. It’s divided into three tabs, with one “Store” tab, one “Home” tab, and one “Explore” tab. From the Store tab, you’ll be able to see games that you can claim as part of Stadia Pro, if you have a subscription, along with any games that you can buy to play on the service. Then, when you’re ready to play, you can head to the Home tab to start a game up. The Explore tab is where you’ll find resources for things like tutorials, news, and so on. You probably won’t find yourself in the Explore tab much.

There’s one feature missing in the Stadia app. A search tool. Yeah, seriously. It’s completely absurd that there’s no search tool in the Stadia app this long after the service’s release. It also makes it difficult to find the games that you want to play. If you have a specific game in mind, you’ll have to find the list of all the games in the app, and scroll through them. You should really be able to search based on title, genre, price, and so on. Thankfully, you can search in Chrome.

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Google Stadia game library and Stadia Pro

Stadia’s library, at this point, isn’t bad — and it’s growing too. There are plenty of heavy hitters, like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, CyberPunk 2077, and Hitman 3, plus plenty of smaller games to check out. The service also offers an add-on for Ubisoft+, which costs $15 per month and gives you access to Ubisoft’s relatively large library of games.

It’s important to temper expectations around Stadia Pro. If you’re expecting to get access to all or most of the games on Stadia, you’ll be disappointed. But the games that are available on Stadia Pro, like the Hitman: Complete First Season collection, make it worth checking out. Stadia Pro also unlocks 4K streaming for those that have a fast enough connection. And, it gives users pretty heavy discounts on some of the games in Stadia.

You won’t necessarily have to pay to access Stadia Pro, if you just want to try it out. Stadia Pro is available itself for a one-month subscription, while AT&T is offering six months of Stadia Pro to subscribers of its unlimited plans. If you’re thinking of subscribing to a new plan anyway, it may be worth it. Otherwise, the one-month trial should still be enough to see if paying for the service is worth it for you.

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Google Stadia controller

The Google Stadia controller is quite nice. It’s got an ergonomic feel to it, and while it does feel a little last-gen in a world with Sony’s new DualSense controller, it definitely gets the job done.

The controller is laid-out more like a PlayStation controller than an Xbox controller, but ultimately there are elements from all major controllers here. The joysticks are placed in-line like a DualShock 4 controller, while the controller offers XYAB buttons like on the Xbox.

In the middle, there’s a Stadia button to turn the controller on and off, and as you would expect from a Google product, there’s an Assistant button on the left, paired with an Options button. On the right, there’s a Menu button and a Share button. On the bottom, there’s a headphone jack, with a USB-C port on the back for charging.

The controller works a little differently than others. The controller actually connects directly to Stadia through Wi-Fi, rather than connecting to your device through Bluetooth, which would introduce more latency. You can also use the controller through a USB-C connection to your phone.

That said, the controller is a little pricey. If you plan on using your phone or computer, you don’t need it. If you want to use Stadia with a Chromecast Ultra, however, the Stadia controller is required.

Conclusions

In 2021, Google Stadia has passed many of its growing pains. These days, it’s not bad, at all. Stadia Pro is definitely worth at least checking out, even if you don’t care much for the games available as part of it. But whether you use Stadia Pro or not, if you have a stable and fast internet connection, in 2021, Stadia works pretty well.

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A Complete Guide To The Console Wars

From the heady heights of Sega vs Nintendo in the early 90s to the current PlayStation vs Xbox matchups, the world of console gaming is still a battlefield.

It is an exciting time in video game world: two new consoles, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, have recently hit the market. New machines bring with them the promise of new worlds, as leaps in technology unlock creative possibilities for game developers.

Throughout the 1980s, 90s and 00s, there has been a generational shift every five or so years, blowing apart people’s expectations of what you could do in a game, how big a virtual world could be and how you could explore it.

It is not quite like that any more. The pace of change has slowed and this time around the advances are less immediate and more subtle, more like tinkering under the bonnet: better resolution, higher frame rates, shorter loading times, smoother online features. It will take a few years for the creative teams behind blockbuster games to unlock these machines’ full capabilities. But whoever gains early ground in the console war gets a bigger say in the future of gaming.

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The PlayStation 5 and X Box Series X are the latest in a long line of rival video game consoles. The competitors may have changed over the years – from Nintendo and Sega to Sony and Microsoft – but the console wars have been a constant in video game history, driving innovation as well as a lot of spending from players. Things really got going in the early 90s, when Sega hired Mattel’s former chief executive, Tom Kalinske, to take on Nintendo in North America, where Mario’s makers had 90% of the market. Aggressive ad campaigns followed (“Sega does what Nintendon’t!”) and a conscious effort to paint Sega as the cool older brother’s choice of console saw its Genesis win over millions of players.

But gaming rivalries had divided playgrounds even before Sonic v Mario. In the 80s, kids were split between the plucky-underdog ZX Spectrum, with its rubber keyboard and one-channel sound, or the fancier and much more expensive Commodore 64. You can still see men in their late 40s sniping at each other in comments threads over the pair’s relative merits.

In part, console tribalism is a form of sunk cost fallacy. Few people can afford to own two or more games machines, and if you have just spent a lot of money on something, you are going to convince yourself the one you’ve bought is the best option. But that is only part of the story. Like record labels or car manufacturers, games consoles have cultural associations. They create and curate their own different libraries of games, and for fans, the games they play correspond to the kind of person they perceive themselves to be.

For a while, Xbox had a reputation as the jock’s console, best for shooting and racing, while the PlayStation positioned itself as an extension of club culture, something for twenty-somethings to play together after a night out. If you liked Japanese culture, you had to go for a Sega Dreamcast. If you loved Nintendo, it was because its games were approachable and colourful. Ask people what drew them to their particular console subculture and you’ll get answers that probe every corner of the psychology of fandom and brand loyalty.

Despite Nintendo and Sega’s jostling in the 80s and early 90s, the next entrant in the console wars – Sony’s PlayStation in 1994 – blew both out of the water. By the end of the decade, Nintendo’s N64 was on the back foot while the Dreamcast flopped so badly that Sega stopped making consoles altogether. Since the debut of the original Xbox in 2001, it has been Microsoft and Sony at the forefront of the console wars, releasing competing devices within months of each other: first with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the 00s, then with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2013, and now with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Nintendo, meanwhile, decided that warring over the cutting edge of entertainment was for suckers, and instead put out a series of comparatively under-powered consoles, most recently the Nintendo Switch, that cheerfully sold hundreds of millions of units.

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Enormous sums of money await the victor in these battles. The best seller by far in the most recent console wars was the PS4: between 2013 and 2020, Sony sold 113m PlayStation 4s and more than 1bn games. Add in online gaming subscriptions and the amount of profit generated by that is frankly unimaginable. The PlayStation’s biggest rival can’t match those numbers: estimates put the Xbox One’s total sales at around 50m, and Microsoft stopped reporting them years ago.

Google and Amazon have also been sniffing around the industry, buying up studios and launching subscription services of their own. This is not necessarily good news; these are giant companies known for barging in and undercutting everyone else, and if they upend the economics of the games industry then it is bound to have an effect on its creative output. Still, so far, they have not been successful. Google Stadia, which lets you stream games in high-end PC quality to any Chrome browser or TV, has been met with a big “meh” by consumers, and despite investing tens of millions in development, Amazon’s only game so far – competitive shooter Crucible – was such a failure that it was pulled just weeks after its release this May. The video game business is not for the faint-hearted, and throwing money around has historically rarely worked.

The thing is, despite all the fuss that surrounds the launch of new consoles, video games are not just about the hardware. They are about the entertainment that the technology enables. A console can have as many teraflops as it wants but without fun, envelope-pushing games to play on it nobody cares. Outside of the early adopters, most gamers are not that techy. We don’t buy a console because it has better specs; we buy it because it has the games we want to play. This is why Nintendo’s consoles sell like gangbusters despite their relative lack of power, and why millions more people play games on phones and aging laptops than on cutting-edge machines.