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Navigating Various Video Game Consoles

Video game consoles can provide hours of entertainment for you or your family. They can whisk you away to a magical land or help you blow off steam at the end of a long day. There are a number of console options available on eBay, like a new or used Nintendo Switch or a Nintendo Switch Lite; much of your decision will ultimately boil down to personal preference.

What brands make video game consoles?

Many major companies have manufactured video game consoles over the years. Here are some of the most significant.

  • Sony PlayStation
  • Microsoft  Xbox
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Super Nintendo

What are popular games?

  • Fotnite
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Apex Legends
  • Mortal Combat 11
  • Kingdom of Hearts III
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Luigi's Mansion 3
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield
  • Understanding different console models

Video game console manufacturers will usually release different models of their consoles over time. An example would be the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite. The Lite is a version of the Switch that is designed solely for handheld play as opposed to the regular Switch model, which is designed for both handheld and television-based play. Consider what each option offers before making your decision.

Understanding console exclusives

Video game console manufacturers want to give consumers a reason to buy their system over systems offered by their competitors. To do this, they often release games that are exclusive to their platform. This is an important consideration for buyers because you want to purchase a console that can run the games you want to play. Game franchises owned by Nintendo, such as The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon, are exclusive to Nintendo consoles while Sony-owned games, such as Bloodborne, Uncharted, The Last Of Us, and Horizon: Zero Dawn, are only available for PlayStation consoles.

What features matter to PC gaming?

Personal computers (PCs) are another significant gaming platform. While most PCs and laptops can run PC games to some degree, certain brands are designed specifically for gaming, including Razer, Dell's Alienware, and HP's Omen.

Although dedicated gaming consoles have similar, established hardware, gaming PCs have more variation. PC gaming can be done on desktops or gaming laptops. The following are the specs on a computer that are relevant to gaming. It is also important to look at the recommended specs for the games you will be playing to ensure the computer you buy can run them.

  • Processor:  Faster processing power is needed to avoid lag and performance issues while playing games.
  • Graphics card: It is important to pay attention to graphics capability when shopping for a gaming PC as many computers do not come with substantial dedicated graphics memory.
  • Internal  Storage: You are likely to purchase at least some games digitally, so a computer that is going to be used for gaming needs to have enough internal storage to hold the games you will put on it.