Top Ten Game Console by PING! Magazine
1. Microsoft Xbox One: £429.99 – xbox.com/en-gb
The Xbox One combines entertainment and gaming. The new controller, Kinect sensor enables vibrating impulse triggers and gestures to control content. Specs are X86-64 AMD 8 cores processor, GPU: AMD Radeon APU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD and Blu-ray drive.
2. Sony PlayStation 4: £349 – uk.playstation.com
Sony PS4 was designed to be a gaming console rather than a media centre. The specs are impressive with an X86 processor, AMD Radeon GPU, 500GB HDD, 8GB of RAM and DualShock 4 Wireless Controller. The PS4 seems more powerful than the Xbox One on paper, despite its apparently smaller size.
3. Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set: £299.99 – nintendo.co.uk
The Wii U Deluxe Set has a Tri-Core PowerPC CPU and AMD “Latte” 550 GPU processing power that can provide unbeatable fun for the family. It combines a 32GB storage, motion sensor, built-in camera, touchscreen, mic and Wi-Fi capability into one Gamepad and console.
4. Sony PlayStation 3 Slim 320GB: £299.99 – sony.co.uk
The PS3 Slim is small but mighty. Even with the debut of the PS4, this console is fitted with unrivalled processing power. It has a Blu-ray, 320GB HDD, HDMI, Wireless connectivity; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, USB 2-0 and card readers. It is leaner and meaner: 32% smaller, 36% lighter and consuming 34% less power than the original.
5. Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB: £159.99 – xbox.com
Its slimmer, sleeker and most importantly nearly silent. It plays the latest video games and also offers a huge 250GB of storage. Built-in Wi-Fi, Kinect for control free experiences and a slickly designed interface and more games mean more entertainment.
6. Palicomp Phoenix Blade-X: £1399 – palicomp.co.uk
With 64GB SSD and 2TB HDD storage and the single GTX 580 spotted in Scan’s system, Palicomp has paired some tasty MSI Twin Frozr HD 6950s in a CrossFireX array. Powered by Core i5 4.8GHz Graphics 2x ATi Radeon 6950 and 8GB Ram. This is definitely the full system to buy.
7. Ouya: £99.99 – ouya.tv
The Ouya is small and would fit easily in the palm of your hand. It’s your typical console box and raked in over $8 million on Kickstarter. The heart of the Ouya is a Tegra 3 processor, backed by 1GB RAM and 6GB of storage. It’s on the Android platform with menus that are snappy and games load in a reasonable timeframe.
8. NVIDIA Project Shield: £269.99 –shield.nvidia.com
The NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor has a 72-core GeForce GPU. This is also the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, the Cortex A-15. Its 5” touchscreen is 720p, and even though everyone’s focus is on the gamepad, there is multitouch in the 294 dpi retinal screen too.
9. Alienware M17X R3: £1599.99 – dell.com/uk
Its Alien FX LED lighting system is seamlessly integrated into the chassis and takes the design to the next level. The M17x R3 has a 17.3” display with an “edge to edge” glass covering with a 1600×900 resolution. With great performance, cool design and fantastic speakers, it is a top-level 17” gaming notebook.
10. Nintendo 3DS XL: £179.99 – nintendo.co.uk
Measuring 4.88 & 4.18” top and bottom screens with 800×240 resolutions, the Nintendo 3DS contains a twin ARM11 266 MHz processor and the PICA200 GPU from Digital Media Professionals. This is a device that’s going to grab everyone all over again but, at the same time, it’s got plenty to offer the hard-core gamer.