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Gaming Console Buying Guide

Ready to jump into the world of immersive next-gen gaming? Just looking to replace that dusty old gaming console? This Shopping Guide will give you the confidence you need to choose your next gaming system.

Modern Gaming Consoles

The age of next-gen console wars are upon us, it’s the PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X and both of these flagship consoles are packing a serious punch. While there are some differences to note in specifications and features, both allow the user up to 8K resolution, Blu-Ray Capability, 120FPS gameplay, and all the modern features you would come to expect from these two console powerhouses. In terms of portability and versatility, nothing compares to the Nintendo Switch, and the timeless charm of Nintendo legacy titles. With the launch of the Nintendo Switch Lite, and Switch OLED, handheld gaming has never looked this good. Trying to decide which gaming console is right for you? Let’s check out the key features and differences of each, and help you make that decision.

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The PS5 is offered in both a standard Blu-Ray disc and a “digital only” version, meaning no more scratched discs and finally some extra space that won’t be cluttered with physical game cases. Not to mention the environmental advantages of digital copies. Additonally, the PS5 DualSense controller is a marvel of innovation, featuring a built-in microphone, advanced haptic feedback, and a fully rechargable internal battery, whereas the Xbox still gets by on AA batteries. Most notably, the exclusive PS5 game lineup is tough to beat with arguably more popular titles than Xbox.

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The Xbox Series X/S are backwards compatible with a wide selection of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and even legacy Xbox original games, as opposed to the PS5 only being backwards compatible with PS4 games. That means for the long-time gamer, the older classics and titles of your childhood are brought back to life through the lens of Xbox’s modern tech, such as HDR contrast and 120FPS, which helps to smooth out older graphics and renderings. Microsoft even allows users access to the Xbox Game Pass Subscription ($10/mo), giving members access to over 100 games, including the latest Xbox exclusives. These features really cater to the gamer looking to enjoy a wide selection of older games, and the newest Xbox exclusive titles simultaneously.

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The Nintendo Switch has emerged as the industry leader in portable gaming. With the ability to dock right into your home TV, or play on the go, the Nintendo Switch is the best of both worlds. Featuring gameplay at 60FPS and up to 1080p resolution. With the launch of the newer Switch OLED, the previous LCD display was upgraded to an OLED, boasting increased vibrancy and crisper contrast for the ultimate gaming experience. Along with the display, the internal storage was boosted to 64GB versus the original Switch’s 32GB. The Nintendo Switch Lite is ideal for gamers who want a truly dedicated handheld system, featuring a wider selection of colors and more compact size for ease of portability. No matter which gaming console you decide on, Aaron’s is here to make it happen!

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