With the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, each with its own unique features, and Sony to talk about upcoming PS5 specifications and prizes, buying a gaming console is not as easy as ever. . Throw in variants like PS4 Pro and Xbox One X and things become a little confusing. If you were asking yourself which is the best gaming console you can buy, what to keep in mind before buying and what you need to get the most out of your new console, you're in the right place. Let's start.
What are gaming consoles and who needs them?
Game consoles are machines whose primary function is to play video games. Popular generation consoles include Sony's PS4 Console, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft's Xbox One.
If you are going to have Candy Crush bonuses on your smartphone, or you are a discarded player who has played Super Mario Bros with a controller, games consoles are probably the most popular, cost-effective way to play video games.
If you prefer the flexibility and openness of the PC platform along with the convenience of digital services like Steam and GOG, along with the ability to modify your game, you should consider creating a gaming computer instead. However, for most people, building or maintaining a PC can be too much effort, so game consoles offer the easiest way to get started.
What you need before buying a game console
There are some prerequisites before you run out and buy a PS4 or Xbox One. For one, you need a fast, stable internet connection. This is because most game downloads exceed 30 GB. Even if you buy on-disk games, developers update them, so if you want the latest, flawless experience, or if you play online multiplayer, you need to update the games. The bare minimum should be a 5Mbps internet connection in our experience, even if you better serve with faster internet speeds, and definitely generous data closures.
You will also need an HDTV with HDMI input or a monitor with HDMI input, with native resolution of 1280×720 (720p). This is because each console works via HDMI (and comes with an HDMI cable) and most games support 720p and higher. Ideally, you would like a 1080p or 1440p screen. And if you have the money to avoid, 4K TV with HDR is the way to go for the absolute best performance.
Our best choice for most people – PS4 Slim
PS4 Slim is our number one for many reasons. After the rocky launch, Sony India was able to provide mass distribution of the console, which makes it really easy to buy. Whether it's sites like Amazon or Flipkart, large format vendors like Croma, Landmark and Reliance Digital, or your own gaming store, getting PS4 is easy.
It helps that there are several packages to help you get started, such as the 500GB PS4 Slim with Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, Uncharted 4 and Gran Turismo Sport with three months of PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) – an online service needed for online multiplayer. It makes the price of Rs. 23,580 palpable because you won't have to buy a new game or spend playing online anytime soon. This is not counting the two PS4 games you get every month with a subscription service.
And with the high availability of console support. If something goes wrong during the first year of buying your PS4 Slim, Sony lets you get a brand new console instead of releasing your existing drive. If your warranty lapses, you can get a new console by up to 50 percent of the MRP. Of course, in both cases you will need to provide a warranty card and proof of purchase.
This does not apply to PS4 purchased outside of India, even though it comes from other PAL territories such as the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. Sony has confirmed that its warranty terms also apply to PS4 purchased in India, only with BIS permission and not to units purchased on the gray market.
Support aside, there is a massive library of PS4 games out there. From big budget extras like Uncharted 4 and God of War to independent titles like Pyre and Transistor or quirky Japanese food like Persona 5 and the Yakuza series, there's something for everyone on the PS4. Most of these games will officially end up partly due to their efficient distribution network and the PS store, Sony's digital console store, which has prepaid cards, so you don't have to use a credit card.
It also helps that there is a growing used game market. For most new PS4 games, the price is between Rs. 3,499 and Rs. 3,999 is not for most affordable enough to buy new games every month. Sites like IndianVideoGamer and GameXS allow you to buy used games at lower prices. Of course, the mileage will vary with newer titles that cost a little more than those three to six months old.
For example, we could pick up Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Nier Automata for Rs. 4,500 altogether. Not too shabby, considering the new versions of all the games that would bring us around Rs. 7,500 total.
In addition to our overall selection, the PS4 Slim 500GB bundle with three games and three months PS Plus provides the best choice for those on the budget as well. This is because you get three games that show the visual prowess of the system while being fantastic to play. With PS Plus thrown, you get two games per month for the console as a digital download. All this gives you a total of three solid exclusives and six additional titles, which means that you can technically postpone the first three months of ownership of the PS4 Slim before you buy new games or renew PS Plus. least.
Huge library, mature ecosystem, games at a reasonable price.
Slim vs. PS4 PS4 Pro
Over the years we have had several PS4 variants. The original PS4 was launched in November 2013 in the US and Europe, with India winning it in January of the following year. Followed by PS4 Slim & # 39; and PS4 Pro at the end of 2016. PS4 Slim – the console's console name that replaced the PS4 – is basically a thinner version of the PS4, while the PS4 Pro is a more powerful 4K HDR graphics console.
The PS4 Slim is a surprisingly well-built console. Sony usually saves on the quality of its Slim variants as we saw during PS1, PS2 and PS3 days. This is not the case here. The PS4 Slim dimensions are 264 x 39 x 288 mm, which is a significant decrease in size compared to the original size of 275 x 53 x 305 mm. A third of its height is cut off and a few centimeters from each side.
These diminished dimensions should be ideal for entertainment centers or tables, and we can confirm that this is up to the community-based "Slim" extension (Sony simply calls it PS4). It is small enough to fit comfortably in a bag that is usually reserved for a 13-inch MacBook Air, and also occupy a cozy corner in your entertainment.
Moreover, it is ridiculously light compared to the original PS4. Sony claims it is 30 percent lighter, but in combination with a low profile, it is surprisingly mobile for a gaming console.
The versatile finish is a welcome novelty from the glossy and matte PS4, and the rounded corners are pragmatically suited to many living rooms compared to the sharp edges of its predecessor.
Where PS4 Slim actually shines over the original PS4 and even the PS4 Pro is its buttons and lighting. Instead of the power button touch and ejection of the first PS4 pen, or slightly blunt marking and the location of these buttons on the PS4 Pro, the PS4 Slim gets right.
On the PS4 Slim, the buttons are mechanical and rounded. There's a subtle yet responsive feel that lets you know when to turn on or off the console. Along with this, there is a dotted light indicator that gives you clearer visual feedback whether the PS4 is on, off or in sleep mode. This replaces the vertical light bar of its predecessor, so games in the dark are much more tolerable.
Both PS4 and PS4 Slim have an almost identical feature set. The same Blu-ray drive is available, as well as 500GB and 1TB storage options. You get the same two front USB ports, HDMI for video, Aux port for PS4 and Ethernet port. The key difference (except the size) is that the PS4 Slim lacks an optical audio-out port. The PS4 Slim has a better Wi-Fi chip that supports the 5GHz band for more reliable connectivity (if your router supports the 5GHz band).
The PS4 Pro also features a matte finish with a hamburger-style design – as if the PS4 Slim has been stuck to the original PS4. You can distinguish between the eject and power buttons, even if they aren't as clearly defined as they are on the PS4 Slim. The light stripe passed through the center of the PS4 has been replaced by a fine stripe below the power and eject buttons on the PS4 Pro. It's not as aesthetically pleasing as Slim, but it's a functional device that has warmed up over time.
While PS4 Pro promises to support up to 4K visuals and PS4 Slim max to 1080p, reality is a bit different. In most cases, the resolution of PS4 Pro is higher than PS4 Slim, but it's not always 4K, with developers resorting to tricks such as checking boarding to make it possible. In addition, not all games look better on PS4 Pro. Exclusive features like Spider-Man PS4, God of War and Uncharted 4 look fantastic on PS4 Pro, but other games like Overwatch, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim doesn't really use what the console has to offer.
While the visual difference between PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim is obvious, except for the above-mentioned exclusive, it is in most cases not wide enough to justify additional costs.
It has been said that if you are cautious about the number of frames per second, the PS4 Pro may still be worth the additional investment. For example, titles like Hitman 2 have a smoother refresh rate on PS4 Pro versus PS4 and even Xbox One X as well as Sekiro Shadows Die Twice. Some games like Monster Hunter World, Shadow of Mordor, and Rise of Tomb Raider contain graphical options that let you choose which of the two you prefer.
It is important to note that not all games allow you to prioritize better frame rate over graphics and vice versa, and most PS4 Slim games hit the 30fps or higher mark often to be hiccup-free.
PS4 Pro also has two modes, Boost Mode, which allows smoother frame rates in games that are not improved for PS4 Pro, and Supersampling – which improves the picture in some games on TVs below 2K. They are nice options they have, but they won't do much to really change the overall experience compared to the PS4 Slim.
But for most, spend extra Rs. 10,000 is not worth it, making PS4 Slim a better option. But if it is the smoothest – or quietest – possible experience that matters, PS4 Pro is a great choice. Although some claim that the PS4 Pro achieves decibel levels of jet engines, we have never encountered this device. In our experience, whether running at full throttle in Uncharted 4, or installing a game over a disc, PS4 Pro is not getting too loud. Comparatively, svelteness PS4 Slim results in a somewhat noisy console, especially when installing a game via Blu-ray. It is not a divider by any means, but something to be taken care of.
When it comes to upgrading your hard drive, it's easy on both PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim. Simply slide off the side panel to insert a new disc into the PS4 Slim, while the PS4 Pro has a back cover that needs to be removed. Sony plastic trimmings work well for the console overall, but the PS4 Slim hard drive panel feels weak and can be prone to rupture. This is not the case with PS4 Pro, where the hard drive is stronger.
These party, PS4 Slim is a slick piece kit and well worth the cost of adoption, especially in India. Markets like the US and Europe keep the difference between PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. There is a difference in Rs in India. 9,860, with the cheapest PS4 Slim that costs Rs. 28.580 and PS4 Pro cost Rs. 38.710 (MRP, both are usually much less available).
This difference is much more if you are willing to leave a guarantee. Several consumers said they were able to purchase the PS4 Slim 500GB for as low as Rs. 19,000 in the Gray Market in Delhi and Mumbai. For what's worth, PS4 Pro is around Rs. 33,000 if you go this route, which we do not recommend. With a big difference like this, you're better off buying PS4 Slim – especially if you don't have a 4K TV – and putting money on multiple games or a larger hard drive.
If you already own an older PS4, it doesn't make sense to spend money on PS4 Slim – unless you really want two consoles for reasons that are best known to you. But if you want to join PlayStation Nation, Slim has a lot to do, plus you can use extra money to get three or even four games with your console.
Should you wait for the PS5?
In a word, no. Certainly, Sony's announcement that PS5 sporting has a solid, specific sheet can be tempting, but when you realize that the PS4 and PS3 have taken a step with a number of great exclusives just two years after the release, it can be said that The PS5 may have the same early start. problems. Thow in fact, the PS5 will have a prize that is more than PS4, it will be a while before its affordable too. All these factors make the PS4 family a better place to wait.
As we chose
The consoles we were considering were limited to what is officially provided in India with warranty and support. This limited our capabilities to PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X. The original PS4 console and the original Xbox One console, which were available at startup, were only dropped due to lack of availability.
While the Nintendo Switch is a changer for some games, it lacks convenience when it comes to availability – both when buying a console and in both physical and digital games, Nintendo is not officially present in India. It also raises Nintendo 3DS from the dispute.
Although PS3 and Xbox 360 can still be bought in some pockets of the nation, there are no new games and have been interrupted by Sony and Microsoft.
We spent countless hours with Sony and Microsoft's core offerings of exclusive platforms and other games. We are convinced that the PS4 Slim is the best choice due to its relative affordability and the total number and quality of exclusives that the Sony platform offers, among other reasons listed below.
Xbox One S, Xbox One X
Xbox One S and Xbox One X – While Running, Do Not Reach Several Categories. Microsoft simply does not have the length and width of the exclusive that Sony owns. Surely there is Halo, Gears of War and Forza, but there is little and this is a blatant concern. He has awarded the company a sewn PUBG for timed exclusivity, but the Xbox One exclusivity is a storytelling. Especially when he stood up against GT Sport, Uncharted 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Yakuza 0, Nier Automata and Gravity Rush 2 offered by the Sony console. It doesn't count upcoming titles like God of War, Spider-Man, Detroit: Being a Man and Last of Us Part II.
By party games, the Microsoft India Distribution Xbox One Range in India was never-ending a series of wrong decisions. Despite the company claiming to support nearly 100 stores, it's hard to find Xbox One games offline, let alone console. This also affects games that occur in India. Some titles such as Metal Gear Survive, HD Eye and Devil May Cry Collection name only some of them, although available on the Xbox One global market, saw only PS4 versions that hit shelves in India with distributors and retailers who reported a lack of demand and the presence of the Xbox One as a reason.
In addition, games like Sonic Mania, Firewatch, Virginia and Turok remasters aren't available in the Microsoft store, even though there are only digital versions on Xbox One. Even Microsoft's own reservations, such as Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2, were not available on the local drive.
The only reason we've designed the Xbox One S or Xbox One X over PS4 is if you're a hardcore racer. With Forza 6 and 7 along with Forza Horizon 2, 3 and 4 you have four great racing games and one wrong entry (spoiler alert: it's Forza 7), or if you haven't experienced all the possibilities Xbox 360 offers, allowing backward compatibility – The ability to play Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One S or X – A very tempting reason to go with Microsoft. Keep in mind that for the latter you will have to download the entire game even if you own it on the disc (depending on the game, approximately 5 to 20 GB), so it's not that you can simply place it on your Xbox 360 and start it play. immediately.
Some may argue that Xbox Game Pass and EA Access – two Xbox One subscription services – are reasons to continue using the Microsoft platform, but please be different. Game Pass lets you play over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games for Rs. 699, but like Netflix, you have no control over which games will leave the service and when, which is a safe choice only for your own exclusive Microsoft games that are almost certain to be on the service.
As for EA Access, while offering you the chance to play games like FIFA and NFS a week before their global releases – if you have pre-ordered them – in addition to allowing you to play selected, older EA titles. The power of the EA amplifier has left much to be desired, so this choice is only for FIFA and NFS hard fans and a few others, though remember that the very latest stuff outside of their own EA is not on duty.
In our experience, the Xbox One series – especially the Xbox One X console, the Microsoft iterative console that competes with PS4 Pro – consumes much more bandwidth. The month with Xbox One X saw us download nearly 1.3 TB of data. Titles such as Gears of War 4 and Halo 5 – with 27GB and 15GB of updates – have forced us to download in full, each with about 100GB. The games available on both Xbox One X and PS4 Pro like Hitman and Skyrim were much more forgiving at 4GB and 8GB.
Sony does not treat PS4 and PS4 Pro as different consoles, both with downloading the same set of updates and with fixes. With this we never used more than 300GB per month to download games and updates to PS4 Pro. All this results in a situation that requires a generous data cover (or FUP, as known in India), more with the Xbox One X.
Pitfalls of buying a console, especially for Indian buyers
Despite ease of use and extensive availability, there are some concerns about gaming consoles. You will need the above-mentioned high-speed Internet access for game updates. However, this goes hand in hand with the requirement for greater storage. For example, if you bought Final Fantasy XV at launch, it had a total update of about 21GB. This is before any of his pass or other content. Couple with these updates for 4K textures (if you're playing on Xbox One X or PS4 Pro) and you're looking for a file size above 100GB.
Fortunately, both PS4 and Xbox One support external hard drives, so you can turn off the fully downloaded game on an external drive when you are finished playing or when space is low. On PS4, you can upgrade your internal hard drive by yourself using a screwdriver. It's a simple process. If you have an Xbox One X, if you don't have specialized equipment and don't mind that you should void your warranty (Sony supports upgrading your PS4 internal hard drive, it doesn't affect your warranty), you are stuck with the Xbox One's hard drive capacity comes with external drives.
Accessories, and how much you need to buy after buying a console
Every PS4 and Xbox One have what you need to get started right away with the necessary controller, power adapter, HDMI cable and multiple games. This results in the need to limit the accessory to a second controller for each console. It's useful for games like FIFA that thrive on local two player matches. Sony realized it and released a PS4 package with a second controller.
However, with the Xbox One, you will always be on the extra control system. With PS4, your options range from the official DualShock 4 from Sony to the MRP Rs. 4 990, Nacon Revolution Pro Controller, which sells Rs. 6,500 to Rs. There is even a wired controller from Snakebyte that is best suited from bunch to Rs. Its long cable length and solid construction make it the best choice.
On the Xbox One Side of Things is the official Xbox One controller that sells approximately Rs. 4,599. There are several variants of this, ranging from Gears War 4 themed versions for Rs. 5,699 and the Xbox One Elite controller, which is worth the Rs. 11,990. All are well built with excellent ergonomics. In addition to Microsoft's own offering, Hyperkin has an Xbox One controller for catching on Amazon, although its quality leaves much to be desired, making it one avoid for now.
Why You Shouldn't Buy a Nintendo Switch in India
For some, the Nintendo Switch is a revelation of species that allows you to play on the go and continue the game on the big screen. Although Nintendo has ensured that Switch has fulfilled this promise, we cannot recommend a purchase in India. This is simply because the lack of official presence from Nintendo means that you have no after-sales support or warranty. Some vendors in markets such as Flipkart or Amazon India may offer a vendor warranty, not a substitute for proper replacement procedures that come with official presence. This in itself makes Sony and Microsoft offerings much better. If the console fails, you don't want to be left without resources.
This is compound when you realize that even though buying a Nintendo Switch in India would take you back around the Rs. 25,000 gaming prizes, especially those that are worth playing as Super Mario Odyssey, Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, don't really fall for the price and will put you back around the Rs. 4000 each. The operating costs of Switch ownership are much more expensive due to expensive gaming prices. This is not the case with the PS4, where a lot of great games like Uncharted 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo Sport and Bloodborne regularly reduce the price to Rs. 999 or are part of the console itself.
Need more storage after purchasing a 1TB console?
When it comes to buying games, we recommend physical over digital. It's easier to trade or sell a game if it's on a disc versus returning a digital purchase, which happens only in rare cases on the console. In addition, you will need to download much less because the data is on disk. Of course, if the game is not interrupted at the start as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, which required users to download the entire game. Others include multiplayer, always online fares like Overwatch and Destiny 2, which receive regular updates.
While most games will prompt you to update, if you are connected to the Internet, you can simply decide not to update and play offline. But if you value the latest fixes and features, updating the game will end up as a necessary evil. Again, thanks to the above-mentioned resale value, we would still prefer physical over digital.
However, all this points to a situation where 500 GB is adequate, if you play only a few games a year, 1 TB is the bare minimum that we would suggest that some video game companies are insufficient for patch and update size. .
Should You Buy a Used Console?
Although we would advise you to buy games used or pre-owned, as sometimes referred to, we cannot say the same for buying a second hand. While it is very easy to determine whether a game is working or not, the console you use is a relatively higher investment, and if you are experiencing problems in addition to obvious physical damage, such as broken buttons, it's hard to figure out what might be wrong if you don't.
Usually, the PS4 or Xbox One used is typically 40 to 50 percent lower than the new one, but more often than the loss of warranty, which means that if something goes wrong you won't have any penalties. If you decide to buy a console, you will need to check that the previous owner has maintained it well by checking the dust around and around the device, how noisy it is when you start it and when you play and how hot it gets.
Even then, you can't really tell if there is anything wrong with your purchase or not a short game of regularly crashing or absence of display when you launch your console. The lack of any official support or punishment makes it more of a problem than its value, and we would suggest that we avoid this possibility altogether.
About importing consoles or buying from the gray market
When it comes to importing or buying a console from the gray market, much depends on what amount of support is extended to you. Some stores offer support or technical assistance if something happens to the purchase, but this is usually the first three to six months and the level of assistance – whether it is a minor repair or a full replacement – depends on your relationship with the merchant company. If well timed, you can save around Rs. Between 8,000 and 10,000 for purchase in gray.
Importing a console is a more expensive thing because you are subject to customs duties and other taxes that increase your costs by almost 40 percent compared to what you have already paid to be a gratuitous fee. You could coax or friend a friend or relative to get a console from abroad – especially the US or the UK – that tend to have the best deals – if you don't travel by yourself, although in this case the savings are even more starry it would be worth checking to see if your purchase works before leaving home.
Fortunately, the voltage is not a problem with the PS4, Xbox One, and even the switch supporting universal voltage, which means that you will not need a step down converter to use when you are back.
Is PAL vs NTSC Still Important When Buying a Gaming Console?
For most part no. It's because the PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, Xbox One X and the Nintendo Switch are plain areas. This means that a game purchased in NTSC, such as the US and Canada, will work well on a console purchased in a PAL country such as India. The only necessary check is whether the game is playable in a language you understand. Usually NSTC / J, which is reserved for Asian nations like Japan and Singapore, is only in Japanese. There are exceptions such as the Nintendo Switch The Legend of Zelda: Wild Breath is playable in English regardless of the region from which you bought it.
What matters is how DLC or downloadable content works for each console. For PS4, if you bought a physical copy of the game, the DLC must be in the same area. What this means if you bought a PS4 game in India, you will need to get a DLC from the India PS Store. This is crucial for games like FIFA 19, Fortnite or PUBG on PS4, where their DLC is tied to the area of your game version.
As for Xbox One? DLC is a non-issue as is universal overboard. Games can be bought anywhere and DLC from Microsoft store, no matter the region, will work.
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