Amazon’s best back-to-school gaming devices
You’ve geared up to head back to school and you’ve already got all the tech and electronics you’ll need to be successful. Or at least, you think you do — what about when you’ve got free time and you need to relax? This year is a great time to invest in new video game consoles (as long as they won’t interfere with your schoolwork). We’ve got new offerings from Sony and Microsoft, handhelds that have come down in price, and mini-consoles you can get on the cheap.
If you’re looking to invest in new games this back to school season, here’s the list of the essentials, all of which you can find readily available (at least, as long as they last) at Amazon.
Begun the console wars have
Anyone who considers themselves a gamer, even peripherally, is likely to be aware of the upcoming consoles from Sony and Microsoft. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will have a lot of great new games on offer when they launch in November (or thereabouts – we still don’t quite know when the Xbox One is coming out), as well as some new technology offerings and multimedia capabilities.
For players on a budget, right now, the PlayStation 4 is the winner from a sheer price perspective, as it’ll run you $400 versus the Xbox One’s $500. If you’re down with multimedia like voice commands, watching cable while playing games, using capabilities like Skype for video chat, and motion-control gaming, however, you might want to opt for the latter. That extra $100 goes to pay for the extremely powerful Kinect 2.0 sensor.
Get it cheap: the Android-enabled Ouya and Playstation Vita
Making a big splash in the indie market is the Ouya, a console that uses Google’s Android operating system — the same one as on tablets and smartphones. Ouya is a great channel into the indie games market right now, and while it’ll have some competition on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the indie department, it bests them all by coming in at only $100.
Meanwhile, the PlayStation Vita handheld just got a price reduction that settles it in at $200, and the console has some really cool features. If you’re also nabbing a PlayStation 4, you’ll want a Vita for its awesome remote play capabilities that will let you play your PS4 games on your handheld in your own house – freeing up the TV for other people to use it. There are also some serious benefits if you’re a subscriber to Sony’s PlayStation Plus service.
High-end PCs still triumph
If you’re willing to shell out, the best gaming option for graphics, and often game selection, is still a PC. You’ll pay a lot more for the high-end monsters – anywhere from $600 or $700 to $1,500, depending on what you want – but the trade-off will be in power and upgrade capabilities that will outstrip consoles and allow your machine to stay awesome over time. For a start, check out the CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXi990 Desktop. It clocks in at $790, with a powerful graphics card and CPU.
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