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Best Consoles – May 2022

Our list of the best consoles of May 2022 .

Below you can find the menu with which to navigate through the contents of this article, otherwise you can decide to scroll manually and consult the devices one by one.

  • Best Sony Consoles
  • Best Microsoft Consoles
  • Best Nintendo Consoles
  • Best NVIDIA Consoles
  • Best Retro Gaming Consoles
  • How we rate the Consoles

Below is the list of the best Sony brand consoles, the production house of the glorious PlayStation which, together with Nintendo, laid the foundations for the global spread of this domestic gaming platform .

PS5

In the title of this paragraph there is a link to a summary article that we dedicated to the next generation console from Sony.

On June 11, Sony PlayStation showed for the first time the controversial design of its new console and many video games in action, including also Gran Turismo 7, Resident Evil 8, Marvel's Spider-Man Morales and Horizon Zero Dawn 2. Mark Cerny, responsible of the architecture of PlayStation 5 , has revealed many details about the future console. The vast majority of the details are reported in the summary article that you find linked in the title of this paragraph. PS5 debuts on the Italian market on November 19, 2020. Unfortunately, at the beginning of 2022, after more than a year from its launch, it continues to be very difficult to find a purchasable one.

Two versions of the console that arrived on the Italian market: one with a 4K Blu-ray disc optical player at € 499 , the other without a player (digital only) at ) € 399 . The two consoles are quite difficult to buy at the moment. The advice we would like to give you is to monitor the pages of the various online stores:

  • Amazon : Classical | Digital
  • Unieuro : Classical | Digital
  • MediaWorld : Classic | Digital

In these first months of 2021, PlayStation 5 is frequently available on the GameStop pages on selected days, usually at 3:30 pm.

  • CPU : x86-64-AMD Ryzen Zen 2 – octa-core, 16 threads, up to 3.5 GHz
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RDNA 2, hardware ray tracing acceleration, variable frequency up to 2.23 GHz, 10.3 TFLOPS
  • RAM : 16 GB GDDR6, 448 GB / s bandwidth
  • Memory Internal : 825 GB – read speed 5.5 GB / s (Raw)
  • Drive optical : Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G / 100G) ~ 10xCAV
  • Discs PS5 : Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB / disc
  • Output video : HDMI 2.1, support 4K @ 120Hz, 8K, VRR
  • Audio : Tempest 3D AudioTech
  • Dimensions :
    • classic – 390 x 104 x 260 mm approx.
    • digital – 390 x 92 x 260 mm approx ca
  • Weight
    • classic – 4.5 kg
    • digital – 3.9 kg
  • Diet:
    • classic: 350 W
    • digital: 340 W
  • Ports :
    • USB Type-A (Hi-Speed ​​USB)
    • USB Type-A (Super-Speed ​​USB 10Gbps) x2
    • USB Type-C (Super-Speed ​​USB 10Gbps)
  • Connectivity :
    • Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
    • IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax (Wi-Fi 6)
    • Bluetooth 5.1

There is also a list of the official accessories that will accompany the console upon release:

  • PULSE 3D wireless headphones with microphone , with 3D audio support and dual noise canceling microphones.
  • HD camera , with 1080p dual lenses to allow players to recover while broadcasting their most epic gameplay action.
  • Remote control for content , with built-in microphone that allows you to easily navigate between movies and streaming services. and
  • DualSense charging base , to conveniently charge two DualSense wireless controllers.

PS5 Review

Here you can read our full review of the new Sony home console. There are so many features that convinced us: the speed of the uploads, the new DualSense, the presence of the first exclusives that exploit properly the hardware it is equipped with.


PS4

PS4, also known as PlayStation 4, is the fourth incarnation of the famous Sony PlayStation home released as far back as November 29, 2013 in Europe. It is one of the best-selling consoles of recent years (over 100 million units) and, at least at the moment, it has not suffered from the passing of the years. Almost four years have passed since its launch, but nevertheless the largest software houses and the largest publishers continue to actively churn out titles dedicated to her that sometimes compete on almost equal terms with their counterparts dedicated to Windows PCs.

Hopefully PS4 should give you up-to-date games and more than decent graphics at least until 2022. In the meantime, what games can you entertain yourself with? Horizon Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo Sport, Detroit and Days Gone, Ghost of Tsushima, plus many others like Uncharted 4, World of Final Fantasy, Bloodborne , The Last of Us 2 and all titles dedicated to PlayStation VR, Sony's virtual reality headset.

PS4 is a model that we could easily define as old. As mentioned previously, Sony's console should have a quiet life until 2022, but this model has been replaced by PS4 Slim, a more compact model but equipped with the same hardware. At Christmas or for other occasions you could therefore find the classic model at prices far lower than those applied by the eshop.

  • PURCHASE : Amazon (currently not available)
  • CPU : AMD Jaguar, octa core 1.6 GHz
  • GPU : AMD Radeon Liverpool, 18 units computational, 1.84 TFLOPS
  • RAM : 8GB GDDR5 unified, 177 GB / s
  • Memory internal : 500 GB / 1 TB
  • Dimensions : 275 × 53 × 305 | 265 × 39 × 288 mm
  • Weight : 2.8 | 2.1 kg
  • Ports : 2 USB 3.1, AUX, HDMI (HDR10 support via update), Optical
  • Connectivity: Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
  • Player : Blu-ray 6xCAV, DVD 8xCAV
  • Power consumption : maximum 250 W
  • Price : 299 €

PS4 Slim

PS4 Slim is the version of Sony's console released on September 15, 2016 , whose task was to supplant the standard PS4 model. The differences are to be found practically only from a constructive and dimensional point of view. As the name suggests, the PS4 Slim is thinner (39mm versus the standard model's 53mm) and less bulky. The differences at the hardware level are to be found in the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules, obviously more up-to-date, and in the reduced maximum consumption. Ah, we almost forgot: inside there is the new version of the DualShock controller, with slightly revised dimensions and with the new semi-transparent central pad that reveals the light bar typical of the fourth version of the controller.

As for the exclusive games, the same speeches made on PS4 apply (take a look): a good number of titles on the way, some exclusive (rather greedy) already available and all the games dedicated to PlayStation VR, which still require the additional purchase of the headset and PlayStation Camera.

Here the matter becomes more interesting and, why not, even more tangled. There are two variants of the PS4 Slim, one with a 500 GB hard drive, one with 1 TB. Both can then be found, both online and in physical stores, bundled with additional controllers and / or with ready-to-play video games.

Below we link some purchase proposals of the two versions on Amazon and ePRICE, but check carefully, both in the store and on online stores such as those we offer, for any offers related above all to bundles with video games. Let's not forget that a new title costs around € 60/70.

  • PURCHASE (500 GB): Amazon | ePRICE
  • PURCHASE (1 TB): Amazon
  • CPU : AMD Jaguar, octa core 1.6 GHz
  • GPU : AMD Radeon Liverpool, 18 compute units, 1.84 TFLOPS
  • RAM : 8GB GDDR5 unified, 177 GB / s
  • Memory internal : 500 GB / 1 TB
  • Dimensions : 265 × 39 × 288 mm
  • Weight : 2.1 kg
  • Doors : 2 USB 3.1, AUX, HDMI (HDR10 support via update)
  • Connectivity: Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Player : Blu-ray 6xCAV, DVD 8xCAV
  • Consumption : maximum 165 W
  • Price : 299 €

PS4 Pro

Sony launched its new PS4 Pro on the market starting from November 10, 2016 at the recommended price of € 409.99. Three years after the launch of PS4, an enhanced model arrives that boasts renewed hardware and support for the latest 4K TV panels. Why do we place it on this list? PS4 Pro is equipped with many hardware improvements that make it the second most powerful console available on the market. And what exactly does he do with all this power?

Better graphic effects for the 1080p versions and the possibility of upscaling with a particular technique that allows you to play in 4K on special televisions. There is no shortage of HDR support, the new DualShock and graphic improvements also for video games dedicated to PlayStation VR. So is the game worth the candle? It depends: PS4 Pro costs 410 €, a fairly high figure considering that the life time of the product could amount to about a year and a half or a little more. The fact remains that if you play PS4 frequently and have a 4K TV available, you may want to consider this variant to make the most of your TV. Also not to be underestimated is the presence of a 1 terabyte hard-disk inside.

As for the exclusive games, the same speeches made on PS4 (take a look) and beyond apply. PS4 Pro will have a big advantage, that is, additional visual effects for quite a few games, including many already released on the market that will receive (or have already received) updates with graphic improvements dedicated to this variant.

The PS4 Pro list price is set at € 409.99. Obviously, over time there have been more or less significant drops. But finding it is not that easy.

  • Sony PS4 Pro Review
  • PURCHASE : Amazon – It is mostly used

In our PS4 Pro review (you can find it linked in the paragraph “ Where to buy it “) you will also find a comparison table with PS4 Standard and the technical characteristics of the new DualShock V2, present in the sales package of the new console.

  • CPU : AMD Jaguar, octa core 2,1 GHz
  • GPU : AMD Radeon based graphics engine, 36 computational units, 4.20 TFLOPS
  • RAM : 8GB GDDR5 unified + 1 GB DDR3, 218 GB / s
  • Memory Internal : 1 TB
  • Dimensions : 295 × 55 × 327 mm
  • Weight : 3.3 kg
  • Ports : 3 USB 3.1, AUX, HDMI ( 4K / HDR10 support), Optical
  • Connectivity: Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac , Bluetooth 4.0
  • Player : Blu-ray 6xCAV (no 4K), DVD 8xCAV
  • Consumption : maximum 310W
  • Price : € 409.99

PlayStation Classic

On September 19, 2018 Sony unveiled the PlayStation Classic, a miniaturized version (45% smaller) of the original, glorious first PlayStation. It is released on December 3, 2018, and the date was not chosen by chance: PlayStation was released in Japan on December 3, in the year 1994. The retro console includes 20 video games, including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms.

You can buy PlayStation Classic on Amazon for around 120 €. The price has increased since its arrival on the market.

  • Amazon

Here are the technical features of PlayStation Classic. The sales package includes PlayStation Classic, two USB controllers, an HDMI cable, a USB-microUSB cable and manuals. Absent the external power supply, a smartphone will be fine even with a few years on the shoulders or a powered USB port on your TV.

  • Product name : PlayStation Classic
  • Product code : SCPH-1000R series
  • Video output: 720p, 480p
  • Output audio : linear PCM
  • input / output :
    • HDMI out port
    • USB port (Micro-B)
    • 2 controller inputs
  • Power : DC 5 V / 1.0 A
  • Power maximum nominal : 5 W
  • Dimensions external : Approx. 149 x 33 x 105 mm (width x height x depth) (excluding controllers)
  • Weight Console : approx. 170 g
  • Controller : approx. 140 g
  • Temperature of operation : 5 ℃ to 35 ℃

Below is the list of the best branded consoles Microsoft , which started the line-up of its consoles with the glorious Xbox back in 2001 (in the United States, in Europe in 2002 ).

Xbox Series X

The official name is Xbox Series X. On paper, Microsoft's new console promises 120 fps, 8K maximum resolution, SSD, 2x the graphics power of an Xbox One X, hardware-level Ray Tracing support and much more.

Regarding resolution and frame rate, the Xbox Series X is capable of playing games in 4K at 60 fps. In some cases we will go up to 120 fps , and thanks to the Variable Refresh Rate (a sort of G-Sync / FreeSync), Xbox will adapt to monitors or televisions with high refresh rates. There has even been talk of 8K, without going into too much detail. Xbox Series X will then be equipped with a 1 TB SSD expandable through proprietary SSD cards. In any case, external hard drives can also be used via USB 3.2.

Xbox Series X arrived in Italy on November 10 at 499 €. Buying it, however, is not child's play. We advise you to keep an eye on the main pages of the Italian online stores, on some it is still available:

  • Amazon
  • MediaWorld
  • Unieuro
  • Euronics

Here is the complete data sheet:

  • CPU : Custom Zen 2 octa-core at 3.8 GHz ( 3.66 GHz w / SMT), 7 nm
  • GPU : Custom RDNA 2 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs at 1.825 GHz , Ray Tracing, Variable Rate Shading
  • RAM : 16 GB GDDR6, 320 mb bus
  • Memory bandwidth : 10GB at 560GB / s, 6GB at 336GB / s
  • Memory internal : SSD Custom 1 TB NVME
  • Memory expansion : up to 1 TB
  • External memory : USB 3.2 HDD support
  • I / O Flow : 2.4 GB / s (Raw), 4.8 GB / s (compressed files , custom decompression hardware)
  • Optical drive : 4K UHD Blu-Ray
  • Performance : 4K @ 60 fps, up to 120 fps
  • Weight : 4.45 kg
  • Dimensions : 15.1 x 15.1 x 30.1 cm
  • Ports : HDMI 2.1 output, 3 x USB 3.02, Etherne t, power, memory slot

Here is the complete review of Series X, in which we rattle off various topics including hardware, software, performance, games and services of the next-gen console from Microsoft.

Xbox Series S

On September 8, 2020, somewhat surprisingly, Microsoft unveiled the existence of the Xbox Series S, the less powerful sister of Series X which still has the goal of bringing the next-gen in people's living rooms. Such as? Making you spend less! The introductory price amounts to just € 299.

The lower price translates into less raw power. Furthermore, also from a resolution point of view we are on full HD and QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels), therefore far from the 4K (or even 8K) of Xbox Series X. In any case, Series S will be able to rely on some of the best technologies present on board the older sister. The optical driver is missing. It is therefore a console that relies exclusively on the digital format of video games.

Xbox Series S arrived in Italy on November 10, 2020 for € 299. You can try to buy it at the main online shops in Italy:

  • Amazon
  • MediaWorld
  • Unieuro
  • Euronics
  • CPU : Custom Zen 2 octa-core at 3.8 GHz (16 threads, 3 , 66 GHz w / SMT), 7 nm
  • GPU : Custom Navi RDNA 2, 4 TFLOPS, 20 CU @ 1,550 GHz, Ray Tracing, Variable Rate Shading
  • RAM : 10 GB GDDR6
  • Memory : PCIe 4.0 SSD, 512 GB, 2.4 GB / s uncompressed, 4.8 GB / s compressed
  • Expansion : up to 1 TB via proprietary card
  • Performance : up to QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels), up to 120 fps, 4K upscaling
  • Output video : HDMI 2.1

Xbox One

Microsoft's Xbox One is PS4's direct competitor console released on November 22, 2013 . Most players, with the exception of Nintendo fans or those who want to have all the gaming machines available, choose between Xbox One or PS4. The console from Microsoft does not miss anything from a hardware point of view (it is on par with the standard PS4) and has one of the best gaming controllers on the square. However, Xbox One isn't just a console, it's a real home entertainment machine. Xbox One OS is obviously inspired by Windows, and brings with it many features typical of a PC. However, the console has been supplanted by Xbox One S and later models.

Even Microsoft's Xbox One can count on many exclusive titles. A few examples? Sea of ​​Thieves, Forza Horizon 4 (if you like racing games it's a must), Gears 5, Quantum Break or Sunset Overdrive. All this without counting the many cross-platform productions that land on this platform every month, of course!

If you have read the paragraphs dedicated to PS4 and PS4 Slim, the speech is very similar. Microsoft has replaced the base model of Xbox One with Xbox One S and One X. However, consider your purchase carefully: it may be preferable to choose Xbox Series S.

  • PURCHASE (500 GB): Amazon
  • PURCHASE (1 TB ): Amazon
  • CPU : AMD Jaguar octa core 1.75 GHz
  • GPU : AMD Radeon based 853 MHz, 12 computational units, 1.4 TFLOPS
  • RAM : 8 GB DDR3, ESRAM band equal to 204 GB / s
  • Internal memory : 500 GB / 1 TB, 5,400 rpm
  • Dimensions : 333 x 274 x 79 mm
  • Weight : 3,5 kg
  • Ports : HDMI, Optical, 3 x USB SS 3.0, IR Blaster
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n dual-band 2.4 & 5 GHz, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, Ethernet
  • Player : Blu-ray 4K / DVD
  • Consumption : around 120 W

Xbox One S

Xbox One S was launched by Microsoft starting on August 2, 2016 . It is, as it is easy to guess, of an improvement of the Xbox One . What are the strengths of the device? Support for 4K Blu-ray, absent from PS4 Pro or any other console, possibility of upscaling games on 4K screens or televisions and support for HDR.

The hardware changes are minimal: a little more power for the GPU and the optical player that is capable of reading 4K Blu-rays. However, the advantages do not end there: Xbox One S is much more compact, lighter and integrates the power supply inside.

The same goes for the PS4 Slim (and partly for PS4 Pro) towards the starting console: even the exclusive games of Xbox One S are the same as those of Xbox One. You should therefore follow this link to read the paragraph where we talk about it.

This version can also be found bundled with a large number of games, such as Gears of War 4. It is available in 500GB and 1TB denominations, there is also a (rare) 2TB version.

  • Xbox One S Review
  • PURCHASE ( 500 GB): Amazon

We report that in 2017 support for Dolby Atmos technology has also arrived on both Xbox One S and Xbox One (in addition to Windows 10). More details in this article.

  • CPU : AMD Jaguar octa core 1.75 GHz
  • GPU : AMD Radeon based 914 MHz, 12 computational units, 1.4 TFLOPS
  • RAM : 8 GB DDR3, ESRAM band equal to 219 GB / s
  • Memory internal : 500 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB, 5,400 rpm
  • Dimensions : 295 x 230 x 64 mm
  • Weight : 2.9 kg
  • Ports : HDMI, Optical, 3 x USB SS 3.0, IR Blaster
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n dual-band 2.4 & 5 GHz, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, Ethernet
  • Player : 4K Blu-ray / DVD
  • Power consumption : around ai 120 W

Xbox One S All-Digital Edition

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, an edition of the Xbox One S that does not have the optical reader for physical media, joins Microsoft's stable. The console focuses on digital, on the new Xbox Game Pass Unlimited, and on the presence in the sales package of 3 video games: Minecraft, Sea of ​​Thieves and Forza Horizon 3.

Xbox One S All-Digital is available on Amazon Italy. The list price amounts to € 229.99. Please note that included in the sales package are the codes for digital copies of Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft and Sea of ​​Thieves.

The technical characteristics are practically the same as Xbox One S, with the big difference that there is no optical drive to read Blu-ray. There is only one version with 1 TB memory cut.

  • CPU : AMD Jaguar octa core 1.75 GHz
  • GPU : AMD Radeon based at 914 MHz, 12 computational units, 1.4 TFLOPS
  • RAM : 8 GB DDR3, ESRAM band equal to 219 GB / s
  • Memory internal : 1 TB 5.400 rpm
  • Drive optical : no
  • Dimensions : 295 x 230 x 64 mm
  • Outputs : HDMI, optical, 3 x USB SS 3.0, Blaste r IR
  • Weight : about 2.9 kg

Xbox One X

A real monster of power before the arrival of Xbox Series X, thanks to its 6 TFLOPS of graphics power and its 12 GB of RAM. The introductory price was € 499. To start, let's take a look at the data sheet compared to that of the PS4 Pro.

Below is the technical data sheet of Xbox One X compared to its most direct competitor: Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro.

It's not that hard to find Xbox One X online or in brick and mortar stores. The introductory price is € 499.99. There is also a special version called Project Scorpio, which is far rarer and even more expensive.

  • Xbox One X Review
  • PURCHASE : Amazon
  • PURCHASE : ePRICE

There has obviously also been a lot of talk about games, although it must be admitted that there are no major exclusives at the moment. If nothing else, the vast majority of triple A titles are already updated with 4K graphics.

The world of home consoles owes a lot to Nintendo . NES and SNES have contributed a lot to the growth of the sector, and let's not forget the Nintendo 64, the Game Boy and the Nintendo Wii, one of the most successful consoles of the famous Japanese giant. So here is the list of the best Nintendo consoles .

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's hybrid console made its market debut on March 3, 2017 . It is useless to define it as an evolution of the Nintendo Wii U, and it is equally useless to compare it to the current generation of consoles. This is because Switch is a product in its own right, which makes adaptability its strong point. Home console and portable console in one product; even the controller adapts, splitting one-on-one or coming together to form a more classic single player controller.

As of writing this page, the Nintendo Switch line-up isn't exactly overwhelming. Its flagship title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is not a Switch exclusive, since it is a product dedicated to Nintendo Wii U. At the Nintendo showcase we still had the opportunity to try out some exclusives such as Splatoon. 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Fast: RMX and more. We also recommend that you take a look at the article linked below.

  • Nintendo Switch Games

As usual, it can be found in physical stores at the launch price, equal to € 329.99. However, it is also possible to buy it on classic e-commerce sites which sometimes offer more favorable prices. It comes in two versions, with gray Joy-Con or colored Joy-Con.

  • Nintendo Switch Review
  • PURCHASE (Joy-Con Grigi): Amazon
  • PURCHASE (Joy-Con Colored): Amazon – ePRICE

As mentioned in the introduction, it is a bit useless to make a comparison even of a technical nature with the current consoles from Sony and Microsoft. It is however interesting to see what are the hardware characteristics of such a peculiar console.

  • Screen : 6.2 ″ IPS LCD HD, 1,280 x 720 pixels, multi-point touchscreen (up to 10)
  • Processor : NVIDIA Tegra ODNX02 -A2
    • CPU : ARM Cortex-A57 quad core 2GHz 64-bit, L2 cache (2MB)
    • GPU : NVIDIA 256 CUDA core 1 GHz, Maxwell architecture
    • TFLOPS : FP32 peak at 0.512 TFLOPS, FP16 peak at 1.024 TFLOPS
  • RAM : 4GB, two Samsung 2GB LPDDR4 modules, 25.6GB / s bandwidth
  • Internal memory : 32 GB, transfer-rate up to 400 MB / s, expandable via microSD
  • Battery : 4.310 mAh
  • Dimensions : 102 mm x 239 mm x 13.9 mm (with Joy-Con)
  • Weight : 297 g (tablet body), 398 g (with Joy-Con inserted)
  • Connectivity : USB Type-C, audio jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooh 4.1, LAN (requires additional adapter)
  • Reader : proprietary cards
  • Speaker : Stereo, 48 kHz, 16 -bit, 7.1ch
  • Audio Output : maximum 192 kHz, 24-bit, 7.1ch
  • Temperatures : about 25 ° – 40 ° (tablet mode)

Nintendo Switch OLED

Nintendo Switch OLED arrives on the market at the end of summer 2021. It is a variant of the basic model with substantially a larger screen, this time made in OLED technology. The resolution and refresh rate remain unchanged. The goal was to propose a console that, in portable mode, offered a better user experience without upsetting the ecosystem.

Nintendo Switch OLED has been selling quite fast. We suspect that it is also due to the shortage of stocks and components that has affected all sectors, including the videogame one. In any case, if you do not find it available on Amazon you can go elsewhere, such as MediaWorld and Unieuro . Take a look at the boxes below.

Let's see the differences between the three Nintendo Switches on the market and with the excuse let's also take a look at the technical characteristics of the new OLED model.

Among the other peculiarities of the OLED model we also find a rear stand completely redesigned (the original one in fact was not that great) and the doubled internal memory . We also find some differences in the dock, which finally also integrates a LAN port for more stable online sessions.

Nintendo Switch Lite

On 10 July 2019 Nintendo unveils Nintendo Switch Lite, a “reduced” version in size, price and functionality of its flagship console. It boasts a smaller screen, built-in controllers that don't detach, and among other things, it also lacks the ability to connect it to your TV. In short, a real portable console, which sacrifices part of the advantages of Nintendo Switch while boasting a much lower price.

Among its most illustrious shortcomings there is certainly the absence of the HD rumble, of some of the sensors present in the Joy-Con, the aforementioned TV mode and, more than a lack, the difficulty in playing it locally given the absence of the kickstand and the smaller screen size. However, the size of the screen and the pixel density make the image more defined than on the classic Switch.

Where to buy it

Nintendo Switch Lite arrives on the market on September 20 at 219 €. On Amazon it is already available at reduced prices.

  • Nintendo Switch Lite Review

Technical characteristics

  • Screen : 5.5 ″ LC HD (1,280 x 720 pixels), capacitive touch screen
  • Processor : NVIDIA SoC Tegra
  • Memory internal : 32 GB (6.2 GB occupied by the operating system ) expandable
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • Sensors : accelerometer, gyroscope
  • Battery : 3.570 mAh non removable
  • Dimensions : 208 x 91 x 13.9 mm (28, 4mm thick from the top of the analog sticks to the ZL / ZR buttons)
  • Weight : 275g
  • Ports : USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD

Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo Wii U, released in Europe on November 30, 2012 , will certainly not be remembered as the most successful Nintendo console. It is a device halfway between what is proposed by Nintendo Wii and what will be proposed by Nintendo Switch, the next console to which we have dedicated a special paragraph below. To be honest, it will also be increasingly difficult to find around: Nintendo is slowly interrupting production, also in view of the new console. The fact remains that the style of play offered is at least original, given that the huge gaming pad integrates a touch display, plus all the physical controls of the case and even a camera, various motion sensors, speakers, vibration, a stylus and NFC support.

Nintendo Wii U certainly does not lack exclusive games. This is because Nintendo has always preserved a number of famous brands for its home and portable devices. Then find titles such as the recent Mario Kart, the hilarious Splatoon, Paper Mario: Color Splash, the sci-fi Xenoblade Chronicles and many other video games available for other platforms, such as the recent toys-to-life LEGO Dimensions and Skylanders Imaginators.

Nintendo Wii U has become extremely difficult to buy.

  • PURCHASE : Amazon

Attention, Nintendo Wii U is officially out of production. If you want to grab a copy this could be the right time.

  • CPU : IBM tri-core, 1 , 23 GHz (approx.)
  • GPU : AMD Radeon-based modified by Nintendo
  • RAM : 2 GB, 1 GB used for games
  • Memory internal: 8 GB (32 Deluxe version), external USB memory support
  • Dimensions: 267 x 172 x 46 mm (Console body)
  • Weight: 1.6 kg + 0.5 kg Wii U GamePad
  • Ports : 4 x USB 2.0, AV Multi Out, HDMI, Composite, Component
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Ethernet
  • Player: proprietary optical, compatible with Wii / Wii U discs
  • Power consumption : approx. 34 W

NVIDIA in recent years has not limited itself to producing video cards for gaming PCs or mobile processors of the Tegra family. The company has in fact launched on the market a portable console, two gaming tablets and what we could define as a home console with Android TV on board.

NVIDIA Shield Android TV 2017

There are two versions of NVIDIA Shield Android TV, one released in 2015, but arrived in Italy only in 2016, and a new model that for convenience we will call NVIDIA Shield Android TV 2017. The hardware sector is practically identical to that of the old model, much 'is that we refer you to the next paragraph to further explore the subject. Instead, the size and weight, really reduced to the bone, change the presence of the remote control in the basic version of the console and the controller, more compact, with futuristic lines and really comfortable to hold.

Also in this case it is a product to be purchased mainly online at the launch price. We recommend two stores from which to buy it:

  • PURCHASE – € 229.99 (Amazon) – NVIDIA Italia

On the AndroidWorld pages you will find our complete review and also a quick comparison with the old model (which among other things has been updated to include all the features of the new one).

  • NVIDIA Shield TV 2017 Review

It's retro gaming craze! After Nintendo's first attempt to launch a modernized version of its old glory, retro consoles are popping up like mushrooms. Actually Nintendo wasn't the first to offer such products, but as usual, a more noble brand is needed to really shake up the market.

Nintendo Classic Mini NES

Nintendo's Mini NES, which landed on the market on 11 November 2016 , is a fantastic product, as long as you are a fan of retro gaming. It is a lightweight and super-compact device capable of connecting to modern televisions and monitors via HDMI. 30 pre-installed games, easy-to-use software and nothing else. It feeds on via a classic smartphone charger. For more details, we refer you directly to our review. The only problem is finding a cheap copy. Maybe you should wait a few more weeks hoping that Nintendo will ship new copies.

  • Nintendo Classic Mini NES review
  • PURCHASE : Amazon
  • SoC : Allwinner R16 (4x Cortex A7, Mali400MP2 GPU)
  • RAM : SKHynix (256 MB DDR3)
  • Storage : Spansion 512 MB SLC NAND flash, TSOP48
  • Other : PMU ( Power Management Unit ) AXP223
  • Dimensions : 115 x 100 x 43 mm
  • Weight : 174 g

After the success of Mini NES, Nintendo also launches the compact version of the legendary Super Nintendo on the market. The Mini SNES is practically identical in terms of hardware to the previous retro gaming model of the mini line. Inside it hides 21 games, including the brand new Starfox 2, and all the software advantages also offered by the Mini NES. Inside the package, however, this time we find two controllers, compatible with most of the pre-installed games.

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  • SoC : Allwinner R16 (4x Cortex A7, Mali400MP2 GPU)
  • RAM : SKHynix (256 MB DDR3)
  • Storage : Spansion 512 MB SLC NAND flash, TSOP48
  • Other : PMU ( Power Management Unit ) AXP223

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Nintendo Classic Mini N64

The next mini retro console could be the legendary Nintendo 64, N64 for friends. The first clues date back to July 2017, with the deposition at the European Union Intellectual Property Office of the 2D drawings of the old controller. In May 2018, various trademarks concerning the console, the controller and the software were registered in Japan.


The C64 Mini

In the wake of the enthusiasm of the retro consoles, a mini edition of the legendary Commodore 64 also arrived on the market. A complex machine that allowed not only to play, but also to program. And this Mini version, whose keyboard unfortunately does not work, does not miss anything. A selection of 64 pre-installed video games, USB port that allows you to use various external peripherals (mouse, keyboards, controllers), the ability to install new ROMs and even programming features. Below is the video of our preview.

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The C64

Retro Games, the same company that produced The C64 Mini, should also launch in 2019 a revised version that reproduces the legendary Commodore 64 in the smallest details, dimensions and keyboard working included. Below is the first leaked photo of the new model.


Neo Geo Mini

Yes, a mini version of the legendary Neo Geo cabinet is also available, including a small 3.5 “display, HDMI to connect it to a larger screen, pre-installed games and other not bad features. It's not even that mini, given the weight of 600 g. In the video you find below we summarize the salient features showing you the first images of the back console.

Our list of the best Consoles of May 2022 . The world of console gaming is, lately, in fibrillation. Many gamers complain that the rhythms imposed by production companies are always higher, and the fact is that often orienting yourself in this world, especially for those approaching it for the first time, can be complicated. There are (or rather, existed) 3 different versions of PS4, 4 versions of Xbox One, 3 versions of Nintendo Switch and a console with an NVIDIA home Android TV on board. Not to mention the retro consoles and next-gen consoles, PS5, Xbox Series X and Series S that arrived in November last year!

Therefore, given the number of home consoles on the market and also those arriving on the market, we have collected in this article the most essential details relating to the best consoles currently available ( May 2022 ) in the main physical stores and virtual Italy, with a list of the main technical features, any link to our review and everything you need to buy them on the main online channels.

And if, after reading our list dedicated to the best Consoles , you still have some doubts, we are waiting for you in the comments section of this page to answer your doubts. !

Among the 10 best-selling consoles of all time there is none of those you find on this page. However, these are quite young home consoles, and the top 10 list also includes successful portable consoles such as Game Boy, Nintendo DS and PSP. If you want to learn more you will find an interesting article linked in the title of this paragraph.

  1. Sony PlayStation 2
  2. Nintendo DS
  3. Nintendo Game Boy
  4. Sony PlayStation 4
  5. Nintendo Switch
  6. Sony PlayStation
  7. Nintendo Wii
  8. Sony PlayStation 3
  9. Microsoft Xbox 360
  10. Nintendo Game Boy Advance

To begin with, all the Consoles on this list are “ Home Consoles “, then addressed for home use. The world of portable consoles has suffered a moderate setback, also perhaps due to the spread of mobile gaming, and at the moment we could list very few representatives (from Nintendo and Sony). What do we focus on regarding the Console in this article?

  • Hardware : even if to the user Console usually does not interest details regarding what is present within it, however we will spend a few lines to highlight power, internal memory and other more technical features.
  • Software : A mention of software is sometimes a must. Some consoles are real 360 ° entertainment machines, which offer not only the possibility of playing video games, but also of surfing, buying films and much more.
  • Games : Current home gaming machines rely heavily on exclusives. Each production company has some precious arrows to shoot and to propose to its users, so as to convince users to have more than one Console at the same time.
  • Price : a fundamental point. Users often want to approach this world preferably by spending small amounts, in order to understand if the current and future investment can bear fruit.