Top 5 Exclusive Console Series
If you are a gamer, you probably know that aside from having a dope game title, you also need an awesome console to make the gaming experience worthwhile. Back in the day, gamers had only a small array of consoles to choose from and this made gaming difficult. It’s 2021, and there are various game consoles if you are looking for the right one. Nowadays, game console companies focus on creating exclusive console series that can play across multi-platforms. While there are a few technical terms like resolution, storage, processor, and frame rate per second to worry about, the purpose of this article is to make that a bit easier for you. So here’s a rundown of the top five exclusive console series for 2021.
PlayStation PS 5
PlayStation has undoubtedly been the king of exclusive consoles over the last decade. From the legendary PS 2 that still remains the highest selling game console of all time to the latest PS 5 offering. Sony has been able to hit the jackpot with its console offering since then.
- Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6256-bit
- Memory bandwidth 448 GB/s
- Custom 825 GB SSD
- 4K UHD Blu-ray
- CPU: 3.5GHz, 8-core AMD Zen 2
It comes with an impressive 4K resolution display that would sure leave most gamers spellbound. Its CPU clock speed of 3.5 GHz offers light speed gaming experience. It comes with Tempest Engine that allows it to deliver 3D audio for supported games, allowing players to hear sounds better than what regular stereo can give. Its controller has been regarded by many as a game-changer because it allows gamers to be truly immersed in the overall gaming experience. PS 5 comes with backward compatibility that makes it run games from PS4’s rich collection of games. Top games like Spiderman: Remastered, Demon Souls, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and an array of custom-built classic slots are some of the games available to players. It comes in two variants; a normal disc edition and a Digital Edition. The console comes with a starting price of about $500 though most retail stores charge way more due to the relative scarcity of the console, with Sony promising more available units in 2022.
Xbox Series X
Microsoft is Sony’s biggest rival when it comes to exclusive consoles, and this is largely because they have some of the best consoles to brag with; the Xbox Series X is one of them. The Xbox Series X is a next-generation console that offers a high-end experience that hasn’t been seen in consoles.
- Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s
- 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive (max 8K resolution)
- CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz
- Internal Storage: 1TB Custom
Sporting the traditional “box” shape of most Xbox, the game delivers more value for its less than the $500 price tag from Microsoft stores. It is the direct rival to Sony’s PS 5 and, like its rivals, allows for backward compatibility with previous Series X starting from Xbox. The biggest selling point of this console is its speed and the way it seamlessly integrates all games from the previous series. There’s also the Dolby sound support system to enjoy if you still wonder why you should get it. In all, it’s a very powerful console that would deliver super-fast speed. The Xbox Game Pass also allows players exclusive game titles for a month for buying this console.
PlayStation 4 and 4 Pro
While it’s true that there has been a PlayStation on this list already, we can’t just ignore what PS4 and PS4 Pro bring to the table. Even though it was launched seven long years ago, the PS 4 series still remains one of the most loved consoles ever. Its place as the second most sold PlayStation behind the behemoth PS 2 should tell you how much of a rave this console is.
- DVD/Blu-ray/4k resolution
- 500 GB/ 1 TB
- 8GB RAM
- Extensive game list and VR support
- Modest pricing
The PS4 Pro was four years after the PS4 and thankfully comes with 4k resolution, making it the first Sony console to actually come with that. The series comes in three variants; PS4, PS4 PRO, and PS4 slim. This series gave rise to some of the most played games that we know of today – games like God of war, Last of Us II, Uncharted series, Horizon new dawn, and a host of others. In addition, it comes with Shareplay that allows gamers to stream their gameplay with friends literally. It was also the first Sony console that came fully equipped with voice command functionality. While you probably won’t run out of reasons not to pick up the PS4 series today, the fact that it’s cheap could be the final push you need to make it happen.
Xbox Series S
If you are looking for a cheaper version of the Xbox Series X albeit similar in terms of quality then you should really be looking at the Xbox Series S. The Xbox Series S is the most affordable next-gen console in the market with impressive features.
- CPU: 8-core 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT)
- RAM: 10GB GDDR6
- Frame rate: Up to 120fps
- Resolution: 1440p with 4K upscaling
- Optical: No disk drive
- Storage: 512GB
Aside from having significantly less storage than the Series X, it comes with a similar super speed and an impressive graphical frame. Even though it comes with a small build, it doesn’t lose any aspect of the quality that previous Xbox have been known for. The Xbox Game Pass is also available here, giving players an extensive array of game titles to choose from. The Xbox Wireless Controller can be used on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, and Android. Since it’s available on Android, you get access to slots titles like God’s of Egypt, Andromeda, Ultra Hot Deluxe, and many more. With a starting price of below $300, it’s by far one of the most valuable consoles that you can get.
|The Nintendo Switch offers a different type of experience from other consoles on this list. However, you don’t need to be a fan of Nintendo to appreciate what this console has to offer. With over 89 million consoles sold, it has outperformed every console on this list in terms of sales aside from the PS4. The current console in the series is the Switch OLED which comes with a larger and brighter display as well as more storage capacity.
The basic selling point of this console is its accessibility. While you need other impressive gadgets like a 4K TV to optimize the PS 5 or Xbox Series fully, you can use the Nintendo Switch wherever and whenever. Though the console’s small build allowed for it to be played without pads, there’s a TV mode where the console can be plugged in for a much wider view. In addition, the TV mode allows it to be played in 1080p resolution against the default 720p of the handheld mode.
- Size: 4 x 9.4 x 0.55 inches
- CPU: Nvidia Tegra
- Resolution: 720p handheld/1080p docked
- Screen: 6.2 inches
- Battery: 9 hours
- Storage: 32 GB (expandable with memory cards)
The Nintendo Switch Online platform allows for online multiplayer mode with friends. If you are wondering about the kind of game titles you would be getting, you don’t have to worry. The Online platform has games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Mario Kart Deluxe, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Doom (2016), Crysis Remastered, and so much more.