The best games console

The choice between the best games consoles has never been better or more varied. While Sony's PlayStation 5 remains my recommendation for the best games console overall, due to its exclusive games, controller tech and UI, the Xbox Series X has gained ground with Xbox Game Pass, Nintendo Switch continues to be one of the best-selling consoles (its OLED model is fantastic) and Valve's Steam Deck takes PC gaming on the go.

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Ian Dean

Ian started writing about video games on PlayStation magazine Planet PlayStation in 1998, he's since edited and launched a number of best-selling games magazines, including X360, XBM, PlayStation World and Official PlayStation Magazine. He has a wealth of experience writing about video games, but also a passion for game art, design and tech.

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Nintendo SwitchRead our Nintendo Switch review

Nintendo Switch
The older Nintendo Switch remains one of the best games console, though its been superseded by the OLED model. If you want a Switch for less money but with all the features lacking in the Lite model, this is the one.
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Xbox Series S
While I believe Xbox Series X offers the best value overall, the cheaper and slightly less powerful Xbox Series S is good if you want Game Pass but don't need a disc drive and are happy with 1080p resolution gaming.
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Xbox Series S
While I believe Xbox Series X offers the best value overall, the cheaper and slightly less powerful Xbox Series S is good if you want Game Pass but don't need a disc drive and are happy with 1080p resolution gaming.
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ASUS ROG AllyRead our ASUS ROG Ally review

ASUS ROG Ally
The ASUS ROG Ally is a direct competitor to the Steam Deck and while its design is curvier, lighter and more portable it lacks the power and versatility of Valve's leading PC console. But it's still recommended if you want a PC handheld that's more mobile.
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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.