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Games console guide

Find the console for the way you like to play.

Games console guide.

With consoles featuring handheld versatility, revolutionary VR and graphics like never before, gaming has reached a whole new level.

The Nintendo Switch is a breakthrough video game console, allowing you to enjoy HD gaming at home while also easily converting to a handheld device to take on-the-go, making it a hit with both kids and grown-up gamers. It also allows you to play plenty of games from exclusive Nintendo series like Mario Kart, Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda.

Why choose the Nintendo Switch?

As a gaming experience, the Nintendo Switch is entirely unique. Built to be flexible, you can play it as a traditional console on a TV, enjoy interactive multiplayer fun with friends and take it on-the-go as a handheld device.

The Joy-Con controllers can work as part of a traditional controller in the Joy-Con grip (like in the image above), or as two separate multiplayer controllers. They also act as the controls when you use the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode.

Play locally with friends, where it's possible to link up to 8 consoles. You can also voice chat, join online lobbies and buy games from the Nintendo eShop. Enjoy features such as online play and cloud data saving with an online membership (there is a subscription fee).

Play on your TV, tabletop, and on-the-go

There are many ways to play on the versatile Switch:

TV mode: Place the Nintendo Switch in its dock, which connects to your TV, for HD gaming. The dock will also charge the Switch at the same time.

Handheld mode: Remove the Nintendo Switch from its dock and attach the Joy-Con controllers to the sides of the screen to play anywhere. In this mode a single charge can last 3-6 hours, depending on what you're playing.

Tabletop Mode: Flip the stand on the back of the Switch to stand it up on a surface, making it an easy way of sharing the screen for multiplayer fun wherever you are. Hand a Joy-Con controller to a friend and play!

    Nintendo Switch Lite

    Ideal for gamers on-the-go, the Nintendo Switch Lite is a compact, lightweight version of the Nintendo Switch, with integrated controls.

    It supports all Nintendo Switch software that can be played in handheld mode. It's great for gamers who enjoy playing out and about, and for anyone who wants to play online or local wireless multiplayer with friends or family who already own a Switch.

    As it's handheld only, the Nintendo Switch Lite doesn't connect to a TV, and functions like HD rumble, IR Motion Camera and Joy-Con motion sensors are not available using the device alone. Check that games can be played in handheld mode to play them on this console.

    Nintendo Switch controllers.

    Controllers

    The Joy-Con controllers can be used together or separately. Each has HD rumble and can sense shape, movement and distance to add another level to your gaming experience. You can also get traditional controllers like the Nintendo Switch Pro controller if you prefer.

    Accessories

    There are plenty of Nintendo Switch accessories to add to your experience. Find steering wheels for your Joy-Cons to add to your driving experience, bags and cases to protect your Switch on-the-go, and extra convenient chargers.

    Memory cards

    The Nintendo Switch has 32GB of storage to play with, and you can expand it further with a memory card. The Switch supports microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards - there's a card slot on the back to pop one into.

    Nintendo eShop

    At the Nintendo eShop, you can buy new games and apps for your Switch. Access it from your console, and you need a Nintendo Account (no subscription needed). Our pre-loaded cards can add funds to your account without a credit card, perfect for letting little gamers shop safely.

    Nintendo Switch games

    Nintendo Switch exclusives

    The Nintendo Switch has fantastic range of exclusive games, featuring fan favourite characters and series. Games include Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Smash Bros and the Pokémon series to name but a few.

    All Nintendo Switch games

    While there are a lot of exclusives to play with, many other popular games are available on the Switch, with more and more classics being made available. Play with Spyro, Minecraft, Skyrim, the LEGO series and many more.

    Nintendo Switch Lite compatible games

    Interested in the more compact, lightweight Nintendo Switch Lite? Check the game details to make sure that the games you'd like to play can be played in handheld mode, as the Nintendo Switch Lite doesn't connect to the TV or can play in tabletop mode.

      Nintendo Labo

      Imagine being able to turn a simple piece of cardboard into almost anything. Make a motorbike, fishing rod and piano, add your Nintendo Switch system and play with your creation. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con kits combine cardboard with your Nintendo Switch console to inspire invention and creative ways to play.

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      Nintendo Switch must-haves

      Play over 1,300 games on the Xbox One, including big blockbuster hits, Xbox exclusives and titles from previous Xbox generations, thanks to the console's backwards compatibility. Choose from the Xbox One S, the powerful Xbox One X, and the Xbox One S All-Digital.

      Xbox One S

      Xbox One S

      The Xbox One S allows you to play both physical Xbox One games and digital games, delivers brilliant graphics with HDR technology, features premium audio and fast, reliable online gaming with friends.

      Where it really shines is in entertainment features, as it lets you enjoy 4K streaming and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The Xbox One entertainment centre lets you enjoy loads of TV, music, movie and sport apps, all in one place. It's easy to switch between apps and you can enjoy an app and play a game side-by-side. It can also play DVDs and 4K Blu-rays.

      Xbox One S all-digital

      Xbox One S all-digital

      Microsoft's latest console is all digital: no need to keep physical discs, as all of your gaming is saved in the cloud. Build a digital library of games, take your cloud saves on the go, and you can ever preorder and pre-install upcoming games so they're there the day the game launches.

      This edition has all of the perks of the Xbox One S: brilliant graphics, premium audio, access to online gaming and 4K streaming - just remember, you can't play discs or DVDs.

      Project Scarlett

      Microsoft announced their new console, Project Scarlett, at E3 2019. Not only will the console launch in late 2020, but Microsoft have also announced that Halo Infinite will be the launch title.

      They promise a bigger leap this generation than ever before, 4 times more powerful than the Xbox One X processing-wise, thanks to AMD’s Zen 2 and Navi tech. Project Scarlett will "usher in resolution and frame-rates that we've never seen before", support 8K capability and will have a new generation SSD. The new console will have an optical disk drive, so you can grow your physical library of games if you wish.

      The reveal trailer suggests a more immersive experience with less load times and seamless exploration, and for game developers, the power to build the game they've always wanted.

        Xbox One controllers

        Featuring traditional Xbox A, B, X and Y layout, the Xbox One controller has offset analogue sticks and an improved responsive D-pad. The impulse triggers feature provides vibration feedback during gameplay, and both wired and wireless options of controllers are available.

        Accessories

        Game for longer with our range of chargers, battery packs and docking stations, improve your performance with thumb grips and customise your gaming space tidy with skins, controller cases and cable guys.

        Headsets

        Better team communication, hearing your enemies' footsteps, immersing yourself in a virtual world... headsets have become a must-have accessory for gaming today. Browse both wired and wireless headsets, all compatible with the Xbox One.

        Xbox Live

        There are two levels of Xbox Live online membership: free and gold. The free option lets you preview games, create an online profile, use some social features and use entertainment apps. Xbox Live Gold subscribers can use full online services like online multiplayer.

        Xbox One games

        Xbox One exclusives

        You won't be finding these on the other consoles on this list: test your driving skills in beautifully rendered UK locations in Forza Horizon 4, become a pirate legend in Sea of Thieves and take on the deepest Gears of War campaign yet with Gears 5.

        All Xbox One games

        You're spoilt for choice with games on the Xbox One, with titles across all genres. Choose from huge blockbusters like Call of Duty, FIFA and Red Dead Redemption 2, indie hits from smaller studios, plus downloadable sensations like Fortnite.

        Xbox Game Pass

        Immerse yourself in a deep library for more than 100 high quality games, including brand new releases. For one monthly price, you have access to a huge digital library of games to download and play, including Xbox One exclusives and family-friendly fare.

        Xbox One must-haves

        PlayStation 4

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        The PlayStation 4 is the world's best-selling console: from the super-charged PS4 Pro, to the sleek PS4 slim and ground-breaking PlayStation VR, Sony offer a wide range of gaming options.

          PS4 Slim

          The PS4 Slim has the same specs as the original PS4, with a thinner and sleeker design. With the PS4 you can play a huge variety of games, including some of gaming's best exclusives, many of them in vibrant in HDR. You can also stream or download TV and movies, play online with PS Plus (subscription needed), and enjoy game-changing innovations such as Remote Play to stream your games on other devices and Share Play to invite a friend to your adventures.

          PS4 Pro.

          PS4 Pro

          The most powerful PlayStation ever made, the super-charged PS4 Pro lets you game in 4K and has double the power and double the storage of the standard PS4. Many of the biggest PS4 games are PS4 Pro enhanced, so they get an additional boost that fine-tunes the game’s performance. If you're after high performance and incredible visuals, the PS4 Pro is the console to choose.

          PlayStation VR

          PlayStation VR brings virtual reality gaming to the mainstream. Immerse yourself with a VR headset featuring 360 degree vision, 3D audio and a built-in microphone, letting you truly live the game. You need a PS4 to begin with, a PlayStation 4 camera, and for the full experience, Move Controllers and VR capable games too.

          Dualshock 4 controllers

          With its classic X, circle, square, and triangle buttons and an updated D-pad and parallel analogue sticks, the Dualshock 4 is a blend of familiarity and new features. It has a touchpad and a built-in speaker, as well as a new share button for recording gameplay. It's wireless and charges by USB, meaning you don't have to rely on batteries.

          Accessories

          Charge your controllers while you play with play & charge cables, keep spare controllers ready to go with docking stations, and improve your gaming with thumb grips. Express yourself with controller cases, console skins and cable guys with your favourite characters.

          Headsets

          Find the PS4 compatible headset to suit how you like to play, including wireless and noise-cancelling ones. Chat to your teammates with ease, feel fully immersed within your game's world, and never get snuck up on again!

          PlayStation online

          PlayStation offers a subscription online service: upgrading to a PlayStation Plus subscription gives you access to selected free games to download every month, exclusive offers and discounts, and online multiplayer to play games with your friends.

          PlayStation 4 games

          PlayStation 4 exclusives

          The PlayStation 4 has some of the best exclusive games going: swing from New York's skyscrapers in Marvel's Spider-Man, venture into the brutal world of Midgard in the highly-lauded God of War (2018's Game of the Year), and play well-loved PS4 titles like The Last of Us, Horizon Zero Dawn, the Uncharted series and many more.

          All PlayStation 4 games

          The variety of games available on the PS4 is vast. Enjoy huge titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, sports series FIFA and NBA, sprawling narrative games like Detroit:Become Human and plenty of family-friendly games like Crash Team Racing and the LEGO series. You can also download games from the PS Store, such as the online sensation Fortnite.

          PS4 Pro enhanced games

          Several games are enhanced for the PS4 Pro, harnessing the console's full power for incredible visual clarity and smoother gameplay. Enjoy seeing these games come to life in 4K resolution and enhanced frame rates. Want to know which games are made for the power of the PS4 Pro? We've listed all of them in the link below.

          PlayStation 4 must-haves

          Nintendo 2DS & 2DS XL

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          Nintendo 2DS

          The super-streamlined 2DS offers purely on-the-go gaming. The Nintendo DS has a wide roster of unique games, including the immensely popular Pokémon franchise, the LEGO series of games, as well as a host of other Nintendo classics.

          Nintendo 2DS XL

          Boasting a spacious 4.88 inch screen and more control options, the 2DS XL is also capable of playing all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D. It also includes amiibo support, allowing it to read collectible amiibo figures.

            Nintendo 2DS, 2DS XL & 3DS games

            Play with your favourite Nintendo characters, and enjoy beloved series like the LEGO games on the Nintendo 2DS and 2DS XL.

            Pokémon

            Mario & friends

            All Nintendo DS games

            Retro gaming

            Retro gaming consoles

            Prepare to feel all nostalgic: gaming consoles from the past have returned in miniature form so you can relive your favourite gaming memories. Browse our mini retro consoles, pocket arcade machines and a few nostalgic games, too.

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