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Games Console Guide

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

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Xbox One

Meet the Xbox One X, the most powerful console ever. Enjoy true 4K gaming, smoother gameplay, faster load times, life-like detail and bigger worlds.

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What is Xbox One X?

The Xbox One X is Microsoft's latest console and the most powerful console ever. 40% more powerful than any other console. All Xbox One games are compatible with the new machine, and Xbox will be releasing a host of new games geared towards the X's incredible power and 4K graphics.

Why choose the Xbox One X?

The Xbox One X takes gaming power to new heights. The 8 CPU cores, 6 teraflops of graphical processing power and 320Gb/s of memory bandwidth are unlike anything seen in a console before. However, you will need a 4K TV to take advantage of true 4K gaming.

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Xbox One S

The Xbox One S is still a great option for gamers. It doesn't have the power of the X, but it still features HDR for vibrant gaming. Where it really shines is in entertainment features, as it lets you enjoy 4K streaming and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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Xbox One S - All you need to know

Xbox One Controller

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.

Xbox One S Storage

500GB or 1TB.

Xbox Live

There are two levels of 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.


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 even enjoy an app and play a game side-by-side. It can also play DVDs and 4K Blu-rays.

Backwards Compatibility

The Xbox One does feature backwards compatibility, letting you play selected Xbox 360 games on the new machine.

Exclusive Xbox One Games

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Games exclusive to Xbox include the Forza series and Crackdown 3.

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch does currently offer online features, but there are plans to launch a dedicated online subscription service, similar to other consoles, in late 2018. Switch lets you play locally with friends, or online, and it's possible to link up to eight consoles. You can voice chat, join online lobbies and buy games from the Nintendo e-shop.

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Nintendo Switch - How it works

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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 work as part of a traditional controller, or as separate multiplayer controllers, and as the controls when you take the Nintendo Switch on-the-go.

Nintendo Switch - All you need to know

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TV Mode

Dock the Nintendo Switch and connect to your TV for HD gaming.

Handheld Mode

Remove the Nintendo Switch Console and attach the Joy-Con controllers to enjoy handheld portability. In handheld mode a single charge can last between 3 and 6 hours, depending on what you're playing.

Tabletop Mode

Flip the stand, share the screen and grab a Joy-Con with a friend for multiplayer fun.

Joy-Con Controllers

The Joy-Cons can be used as a traditional controller, as two controllers, as handhelds, as part of a driving wheel and more, giving you ultimate versatility when you play. Each controller has an analogue stick and a D-Pad.

Nintendo Switch Storage

32GB (Expandable with a memory card.)

Nintendo Switch Online

With the Switch you can play locally with friends, or online, and it's possible to link up to eight consoles. A paid online service for Nintendo Switch is launching late 2017, and online will be free until then. This is expected to include online lobby and voice chat, exclusive deals and classic game downloads.

Exclusive Nintendo Switch Games

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Games exclusive to Nintendo Switch include Mario Kart, Super Mario and Splatoon.


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Nintendo DS

Even with the release of the Switch, Nintendo are still committed to releasing games for the handheld 2DS and 3DS, which offers purely on-the-go gaming.

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Nintendo DS games

The Nintendo DS has a wide roster of unique games, including the immensely popular Pokemon franchise, as well as a host of other Nintendo classics.

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PlayStation 4

From the super-charged PS4 Pro, to the sleek PS4 slim and ground-breaking PlayStation VR, Sony offer a wide range of gaming options.

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Why choose the PS4 Pro?

The PS4 Pro lets you game in 4K and has double the power and double the storage of the original PS4. If you're after high performance and incredible visuals, the PS4 Pro is the console to choose.

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Why choose the PS4 Slim?

The PS4 Slim has the same specs as the original PS4. Where the Slim differs is in its thinner and sleeker design. If you don't already have a PS4, the Slim is a great option, but if you're looking for an upgrade in performance, choose the PS4 Pro.

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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'll need to get a PlayStation Camera, and for the full experience, Move Controllers and VR capable games too.

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PS4 - All you need to know

Dualshock 4 Controller

Featuring the classic PlayStation X, circle, square and triangle buttons, as well as 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.

PS4 Storage

500GB for the PS4 Slim, 1TB for the PS4 Pro.

PlayStation Online

PlayStation offer both free and subscription online services. You can download entertainment apps Youtube, Spotify and Netflix for free, as well as access the PlayStation store and social features. Upgrading to a PlayStation Plus subscription gives you access to selected free games, exclusive offers, and online multiplayer.


You can access plenty of entertainment apps on your PS4. It can also play Blu-rays and DVDs.

Backwards Compatibility

PS3, PS2 and PS1 discs won't work on the PS4, but the PlayStation Now service means you can pay to play a selection of classic games.

Exclusive PS4 Games

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Games exclusive to the PS4 include the Uncharted series, God of War, Gran Turismo and Horizon Zero Dawn.

PC Gaming

Take your gaming experience to the next level with a gaming PC or gaming laptop.

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