We researched and evaluated seven gaming consoles to recommend the best ones for your family gaming and entertainment needs. Our overall winner is the PlayStation 4 Pro. The console’s full artillery of features, powerful hardware and straightforward interface lets you quickly jump into a game or switch between applications without missing a beat. With the PlayStation 4 Pro, you have access to a library of over 500 games, along with the most exclusives available, and be able to play them on a console comparable to a gaming PC.
PlayStation 4 Pro
Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro is a powerhouse for gamers and multimedia users alike. Its hardware was designed to be comparable with dedicated gaming PCs, and it can stream 4K videos.
With it you can browse games in the Official PlayStation Store, which has access to over 500 titles for when you need something new to play. You’ll have access to cross-platform titles, indie games and re-releases from past consoles, along with exclusive PlayStation titles like Driveclub and Uncharted. Though the console is the largest on the market, it still has a modern design and a matte black exterior that helps it blend in with your other electronics. It ships with a 1TB hard drive, and you can opt to update it to 2TB or plug in an external drive. Inside you’ll find a 2.1GHz eight-core AMD Jaguar CPU and a 4.2 TFLOP AMD Radeon-based graphics card, which is paired with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. The powerful system consistently maintains 1080p output and high frame rates. The updated DualShock 4 boasts Bluetooth connectivity and can charge via micro-USB. The glowing light bar located along the front of each controller helps identify player one from player two, and can even add a little atmospheric lighting for certain games. New features on the controller include a capacitive touch pad, 3.5mm audio jack, built-in speaker and a dedicated screen capture button for saving or sharing screenshots on social media or Twitch.