2013 Top 10 Gaming Consoles Reviewed and Rated

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Best Gaming Consoles South Africa

What’s better after a hard day at school or work than coming home and blowing off some steam by escaping into the virtual world of World Cup penalty shootouts, snow-covered WW2 battlegrounds or the fiery planes of some far-off fantasy realm?

However – whether you’re in the market for a gaming console upgrade or simply consider your options as new buy – picking your next-level gaming machine can be tricky. There are a variety of factors that can influence your choice and because you need to fork out significant amounts of cash for the device, it’s tough to make a switch after purchase.

Plus, the technology and trends in the video game industry seem to change faster than other consumer products with top companies like Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony all continue their slow, steady battles for gaming and entertainment domination.

As always, Top10Reviews have gone out and done all the hard work for you – simply browse through our reviews and pick your next gaming console, whether it’s one of the big three or a non-console for on-the-go gaming!

What To Consider When Choosing A New Gaming Console

Whilst there’s constant innovation around gaming peripherals and games, the actual consoles and handheld devices are actually fairly static, with major updates only being released every 5 or so years.

This means that you have main-stays like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 still going strong since 2005, with new updates featuring on simply updating the design and adding some added functionality. Nintendo, meanwhile, recently launched the Wii U, its next-gen system. In the handheld gaming world, the Nintendo DS has been replaced by the 3DS, and Sony's PlayStation Vita has unseated the PlayStation Portable.

What Type Of Gaming Experience Are You After

Obviously the first question you should consider is whether the console you’re considering actually supprost the games you want to play!

Whilst this sounds like a no-brainer, it’s sometimes not that easy, as some titles are specific to individual consoles only – so you might have to make some sacrifices depending on what you want to play! The Playstation currently supports the best titles and widest ranges of games for serious gamers.

Other than the games, have a look at what peripheral controllers and add-ons are available to offer variety to your daily gaming routine. When it comes to motion-controlled gaming, Microsoft reigns supreme with its controller-free Kinect! Not to be outdone, Sony hit back with the PlayStation Move which is a Wii-like wand-based interface that uses the PlayStation Eye camera accessory and a sensor-filled controller with a lit ball to track movement. The Move hasn't caught on like the Wii or Microsoft's Kinect, and Move integration outside of a few gimmicky games is a novelty.

In our exceedingly networked environment and with the rising popularity of MMORPG, it’s worth to consider what multiplayer and online network systems the console supports. Both PlayStation and Microsoft offer top-notch systems to connect players.

How To Chose The Best Gaming Consoles

In addition to the above, you should also consider the below points:

  • How long has the console been available for? Is there an update on the horizon that could make your purchase obsolete in a couple of months?
  • Is your internet connection fast enough to support satisfactory gaming for online play?
  • Look at different options available – consoles with less storage are generally cheaper and if you don’t need much storage this could save you some cash. COnverseley, additional storage is quite pricery for most consoles, so consider carefully…
  • Does it come with controllers? Would y ou have to buy any additional controllers?
  • Do you have enough space to play it? With motion sensitive poeripherals such as the Wii or the Kinect check you have enough space to enjoy these to their full potential.

In additional to these tips, we’ve also ensured that we rated and reviewed all top gaming consoles in South Africa – from the latest technical specs to their design and usability. With all of this info, we hope you will find it easy to pick you perfect gaming consoles!

Top Gaming Consoles:

#1 - Sony PS3
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Sony PS3 Review | Compare Prices
#2 - xBox 360
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xBox 360 Review | Compare Prices
#3 - PSP Vita
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PSP Vita Review | Compare Prices
#4 - Nintendo Wii U
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Nintendo Wii U Review | Compare Prices
#5 - Nintendo Wii
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Nintendo Wi Review | Compare Prices

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