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Which Game Console Should You Buy in 2014

Pick a side. Or pick a few.

Keen to purchase a new console or system this year but don't know which one to buy? Have you finally decided it's time to upgrade from your Game Boy Color and you're confused about what all the current and next-gen systems have to offer? Never fear! GameSpot's editors have banded together to tell you about all of the positives for each of the currently available systems, including what games you can play, what the hardware is like, and what the future holds for each console. Check out the links below to find out out more about the 3DS, Wii U, Vita, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and see which console (or consoles) is the right fit for you in 2014.

Why You Should Buy A Vita -- Tom Mc Shea

The Vita's impressive hardware, robust streaming solutions, and varied library have made it my go-to system, and it's clear to me that anyone who loves games would adore one once they give it a chance.

Read the full article here.

Why You Should Buy a 3DS -- Peter Brown

The 3DS has turned the corner, and Nintendo isn't looking back. There are currently 35 million 3DS owners worldwide, and if you can't count yourself among the 3DS-equipped, there's no better time to join the party than 2014.

Read the full article here.

Why You Should Buy an Xbox 360 -- Shaun McInnis

The library of games available for Microsoft's console is absolutely massive. If a third-party game was released within the past eight years, chances are it was released on the Xbox 360.

Read the full article here.

Why You Should Buy a PS3 -- Justin Haywald

If you’re on the fence about upgrading to the next-gen consoles, the PlayStation offers every excuse to just wait. There’s plenty to play until the next-gen consoles fall in price next year, and by then, there’ll also be a lot more can’t miss titles for the upgraded consoles.

Read the full article here.

Why You Should Buy A Wii U -- Martin Gaston

There's an opportunity here for the Wii U to take more of a complementary role, because of this: the Wii U is home to first-party Nintendo games. Nintendo games, you see, are wonderful.

Read the full article here.

Why You Should Buy a PS4 -- Mark Walton

The PS4 is well-built machine, with a thoughtful UI and a lineup of great games. But it's what's coming up that makes it so enticing.

Read the full article here.

Why You Should Buy An Xbox One -- Maxwell McGee

Buying an Xbox One today means buying a powerful, well-rounded machine that sports a great lineup of games and a suite of apps that enhance your games and movies rather than distract from them.

Read the full article here.

Why You Should Buy A PC -- Kevin VanOrd

While companies have struggled to create a gaming machine that has universal appeal, they overlooked the obvious: the PC is that machine already.

Read the full article here.

Written By

Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

Discussion

483 comments
samus_my_life
samus_my_life

i already got PC, XB1 , PS4 , WII u ? what else ? 

daveisais
daveisais

My combo is WiiU for nintendo exclusives. best games in my opinion. Also, PC for titanfall and other 3rd party games. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Last year I was jumping between 3 machines (PS3 X360 PC), because I did not want to loose any exclusivity.

Most likely in the next two years previous and last gen will be together so... it's gonna be 6 machines (PS3 X360 PC Vita PS4 XOne) More extreme if Nintendo comes with something I may want to play in other palce that a friend's appartment.

My god, what I'm going to do... ? lol

headbanger1186
headbanger1186

You sons of bitches, you know it's blasphemy to lump the PC in with "which game consoles should you buy in 2014?"

kickinlikesally
kickinlikesally

So the reasons to get the Wii-U are Mario 3D, Zelda Windwaker, and Bayonetta.... and that's pretty much it? I think I'll pass.

The_Micksta
The_Micksta

I'll be buying the PS4 when there's a price drop and has more games, not enough games for it as of yet. However I got my Wii, Wii U, 3DS DSLite , PS3, PS2, N64 to keep me occupied.

fanirama
fanirama

The correct answer to this idiotic question - "which console should you buy" is "whichever one you want".


GS states something like "writing award" at the top menu area. Maybe it is a joke or someone pranked GS. "Writing" indeed. I lol'd.

crognalsen
crognalsen

For me it's better to wait for the consoles to drop in price.  There aren't any games out yet that I want to play anyway.  I'd rather wait a few years and buy it at a discount.  I have a PC and a 3DS to keep me happy.  My Xbox is heading for retirement.  It's funny to play a game like Dead Island on PC and then on console.  There is so much frame rate loss/stuttering even though it's running at a lot lower resolution and with less effects.  The only reason I do it at all is to play with friends.

Scarshi
Scarshi

PC will always outdo them all, depending on your budget. But whatever isn't coming to PC will most likely land on Sony or Nintendo. Have one of each three and you won't miss much.

I don't like Kinect. Bought it for 360 and still don't know why.

Afinati
Afinati

I need a new graphics card so I can take advantage of ShadowPlay. Other than that, I'm good.

Well, if a buncha good PS4 exclusives come out and there's backwards compatibility, I might get one a few years from now.

GarGx1
GarGx1

You want games and tons of them, including the best versions of multiplats? Get a PC

Sozialminister
Sozialminister

I already have a good pc, so i dont need a new one. maybe next year or later. i dont know if i should get wii u or ps4. wii u already has good game announced, so i am currently prefering it. but i will wait for e3 and what sony has to announce. maybe this will change my decision.

dude102
dude102

I choose.............................. SteamBox

Oh it is not on the list :(

matea88
matea88

The discussions here are so funny to read. While you guys that spend 500 and 400 on your "next-gen" ( very next ) and wait for  games to come to them, i'll be on my PC, playing whatever the fuck i want and when i want.

joe_b1_kenobi
joe_b1_kenobi

After much careful consideration I recently purchased a wiiU. And I'm very happy with my new console. The best couch co-op games to be found anywhere, and fun/seriously underrated party games are what swung it for me. Honestly, I've had more fun playing wii party U than I have gta v and tlou. And if I want to play some single player games by myself there's a good selection there too, many of which are exclusives.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

PC has the most RPGs in coming years (and it's only available on the PC). 

Divinity: Original Sin, Blackguards, Aarklash Legacy, Grim Dawn, Unsung Story, The Banner Saga, Wastelands 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Path of Exile, Sui Generis, Pillars of Eternity, Shroud of the Avatar. etc.

Ferrari3
Ferrari3

I have Vita, PS4, PS3, X360 and a strong PC...think I'm set

GIF
GIF

Im buying a PC, sticking with my Xbox 360 and PS3

troyhalo34
troyhalo34

I own a Ps4, 2ds, and xbox 360. Its going to be good year for gaming! I really enjoy my Ps4 just ready for some more games to come out. Been a xbot for a long time but I made the switch and I couldn't be happier.

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

Will definitely purchase a PS3 mainly for the J-RPGs and J-action games I can't get on PC or 3DS. Will get a PS4 eventually, but I've always been an extremely late adopter of new consoles, can't move on to a new generation until I'm sure I've played absolutely everything of interest to me.

imnofanboy96
imnofanboy96

PS4 library is not big enough YET! but i am guessing its gonna be soon enough...Playstation Now will be a good start and im also expecting Infamous Second son and thief to come out which will award me with plenty hours of hardcore gaming..

getupandboogie
getupandboogie

it may sound comical to most, but whichever out of the ps4 and xbone makes their system backwards compatible first is the one i will buy. I have loads of arcade and digital purchases on my 360, while i have bought lots of ps1 games (final fantasy 6-9 included) on my ps3. When i buy a new console, i will be getting rid of the previous gen equivalent, due to not having enough room for them all. Currenly it looks like ps4 will be the most likely, but only when i get confirmation i can continue ploughing through final fantasy.

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

PC has the best new games this year: Dota 2, Loadout, Path of Exile, DayZ, Rust, Insurgency and more!

hisho-55
hisho-55

Ps4 the best console u can ever buy

X360PS3AMD05
X360PS3AMD05

May actually just get a 360, for all the bashing i've given it........i'm not buying into that hype and expense of a brand new console

madgame23
madgame23

Ill wait till the next string of consoles for the next gen are released.  The first gen, on all consoles released after 2000, always are plagued by issues.  I had a PS3 that died after a couple years and the cases on the new systems don't hold up well to repeated use and any surface damage.  I lived with some roommates a couple years ago and they were really rough with it, didn't find out till I moved out, and it went down hill after that.  The 360 had the hardware issues with the thermal aspects, it would get the 3 rings of death from faulty hardware setups.  The new systems will definitely have the same problems, ie PS4 Blue light of death and such.  That issue and the lack of major 1st and 3rd party games makes me wait, oh and the fact that im still recovering from Christmas in terms of money spent makes me stick to what I know best, PC!

gs_are_paid
gs_are_paid

"The library for Xbox one is already strong" Compared to what? They have around a handful of games worth owning and this far no "must buy" title.

cofeebogart
cofeebogart

I have PS4 and im glad I got it, its so amazing every day I look at it

Hurvl
Hurvl

I personally think it should say "platform" instead of "console" in the headline (the PC is *not* a console!/end rant), but that's just me being nitpicky. I already have a gaming laptop, so I don't need to buy anything, not even any games, because of my backlog. I think the PC is always the best option, but people who are not me are free to choose otherwise.

jcogopogo
jcogopogo

I got the PS4 and love it the interface is smooth and fast and the new controllers are great . tired of people complaining about the lack of games on the ps4 and xbox one.  of course they are lacking the systems have 3 months of being out, pretty sure they keep a tight lip on the systems till release, so most 3rd party dev's have had 3 months with the final system.  I am gonna get a wii-u for my daughter though too

daveisais
daveisais

@kickinlikesally  seriously? Windwaker HD and Mario 3D are better than anything xbox one, ps4, ps3, and xbox 360 has to offer. Windwaker alone is enough to get the wiiU. Stop playing COD or battlefield and play a real game. Not a game where everything is handed to you ike tomb raider. None of these games require any skill. 

Karlinel
Karlinel

@GarGx1  A good PC, a Nintendo console and a PS4/PSVita, and you are set for absolutely everything, since XBox is starting to just rely on fps, and most of those are better in PC.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@Ladiesman17 You forgot the most important one: Witcher 3 (yeah I know it's multi platform but developed on PC first so it counts!).

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

@gs_are_paid  Compared to the PS4, I guess, which isn't exactly a shining example to begin with.

hisho-55
hisho-55

Congratulation man on your ps4 u took the best decision of your life by buying ps4 I got it 2 from 3 days ago ..... Enjoy it

themanitou23
themanitou23

@cofeebogart I agree, and most game critics forget that we regular folks haven't played every single game available for it yet. I cringe to see the "nothing to play in boring January" vids. So then, since November you've mastered Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Killzone: Shadowfall, Knack, Assassin's Creed 4, NBA 2K14, Madden 25, Need For Speed, as well as awesome digital games like Resogun, Contrast and Super Motherload?! Even if you don't want to touch Knack because you only play what critics want you to and you don't like sports or racing, there is likely still something the average PS4 owner hasn't enjoyed yet on PS4. Games don't become obsolete after 2 months.

adawf
adawf

@cofeebogart   if its the looks that are amazing to you wouldn't it have been cheaper to buy an eraser?

madgame23
madgame23

@jcogopogo The WII-U is the WII 1.5!  it has a better graphics engine than I believe the 360 and PS3 do, but not better than the XBONE or PS4 and its processors is weaker than the 360 and PS3.  With the lack of any real 3rd party releases for the system, its doomed to follow in Sega's footsteps if they don't change the design of the WII-U!

hairybones1997
hairybones1997

@chev7758  I know I'm feeding the trolls, but all of those are kinda... opinions... Not saying that the Wii U is bad, but until it gets the third party support it was striving for in the very beginning, it's not going to be very competitive and may just get left behind.

zeldafan195
zeldafan195

@chev7758  I think you need to clean it up some before you re-post that.

1. Make sure to say 3DS sold over 40 million. That will confuse people.

2. Explain how it is superior to the ps4/xbone. Maybe mention the superior metascores.

3. Explain why you think arkham origins is bad. Maybe show the metascore.

4. That's alright

5. Maybe explain how the wii u's are about between the new and old gen consoles instead of that.

6. You're right there. You could explain how Nintendo news is troll bait on here.

7. You could explain that deeper.

8. Explain how the Wii U has superior metascores all around.

9. ?

10. I agree.

11. Right on.

12. Right on.

toffifee
toffifee

@chev7758  The Wii U doesn't have an even slightly good library of games. Better yes, but it's been out a lot longer and it's still a machine that should have been released with the PS3 and 360 considering it's "power".

nparks
nparks

@chev7758 I know I shouldn't, but let's feed the troll anyway:

1. The Wii U has sold over five million AND over 40 million units?  Might want to clean that point up.  If it looks like you can't write on point one, who is going to bother reading the next eleven (or 10?)?  In no way has Wii U sold over 40 million units, and it may not reach that number over its entire lifetime.

2. Superior to what?  The 360 and PS3 have a superior library of games compared to the Wii U, so everybody should just buy one of those instead, right?  Can you see that maybe there's some context to take into account when stating an opinion like that?

3. If nobody cares about Arkham Origins, which sold about 1.5 million units on PS3 and Xbox 360 through 3 weeks what does that say about, let's say, Super Mario 3D World, which took 6 weeks to make it that far?

4. I can actually agree with this point and it is actually a fact!  An .083 batting average may not be good, but it's something!

5. Compared to the Wii U, the PS4 and Xbox One are very powerful.

6. Scatological opinion without value.

7. More scatological opinion without value.

8. Call of Duty.  Battlefield.  Assassin's Creed.  Exclusive to Xbox One are Forza, Dead Rising, Peggle 2.  On the PS4...well, they've got some decent indy games.  I'm sure good exclusives are coming eventually, but Sony does tend to be slow out of the gate with these things.

9. Wait, what happened to number 9?  If there's one thing worse than a troll, it's a troll that can't count.  Put your Nintendo down and go do some math homework, son.

10. More opinion.  Maybe the price is good enough for you, maybe Goonies are good enough for me.  But the price isn't good enough to move the hardware or it would be selling better.  Either the price is too high, or the product is too unappealing.

11. I agree.  Your comprehension can definitely use some improvement.  Again, homework.  It's more important than Pokémon.

12. Yes you do.  Are you a poe?

mr_nee
mr_nee

@chev7758  let me guess - you have WiiU, you best friend has PS4, He gets laid, you don'tv - right?

kickinlikesally
kickinlikesally

@daveisais @kickinlikesallyIf I wanna play Windwaker, I'll fire up my Gamecube. I'm not dropping another $50 or $60 just so I can play it in HD. And as far as Mario, the only ones in the last decade or so that have impressed me are Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 and Paper Mario.

VegasDawg
VegasDawg

@zeldafan195 @chev7758  I already told him he is babbling and again I'll tell you Little zelda fanBOY., EVEN FCKING NINTENDO called it a FLOP. .

zeldafan195
zeldafan195

@toffifee @chev7758  Actually right now it has almost all the 3rd parties that the xbone and ps4 have. The only significant game it missed out on is Battlefield 4. It also has many good exclusives that have far better reviews than any game for the others. Just look at metacritic.com. Right now, the Wii U has better games.

VegasDawg
VegasDawg

@nparks @chev7758 What is the color of the sky in your world? Do you know even FKING NINTENDO called the wiiu a "FLOP"  and the library sucks if your over the age of 14.


2. YEP


3.It says the wiiu consumer has no other games to choose. Are you daft?


8.Wow you said somnething true, not as daft as I thought


9. Sorry your the troll, your a little N fanBOY who's got issues, truth hurts.


10.ok,lots of babbling in your post.



adawf
adawf

@mr_nee  if his best friend is getting laid he has a pc and x1

zeldafan195
zeldafan195

@VegasDawg @zeldafan195 @chev7758  I am not a fanboy, I just like Zelda. I also own a ps3 and have enjoyed many great games on there too, Zelda just happens to be my favorite franchise.


Now could you give me a link where nintendo "calls it a flop"?