What will the hottest gift be this holiday season? With gaming consoles from Microsoft and Sony on the horizon and the Wii U already on the market, you have plenty of gaming console options to surprise your loved ones with.
The Wii U already has a few pros in its list, because the console has been out for a few months and starts at just $250. Nintendo moved away from the original Wii by adding the Gamepad, which has a screen right on it. Upcoming titles include “Mario Kart 8″ and next in the Zelda franchise, “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.” The Wii U also has the benefit of being backward compatible, too.
The newest console from Microsoft will have an impressive 500-gigabyte hard drive in addition to HD graphics. Fans of the “Call of Duty” franchise, which inspired Bobby Kotick to start an organization that assists veterans in finding jobs, can play it on the Xbox One—however, this title isn’t exclusive to the console. Exclusive titles include the newest “Forza” and “Halo.” Cloud access means you can access your account from multiple systems, but there’s been a lot of negative buzz about the Xbox One requiring an Internet connection. However, Microsoft officials claim that a connection is only needed periodically. Furthermore, used games will require an authentication code, which users must purchase.
Along with a comparable hard drive, HD graphics and cloud play, the Playstation 4 shares several titles with the Xbox One, including “Assassin’s Creed IV.” Still, PS4 owners can make others jealous with the newest “Killzone” and “Infamous titles.” Unlike the Xbox One, the PS4 won’t require an Internet connection, and users can share or sell pre-owned games without fees or limitations. Users with privacy concerns might prefer the PS4 for this reason.