Not sure which console is right for you?

Modern gaming consoles are expensive, and choosing the wrong one can be costly. Hardcore gamers know which one they will buy, but the rest us can't decipher the confusing terminology. If you need help deciding which of the next generation gaming consoles is right for you, we can help!

Keep reading for some close up photos of each of the new systems, or jump straight to the head-to-head chart that compares many of the core features of the upcoming systems.

Head-to-Head Comparison

Chosing a next-generation console can be a tough decision! Our head to head comparison table will show you the features that matter the most to help in the decision making process!

Choose your console

  • Basic Features
  • What's in the box
  • Required Internet Connection
  • Mandatory Game Installs
  • Used Game Fee
  • Backward Compatible
  • Region Lock
  • Motion Sensor
  • Exclusive Games
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  • Technical Features
  • CPU
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • Optical Drive
  • Game DVR
  • External Storage
  • Cloud Storage

Nintendo Wii U


    • Wii U Console
    • Wii U GamePad
    • Wii U AC Adapter
    • Wii U GamePad AC Adapter
    • HDMI Cable
    • Sensor Bar
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes - Wii Only
  • Yes
  • No
    • Game & Wario
    • LEGO City: Undercover
    • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
    • New Super Mario Bros. U
    • Nintendo Land
    • Pikmin 3
    • Wii Fit U
    • The Wonderful 101
    • ZombiU

  • Multi-Core PowerPC "Espresso" CPU
  • 2GB DDR3
  • 8GB or 32GB Flash
  • 25GB Optical Disc
  • No
  • Yes, via USB
  • No

Sony PlayStation 4


    • PlayStation 4 System
    • DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
    • HDMI Cable
    • Power Cable
    • Wired Mono Headset
    • USB Charging Cable
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes, Optional $59
    • Driveclub
    • inFamous: Second Son
    • Killzone: Shadow Fall
    • Knack
    • Octodad: Dadliest Catch
    • The Order: 1886

  • Single-chip x86 AMD "Jaguar" processor, 8 cores
  • 8GB GDDR5
  • 500 GB Hard Drive (user removeable)
  • Blu-ray/DVD
  • Yes
  • TBA
  • Yes

Microsoft Xbox One


    • Xbox One console
    • Kinect sensor
    • Commemorative controller
    • HDMI Cable
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes, included
    • Below
    • Crimson Dragon
    • D4
    • Dead Rising 3
    • Forza Motorsport 5
    • Killer Instinct
    • Kinect Sports Rivals
    • Quantum Break
    • Project Spark
    • Ryse: Son of Rome
    • Sunset Overdrive
    • Titanfall
    • Zumba Party Fitness

  • 8 Core Microsoft custom CPU
  • 8GB DDR3
  • 500 GB Hard Drive (non-removeable)
  • Blu-ray/DVD
  • Yes
  • Yes, via USB
  • Yes

Nintendo Wii U Photos

Sony PlayStation 4 Photos

Microsoft Xbox One Photos

More Information & FAQ

What does 'Required Internet Connection' mean?

It means that in order to actually use the system, you must have internet connectivity. Today, the Xbox One is the only system with this kind of feature. As of now, the Xbox One is required to check in every 24 hours or it can no longer play games. This isn't limited to online games; it won't event be able to play single player offline games!

What does 'Mandatory Game Installs' mean?

It means that each game you purchase will be installed onto the local storage for your console, and the disc may or may not be required to play the game. This can be an upside as it speeds up the load times, but it also takes time to install games onto the system.

What does 'Used Game Fee' mean?

Microsoft and Sony have both announced that they will allow developers to set the policy when it comes to preowned or secondhand/used game discs. Microsoft's been a bit more vocal and stated that currently gamers will not be able to resell a game without the purchaser paying full price to unlock and install the game onto their Xbox One console. This is a very controversial topic, and we will post more details as we get them.

What does 'Backward Compatible' mean?

It means that your new console, such as an Xbox One, is capable of playing the previous generation's games. Only Nintendo will be offering any type of backward compatability as the Wii U is able to play Wii games.

What does 'Region Lock' mean?

It means that games and consoles are locked to specific regions, i.e. North America, Europe or Japan. Sony is producing a single console capable of playing games from all regions, while Nintendo and Microsoft will have different consoles for different parts of the world. This is a hot topic for gamers that like to import games from other countries that may not be available where they live.

I'm still not sure which console to buy, help!

That's okay If the data in the above table is Greek to you or you don't want to get that involved in the details, we suggest taking a peek at which system your loved one may already have. If they have more than one, start with which one they play the most. Need help identifying which current system they have right now? We will have photos up of all the current-generation systems to help with that this week!