The Best Gaming Consoles Deals

The Best Gaming Consoles Deals

Now could be the time to upgrade the gaming routine by purchasing one of the latest generation of consoles. The choice is wide: from a family-friendly Nintendo Switch, to a powerful PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. Or why not pick up a portable PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS? At the Huntmar console pages, the world’s most popular consoles are available at big discounts, allowing customers to explore everything our merchants have to offer. READ MORE
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Technical Specifications of the Major Gaming Consoles

You can get a much better idea of how these systems compare by checking out their basic specifications, so let’s give it a whirl: Firstly, the Xbox One X:
  • CPU: 2.3GHz octacore AMD Jaguar
  • GPU: Integrated AMD GPU offering 6TFLOPs of speed
  • Memory: 12GB GDDR5 RAM
  • Storage Space: 1TB internal hard drive
  • Dimensions: 299.97 x 239.77 x 59.94mm
  • Weight: 3.81kg
  • Colours Available: Black only
  • Disc Drive: 4K equipped Blu-ray
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz gigabit ethernet
  • Ports: 3 x USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0a in and out, S/PDIF, IR out
  • Graphics Resolution: Up to 4K with full HDR support
And the PS4 Pro:
  • CPU: 2.1GHz octacore AMD Jaguar
  • GPU: Integrated AMD Polaris GPU offering 4.2TFLOPs of speed
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5 RAM
  • Storage Space: 1TB internal hard drive
  • Dimensions: 327 x 295 x 55mm
  • Weight: 3.3kg
  • Colours Available: Black only
  • Disc Drive: Blu-ray
  • Connectivity: 802.11A/B/G/N/AC Wi-Fi, gigabit ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ports: 3 x USB 3.1, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and the PS Camera port
  • Graphics Resolution: HDR but and 4K equivalent visuals
The Nintendo Switch:
  • CPU: 1020MHz Nvidia custom Tegra SOC
  • GPU: Nvidia custom Tegra SOC generating 768MHz (docked) and 307MHz (undocked)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Storage Space: 32GB with the option of expansion via MicroSDXC cards
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 173mm x 54mm (dock)
  • Weight: 297g (console only), 398g (joycons attached)
  • Colours Available – Black only, but with red and blue joycons
  • Disc Drive: N/a
  • Connectivity: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant wired LAN, and Bluetooth 4.1
  • Ports: 2 x USB ports on dock and USB-C, HDMI out, SD card slot and ports for game cards and 3.5mm audio jack
  • Graphics Resolution: Up to 1080p, no 4K support
And it’s also useful to compared the major handhelds. First off, the PS Vita:
  • CPU: Quad core ARM Cortex A9 Core
  • GPU: SGX543MP4+
  • Memory: 512MB RAM and 512MB VRAM
  • Storage Space: 1GB internal memory card
  • Dimensions – 183.6 x 85.1 x 15.0mm
  • Weight: 219g
  • Colours Available: Black worldwide version, with red, blue, glacier white and acqua blue versions available via Japan
  • Disc Drive: N/a
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. 3G catered for on some versions
  • Camera: 120fps front camera@320×240p and 60fps@640x480p, rear cam up to 640x480p
  • Ports: Type B USB connector, memory card slot, PlayStation Vita card slot and 3.5mm jack
  • Graphics Resolution: 5-inch screen capable of 960 x 544p, with 16 million colours
And the New Nintendo 3DS:
  • CPU: Quad core 804 MHz ARM11 MPCore
  • GPU: 204MHz DMP PICA200 GPU
  • Memory: 256MB FCRAM and 10MB VRAM
  • Storage Space: 1GB internal flash memory and a 4GB SD card included
  • Dimensions: 80.6 x 142 x 21.6mm
  • Weight: 253g
  • Colours Available: Black worldwide version, with red, blue, glacier white and acqua blue versions available via Japan
  • Disc Drive: Nintendo DS cartridge slot
  • Connectivity: 2.4GHz 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
  • Camera: Stereoscopic rear-facing camera and front-facing VGA cameras included
  • Ports: USB recharging port and 3.5mm jack, slot for flash memory cards
  • Graphics Resolution – Upper: 400×240p 3.53-inch LCD
  • Graphics Resolution – Lower: 320x240p 3.02-inch resistive LCD touchscreen

Which Console has the Best Range of Games?

As you might expect, the range of games available is a major factor in deciding which console to buy. Each system has its standout games, so you don’t need to worry too much about finding something to enjoy, but there are some classics for various consoles that everyone needs to know about. The Xbox One and Xbox One X – As noted above, there are no Xbox One X exclusives as yet, but there have been some exceptional titles made solely for the Xbox One:
  • Forza Motorsport – Designed by Turn 10 Studios for Microsoft, the Forza series is only available for Xbox systems (and Windows) and allows players to take the wheel of a huge variety of high-spec sports cars. The latest instalment, Forza Motorsport 7 has raised the bar for visual realism in driving games, at least when played on a 4K equipped Xbox X console.
  • Halo – The game that launched the Xbox family is still going strong. Based in a hostile sci-fi universe, Halo is a first person shooter along the lines of Unreal or Half Life and sees an embattled human race taking on a devious alien “Covenant.” But the main action is multiplayer, with thrilling death matches and other modes. The latest edition, Halo Wars 2 has expanded the action, adding Command and Conquer style real time strategy, while 2015’s Halo 5 was one of the first shooters to show off the X’s graphical prowess.
  • Gears of War – Another Microsoft-published epic, Gears of War has been around since 2006. Heavily based around tactics and stealth, the game is another humans vs aliens saga, with plenty of blood and guts action. While three versions appeared for the Xbox 360, the latest instalment, Gears of War 4 only appeared on the Xbox One (and PCs) and was a major hit, earning plenty of nominations at 2016’s game award ceremonies.
  • PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds – This multiplayer action hit from indie developers PUBG never made it to the PS4. It’s a relentless action shooter, where players are parachuted into kill zones filled with weapons crates and hiding places, with the goal of emerging as the last man standing.
  • Sea of Thieves – Based around the age of piracy in the 17th century, Sea of Thieves is a nautical adventure with a sense of humour. Developed by gaming legends Rare for Microsoft, the game debuted in March 2018 and has plenty of original features. For instance, you can team up with friends to captain a vessel, plundering other ships as you roam the seas – not something other action titles have ever been able to boast.
The PS4 and PS4 Pro – Xbox owners aren’t the only ones with titles to boast about, as this quick selection of PS4 exclusive shows:
  • Uncharted – Following the fortunes of a treasure hunter called Nathan Drake, the Uncharted series has now reached its 4th installment in the form of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which was only released for the PS4. Famed for its characterisation and the quality of its storylines, Uncharted offers a deeper gaming experience than anything that came before.
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn – Made for Sony by Guerilla Games, Horizon: Zero Dawn was one of the biggest selling titles of 2017. In this sci-fi/fantasy adventure, players take the role of Aloy, a human hunter whose home planet has been taken over by a variety of fearsome machines. With its blend of exploration, combat and crafting (the robots can be dismantled to make handy equipment), Horizon has gobbled up hours of plenty of PlayStation fans’ lives, while the storyline also won plenty of prizes.
  • God of War – Originally based around Greek mythology, the God of War series moved onto Norse myths with a 2018 reboot and has attracted an avalanche of praise as a result. The series follows a Spartan warrior/god named Kratos as he battles divine foes and vanquishes his enemies, while the latest edition brings in a father-son dynamic which adds complexity to the tale.
  • Bloodborne – One of the greatest modern day role playing games, FromSoftware’s Bloodborne was one of the biggest PS4 hits, debuting in 2015. Set in a Victorian cyberpunk-style city called Yharnam, it sees players assume the role of “the Hunter” as he struggles to understand a plague which is afflicting the city.
And Nintendo Switch owners have some classic titles of their own to discover, most notably:
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – One of the most highly praised games ever, Breath of the Wild is an extraordinary RPG experience. Carrying on the adventures of Link, it brilliantly extends the Zelda series, creating a massive version of Hyrule with endless enemies to beat and quests to complete. It’s probably the major reason for most people buying a Switch.
  • Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo’s other great gaming franchise has also received a Switch reboot in the form of Super Mario Odyssey, and again it’s a fantastic achievement. As family-friendly and wholesome as ever, this Mario adventure introduces a new ally of our favourite plumber: Cappy. With Cappy’s help, Mario can take possession of other characters and objects, creating a huge range of gameplay possibilities.
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – While Mario Kart 8 was released on the Wii U in 2014, Nintendo wisely decided to update it totally for the Switch, and the Deluxe version arrived in 2017. Better graphics, extra characters and objects like the feather brought back from earlier titles make the Deluxe version a treat for Mario Kart fans.
  • Splatoon 2 – No game sums up the Switch’s family appeal better than Splatoon 2. This quirky spin on arena shooters replaces gore with paint, offering team-based splatting action. And it’s obviously a popular move, with more than 6 million copies sold since the game’s release in 2017.

What About Games for the Major Handhelds?

Handheld console owners haven’t been left behind either, with no shortage of great titles for the PS4 and the various versions of the Nintendo DS. Here are just a few for the PS Vita that owners will need to get hold of:
  • Velocity Ultra – A retro-flavured shooter, Velocity was a big PS Mini hit, and it received an excellent Vita port in the form of Velocity Ultra, which was released in 2013. Hooked up to the PlayStation Network, the Vita version provides a global high score leaderboard, while its HD graphics outdo home versions and look fantastic.
  • Gravity Rush – A neat spin on classic arcade adventures, Gravity Rush sees players take control of Kat, who has the ability to manipulate gravity. Unfortunately, Kat has lost her memory, and it’s your job to find out the mystery behind her superpowers as she helps the people of Hekseville head off a seemingly evil adversary.
  • Chronovolt – Developed by Playerthree back in 2012, but still an engaging experience, Chronovolt is a demanding puzzler, with a distinctive steampunk visual style. And it takes great advantage of the Vita’s controls, as you pilot the “Chronosphere” ball through several tricky levels.
You’ll probably note that these titles tend to be from less well-known developers. The Vita does have an impressive library of exclusives, but they tend to be relatively unknown. Exploring what’s available is one of the joys of owning Sony’s handheld system, although there are plenty of big name titles like FIFA or Borderlands as well. And finally, let’s consider some of the best Nintendo 2DS titles:
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – Released in 2011, this is a 3DS-only overhaul of Ocarina of Time – one of the greatest of all RPG games. All of the dungeons and quests from the original game are included, as well as dungeons from the add-on “Master Quest”, while the graphics have been remastered to beautiful effect. The results are dazzling.
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening – Another stellar RPG, Awakening is the 13th stage in the Fire Emblem series, and easily one of the best. With sublime music, one of the best battlefield interfaces yet seen in an RPG and endless quests to complete, the game too handheld adventuring to another level.
  • Super Mario 3D Land – No Nintendo system would be complete without a high-quality Mario title, and Super Mario 3D Land definitely delivers. Released in 2011, the game is like a hybrid of open world-based Mario titles and much older 2D platformers. The result is accessible, child-friendly gameplay which everyone can adore.
The thing to remember is that every console has its fair share of great games. While the Xbox One X excels with shooters and driving games, the PS4 isn’t far behind on any category. The Switch is head and shoulders above the rest where family games are concerned. The Vita brings high-quality action games and puzzlers to a handheld audience, while the 3DS reboots classic RPGs in amazing new ways. So there’s something to be said for every console.

How to Find the Right Console at the Right Price?

If you’re looking to add to your entertainment options with a next generation Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch or PS4 Pro, or if you need a mobile gaming device like a 3DS or Vita, getting the best deal is essential – and it shouldn’t be hard. One strategy is to wait until Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when retailers like Tesco, Argos, GAME, CeX and Amazon tend to slash their gaming prices. Amazon Prime Day is a good opportunity for Prime members, while the New Year usually throws up some great deals.

The Best Console Offers at Huntmar Deals

But if you can’t wait, don’t worry. You can bargain hunt for consoles really effectively by bookmarking the Huntmar games consoles listings. All of the merchants listed above can be found in our listings, along with eBay sellers and smaller retailers.
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