This year is a massive year for gaming, with a ton of new ways to play games and a couple of new next-generation consoles, what would a Christmas list be if it didn’t include some of them?
The Xbox One
First on out list is the new next-generation console from Microsoft, called the Xbox One, it features specs similar to that of a PC and brings a ton of new features to the gaming industry, utilising its Kinect camera to make the UI easier to navigate, bring extra features to games, with a ton of handy little features to finish it off.
In terms of specs the Xbox One has 8GB of DDR3 RAM + 32MB of eSRAM embedded, alongside an 8 core 1.75GHz custom Jaguar CPU, 500GB hard drive, built-in dual-band WiFi and a HDMI input and output that supports 4K out of the box.
The PlayStation 4
If you are looking to pick up a next-generation console this Christmas, the Xbox One isn’t your only option, as Sony have also released their own console called the PlayStation 4, featuring an 8 core CPU with a 1.6GHz base clock speed that can be enhanced to 2.75GHz and 4MB of shared L2 cache alongside 8GB of GDDR5 RAM for its AMD Radeon GPU, a 500GB HDD, USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, HDMI output and support for IEEE 802.11b/g/n WiFi.
Smartphone and tablet gaming blew up upon the devices release, and now more companies are trying to get into your living room using the same technology, most notable of which is the Ouya, a budget console that is priced at £99 it sports a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, a HDMI output, support for both WiFi and Bluetooth and its even hackable.
THe Wii U might not be for everyone, but it certainly deserves a place on our holiday gift guide, bringing the tablet to the console world, it teams up with a 6.2 inch touch screen that aims to redefine who users play games, allowing you to easily switch out from playing on the couch in front of the TV, to playing anywhere in the home.
If you are a PC gamer than one of the best choices for your gaming system has to be the Alienware x51, configurable with a number of specs, the x51 can be set up with Windows 8 a NVIDIA GeForce TX 660 with 1.5GB GDDR5 RAM, Intel Core i7 processor and a design that’s ready to fit in even the smallest of places.