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It's somewhat confusing as to which Steam Machine you should look into buying because there are multiple hardware manufacturers who make the same machine with different components. Some have major drawbacks like not being able to upgrade the graphics card or being too pricy. See More
Although easy to navigate and use, SteamOS doesn't have every single Steam game. For instance, if you like GTA 5, you won't be able to play natively on a Steam Machine because the game only runs on Windows. That is unless you stream the game from another computer that runs Windows. See More
Steam Machines will come with a new revolutionary controller made by Valve, that is equipped with two touchpads instead of analog sticks. The touchpads are incredibly precise, and allow for better control for small movement and large. While it may not be able to dethrone the mouse and keyboard for precision, it is more comfortable to use in a living room setting, and if you find yourself wanting a mouse and keyboard, all games are still compatible with it. See More
Steam OS doesn't have compatibility with all games, but the hardware is still a PC, and there's nothing to stop you from dual booting whatever operating systems you want to play any game you want, and if you already have a windows box you like, you can use the Steam Machine to stream from that computer to the living room. See More
Because Steam Machines will run Steam OS, there will be less overhead required by the operating system allowing cheaper hardware to run games more efficiently, as well as the cost savings of the operating system being free. Also, because the boxes will be streamlined and mass produced, those savings will be passed on. See More
Nintendo really figured it out this generation with the Switch. The WiiU almost seemed like a stopgap to this and the Switch totally improves on the semi-portable premise of the WiiU with a super sleek design. Last generation I found myself too busy to spend much time playing home console games and my 3DS was my most played console since the pick up and play aspect made it so easy to to get into games. Now that Nintendo's new home console is also portable I can get into it really easily without having to make any compromises. Plus I get to play on a big screen when I feel like it. The Nintendo exclusives that are coming out are really pulling out all the stops, and this generation there's actually a strong 3rd party showing of support! With the strong demand early on, there should be a lot of momentum going forward for this to be a really strong generation, especially with this system being a consolidation of the portable and home arms of Nintendo, that means that the full force of Nintendo will be behind a single system for the first time in a long while. At the end of the day it's all about the games and with all of Nintendo and good 3rd party support the Switch is extremely promising. See More
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Nintendo has some of the best hot-seat multiplayer games outside of the world of first-person shooters. With New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario 3D Land, Nintendo Land, and the upcoming Super Smash Bros. U, Mario Kart 8, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Nintendo already has some of the best hot-seat multiplayer options of the next gen consoles. See More
If you have a PC, you already have most of the things that Playstation 4 and XBox One offer. Many games for those platforms will receive PC ports, often with better graphics, better controls, and more options. The PC, however, tends to be weak when it comes to local multiplayer, and in genres like platformers and fighting games that benefit from a standardized, gamepad-like controller. These are the exactly things the Wii U excels at - the Wii U's controls allow for interesting and flexible multiplayer games, with symmetric or asymmetric gameplay, using classic gamepad, motion controls, or some combination of the two, and Nintendo's highly regarded exclusive franchises provide a solid collection of content in these genres. See More
The best feature of the Wii U and all Nintendo devices is Nintendo games. Nintendo is one of the best developers in the world, and have an unbeatable track record for incredibly fun, clever, and polished games, and as always, they're only available on Nintendo platforms. See More
The Wii U has applications for Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube. While pretty much every device supports those services, what makes the Wii U unique is that the gamepad is a much better interface for choosing media than fumbling with the controller. A great feature for YouTube is that it allows you to search for the next video to play on the gamepad without interrupting the video on screen, making it the best platform for YouTube parties. See More
I used the Xbox One S for gaming, movies, TV shows, twitch streams, youtube and more gaming for almost a year, on a daily basis. Got really used to it, definitely a fan. By the way, the controller is great, probably my favourite out of all the controllers I've played with. See More
The Kinect is no longer just for new play controls. With its next generation high quality camera, it can now enhance other games with cool features, such as tracking your face and automatically logging you into your account, as well as being able to automatically re-arrange your UI position for multiplayer games. See More
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