Consoles: good for more than video games

The next generation of consoles could replace your DVD, Blu-ray player or media hub.
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01 .Introduction


The new generation of games consoles aren’t just for gamers - they’re for everybody. That’s the message from Microsoft and Sony, as the long-awaited Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (PS4) are hitting shelves just in time for Christmas.

Two of the biggest players in entertainment are pushing the new Xbox and PlayStation into the home as total digital entertainment hubs for the whole family, but should you join the Christmas rush to get one? 

There’s stiff competition for a place in the lounge room, with DVD and Blu-ray players, media hubs, smart TVs and even tablets all looking to be the centre of attention. Now the PS4 and Xbox One are stepping up to the plate, with a feature-laden list of multimedia options for the lounge room. 

And what about the Nintendo Wii U - the latest generation of the Nintendo Wii, which dominated console sales for years and almost single-handedly brought console games to users of all ages? The Wii sent shockwaves through the games industry - where does the Wii U come in?

So, can a console fit into your lounge room, even if you don’t play games? Here, we look at how the major consoles aim to grab your attention and which might suit you best.

We’ve come a long way since the last generation of consoles, (PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii), but these consoles will stay on shelves for the time being. Although the technology is older, there’s still great value to be had in a seventh generation unit. See our seventh generation console roundup for more information.


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