Which Gaming Console is Right for You in 2019?

Gaming consoles are expensive, so the choice you make is important and a bit of an investment! Gamers should do their research before purchasing one. Lucky for you, we did it for you! Whether this is your first or 20th console, read on for the benefits and drawbacks of the three most popular gaming consoles: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 was released in November 2013. It has sold far more consoles than its two competitors. The standard console (PlayStation 4 Slim) sells for $299.99. The more expensive console (PlayStation 4 Pro) sells for $399.99. Both the PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Pro have one terabyte of storage. Compared to the PlayStation 4 Slim, the PlayStation 4 Pro has higher resolution (4K–check if your TV is 4K before buying) and faster loading times, so the gameplay is far more realistic. It is, however, more expensive and heavier than the PlayStation 4 Slim. If you are a serious gamer who is willing to pay up for a more powerful console, the PlayStation 4 Pro is the way to go. If you are buying a console for children, an infrequent gamer, prefer a lighter console, or on a budget, the PlayStation 4 Slim is the console for you. The PlayStation 4 has far more game exclusives (meaning they are only available on PlayStation) than the Xbox One, including hits The Last Guardian, Days Gone, and Infamous Second Son. The PlayStation 4 has virtual reality goggles, which immerse you in the game more than a normal controller. The Xbox One and Nintendo Switch do not have virtual reality.

Xbox One

The Xbox One was released in November 2013 just like the PlayStation 4. The standard console (Xbox One S) sells for $299.99 but comes with a large selection of bundled games. The more expensive console (Xbox One X) sells for $499.99 and also has included games. Both the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X have one terabyte of storage. The Xbox One X’s resolution is 4K, but it has far more RAM (storage) and faster loading times than the PlayStation 4 Pro which earns its title as the most powerful gaming console on the market. It is also the only console to have a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Player. The Xbox One X is the most expensive console money can buy. As with the PlayStation 4 Slim versus the PlayStation 4 Pro, people who regularly game and want a life-like experience, should pay up for the more expensive model. The Xbox One S is still a great option and more budget friendly. If you want to play your old Xbox 360 games, Xbox One is far more backward compatible than PlayStation 4. On the Xbox One, you are able to play games with gamers not using the Xbox One (such as an iPhone, computer, virtual reality goggles, or Nintendo Switch). If you own many games and movies and need more storage than the terabyte, there are more USB ports on the console than the PlayStation 4, thus more external storage opportunities.

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch was released in March 2017 making it the newest of the three consoles. The standard console sells for $299.99. It comes in two color styles: solid gray and neon blue and red. But the controllers, called Joycons, can actually be purchased separately in a multitude of color schemes! It has 32 gigabytes of storage, which is far less than the other two consoles. Unlike the first two consoles, it is portable and does not require a television, making it is very versatile. There are two ways to use the Nintendo Switch: either hold it in your hands or dock it at your television. The resolution is nowhere near the PlayStation or Xbox’s resolution. There is no disc port, instead, the games are on a cartridge. You can’t stream Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, either.

Still Unsure?

At the end of the day, all of these consoles are excellent choices. It really depends on your personal preference when making a purchase. If you still can’t decide which console to buy, both PlayStation and Xbox are likely to release the next generation of consoles in 2020. Thus, holding out to buy a console isn’t the worst idea. A generation of consoles usually lasts for 6 to 8 years so these new consoles will last you many years of gaming. The new Nintendo Switch may drop in the second half of 2019. In the case of buying a console, delaying the big decisions is a smart way to go!

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The 2019 Video Game Titles You NEED to Pay Attention To!

With the end of 2018 and all of 2019 ahead of us filled with opportunity, it’s time to start thinking about the best video games that are to come! Even if you’re still catching up on the best games of 2018, it’s never too early to start thinking about what lies ahead! We decided to compile a list of just a few upcoming titles that we’re the most excited to play all year long!

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: January 18th, 2019
A spinoff of No More Heroes 3, this game has seven different game titles including an action game, racing, puzzles, and more. Beware of the vicious boss who awaits you at the end of each game in this action-packed adventure!

Kingdom Hearts 3

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Love Final Fantasy? Love Disney? Well, then this epic mashup was made just for you! This critically acclaimed game series has won the hearts of many… and since it’s been 13 years since the release of Kingdom Hearts 2, the fan base is eager to finally continue the story from where it left off. Kingdom Hearts 3 expands upon the universe set up by the first two games and follows the main characters as they grow older and face hardships time and time again. Sora, we’re with you!

Crackdown 3

Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: February 15, 2018
Set in a dystopian future… Crackdown is an open-world experience that lets you take on crime, corruption, and drug lords. Fight for the sake of good and once again take on the role of The Agency as you fight against a rogue terrorist organization that’s jeopardizing the safety of New Providence.

Devil May Cry 5

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: March 8, 2019
This surreal video game puts you in the shoes of Nero, the main character who is a demon hunter! Nero’s robot arm and his sword that he can rev like a motorcycle engine make this game a fun and uniques action-packed, demon-hunting adventure!

Days Gone: Hope Never Dies

Platforms: PS4
Release Date: April 26, 2019
This adrenaline-pumping video game is about survivors and the struggles they face every day: desperation, loss, madness, betrayal, friendship, brotherhood, regret, love – and most importantly. Through the hero’s journey, you will learn that hope never dies.

Team Sonic Racing

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Join the Mobius’ fastest hedgehog as he hits the racetrack (in a car… since he’d be too fast on foot)! This game is a new-age take on traditional arcade racing video games and the newest addition to the Sonic the Hedgehog legacy! It’s vibrant imagery and visuals combines with finely tuned fundamentals is sure to make this game worth playing this year!

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA, Spring 2019
This enchanting game with hand-painted backdrops is a sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, which was a wonderfully alluring game! It will take us back to Ori’s beautiful, treacherous world, introducing us new regions and creatures in the lush Nibel forest.

Jedi: Fallen Order

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA, 2019
Though Respawn Entertainment hasn’t released too much information yet, this is sure to be a classic, unforgettable Star Wars adventure! They have revealed that it will take place sometime between episodes 3 and 4, but the questions of who we will be playing as, what genre it will be, and if the infamous Darth Vader will show up all remain mysteries.

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5 of The Best Family Games for Thanksgiving

Each year, Thanksgiving seems to have recurring themes—football, eating, and napping. As exciting as these activities may be, there are plenty of other ways to keep your guests entertained. Change your holiday traditions by engaging in games with your family and friends this Thanksgiving. Whether they are classic board games or outdoor activities, family games are a great way to keep everyone occupied while the turkey is roasting in the oven. GameTruck is here to provide you with 5 of the best family games for Thanksgiving.

Touch Football

Rather than getting worked up over a game on TV that is out of your control, set up a fun game of touch football between you and your house guests. Decide which way to divide your teams evenly; it can be anything from girls against guys or adults versus kids. Amp up the competition by making a bet—”losers have to clean the dishes!” Engaging in this kind of fun competition is a great way to get the family active. Burning calories before your Thanksgiving meal is also a great way to make room for all of the food you are about to intake!

Charades

Keep it classic with a game of charades. Whether you choose to play individually or with teams, one player will act out a phrase, movie, character, or other action of their choice. The other team members must then guess what that individual is acting out. If you have trouble thinking of a topic to act out, download Charades!™ In the App Store or Google Play. This is an appropriate game for all ages that tends to be a family favorite.

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll is a family-friendly relay race that involves getting a pumpkin to the designated finish line. First, choose the size pumpkin you want. Once the pumpkin has been chosen, it just comes down to determining the space in which the relay will take place.

On your mark, get set, go! Roll the pumpkin on its side, and let the fun begin! The great thing about this game is that there is no minimum or maximum number of players that can participate.

Thanksgiving Bingo

Bingo is another classic game that most people are familiar with. Taking the traditional game of bingo and making it festive is simple. Download printable Thanksgiving bingo cards online, purchase them online, or get creative and make your own bingo cards. Use candy or markers to cover a square when it is called. Once you have 5 consecutive tiles going vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, make sure to call BINGO!

Board Games

From Monopoly to Scrabble, the options for family board games are endless. Board games typically take much longer than other activities, so they are great to play while you are recovering from a food coma. Find the best board games to play with families at locations such as Target, Walmart, or online through Amazon.

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