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!

Get Them All With GameTruck!

GameTruck Inland Empire has all three of the best consoles on the market so you can sample them at your next GameTruck event! Whether you have a birthday, corporate event, wedding, or friends’ night coming up, a GameTruck is a perfect addition. Servicing the Inland Empire community since 2011, owner Tony Jevne and his entire crew of GameCoaches would love to provide the entertainment for your next event. Book GameTruck Inland Empire today! Call 866-253-3191.

Hosting A Video Game Party Over Spring Break 2019

Spring break is THE time to host a video game party. Awesome weather, a week off from school, and all of your friends are home, too! What better time to have friends over for an epic party filled with games, good times, and fun?!

 Pick Your Games

Of course, you probably already have some games that you like to play with your friends. Maybe you were lucky enough to score the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! What characters have you been playing? We love Kirby and Piranha Plant!

Fighting games work well at gaming parties because matches only take a few minutes. You can switch quickly among friends, and those who aren’t playing won’t have to wait long in case of a rematch. First person shooters, anyone? If you have more than one console, you can form massive teams! Sports games always have multiplayer, and they’re a true test of your skills. But sometimes, the games can take way too long. You can try switching players each quarter if your friends don’t want to wait!

Buy Your Food

Plan ahead! You’re going to need plenty of tasty snacks and drinks to ensure that your party goes on all night long. It’s important to buy your snacks before the party begins to avoid interruptions. Admit it – that 15 minute trip to the store always takes longer than you plan when your buds tag along. You can ask your friends to bring their favorite gaming fuel. That way, everyone is a contribution.

The kinds of snacks you buy are important. Buy things that are easy to eat with one hand or that can be eaten between matches or cutscenes. Keep in mind, some one-handed snacks can be quite messy! Nothing is worse than Cheetos dust all over your controllers. If you’re into cooking, check out these fun recipes that are great for gamers.

Also, stock up on plates, cups, and napkins. If you have the room, it might be a good idea to make a separate space for the snacks. A dedicated food area will be easier to clean up and keep the gaming zone clean, too.

Prepare Your Accessories

This should be a no-brainer. Make sure that all of your controllers are charged before your friends come over. Have extra controllers just in case. In case you missed it, check out our guide to what gaming accessories you might be missing out on!

You can always encourage your friends to bring their favorite accessories and controllers as well. That way, your friends can’t accuse you of having broken controllers when they lose! Who likes a poor loser anyways?

Let’s Get This Party Started!

If you really want to make some memories, get in touch with us today! GameTruck parties are the way of the future; we come to you and do everything we can to bring the fun, the excitement, and good times! We’ll bring the consoles, 80+ of the latest, age-appropriate games, and room for up to 16 players at once! Contact us online today or give us a call at (866) 253-3191 to get started, together!

5 of the Scariest Video Games for Halloween

The spookiest time of the year is upon us! From setting up decorations to horror movie marathons, those of us who love Halloween always look for new ways to make the month of October a little more exciting — and there’s no better way to increase the terror in your life than by exploring the season’s creepiest video games!

If you’re looking for games to chill and thrill you, GameTruck Atlanta is here to help! We’ve picked out our top five favorite scary games to keep the spirit of Halloween alive — check them out!

Silent Hill 2

This game may be over 15 years old, but there’s a reason it’s just as popular today as it was when it first came out. A grim, unrelenting descent into one man’s nightmare, Silent Hill 2 draws you into a dream-like world of horror that you never want to leave. If you’re wondering what makes the game so sinister, dive into the never-ending fog and discover the many disturbing endings that are waiting for you!

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Take the risk and immerse yourself in the terrifying world of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, one of the later installments in the long-running horror series. This new first-person view leads users into a survival-horror adventure filled with suspenseful exploration that will keep you up all night.

The Land of Pain

When something strange and mysterious appears in the woods, you’ll have to quickly learn how to survive as you fend off a dark and disturbing evil. The Land of Pain will take you on a memorable horror adventure where you’ll flee from an unrelenting enemy, solve puzzles, and unravel the ancient mystery that has cursed this land.

Friday the 13th: The Game

Transform into the iconic murderer, Jason VoorHees, and roam around as an invincible force of evil in this multiplayer killing spree. The game follows the story of the horror film — in this asymmetrical, multiplayer game, Jason is up against seven teenagers: He’s hunting them, and they’re working together to try to escape.

Alien: Isolation

Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a horror survival, set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger. From wisps of smoke that billow out of air vents, to the panic that sets in as you rewire an area’s life-support system, Isolation certainly looks and sounds like a part of the Alien universe.

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