Missed the boat the first time around due to something trivial like not yet being born the year it was released? Now’s your chance since the Sega Genesis is back in production, albeit for a limited release. Officially licensed by Sega and produced by TecToy, the 16-bit console looks very similar to the original, still plays all the same games, and includes one controller. There’s no HDMI port so you’ll still need to plug it in via old school RCA cables but it does feature a slot for an SD card to play the 22 included games so that you won’t need to go hunting for game cartridges before you can fire this baby up.
Find it at TecToy [Brazilian site] – roughly $120
Gaming on a laptop? You’d better believe it. Razer’s Blade Pro handily outdoes all portable computers before it. This notebook is decked out with a quad-core Intel Core i7, two identical SSDs in RAID 0 (from 256GB each to 1TB each), and 32GB of DDR4 RAM, for starters. Importantly, Razer managed to squeeze in a desktop-class Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, which supplies ample graphics power to play the latest titles on ultra-high and at 4K resolution on an external display or on its own IGZO LED-backlit 17.3-inch multitouch display which, at 3840×2160, is just a few horizontal pixels short of being labeled 4K itself. It also boasts plenty of other braggart-worthy features, including a tactile low-profile backlit mechanical keyboard that feels as satisfyingly clicky as desktop-sized ones, a spacious glass trackpad with a scroll wheel up top, and a 0.88-inch thin CNC aluminum unibody chassis that somehow contains all of the above. Even its power adapter is fairly slim, especially considering it’s 250W.
Learn more at Razer – $3,700+
We don’t have a 4K TV just yet, but we don’t need one to appreciate the shame of playing 1080p games on such a capable display — and worse, having to wait until the next generation consoles to do so. But if you do have one, the PlayStation 4 Pro is the answer. While it unfortunately won’t play 4K Blu-ray disks (normal Blu-ray works) it will support sharp 4K gaming as well as 4K streaming. All PS4 games are compatible regardless of whether they’re PS4 Pro Enhanced, and many older games (retroactively applied by developer-dispatched updates) will benefit of some form of enhanced visuals, resolution increases, or better frame rates, several of which are noticeable even without a 4K television. And you can get one way before Christmas.
Arriving November 10th. Preorder at Amazon – $400
Playstation Now lets you stream PS3 games — but up until now you’ve needed to own a modern and pricy Sony console. Playstation Now For PC does away with all that extra hardware, instead letting you use your computer to play. You’ll need a compatible Windows PC with some half decent specs as well as fairly fast internet (5Mbps+) and a DualShock 4 controller that can either plug in via a USB mini cable or be used wirelessly with a DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter — but that’s it. It makes us wonder if dedicated gaming console’s days are numbered.
Finding an original NES is rare. One that still works flawlessly, a little rarer. But if your primary goal is to play the classics without fiddling around with and blowing dust out of fickle cartridges, the Nintendo NES Classic Edition is the plain logical choice. Styled like the original but smaller, this system features modern amenities like HDMI and mid-game suspend points (to save your game and continue later), and still works with up to two of the same NES Classic Controllers as the original console, with one included in the box. No cartridges necessary either since it comes with plenty of games in memory, including Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 1 through 3, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and 23 more classics.
Arriving November 11th. Learn more at Nintendo – $60
It’s not revolutionary, but Microsoft’s Xbox One S is pure refinement of the company’s current-gen console. First off it’s 40% smaller despite managing to squeeze its power supply into the case for a quieter console (and cleaner wiring). It’s also newly equipped with high dynamic range for richer contrasts and more vivid colors, plays and streams 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and compatible Netflix/Amazon Instant Video content, respectively, and boasts an IR blaster to enable your Xbox One S to fire up your other devices like your television and sound system. Also included is up to 2TB of storage and a new wireless controller with better wireless range as well as Bluetooth (to use after you switch off your ocnsole for gaming on your computer/smartphone/tablet).
Like the cartridge of the original Legend of Zelda but instead plated in actual real gold, the Analogue Nt 24k Gold Plated Edition commemorates this classic’s 30th anniversary — and comes with an original cartridge copy of it to boot. Its enclosure is plated inside and out in pure 24k gold and complemented by a transparent baseplate on the underside that lets you have a look at the gold PCB board within just by flipping the console over. It’s also exclusive, limited to just ten units, and plays both NES and Famicom games, outputting to RGB or HDMI to make your life easy.
Learn more at Analogue – $5,000
Swiping away on a shiny piece of glass just isn’t the same gaming experience as frantically jabbing at tactile plastic buttons. The SNES30 Controller & Mount combo gets you a Bluetooth-enabled Super Nintendo-style controller, complete with a button layout identical to that of the original, as well as an 8Bitdo expandable mount that’ll perfectly angle virtually any smartphone to the controller regardless of screen size, including smaller devices such as the iPhone 4 up to phablets like the Note 4. And while it’s a perfect match for emulators, the SNES30 also lets you play normally touchscreen-only games as well.
Buy one at our shop – $35