Microsoft Xbox One S – starting at $299
This console will likely be one of the most sought-after items this holiday, and it’s probably why all major retailers were offering discounts for Black Friday. It’s almost half the size of the Xbox One, which was released just three years ago, and has gotten a few upgrades. This model has up to 2TBs worth of storage and also features 4K Ultra HD—that’s four times the resolution of standard HD—Blu-ray and video streaming on Netflix and Amazon. For $299, you can choose from several bundles, including Gears of Wars 4, Battlefield 1, Halo and Minecraft. Microsoft also kept the Backward Compatibility function from the Xbox One, meaning that a lot of your digital and disc-based 360 games will work with this model. The company is also making more titles compatible based on popularity with players.
NES Classic Console – $59.99
Vintage game heads rejoice, the OG console is back from retirement. It’s been three decades since the original Nintendo Entertainment System was introduced (and many game cartridges were blown to get them to work), and the company made us all nostalgic again with the arrival of the palm-sized NES Classic Console. These days, it only needs an HDMI cable and comes with 30 games pre-installed, including Super Mario Brothers 3, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy and Pac-Man.
Watch Dogs 2 – $59.99
Two years ago, Ubisoft scored big with the release of Watch Dogs, an open world third-person game set in Chicago that follows a hacker out for revenge for the death of his niece. This year, Watch Dogs 2 takes you to San Francisco as a hacker set on taking down an evil corporation. (Fans of Mr. Robot will love this premise.) The tone is also a lot less serious than its predecessor. Besides a change in mission, the game features a significantly less-serious tone and boasts a massively expanded feature set which increases the kinds of devices players can hack in the game (think: cars, drones, cranes and more). It’s available for PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC.
PlayStation 4 Slim –$299
The PS4 got a lot thinner in this new 500 GB version, and is being sold as part of the Uncharted 4 Bundle. The DUALSHOCK4 controller got some improvements in shape and sensitivity for better gameplay and there’s also a new touchpad too.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset – $49.99
This headset rocks because it’s compatible with multiple platforms: Xbox One, PC, PS4, Wii U and mobile devices. The ear cups have 90-degree rotation and memory foam to keep them comfortable during periods of long wear. The microphone has swivel-to-mute and noise-cancelling functionality. Note: you’ll need a headset adapter for the Xbox One.
Ortz PS4 Vertical Stand With Cooling Fan – $24.99
With consoles getting sleeker, more minimalist designs, it’s time to get them off the floor. The Ortz PS4 Vertical Stand offers a great stable place for the console to sit and be on display, while keeping it from overheating. The stand also has USB ports to charge your controllers.
Dishonored 2 - $59.99
Arkane Studio’s newly released Dishonored 2 has garnered a lot of rave reviews. Taking place fifteen years after the first one, which was released in 2012, a coup has occurred in the city of Karnaca, and players are tasked with taking back the kingdom. The Dishonored series has been praised for its use of stealth in gameplay. It’s available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Samsung Gear VR – $59.99 (usually $99.99)
Samsung has the most affordable and high-quality virtual reality system on the market for those with newer Samsung phones. It’s as easy as putting your phone inside the headset. There are lots of games tailored specifically for VR available on the system, like Minecraft and EVE: Gunjack. Some do require a controller though, and the Power A Moga is a steal at $29.99.