The gaming console market, although a niche area, has gained a lot of traction among hard core gamers in recent years. Unlike smartphones and tablets, which get an upgrade every few months, gaming consoles are released every few years. This year will see only two new gaming consoles making a debut in India - the Sony PlayStation 4 (already launched) and the Microsoft Xbox One (to be launched soon). While new consoles are selling like hot cakes, the older versions have seen a price drop that make them a good buy. And popular game titles are being launched both for older and newer generation consoles.
Microsoft Xbox One Microsoft-Xbox-One-Kinect
Xbox One: Rs 39,990; Xbox One with Kinect: Rs 45,990
Sony PlayStation 4Released in the US in November last year, Sony's PlayStation 4 was an instant success. About 2.1 million units of the PS4 were sold in less than three weeks of its launch in North America. Sony was aggressive with the global launch and introduced the gaming console in India in January this year. The initial units were sold in a matter of few hours on January 6. The next stock arrived in May, and it is now readily available on all major online portals. The PS4 is powered by an eight-core AMD Jaguar CPU, and features a 500GB hard drive, 8GB of unified memory, a built-in Blu Ray drive and the new DualShock 4 controller. It also offers WiFi connectivity option, an Ethernet port, Bluetooth 2.1, and two USB 3.0 ports. Sony has worked on the on-screen UI and has placed the games icon in a horizontal bar. At the time of the launch, the game titles included 22 games of different genres, from military shooters to sports simulations to family-friendly adventures including "Killzone: Shadow Fall", and "Drive Club."
Price: Rs 39,990