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Top 4 Alternatives to PS5 & Xbox Series X

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While the latest console generation got underway last November, the lack of stock and the proliferation of online scalping schemes means that it is difficult for average consumers to even pre-order the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, let alone pick one up in-store or online for immediate use.

If you are one of the millions still twiddling their thumbs without a fresh gaming experience to keep them occupied, there are a few alternatives to the latest boxes from Sony and Microsoft. Here is a look at a few of the top options to tide you over.

Asus ROG Phone 3

Asus ROG Phone 3

Mobile gaming has come a long way in the past decade, and the pinnacle of the current crop of portable hardware is the ROG Phone 3 from well-known PC hardware brand Asus.

With a 5G-ready Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset at its heart and a super-responsive 144Hz display, this is a device that can tear through everything from competitive multiplayer games like Fortnite to apps that let you play a live casino online while out and about.

The gamer-driven aesthetic, which includes light-up RGB elements, makes the ROG Phone 3 a well-rounded entertainment package.

Google Stadia Controller

Google Stadia

Stadia is arguably the future of living room gaming, unshackling players from the hardware limitations of consoles and instead offloading the heavy lifting of running the latest titles to remote Google servers. Streaming flagship games in 4K through a Chromecast dongle to your TV is very straightforward and the input lag is minimal, so long as you have a fast enough internet connection to make the most of Stadia’s potential, and do not mind the intense data use.

The only downside of Stadia is that there is both a subscription fee to pay if you want the premium experience, as well as charges for the games themselves. Of course, the fact that you will be saving a lot by not having to buy a new console should offset this.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

Realistically, the Nintendo Switch is a console that succeeds most when it is used portably, as its hardware limitations become all too obvious when viewed on a large scale, modern TVs. Even with technically impressive ports of Doom: Eternal recently released, the downsampled visuals are a bit of a mess in comparison with even last-gen consoles.

Thankfully the Nintendo Switch Lite is the perfect antidote to this, putting portability front and center and still offering up chunks of pure gaming bliss, without having to fill a huge screen to achieve this. Plus if you are playing on a Switch Lite, you will not need to monopolize the main display in the living room, so can keep gaming undisturbed.

Nvidia GeForce Now

Nvidia GeForce Now

GeForce Now is a lot like Google Stadia, in that it is a cloud gaming service that runs titles off-site and beams the results to your home over the internet. Where it diverges is in offering you the ability to run games you already own in the cloud, rather than having to re-buy everything all over again.

There are various membership options available, with a free version letting you play for sessions lasting 60 minutes each. If you pay for the premium iteration, you not only get longer sessions but can also enjoy fully ray-traced visuals, powered by Nvidia’s latest graphics chipsets.

This is perhaps the most important reason to choose GeForce Now as a stand-in for a PS5 or Xbox Series X; it can do the ray tracing thing, yet will be able to improve over time as Nvidia upgrades its remote servers, making it future-proof.

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