The best-value gaming consoles for every budget

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Online Features: Free account gets you access to Xbox Live Marketplace and apps like Netflix; create 3D avatars; two to four free games every month; exclusive game discounts

Xbox One S All-Digital Edition

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition lets you play Xbox games digitally without having to worry about physical discs (the console doesn’t even have a disc slot). You get three game codes with your purchase of the console: Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Fortnite: Battle Royale. Other than that, almost everything else is identical to the Xbox One S.

This console is for those who prefer buying games digitally and streaming content. If you prefer physical discs, you would be better off with the regular Xbox One S, which will also give you the “backward compatibility” that allows you to play original Xbox and Xbox 360-disc games. You can still buy these games digitally if you’d like to play them on the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which is perfect for those living in small spaces who don’t want to deal with the clutter of physical game discs.

Price: $299 (at time of publication, about $325 on Amazon, and out of stock until May 9, 2020)

Specs: 1TB of storage; 12 CUs (914MHz) 1.23 TF GPU; 8GB Memory

Exclusives: Rare Replay; Forza Motorsport 5

Console features: No disc drive; console comes with three game codes; 4K resolution; HDR; spatial audio support for Blu-ray and gaming; Xbox Play Anywhere digital titles (such as Cuphead) are playable on Windows 10 computers even if purchased on Xbox

Online service: $11.99 monthly, $29.99 quarterly, $69.99 annually

Online Features: Free account gets you access to Xbox Live Marketplace and apps like Netflix; create 3D avatars; get 2 to 4 games for free every month; exclusive game discounts

This console has the most teraflops on the market, with 6—meaning it can handle more graphically demanding games without a lot of cracks in immersion like frame drops. With 4K resolution and HDR, the visuals really pop. And the Xbox One X comes with 4K DVR, so when you record or take a screenshot of your play, it will be in 4K. Most multi-platform games will run at their best on the Xbox One X.

The Xbox One X works best with a 4K TV. If you don’t have one, the Xbox One S would be a better choice.

Price: $599.00

Specs: 1TB of storage; 40 CUs (1,172Mhz) 6 TF GPU; 12GB of memory

Exclusives: Rare Replay; Forza Motorsport 5

Console features: Most powerful console in the current generation; 4K resolution and Ultra HD Blu-ray player; HDR; spatial audio support; play original Xbox and Xbox 360 games; Xbox Play Anywhere digital titles are playable on Windows 10 computers even if purchased on Xbox; 4K Game DVR

Online service: $11.99 monthly; $29.99 quarterly; $69.99 annually

Online features: Free account gets you access to Xbox Live Marketplace and apps like Netflix; create 3D avatars; with Gold: Get 2-4 games for free every month; exclusive game discounts

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