The value of a new gaming console drops almost instantly after it is released, which means as long as you’re not fussed about having the latest console on its release date you can usually find much cheaper pre-owned games consoles.
Buying on sites like ours is also the best way to find classic games consoles to buy. And while eighth generation games consoles are impressive bits of kit, sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than getting back on the Snes for a game of Mario Kart!
If you’re thinking of buying an older games console, think about where you want to draw the line in terms of age. The last 3 generations of games consoles have considerably better graphics than their predecessors and so if you don’t want your games to look too vintage, you should be looking for a PS2, Dreamcast or Xbox.
That said, these consoles were first created in the early 2000’s and so the graphics don’t really compare to the newest consoles on the market.
Have a think about what kind of games you want to play. If you are only going to be playing basic 2D or puzzle games then there’s no point splashing out on an expensive console as you won’t make full use of it. If you want to buy the latest games with the best graphics, you should be looking at buying an Xbox One or PS4, or the latest Nintendo DS for handhelds. The games for Nintendo Wii are generally considered “family games” and the graphics on most of the Wii games are more cartoony.
What else can the console do?
The newer games consoles are not just games consoles, they have extra apps allowing you to listen to music, watch Netflix, check emails and use social media. If you need or want any of these apps, then you should be looking at a PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U or later models.