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Which gaming device should you buy?

Gamers have plenty of options on where to play games, such as a console or a high end PC. The trick is to find the platform which fits your requirements

Emergence of smartphones as a major gaming platform is good news for users who are hard-pressed for time. People with little interest in traditional gaming can be seen fiddling on their smartphone or tablet while commuting or during lunch breaks at work place.

Smartphone games will account for 27% of all gaming revenue by 2018, according to US-based research and statistics agency Statista. For an avid gamer, the dilemma of whether to buy a console or another PC is still a very valid one. We take a look at the different gaming requirements, the ideal platform that fulfils them and where you fit in it. 

Even a Rs10,000 smartphone can handle graphically intensive games like Assassin’s Creed or GTA Vice City
Even a Rs10,000 smartphone can handle graphically intensive games like Assassin’s Creed or GTA Vice City

Professionals with busy schedule

This is the kind of user who doesn’t have much time on hand. The only time he can play something is when he is travelling or during lunch breaks. Office PCs are unlikely to let you install a game due to admin restrictions. Most offices don’t have a gaming zone either. Users don’t have to buy a TV screen or an expensive smartphone for gaming. Even a 10,000 smartphone can handle graphically intensive games like Assassin’s Creed or GTA Vice City with ease. Our recommendations would include the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 ( 9999 onwards), the Moto G4 Plus ( 13,499), the Lenovo Vibe X3 ( 19,999) and the OnePlus 3 ( 27,999).

The student type

This is the demographic of users which typically has plenty of time on hand, but finding the right balance between studies and gaming is equally important. For them, a good laptop with Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM and 2GB dedicated graphics card from Nvidia or AMD can take care of most study-related work, projects as well as gaming requirements. Something like Asus A555LF XX191T, which is powered by Intel Core i3 5th Gen, paired with 8GB RAM, and backed by Nvidia GeForce 930M (2GB) is an excellent option. It runs Windows 10, offers 1TB HDD, has a 15.6-inch HD screen and is selling at 35,999. 

These users can also consider Xbox 360 with 500GB ( 21,990) and the Sony PS3 with 12GB ( 15,999) which are now over 10 years old, but many of the new games are still made for these two consoles.

Asus ROG GL552VW runs on Intel Core i7 processor, with 16GB RAM and Nvidia GTX 960M (4GB) graphics card
Asus ROG GL552VW runs on Intel Core i7 processor, with 16GB RAM and Nvidia GTX 960M (4GB) graphics card

Gamers on the move

Many hardcore gamers are not keen on having a big screen. For them a 15.6 or 17-inch laptop is sufficient. A lot of games feel a lot more comfortable with a good gaming mouse than game pads or controllers. Games such as FIFA 16 work best with controllers but the comfort of playing a Call of Duty Ghosts or DOTA 2 on a laptop is unmatched. Gaming laptops are a little bulkier than ordinary productivity laptops but they are still portable and one doesn’t always need a separate screen or power source to run them. Asus ROG GL552VW is an excellent proposition. It runs on Intel Core i7 processor, with 16GB RAM and Nvidia GTX 960M (4GB) graphics card. The 15.6-inch display offers a whopping resolution of 3,840 X 2,160p. It is priced at 80,990.

Also Read: Laptop Review: Asus Republic of Gamers GL552JX

Sony PS4
Sony PS4

Gamers with competitive streak

For many, gaming is about competing with a sibling, spouse or a friend. For them, a small screen laptop cannot suffice. These gamers need a big screen and multiple game controllers. For them, the options are plenty.

They can spend on Sony PlayStation 4 ( 32,191) or the Microsoft Xbox One ( 31,000). These consoles work with any TV screens through HDMI or AV connectors and can be used as a full-fledged multimedia device for watching movies, music playback and video streaming. 

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