The Top 5 Video Game Consoles of 2022, According to Expert Testing

Video games have completely altered the way people unwind. Entertaining video games are available in a flash on any system, regardless of age or location. Some are designed for cooperative play, while others are best-enjoyed solo.

Some games can also be played online, allowing you to compete against players from all over the world, regardless of where they happen to be located. Since each platform is tailored to a specific sort of gamer, we’ve compiled a list of excellent recommendations for newcomers, casual players, and veterans alike. We went deep into the performance capabilities, game selection, and controllers that make each platform unique.

Any and all cutting-edge consumer electronics, from e-bikes to video doorbells, have been put through their paces at the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Media and Tech Lab. When evaluating video game systems, we take into account not just their performance, but also how accessible they are to players of varying skill levels.

We put these game consoles through rigorous testing, both in the lab and with real users at home. We evaluated each console’s game library, controller design, portability, simplicity of use, and degree of immersion during our in-lab testing.

5 Best Video Game Consoles of 2022 

  1. Original Nintendo Switch
  2. PlayStation 5
  3. Xbox Series X
  4. Nintendo Switch OLED
  5. Xbox Series S

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the video game consoles that we think are the best for any gamer, no matter their age or skill level, whether as a gift or for personal use. Read on to find out what you should prioritize when searching for your next console.

1. Original Nintendo Switch 

Nintendo’s return to the forefront of gaming consoles can be attributed in large part to the Original Nintendo Switch. It’s a platform that’s accessible to both video game newcomers and seasoned pros because of its straightforward design, compact size, and strong portability.

Original Nintendo Switch
Original Nintendo Switch

This cheaper alternative has a display that isn’t as cutting-edge as the OLED variant mentioned before but is still capable of running any Switch game without issue. It may function as both a portable gadget and a TV accessory.

  • Controllers

The Joy-Con controllers can be attached to the Switch OLED and used in handheld mode, or they can be removed. When disconnected, the screen can be used with the TV or propped up using the integrated stand. If you find that using two separate controllers is too much of a hassle, you can join the Joy-Con halves using the adapter that comes with the console.

  • Gameplay

This system requires a game cartridge or digital download from the Nintendo eShop in order to play games. All you have to do is pop in a cartridge to start playing your favorite games in no time.

About 32 Gigabytes (GB) of storage space is available for use when downloading a game, and further storage space can be obtained in the form of an SD card that can be easily inserted into the Switch. You can use the controllers, but in some games, you can also touch the screen to perform certain tasks. Unexpectedly, it has a touchscreen interface.

  • Lab Lowdown

Additional sensors have been built into this gaming system to expand the variety of gameplay options available to players. One game allows you to aim your bow and arrow by tilting the screen when in handheld mode thanks to an integrated gyroscope (a sensor that can calculate the direction of your device).

The Joy-Con controller can be used in place of a tennis racket for games that require the use of such a controller. Nintendo revitalized its library of fitness simulators with new features that make them more engaging than ever before. In order to control your character’s movement in-game, you can attach a Joy-Con to your body and move it about in this way.

The best part about having a Switch is being able to play games like these with loved ones. According to one reviewer, “The Switch is excellent for everybody in the family with a versatile portable mode and loads of games to offer.”

  • Exclusive Games

Games like Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Ring Fit, and Nintendo Switch Sports are all available on the console.

CPU NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor
GPU NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor
Sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, and brightness sensor
Resolution Up to 1080p via TV mode. Up to 720p via the built-in screen.
Disc Drive Cartridge Slot
Battery Life 4-9 hours unplugged, depending on usage
Storage 32GB + SD expansion capabilities

2. PlayStation 5 

CPU 3.5GHz, 8-core AMD Zen 2
GPU 10.3 teraflop RDNA 2 GPU
Frame-rate Up to 120 FPS
Resolution 4K
Disc Drive Yes, but there is a digital-only option
Storage Custom 825GB SSD + External Hard Drive capabilities

3. Xbox Series X

For the most cutting-edge Xbox experience, go no farther than the Xbox Series X, which has the greatest video resolution of any Xbox console to date. Although it features a disc drive, its 1 terabyte (TB) Solid State Drive is perfectly capable of housing your digital game library (SSD).

Xbox Series X
Xbox Series X

As a result of the SSD, this console is more powerful, runs more smoothly, and generates less noise than its predecessors. It’s a sizable console that can be placed either vertically or horizontally and measures roughly a foot in height when upright.

CPU 8X Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
RAM 16GB GDDR6 w/320 bit-wide bus
Frame-rate Up to 120 FPS
Resolution Up to 4k
Disc Drive Yes
Storage 1TB Custom NVME SSD + External Hard Drive capabilities

4. Nintendo Switch OLED 

CPU NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor
GPU NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor
Built In Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Brightness sensor
Resolution Up to 1080p via TV, up to 720p via built-in screen
Disc Drive Cartridge Slot
Battery Life 4-9 hours unplugged, depending on usage
Storage 64 GB + SD expansion

5. Xbox Series S

The Xbox Series S is a $200 cheaper alternative to the Xbox Series X for gamers who aren’t as demanding or who don’t need as much power from their device. (The Series X is discussed in further detail down below.) Because of its compact design, the Series S may be easily transported to a friend’s place for a game night.

Xbox Series S
Xbox Series S
CPU 8X Cores @ 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs @1.565 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
RAM 10GB GDDR6 128 bit-wide bus
Frame-rate Up to 120 FPS
Resolution 1440p
Disc Drive N/A
Storage 512GB Custom NVME SSD + External Drive Capabilities

How We Tested Video Game Consoles? 

If you’re new to video games and don’t know what the various console specifications represent, it’s easy to get sidetracked and confused by all the information presented. The best way to evaluate a video game system, however, is to use it.

We checked how simple it was to access the home screen and create an account right out of the box on each device. We ran the consoles through their paces, testing a wide range of titles to ensure that they would not see any frame-rate drops or overheating after prolonged use.

We compared visual quality with consumer testers and had kids play to find which systems were the most fun. Our review includes the specs for the “techy” among you, but you may discover a great console that suits your needs without delving too deeply into the details.

The Top 5 Video Game Consoles
The Top 5 Video Game Consoles

What Should You Check For When Purchasing A Game Console?

It may be impossible to determine which gaming console is the best of all time, but they are all improving in speed, portability, and feature set. There isn’t a negative option here; picking one will come down to personal taste and the characteristics that are most important to you. If you’re on the market for a new gaming system, here are some points to think about:

  • Storage

When it comes to video games, storage capacity ranks high among the list of must-have features. It doesn’t matter how strong your system is if you can’t download the games you want to play. The best approach to guarantee that you’ll never run out of storage space on any console is to invest in an external hard drive.

In addition, check to discover if the console uses a hard disc drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD) (Solid State Drive). In general, SSDs offer superior performance to HDDs, which means that games and consoles will load and boot up considerably more quickly using SSDs.

  • Portability

Tell me about your plans for the game system. Will you be putting it in one place permanently? Do you plan to take it with you on vacation? Is there a friend’s place you could bring it to?

Perhaps you’re avoiding bulky furniture since your apartment is on the smaller side. Don’t get a bulky console thinking you’ll be able to play it on long car drives or on vacation.

  • Games

Every single gaming system has its own set of games that are only available on that system. Many games are compatible with several platforms, but there are always games that will never leave a single platform. Verify that you know what genres of games you’re interested in!

Since the games will probably carry over and be compatible, and since you may have already developed a community of gamers that is exclusive to that platform, we normally advise keeping within that ecosystem and upgrading when the time comes.

  • Frame-rate

The smoother the gameplay, the higher the frame rate should be. The higher the frame rate, the smoother and more responsive the game will appear and feel.

In principle, this also improves your ability to outperform rivals by allowing you to respond quickly to changing conditions. Currently, the frame rate cap for most consoles is around 120 fps, so you should be good to go. Ensure that your console is capable of 60 frames per second.

  • Parental Controls

The vast majority of gaming consoles come with parental controls that let you limit playtime and filter out inappropriate material if you’re buying it as a present for a child. Security and parental control settings might vary widely, so it’s best to do some research ahead of time to find out what you’ll be working with.

Is It Safe To Believe Good Housekeeping?

Every conceivable piece of technology has been put through its paces at the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Media & Tech Lab. We’ve been your go-to source for tech reviews and guidance on everything from smart glasses to domestic robots.

As a Test Engineer, Alec Scherma uses his extensive background in gaming (he’s been playing video games pretty much his whole life!) and his understanding of mechanical engineering to thoroughly test prototypes of forthcoming products.

He collaborates closely with the GH Institute’s Chief Technologist Rachel Rothman to recommend the most useful electronics. Rachel has extensive experience with consumer electronics thanks to her upbringing in a family who ran an electronics distribution company and the fact that, by the age of seven, she had already amassed a collection of over two hundred Sega Genesis games.

In class, she secretly used her TI-83 calculator to program her own first-person games, but don’t tell Mrs. Mastropoalo!