Console gaming is hot right now, and that means it’s the perfect time to pick up a PS5, Xbox Series X or Nintendo Switch — if you can find one, at any rate. But choosing one of the three systems may seem a little daunting. The PS5, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch are three very different systems, with three very different game libraries and, potentially, three very different prices.

Tom’s Guide has already written a number of console comparisons, including our PS5 vs. Xbox Series X face-off, and our Nintendo Switch Lite vs. Nintendo Switch guide. However, in this comparison, we want to take a step back and provide an easy starting point for shoppers. We won’t get bogged down in technical breakdowns or spec comparisons. Instead, we want to convey as clearly as possible the strengths and weaknesses of each console, as well as which games you can expect to play on them.

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