Best Bang for Your Buck: Video Games on a Budget

PC Mag

The lengthy quarantine that has come to define 2020 has left many people with lots of free time indoors. If this sounds like you, then don’t worry! We’ve got some tips to help you make the most of your time spent inside. What you need is a good video game console and some fun games to keep you entertained through the stay-at-home orders.

But, as you might have noticed, video games are far from cheap. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you might find it quite difficult to get a good deal on a game system and games to play with it! Thankfully for you, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to gaming.

Shopping Smart

When it comes to buying a new system, there’s a couple of options. You can opt for one of the budget versions, like the disc-less version of the Xbox One, or one of the high-end options.

These, like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, offer 4K graphics and better performance. If you don’t care about top-of-the-line graphics, though, you can safely get a budget, entry-level option for a console.

The Download-Only Way

One method to game on a budget would be to opt for a download-only Xbox One with no disc drive. The Xbox One S Digital-Only Edition is a $250 console with no option to play physical media.

However, this isn’t a problem for some players, who simply want to own and play their games digitally. Along with its reduced sticker price, the console is the quickest way to get a new gamer to Xbox Game Pass.

Game Pass is a Microsoft subscription service that allows gamers to access a huge library of streaming games. Think of it sort of like Netflix, but for video games. If you’re looking to spend as little up-front as possible and still play full retail releases, this is likely your best bet.

The Used-Game-Store Way

The other option is to head down to your local used-game store and find some deals on pre-owned hardware. This is likely much less expensive than getting all-new technology.

However, this requires that you have a nearby game shop, and that the shop has the console (and games) you want in stock.

That all being said, supporting local businesses and buying preowned games through your neighborhood game shop is a great way to game on a budget. Even games released this console generation can be found heavily discounted. That goes double if they’re pre-owned!