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The Best New Gaming Hardware of 2017


The Best New Gaming Hardware of 2017

Which new hardware won 2017?

It’s award season here at Twinfinite! Let’s look back the best new gaming hardware from 2017. Voted on by our editors, these consoles impressed us the most through their vision and innovation. Let’s start with our top vote-getting runner-ups, and finally, of course, our overall winner!

Second Runner-Up: Super NES Classic Edition

The Best New Gaming Hardware of 2017

SNES Classic Edition

Not to be outdone by its older brother, the Nintendo Super NES Classic Edition released this year to its own fanfare, causing a similar craze that still exists to this day. Loaded with 30 classic Super NES games, the miniature retro console came out of the gates hot, and proved that the demand for retro console re-releases is high.

There’s just something about playing games the way they were intended that’s appealing. Sure, you can download a lot of these games and more through digital e-shops or through other, more nefarious means, but there’s something missing in that experience. You want the weight of the proper controller in your hand and the actual console staring back at you from your entertainment system. As superficial as it is, there’s something to it, which is likely why the Nintendo classic consoles have such a hard time staying on store shelves.

We fully expect this trend to continue in 2018, and to have another classic retro console (by Nintendo or perhaps someone else like Sony or SEGA) on this list next year.

First Runner-Up: Xbox One X

The Best New Gaming Hardware of 2017

Xbox One Scorpio

The Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, impressed us when we reviewed it not that long ago in November. It still has some ways to go before it fully realizes its potential, but the groundwork is there to finish out the generation strong with a console that has the horsepower to do laps around the competition, IF developers decide to take advantage.

Even putting aside visuals for a second, it’s an improvement over the older models in every way. It’s smaller, quieter, faster and brought with it an improved UI experience. All in all, the Xbox One family consoles, now led by the Xbox One X, has everything it needs to succeed, except one key component: a stable of exclusives that can match the quantity and quality of Nintendo and Sony. If Microsoft can figure that out somehow before it’s too late, we might look back at the launch of the Xbox One X as a turning point for this generation.

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