Welcome to Console Week on TechRadar! We’re about to embark on seven days celebrating the gaming giants that have finally justified the evolution of opposable thumbs and well-developed planning skills.
With the Nintendo Switch tantalisingly hinting at a return to form for the grand old Japanese icon, Sony’s all-conquering PS4 and the challenger for the throne, the Xbox One, finally have some meaningful competition.
But we’re not just looking at the current crop of console behemoths, but also the trailblazers of yesteryear that provided the shoulders for these consoles to stand on.
TechRadar has already popped in its Konami code, and have unlocked a whole host of great gaming features for you over the coming days. From an interview with the lead designer of the Xbox One, to the painstakingly picked 50 best arcade games of all time (so many of which defined current console gaming as we know it) to a deep dive into the wonders of 8-bit music, we’ve prised our fingers away from our gamepads to tap out some incredible reads.
And, to cap it all off, there’s the fantastic response we had to our “best console of all time” poll. With your help, we’ve gathered the thousands of votes cast by you, our readers, and will be crowning your pick for the greatest of all time this Friday. (Spoiler: it’s not the WonderSwan).
So, ready player one?