Game consoles used to be primarily single-function devices. Since Sony started production of play stations with built-in DVD players, game consoles have significantly changed. Currently, they include a wide array of streaming services and powerful Blu-ray players. This modification turned game console into a perfect device for the whole family. Whether you want to play a video game, listen to music or watch your favorite movie, it is always there for you. Nonetheless, the primary function of any console is gaming. So when you choose one for yourself, first of all check the technological capabilities of the device. Powerful technical characteristics are a guarantee that your console will be able to handle high-end games and upgraded game versions. Non-gaming functions should also be taking into consideration, in particular entertainment applications and social capabilities. Obviously, consoles cannot outrival computer games in technical characteristics and power, but a pronounced advantage of console is its simplicity: you just switch it on and play. The most powerful consoles usually offer perfectly designed games, but that does not guarantee that the games are going to be interesting for you. So, before buying a console, make sure you know the content of the games. Most modern models offer good online connection, which means you can play games with other users.