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Teenagers going away to college have much to look forward to, such as a first–rate education that comes with strolling the hallowed halls of the nation’s higher learning institutions. There’s also the raging parties, beer pong, and marathon video-game sessions to counterbalance all that culture and self-improvement. That means many kids leaving home for the dorm-room have a choice: namely, which precious video game console to setup in their living quarters. Here’s a list of the best options for dorm living.

Nintendo Switch

Strange to think that there are many 18 year olds out there whose parents were children when Nintendo’s first system, the NES conquered the home consoleNintendo Switch. And many of these kids are settling into their first college dorm today. Now the next (and most popular, at least according to sales) iteration of Nintendo’s home gaming console is here to help ease the tedium of taking 15+units per semester.

What makes the switch perfect for college kids is its ability to function as both a home console and a handheld gaming device. At just 4 inches high and 9.4 inches long it’s guaranteed to fit in whatever uncluttered bit of space might exist in the dorm. Plus even if the dorm dweller in question doesn’t have a flatscreen, he or she can connect it right to their laptop. Also, because it weighs little over half a pound, carrying it around from class to class isn’t a problem either.


For access to a great games library, as well as processing power second to none, go with Sony’s PS4 Slim. At 4.63 pounds it’s a lighter weight than its standard counterpart (6 pounds), and its 10x11 dimensions mean it won’t take up too much space. For optimum gameplay experience and clarity, be sure to connect it to a 4k television.

As for pricing, it won’t break the typical college kid’s bank, either. Right now you can pick up a 500gig Slim bundled with “Uncharted 4: a Thief’s End,” for $299, which aint too shabby. Plus the console has backwards compatibility, so even if you don’t have cash to spring for new games, you can always play those old PS3 titles.

Xbox One

What better way to decompress after a bio-chem lecture or a modern poetry roundtable discussion than by holing up in your dorm room and goring some aliens with a saw gun. Kids who pick up the Xbox One “Gears of War 4” bundle (also retailing at $299) can do just that. Plus there’s any number of other modern classic series to choose from, like “Assassin’s Creed,” “Wolfenstein,” “Resident Evil,” “Call of Duty” and much more.

One way in which the Xbox one has the PS3 beat is backwards compatibility. Both consoles allow gamers to play old games, but with a backlog of some 300 titles across Xbox 360’s spectrum of titles, the sheer amount of options dwarfs that of the PS4. So college kids can either stream these old titles or load them up via those old discs they dig out of mom’s storage box back home.

Sega Dreamcast

Even in the world of modern game consoles and modern college life, there’s room for a classic throwback. The Dreamcast was Sega’s last home console system ever released (in 1998), and although many teens today might never have heard of it, you can bet that many folks in their thirties have. It’s one of the most popular consoles on the second-hand market for good reason. Best of all, you can pick one up secondhand for around 50 bucks.

Like the Switch, it’s small enough to fit in even the most cluttered dorm. At less than 8 inches wide by 8 inches long, it’s hardly bigger than a sheet of paper. But the games are what really sells the machine. While it has fun throwbacks like “House of the Dead,” it’s also got great comic-book-meets-arcade fare in the form of “Marvel vs. Capcom.” There’s top hits like “Resident Evil” and “Sonic Adventure”; plus, if you can get ahold of a certain title called “Seaman,” you’ll be treated to a wonderfully bizarre virtual-pet experience whose gameplay is only heightened through a haze of bong smoke.