Our Favorite Games for the Best Video Game Systems Right Now

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It's all in the grip. Human society has progressed to the point of placing every aspect of modern life — friendship, finance, politics, health, sex, restaurant-quality cuisine, prestige television, astral feedback — into the literal palms of our hands. You know exactly what I am talking about, because the odds are two out of three that you're reading this on your phone right now! The bad news is that, nowadays, you can do anything with the right hand. The good news is, nowadays, you can do anything with the right hand. Or with the left.

All you need is a good controller. The Nintendo Switch's candy-colored Joy-Cons snap on and off a portable console like Legos, and are capable of transporting a user to galaxies unknown and dimensions uncharted. For something slightly more terrestrial, there's the Oculus Quest 2, which comprises a headset and twin Touch controllers. Current game options allow players to transport themselves to Pompeii, Chernobyl, the parks of Washington State, or the blanched-sand beaches of your mind's eye. Maybe you just want to drive a four-wheeler around the jungles of Mexico? You can do that on Xbox's Series S, and you can also watch movies.

It's difficult to explain how one appendage became the nexus of human life, and it's certainly too complicated for a short introduction to a photo story pairing manicures with the latest and greatest controllers that technology has to offer. Did our intelligent designer realize that, sooner or later, it would all come down to the fleshy palms of our hands? Impossible to say for sure, but thank God(s) they included an escape key.

Oculus Quest 2 and Touch controller 

The latest console from Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus is its sleekest option yet:
The Quest 2 drops players into stunning and super-immersive gaming environments.

Oculus Quest 2 Headset

Game recommendations, from least to most physically taxing: 

XBOX Series X/S and wireless controller

As the gaming population ballooned amid the pandemic — one report estimates that over half of the United States population could identify as "digital gamers" by the end of 2021 — Microsoft unveiled its newest consoles, the Xbox Series X (with souped-up storage and performance) and its less-fussy sister, the Series S (small, sleek, slightly less expensive, and a perfect introduction to the platform). 

Xbox Series S

Game recommendations, from least to most cerebral: 

Nintento Switch and Joy-Con controllers

Game anywhere. A set of controllers snap on to either side of a portable screen or snap apart to form a set of two for spontaneous multiplayer action. 

Nintendo Switch

Game recommendations, from most to least whimsical: 

Sittings Editors: Tascha Berkowitz and Charlotte Diamond. Prop Stylist: Sharon Ryan. Manicure: Honey. Models: Avisha, Tabia at Part Models.

A version of this story originally appeared in the November 2021 issue of Allure. Learn how to subscribe here.

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