Updated February 07, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Android Gaming Consoles

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Android is, by far, the number one most popular operating system in the world, and it's really not even close. So it's no surprise that there's a massive library of games for the platform, most of which can be found in the Google Play store. Here are some of the best and most affordable pieces of hardware that can be used to have tons of fun, thanks to this ubiquitous software. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best android gaming console on Amazon.

10. Amazon Fire TV Stick

9. Asus ROG ZS600KL

8. Amazon Fire HD 8

7. GPD XD Plus

6. Nvidia Shield K1

5. Sony Xperia XZ2

4. Lenovo Tab 4

3. Amazon Fire HD 10

2. Razer 2

1. Nvidia Shield

Editor's Notes

January 31, 2019:

We've reached a point where gamers are no longer restricted to bulky, stationary machines when they want to have some real fun. The newest and most interesting consoles, in fact, aren't the Playstation 4 or Xbox One, but rather some versatile and widely differing devices with a huge range of functionality. First and foremost, the Nvidia Shield is probably the most popular, most powerful, and most economical non-PC and non-major-console option there is. It's hard to overstate just how awesome this bad boy is; it can access titles that you'd otherwise need a flagship console or tricked-out PC to play, and it costs under 200 big ones. It's tough to argue against its versatility. For portable users, there are even more worthwhile options. These include recent releases of the highest power, such as Razer's gaming phone line, which, quite frankly, is an absurdly fast device masquerading as a simple smartphone. Asus and Sony also have similar mobile offerings, and these are what you need if you want nearly PC-level performance on a 6-inch device. Alternately, Lenovo's Tab 4 can tackle a large gamut of Play Store games, and do a ton of other stuff well, also, helping you to accomplish all sorts of actually useful tasks when you're not goofing off. If you insist on a dedicated gaming device, the GPD is worth a look, though it doesn't offer much functionality outside of play time. If you're on the hunt for affordability, Amazon's Fire HD tablets are both good choices; they're also great for kids, because they stand up well to heavy use; just make sure to limit the little ones' screen time to prevent over-dependence on electronic entertainment. Finally, if you're really on a tight budget, the Fire TV stick will play games, though because it doesn't have much processing power, its overall catalog is pretty limited.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on February 07, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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