I have a PS3 that I still use because it has custom firmware and a ton of PS3/PS2/PS1 games and roms/emus from older consoles and arcade games on it. I find it pretty convenient and easy because I enjoy playing old games but hate having to sit on my computer.
I used to use steam link to stream games from my computer to my macbook air, the only detail is that i need to manually add the shortcut for ps2 games, but i see your point
naw its all of the world
Switch, but if you have to get one then I guess Xbox because it has better backwards compatibility and GamePass is pretty nice.
PC is the way to go, especially if you were considering Xbox vs PS5 either …
>Build or buy a new one yourself for gaming
This will be perhaps the most costly, but will give you the most sustaining power over time and of course. Either build one yourself ,buy a reasonable pre-built, or get someone else to buy/build one for you. Using discounted, used, or other high quality parts on sale can help get the best value
>Upgrade an existing one for gaming
Depending on how old and what form (ie if its a laptop things will be harder), you may be able to simply add a handful of components, notably new GPU, RAM, and SSD and make your computer way more gaming capable. This may or may not be worth it compared to a new core build, but its worth a shot
>Steam Deck + Deck Dock
If you want something "easy to use" console like, inexpensive, but NOT locked down, look into a Steam Deck. A solid value, well supported, and you're supporting Linux, openness, and generally not being a shit.