Which Games Consoles Are The Perfect Kids Gifts This Christmas?
If there’s one thing that almost all kids can agree on, it’s that video games are one of the greatest things in the world. Whether adults agree or disagree, it’s something you just can’t ignore.
One of the problems is that there are just so many video game consoles out there now that it can be difficult to choose. That’s especially the case if you’re a parent or grandparent and you’re trying to find the perfect gaming present for a child. That’s why we thought it’d be a good idea to whip up a guide to which video game console is which – and which one you’d be better off buying this festive season. There are three main consoles to focus on: the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U, so let’s make a start.
Sony PlayStation 4
It’s very likely that you’ve heard of Sony’s flagship gaming device at least once before. The PlayStation is now on its fourth iteration, with each one getting faster and more powerful. What that means for games is that the graphics, physics simulation and artificial intelligence are getting better all the time. With hit games such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Assassins Creed: Unity finding a home on the PlayStation 4, it’s no surprise that it’s at the top of many children’s Christmas list. The device is available for around £300 with one game, and is ideal for kids over the age of 10 – with teenagers being one of the key demographics for this machine.
Microsoft Xbox One
Just like Sony, Microsoft has already released a number of versions of the Xbox and the Xbox One – despite its slightly confusing name – is the third version of this console. It’s roughly equivalent in terms of graphical power to the PlayStation 4, and offers a range of games that are almost identical. One of the important differences between the two consoles is that the Xbox requires users to pay a subscription in order to play online multiplayer games, whereas Sony allows this for free with the PS4. The Xbox One is again a good choice for slightly older children and particularly teenagers, and is available at around the same price as the PS4.
Nintendo Wii U
The original Nintendo Wii was one of the world’s most popular games consoles, selling millions of units worldwide. The Nintendo Wii U, despite sounding like the same console, is actually an all-new device. It is more powerful than its predecessor, but does not offer the same graphical horsepower as the Xbox and PS4. There are a range of fun and family-oriented games including those featuring favourites like Super Mario. This is a fun console for families and as such the Wii U is recommended for younger children. The Wii U is also available for a lower price, with bundles starting for as low as £200.
We hope this short guide has given you some insight into the world of video game consoles, but remember that the best people ask about which one to buy are of course the folks you’re buying for. Better safe than sorry, eh?
Written by Simon Morris
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