Traditional or Handheld Games Consoles?
Games consoles have a wide appeal to children, and with new consoles – and new versions of existing ones – coming onto the market every year, it can be hard to choose the right one for your children – and for you!
What to Look For When Choosing a Games ConsoleIt can be quite difficult to choose between the three big players in the games console market. Firstly you need to decide whether you prefer a console that will be used by everybody at once, or on a rota (good luck with that) or whether to avoid the inevitable arguments, it could actually be better to get smaller, individual hand held consoles.
If you are looking for family fun, hand held consoles are probably not the best idea.
The three major players in gaming consoles are Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii.
Xbox 360Typically, the Xbox 360 doesn’t just come in one format; there are three to choose from. The main differences between them the accessories that you get with them, the size of the hard drive and the games that you can get with them. One word of warning with the Xbox console though a lot of the games you can buy for it are more for the young male market, and you won’t find a huge selection of family friendly games to choose from.
Nintendo WiiThe Wii is a family friendly console which will appeal to children, and lends itself well to family interaction. Wii games are also often much easier to get the hang of than some of the more complicated Xbox 360 or PS3 games, which makes it ideal for younger children too.
The Wii also has the benefit of the Wii Fit games – which have proved very popular and are great fun. You do have to buy the balance board to use it, and the games are designed to help you improve fitness levels and balance. How fit you can actually get on a Wii fit board is debatable, but it’s more energetic than sitting in front of a screen with a controller.
Most Wii games are more active and interactive than traditional games on a console; you move around more and can get into races. Although you will have to make sure that the kids don’t accidentally let go and throw the controller through the window!If you feel so inclined, you can use a Wii to check the news, download more games and watch TV