Choosing The Right Video Game Console

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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When it comes to choosing the right video game console, many parents find it challenging. Here’s a few helpful hints to help you make your decision.

Choosing The Right Video Game Console

There are a number of popular video game consoles on the market. When it comes to choosing the right video game console, many parents find it hard to determine which console would be the right choice for their homes. They want to have a console with the latest multimedia platforms but also want to make sure that the system is fully compatible with the video games their children will be playing.

When you are looking at the different video game consoles you can definitely see a trend or rather a market towards certain people. For example, the Nintendo consoles have always had family in mind and is an excellent option for those with children. Xbox 360 and Xbox One are thought by many to be the leader in online gaming. Many consider Playstation 4 to have the best graphics. Remember that these are opinions, and that everyone has one. There is no substitute for good research, followed by a visit to a big box store to see what games look like up close.

Video games can be played through the use of wired controllers, wireless controllers, steering wheels, and dance pads. All of these require player interaction and quick thinking skills. They can be used as learning tools to help a child improve their motor skills, along with memory and response levels.

How you choose your console depends largely on what you are looking for in video gaming. Do you want games your whole family can play? How important are superior graphics to you? Are you looking for budget friendly consoles? There are so many questions to answer. Here are a few helpful hints on choosing the right video game console for your family.


Type of Connectivity

If the console has wireless capabilities then parents might be more prone to purchase video games that can be networked over the internet, providing the opportunity for children and adult family members to link up and play video games with friends in other locations, both nearby and far.

What’s Included?

When looking at video game consoles you also want to take into consideration what accessories or games come with it as opposed to having to if they’re sold separately. Some video game consoles come with games that are free. If you’re never going to play a game that was included, you’re probably better off buying just the console.

Make sure everything you need is included, or that you are aware it isn’t and you’ll need to purchase it separately. Most video game consoles only come with one controller so you need to budget for extra controllers if more than one family member will be playing at a time. You also might need subscriptions for online gaming if that is what you are into and you may need special cables if you are looking for the best audio and visual performance.

Interactivity

Some of the latest video games are extremely interactive with the player. Nintendo’s consoles, such as the Wii and the Switch, are perhaps the best example of this. Some of their games feature interactive visual motion coordination that can be a lot of fun. This ingenious gaming platform allows players of all ages to play sports games where gestures such as swinging a tennis racket make the action on the screen happen. Children who play these games really enjoy the activity, which has been known to tire a few people out.

Portability

Is portability important to you? The Nintendo Switch ws designed so that you can play it on the go, then come home and put it on its dock and keep on playing. Most other systems just aren’t simple to move around, even bringing a console to a different end of the house or a neighbor’s house may be more involved than you’d think.

Once you’ve done your research and made your decision it’s time to buy. Be sure to compare all the prices because just as some of them include games, some packages include various cables and extras that you may want. It may be less expensive then buying everything separately. Not to mention, prices sometimes vary from store to store, so definitely do a little comparative shopping before buying any video gaming console.

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5 comments

Whitney Kutch July 30, 2018 - 4:57 pm

I love the level of detail you provided here! This would be super helpful for choosing a video game system 😉

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jenna July 30, 2018 - 6:43 pm

My husband and I are wanting to buy a new video game console, thanks for this

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Theresa Bailey July 30, 2018 - 11:14 pm

My son loves his Nintendo DS and his Xbox 360.

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Marysa July 31, 2018 - 9:07 am

I wouldn’t know where to begin when it comes to consoles. Thanks for all the information! This is very useful for shopping during the holidays.

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Jessica August 3, 2018 - 8:58 pm

I personally love the Nintendo Switch because it’s so portable and easy to take on longer trips!

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