I am seeing a lot of Facebook chatter between moms looking for advice about video game systems. So I thought it would be helpful to talk about the different systems and hook you guys up with reviews and video guides.
So the three main systems that moms are debating are:
Sony PlayStation 3 Slim (160 GB) *Est. $300 — It can play Blu-ray disks besides video games. My husband says it’s a powerful machine. The new big thing for the system is the Playstation Move motion controllers. They look like ping pong balls on the end of a Wii controller. Similar in theory to the Wii controllers.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim (250 GB) *Est. $300 — The X-Box Kinect is the big thing from X-Box this holiday season (Advertised for $150). It enables players to play (new) games and control the X-Box without a controller. Think Tom Cruise in “Minority Report” – you just sweep your hands in the air.
Nintendo Wii *Est. $200 – Very easy for kids to control. Lots of kid-centric and family-focused games.
My husband and son both love to play video games but are on different systems. My 7-year-old and his sisters love to play the Wii. The games are aimed at them and the controls are easy to use. They also can use the Wii to watch Netflix movies. My husband is a huge fan of X-Box because he likes to play games online with other guys and because he loves sports games. He is hoping Santa Claus will bring him the X-Box Kinect. He practices being Tom Cruise in “Minority Report.” We also use the X-Box for Netflix.
Consumersearch.com reviewed the consoles like this: (This link leads to pros and cons and other reviews of the systems.)
However, this is a link to a story where a dad describes how the Kinect system is so intuitive it’s easy for his son with Autism to use. The father loves that his child isn’t frustrated and can play with him.
Back on the Consumersearch site, it offers tips of what to think about and look for as you are choosing a system for your family. (There is a lot more explanation on the site but these are the basic areas to consider.)
What do you think? What did you buy? How does it work? Have you tried any of the new controllers? What is your advice to families looking to buy a video system?