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A parents guide to Electronic Consoles

Submitted by on April 24, 2013 – 11:02 amNo Comment

In todays fast paced electronic world it is worth knowing a little bit about Gaming consoles.  Now this is by no means a complete list, but as a mum of two boys aged eight and nearly seven, this is my understanding of them!

I tend to break it down to two types of console, handheld or ones that they play on the TV.

Handheld consoles:

Nintendo – These include the DS, DS Lite, DSi 3DS, and 3DS Excel

Yep there is a lot there to choose from. The thing is they bring out a new “must have” console every couple of years and as far as I can see this is purely as a must have pester power tool for children.  My boys have 3DS’, which they can play independently  but they can also connect and play together.  Unfortunately sometimes you need to have two game cartridges (of the same game) to connect.   As far as I can tell the major cost for these is games and they can be in cess of £40 per game.

PS Vita

This is the new handheld game from PLaystation, I do not know much about this.


One thing you need to bear in mind when buying consoles is that you only tend to get one controller and you will need more and also you will need a charger for them unless you want to go through a lot of prices batteries

Xbox – This is Microsoft’s console and it is billed as a home entertainment hub as you can access TV channels on it and things like Love Film.  It also has a kinect sensor which recognises movement for the game.

Wii U – This is new from Nintendo and as far as I can tell it is a hybrid between a TV console and a handheld one

Wii – This was the first console to introduce motion controlled gaming to the market.

PS3 – This seems to be a more grown up gaming console with a lot of games aimed at the older market.


No matter which console you get the highest ongoing cost is games.  Children always want to have the new ones and they can be very costly.  One wa yo help fund that is to sell your computer games and use the funds to buy new ones.


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